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Established in 1983, the Mayor’s Award for Volunteer Service honors outstanding volunteers who are making valuable contributions to the community through volunteer service in a wide variety of categories such as health, recreation, arts, environment, education, public safety, civic service, or human service. Recipients of this award must either be a resident of Kettering, or the volunteer service must be performed in Kettering. The volunteer activity can be in a structured setting or on an informal basis. Groups are also eligible to apply. Awards are presented by our mayor at a city council meeting in April during National Volunteer Week. One adult and one youth are honored with an award.

Use the links below to nominate a volunteer for the 2022 Mayor's Award. Adult and youth Mayor's Award nominations are accepted all year. Awards are presented during National Volunteer Week. 

If the volunteer is 12 through 18 years of age, select the youth nomination form below. If the volunteer is 18, only use the youth form if they are still in high school.
Select this link for the Youth Nomination Form
If the volunteer is 18 years of age or older, select the adult nomination form below. If the volunteer is 18, only use the adult form if they are graduated from high school.
Select this link for the Adult Nomination Form

 

Meet our 2022 Mayor’s Award Winners

Mayor’s Award for Youth Volunteer Service –

Chloe Adkins

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Mayor Lehner with Youth Mayor's Award Recipient, Chloe Adkins

The Mayor’s Award for Volunteer Service was created in 1983 as a way to honor outstanding volunteers who are making valuable contributions to the community through volunteer service in a wide variety of categories. Recipients of this award must either be a resident of Kettering or the volunteer service should be performed in Kettering. Each year the Mayor honors both a youth volunteer and an adult volunteer.  Meet our 2022 youth award winner, Chloe Adkins.

Youth Volunteer, Chloe Adkins, is a third grade student at Indian Riffle Elementary. At only nine years old, Chloe has demonstrated a level of empathy and compassion beyond her years. For the past four years, Chloe has volunteered with her brother, Jake, at the Kettering Backpack Program. During this time, she has prepared thousands of bags for children in need of food. Following a school lesson where she learned of a young boy facing homelessness, Chloe organized a program called “Kind Cakes”. This program collects birthday cake supplies to prepare kits that are supplied to shelters and food pantries. This provides a way to celebrate birthday milestones in situations where they typically do not occur.

During these efforts, Chloe was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin's lymphoma and still continued to pack bags and make cake kits between treatments and hospital stays! When the good news came that she was cancer free, Chloe again found a way to pay it forward. Chloe received blood transfusions during her treatments. When she learned about the critical need for blood due to shortages, she responded by helping to organize blood drives--one of which is this Thursday, April 14, at Town and Country Shopping Center. Please consider participating in this drive, or in a number of other drives throughout our region.

One of her nominators had this to say about Chloe: “In my 24 years of teaching, I have never met anyone like Chloe. Even though I am her teacher, she has taught me more than I could ever teach her.”

Thank you for being an inspiration and outstanding role model for all generations, Chloe!

Blood Drive

 

Mayor’s Award for Volunteer Service (Adult) -

Karen Sejas

Karen Sejas, Adult Mayor's Award Recipient

The Mayor’s Award for Volunteer Service was created in 1983 as a way to honor outstanding volunteers who are making valuable contributions to the community through volunteer service in a wide variety of categories. Each year the Mayor honors both a youth volunteer and an adult volunteer.  Meet our 2022 award winner, Karen Sejas.

 

Adult Volunteer, Karen Sejas, retired after 25 years of service to the City of Kettering in November 2011. While an employee, Karen served in both the Human Resource and the Finance Departments. After retirement, Karen wasted no time jumping back in to continue her service to the City the following year--this time in a volunteer capacity. Her volunteer efforts are concentrated in the Administrative Systems and Human Resource Departments. Over the past 10 years, Karen has given over 2,300 hours of service to help scan, shred, organize files, lend expertise and help with archives. In addition to her willingness to continue to learn new skills and help wherever needed, she brings encouragement and compassion to everyone she works alongside.

Her nominators have this to say about Karen:  “Karen deserves the Mayor’s Award for Volunteer Service for her unwavering, dependable, loyal, valuable contributions to our Departments. She gives tirelessly and is the most conscientious volunteer one could hope for. She brings with her expertise, energy, enthusiasm and commitment, and consistently delivers high quality work. She is always willing to share her knowledge. Karen’s loyalty and dedication to the City make her a valuable volunteer and team member!”

