Hall of Fame - Inductees

Hall of Fame - 2018 Inductees

Improving the Lives and Health of Others

Leading food pantries, delivering meals through Meals-On-Wheels, caring for individuals with mental health challenges, and caring for victims of abuse describes some of the remarkable service contributions of Central Ohio older adults who are in the spotlight for the 43rd year of the Central Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. The ceremony will be held on May 16 at the Martin Janis Center, Columbus.  The Recognition Ceremony starts at 1 p.m.

This year’s inductees range in age from 65 to 88. Presented annually by the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging, the ceremony honors those who actively lead meaningful lives and enrich the quality of life for others.The 2018 inductees are:
 

 

Lenny Lepola donates his time and his photographic work to Delaware County.  After retiring from The Sunbury News, Mr. Lepola is a ubiquitous presence as a freelance photographer in the community.  He documents local events such as several basketball games, Chamber of Commerce breakfasts, Big Walnut Historical Society open houses, and Genoa and Harlem township meetings.  His photo donations help preserve memories and the history of Delaware County. 

 


Pastor Tony and Elaine Salvatori lead the Maywood Mission in Lancaster, OH.  The mission has a food pantry and also provides shelter, rental assistance, and gas and prescriptions, as funds are available.  The mission also has a thrift store which sells clothes and household items at a low rate to those in need.  Each year, the Maywood Mission has a Christmas giveaway providing new toys, food, coats, hats, gloves, underwear, socks, t-shirts, and games for children and families.

 


John Meriweather volunteered many years to the Washington Little League organization in Fayette County.  Mr. Meriweather ran the program, maintained facilities, managed finances, and coordinated logistics for teams, while working a full time job.  He was a trustee for 19 years on the Fayette County Memorial Hospital Board, 3 years as a board chairperson on the Grace United Methodist Church Board of Directors, past President of the Washington Court House Rotary Club and past Chairperson of the City of Washington Court House City Planning Commission.   

 


Dale Leach served as President of local Kiwanis Clubs in both Athens and Grove City and rose to serve as Lieutenant Governor and Governor of Ohio within the Kiwanis Club.  With is leadership, the Club raised more than $18,000 for Kiwanis’ “Eliminate Program” which eliminated tetanus from more than 10,000 mothers and babies worldwide. Leach has participated in several service projects including Meals-On-Wheels, volunteering at Doctor’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House, and helping with the Grove City Food Pantry. 

 


Dr. Clayton Kent (Clay) Lowe’s contribution to the cultural life of Central Ohio insures democracy’s survival.  Since retiring as Professor Emeritus at OSU's Department of Theater, his retirement activities focus on engaging audiences in discussions about media that excite, provoke, and inform.  In 1974, Clay chronicled Columbus’ main north-south artery in the documentary High Street, for WOSU-TV . After age 60, Clay was Co-Curator/Photographer, “25 On High: A Photographic Journey,” where 25 photographers captured images of High Street forty years later.

 


Marshall A. Spalding is currently a Reynoldsburg City Councilmember.  In 2017, he was appointed to be a Co-Chair for the Issue 11 Tax Levy.  Mr. Spalding spearheaded the walking campaign ensuring as many residents as possible were educated about the levy.  The team walked to 6,800 houses, and Mr. Spalding personally walked to 1,200 houses.  The levy passed and it will bring a YMCA to Reynoldsburg, roads will be repaired, as well as, nine more police officers will be hired.

 


Bill and Pat Weaver’s volunteer work began with caring for those with mental health challenges, and then grew to include victims of abuse and the prosecution of the abusers.  They continue this mission today.  The Weavers serve as marriage counselors, coaches, mentors, and participated in marriage seminars at their church.  They are deeply involved with the historical treasures of Licking County.  The Weavers have served at Flint Ridge Ancient Quarries and Nature Preserve as Site Managers and Gift Shop Managers.

 


Glenn and Grace Feyh volunteer at Meals-On-Wheels, serving as a lifeline for community members with mobility issues that prevent them from preparing their own meals.  The Feyhs have also volunteered with Madison Health in London for two decades.  Glenn drives the courtesy cart at the hospital, shuttling patients to and from their cars.  Grace volunteers in the oncology department, helping to make patients comfortable while they visit the hospital for chemotherapy.

 


Mary Easter is the unpaid Director of the Emergency Clearing House of Pickaway County, Inc., which provides goods and services to those in need.  The center has a food pantry that serves an average of 500 families per month.  Mrs. Easter schedules work hours for volunteers, trains new volunteers, places orders from Mid-Ohio Food Bank and local grocers,  solicits additional donors, and speaks to organizations concerning the growing demand the food pantry faces.

 


JoAnn Stillings, as well as other volunteers, organized the North Union Personal Needs Pantry (NUPNP).  The food pantry was organized as a result when Mrs. Stillings identified an underserved need in the community, personal hygiene items.  The pantry has been operating for 10 years, serving more than 70 families each month.  She also administers a Commodity Food Box program for seniors in the North Union area where she ensures volunteers are on hand each month and personally greets each individual as they receive their food box. 

 

 
 

Special thanks go to MediGold for its long-time support as Program Sponsor for this community event. Clossman Catering will sponsor the entertainment.