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Ohio Department of Aging Press Release

May 14, 2013

Ohio Department of Aging celebrates Older Americans Month by recognizing outstanding Golden Buckeyes for their service and accomplishments

Joined Hearts in Giving and Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame honorees are role models for all Ohioans

2013 Joined Hearts in Giving and Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of FameCOLUMBUS - During Older Americans Month (May), the Ohio Department of Aging is encouraging all Ohioans to "Unleash Your Power: Be a Golden Buckeye!" Golden Buckeyes aren't defined by age, they are inspired by it. To share examples of what it means to be a Golden Buckeye the department is recognizing the accomplishments and services of two groups of outstanding older Ohioans. First, five couples are receiving the Joined Hearts in Giving Award, then nine individuals are being inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. The department will honor these Golden Buckeyes at a special ceremony on Friday, May 24, 2013, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. at the Statehouse Atrium in Columbus. The honorees' legislators are invited to present commendations and recognize their constituents.

"When Golden Buckeyes are respected as vital members of society who continue to grow, thrive and contribute, their communities and the state are stronger," said Bonnie Kantor-Burman, director of the Department. "These honorees understand that each of us has a unique power within us, and they have found ways to unleash their power to help their neighbors and communities. They are ordinary people doing extraordinary things."

The Joined Hearts in Giving Award is presented to Ohio couples who have been married at least 40 years and who share a commitment to giving back to their community through volunteerism. Each couple finds ways to use their time and talents for the benefit of others.

2013 Joined Hearts in Giving Award Winners:

  • Greg and Margaret Butler, Dublin - Married 40 years, Mr. and Mrs. Butler volunteer for many local causes, including Meals-on-Wheels through LifeCare Alliance.
  • James and Mary "Kay" McBride, Delta - Married 58 years, Mr. and Mrs. McBride are founding members of the Open Door of Delta, a one-stop shop for services and supports for those in need.
  • Raymond and Thelma Rivin, University Heights - Married 63 years, Mr. and Mrs. Rivin volunteer at Temple Emanu El and deliver Meals-on-Wheels for the Jewish Family Service Association.
  • Wayne and Jean Walton, Sycamore - Married 63 years, Mr. and Mrs. Walton support the work of various local organizations, including the Lions Club, their church and others.
  • Robert and Mary Reid Williamson, Madeira - Married 58 years, Mr. and Mrs. Williamson volunteer with the Sycamore Senior Center Meals-on-Wheels program.

Learn more about these Joined Hearts in Giving.

Since 1978, more than 400 individuals have been inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. The hall honors individuals age 60 and older who are native-born Ohioans or who have been Ohio residents for at least 10 years. Nominations are evaluated on the impact of current contributions or a continuation of work and accomplishments begun before age 60.

2013 Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame Inductees:

  • Georgia J. Anetzberger, Ph.D., 69, South Euclid - A lifelong advocate for elders, Dr. Anetzberger is considered by many to be the architect of Ohio's adult protective services laws, and she founded the Ohio Coalition for Adult Protective Services and the Consortium Against Adult Abuse.
  • A. Joseph Buckley, 88, Tiffin - Mr. Buckley learned from childhood adversity how powerful a helping hand can be. He has spent his life doing right by the kindness that was shown to him as a child by serving others and preserving the memory of the Junior Home in Tiffin.
  • Samuel Burnett, 82, Toledo - Mr. Burnett had a distinguished career as an educator and mentor who advocated for dignity and respect for the children he taught. In retirement, he has added older adults to the causes he champions by working with local organizations to ensure that the needs of all Golden Buckeyes are met in his community.
  • Gene and Evelyn Kelsey, 82 and 78, Findlay - Mr. and Mrs. Kelsey helped create the Hancock Christian Clearing House, which links together the resources of 45 member churches to help the less fortunate in their community.
  • Lenel Moore, 88, Ashtabula - Mr. Moore dedicated his life to serving his family, his community and his country. He has mentored countless Boy Scouts and was recently recognized as one of the first African-American U.S. Marines, 70 years after his service in WWII.
  • Donald J. Smith, 64, Continental - Mr. Smith swims to raise money and awareness for Diabetes Youth Services, the only nonprofit organization in a 34-county region that provides type 1 diabetes education, programs and support to children and their families. He has raised nearly $100,000 over 10 years.
  • Ruth Snodgrass, 84, Dover - Ms. Snodgrass is a writer, artist and role model for others. She founded the Tuscarawas County Writers' Guild and has published two children's books. She writes music and sings in a barbershop chorus. She also is active in her church, where she supports efforts to help the homeless.
  • Gladys Von Stein, 84, Nevada - Mrs. Von Stein gets things done when nobody else can. She and her husband were active volunteers with Thrivent, a Lutheran service organization. She is also a certified teacher of the Bob Ross method of painting and mentors younger artists.

Learn more about these inductees.

About ODA - The Ohio Department of Aging works to ensure that Ohio is on the leading edge of innovation in responding to the growing and changing aging population. We work with state agencies, area agencies on aging and other local partners to help integrate aging needs into local plans and ensure that aging Ohioans have access to a wide array of high-quality services and supports that are person-centered in policy and practice. Our programs include the PASSPORT Medicaid waiver, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.


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