Thank you for your ongoing dedication and passion for helping the City, Karen!

MAYOR’S AWARD RECIPIENTS
2022
Chloe Adkins Indian Riffle Elementary School student; Chloe Adkins has volunteered for Kettering Backpack Program for four years making countless bags for those in need. Chloe created an initiative called Kind Cakes which provided cake supplies to families in need with which to celebrate birthdays. She was diagnosed with stage 4 Hodgkin's lymphoma and continued volunteering. With a clean bill of health, Chloe began organizing blood drives in response to blood shortages.
Karen Sejas Former HR Manager for the City of Kettering has volunteered more than 2,300 hours since her retirement. Karen assists the Human Resource Department and Administrative Systems. She scans and files countless records to ensure City archives are in perfect condition.
2021
Tahjey Lawson Kettering Middle School student; collected and donated baby items to Hannah’s Treasure Chest; serves as secretary and soon to be Governor of Ohio District for Junior Optimist Int’l; prepare personal care items for front line pandemic responders; created cards for veterans and made blanket for the homeless
Sue Solvig Scheduled rides for the senior transportation program at the Lathrem Senior Center during the pandemic; made calls to check on seniors during the pandemic, and built a rapport with callers struggling with isolation
2019
Sasha Whitaker Fairmont High School, Dayton Honor Flight, SICSA foster, planning committee in Dayton Walk to Defeat ALS, student  council member, volunteered at the Kettering Early Childhood Education Center
Rick Moreton Helping with the city’s Christmas Day Open House at Polen Farm,greeting guests at Fraze Pavilion, and assisting visitors at the Kettering Connection
2018
Lauren Dalton   Dayton Regional STEM School, Girl Scouts, Preschool camp at Boonshoft Museum and instructs gymnastics for young children at South YMCA
Sue Ellen Boesch Kettering Arts Council, PRCA Advisory Committee, Art on the Commons, UD Libraries Advisory Committee
2017
Theodore Hale Fairmont High School, assists Main and Central Unit offices at school, Fairmont Unity Garden, helps with Holiday at Home float, assists an older gentleman recovering from cancer regain strength
Damian Foster Sinclair Community College/Fairmont High School, office assistant, assists a Fairmont Industries student through the Buddy System
2016
Andrew Waker   Alter High School, Key Club, assists with various activities with Dor-Wood Optimist Club, helps with Down’s syndrome children and adults, numerous fundraisers for St. Vincent De Paul and March of Dimes
Bill & Marynel Bradley Christmas Day at Polen Farm, Speed Watch, Neighborhood Watch, Compost Cops, Holiday at Home, Kettering Noon Optimist Club
2015
Elizabeth Janess  Alter High School, Key Club, Kettering and Dayton Children’s Hospital, Mission trips to Guatemala, Summer Bible Camps, Peer Minister
Zach Lawhorn Kettering Middle School, Art Club Buddies
2014
Kalliope Bessler KMS, Hannah’s Treasure Chest, serving food at St. Vincent’s Soup Kitchen Greek Festival and the Oktoberfest, teaching children weekly at church
Courtney Hemmelgarn Fairmont High School, Peer Mediator, Tutor at Indian Riffle, The House of Bread, Clothes that Work, assists elderly neighbors with yard work at Central Presbyterian Church – youth group leader, sings in the choir, helps in the nursery and assists with Vacation Bible School
2013
Emily Herting Fairmont High School
Allie Smith Alter High School
2012
Rachel Ramey Oakwood High School – Christ United Methodist Church
Meagan Burian Alter High School
2011
Jessica Wuensch Fairmont High School, MLK & Kettering Youth Council
Jordan Hibner Alter High School Key Club, We Care Arts 7 Juvenile Diabetes
Chuck & Carol Dickerson Neighborhood Pride
2010
Alic Brock Fairmont High School, Dayton Street Ministry
2009
Emily Fleitz MLK Breakfast & Fairmont United Student Body
Lauren Ignozzi Senior/Senior Prom, Alter Key Club
2008
Caroline Smith Fairmont High School Student Council, Greenmont Oak-Park Food Pantry
2007
Catie Gmeiner Alter Key Club & SADD
Kyla Morgan Young Fairmont High School, Radio Director WKET
Alan and Mary Kay Feller Christ United Methodist After School Program
2006
Opal Leo CIL, City of Kettering
Ralph Andrews City of Kettering, Disabled Swimming Program
Alter Key Club 60 Non-Profit Organizations
Amber Mitchell Fairmont High School, Junior Optimist
2005
Ashley Timmons Fairmont High School, DECA, National Honor Society
Dr. Goodwin Boy Scout Troop 236
2004
Larry Schlea City of Kettering Volunteer Program
Tyler  Back Fairmont High School, WKET-FM
Katie Scocozzo Fairmont High School, National Honor Society
Erin Vannatta Alter High School peer Ministry
Zac Sideras Fairmont High School, Kettering Youth Council
2003
Fairmont Industries Plant Flowers, One Lincoln Park
2002
Jean Collins CIL Nutrition Program, City of Kettering
Nicole Van Scyoc KMS, Safety Village
2001
Frances Rasnake Kettering Medical Center
STAND Students Taking a new direction
2000
Robert Spaulding Initiated and manages volunteers who restore artifacts at the U.S. Air Force Museum at WPAFB
John McClelland City of Kettering, Vehicle Maintenance Center
Ron Wilson City of Kettering P&D, Fraze, Scrapbook
Katybeth Mannix Van Buren Middle School, Power of the Pen & City of Kettering
1999
Bob Barr(posthumously) Community activities far too numerous to mention
Alter High School Key Club A variety of activities in the community including help with cleaning up parks, collecting food for the needy, working with youths, helping with seniors and raising money for various charities.
Matt Deppen Donated extensive services for the construction of the State Farm Park concession stand as well as volunteered for EKRC and Holiday at Home
Anita Rankin Extensive volunteer service with the American Red Cross for more than 25 years,  specially excellent work with the  International Relief and Development Program.
1998
Fairmont High School National Honor Society 67 seniors donate hundreds of hours in a variety of ways,including tutoring students.
Bill Greger Extensive volunteer work with KPD and Con 21 rescue. As well as televising City Council meetings and a variety of activities for The Maria Joseph Council of the Knights of Columbus.
Bill Spencer Many activities including work at the DePaul Center, St. Vincent Hotel, Franciscan Medical Center, K of C and Sister City.
1997
Dottie Cromer Extensive volunteer service for the South Community YMCA, including administrative work, organizing events and helping with The Indian guide/princess program
Sarah Hoskinson Many activities at Van Buren Middle School, including student Council president, junior optimist co-president, peer tutoring, fund raising and activities at Far Hills Baptist Church youth group
Edmund Trissell Donated countless hours photographing all major events of the Kettering-Moraine Historical Museum and provided all materials for their photographic library free of charge.
Lucille Graham A variety of volunteer activities through Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and in the community
1996
Kettering Council of PTA s Establishing and maintaining the Kettering Clothing Room
Vipul and Disha Patel Outstanding students involved in many leadership and extra-curricular activities at Fairmont High School and active in community organizations
Citizen Police Academy Alumni Organization a volunteering group to assist the Kettering Police Department in a multitude of ways.
1995
Dor-Wood Optimist Club Extensive volunteer activities with area youth
Carey Roth Many activities at Fairmont High School and in the community including SADD
Genny Cook Extensive service as an City of Kettering volunteer and at Christ United Methodist Church
Youth Sports Organizations
  • East Kettering Recreation Club
  • Kettering Amateur Baseball Commission
  • First Kettering Athletic League – Baseball
  • Fairmont Wee Firebirds
  • First Kettering Athletic League – Football
  • Kettering Soccer Club
  • South Dayton Figure Skating Club
  • Dayton Bombers Youth Hockey League
  • Fairmont Hockey Club
  • Firebird Futures
  • Kettering City Swim Team
  • Kettering Delco BMX Association
1994
Noreen Long Kettering Jaycee activities and Holiday at Home concessions
Nikki Van Nest Many activities at Fairmont High School and related Projects
Janet Bolton Sister City activities
Jean and Paul Shank Coordinate Fraze volunteer ushers and work with  Neighborhood Pride Awards Committee
1993
J. Richard Lawwill Parks & Recreation Advisory Board, Parks Foundation
Jon Moodie Youth Service Award, Eagle Scout Projects
Bonnie and Ed Anderson English as Second Language Program in Kettering Adult School
Kettering Fairmont AfterProm Committee Providing a safe activity for youth after the prom
Nat Goff Heartland of Kettering Nursing Home
Ruth and Lloyd Grodrian Kettering-Moraine Museum and Historical Society
1992
Barbara Clark Kettering Morning Glories Adult Skating Team
Dale Neibert Boy Scouts, Kettering YMCA, education
Melinda Brewer Youth Service Award, tutors handicapped students
Walter Pettit Sister City, Kettering-Oakwood Exchange club tutors
Kettering and Suburban Senior Citizens Provide one day of recreation to 1,000 seniors per month plus other activities
1991
Bill Albery Volunteer firefighter, Youth Baseball
Dan DeBrosse Youth Volunteer, Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Lucille Bollinger C,I.L.,  Nutrition, Bingo
Richard Crandall Miami Valley Boy Scouts Council, Habitat for Humanity
1990
Linda George Neighborhood Pride
Harold Trigg Kettering Amateur Baseball Commission
Katherine Quinlan Developmental Center for Handicapped
Pat Mastbaum Holiday at Home, many City committees
1989
Adopt-a-Family Program DESC employees
Dale Kress Christmas Day, many City committees
John Wurst Technology Assistance Panel, delegate to RTA
Paul Doty Kettering Sister City, Kiwanis Club
Jean Armstrong Kettering – Moraine Museum, many City committees
Betty Huden City Volunteer in Planning and Police Department
1988
Miriam Leonard FISH – Education – Hunger
Jerry Barnett Education, Dorwood Optimist, many City committees
Glenn Compton Uncle Sam, many City committees
Michael Schumacher Volunteer firefighter – trains recruits
Donald Hibbs Kettering Sister City, Rotary Club - Kettering/Moraine Museum
1987
Joe McCloud Dorwood Optimist, Kettering YMCA, Oak Creek Church
Chester Roush  School Board/many City committees
Walter Hush Volunteer firefighter paramedic education
Eleanor Fariello Holiday at Home, Kettering Parks Foundation
1986
Tom Spettel Boy Scout Leader/Trainer (National)
Earle Bates City of Kettering volunteer for Police Department
George Lehman Involved in many community activities
Arlone Campigotto  Volunteer tutor in Public Schools
Robert Rohr Volunteer firefighter
Paul Hendrickson Beautification Committee
1985
Virginia Kress Beautification, Volunteer committees, Christmas Day
Danny Combs Volunteer firefighter/coach and bus
James Earl Jones Cable TV
D.P&L Lighting in Parks by Volunteers
William Webb Kettering YMCA – soccer in junior high
Jane Shimmin Girl Scout Leader at group home
Roger Kemp Youth Sports, Pee Wee Football Coach
1984
Oleta Vorhis Provides Christmas dinners for Police and Fire
Rita Cookson PTA Council/clothing room
Valerie Andrews Chamber of Commerce
Virginia Tuvell Kettering Moraine Historical Society
Linda Courtney Channel 16/Fund raising
Thomas Farmer Kettering Sertoma, Kidney Foundation
Jane Jancauskus Development Center for Handicapped
Dres Fox/Nancy Allen Big Brothers/Big Sisters
 1983
Terry Schalnat Church/Christmas project
Alberta Prather Kettering and Suburban Senior Citizen – Pilot Club
Doris Hinders Development Center for Handicapped
Forest Stewart City of Kettering volunteer and Kettering Hospital
Paul Shartle Civic Band
Bernard Wannemaker Volunteer firefighter
Edward Fowler Youth Sports
Keith Prentice Andrea Bales/Clay Bates, Theatre Under Stars
Osa Reese Church, Senior Citizen, FISH
Janette Thomas Kettering Hospital
Robert Neitman RTA representative
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