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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 2021 Mayor’s Award Winners

Mayor’s Award for Youth Volunteer Service –

Tahjey Lawson

Mayor Don Patterson with Tahjey Lawson

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 Mayor Patterson honors both a youth volunteer and an adult volunteer.  Meet our 2021 youth award winner, Tahjey Lawson.

Tahjey Lawson resides in Kettering with his grandmother and grandfather, George and Tammy Lawson.  Tahjey attends Kettering Middle School and he is in the eighth grade.  Tahjey’s volunteer efforts are extensive addressing a host of needs in our community spanning a variety of generations.  His efforts include, serving the homeless by collecting coats and blankets (some of which he made); boxing personal care items for front line workers at local nursing homes and hospitals as well as hospitals and first responders in New York; collecting and donating baby items and diapers for Hannah’s Treasure Chest; packing bags with hand sanitizer and snacks for the Kettering Police Dept.; creating and donating get well cards for those at the VA hospital; and he personally raised over $1,000 for the PTA Walkathon at KMS which helped supply snacks during state testing.  Tahjey also served as Secretary to the Junior Optimist Club at KMS.  Most recently, Tahjey was elected Governor of the Ohio District for Junior Optimist International.  His term will start in August.  Tahjey’s nominator stated, “Tahjey has had obstacles throughout his life but he still finds the time to give to others.  I cannot think of any other youth in our community who would be more deserving of this award.”  We could not agree more!

Congratulations Tahjey and thank you for your service.  You are a true role model for our community!

Mayor’s Award for Volunteer Service (Adult) -

Sue Solvig

Mayor Don Patterson with Sue Solvig

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 Mayor Patterson honors both a youth volunteer and an adult volunteer.  Meet our 2021 award winner Sue Solvig.

Sue grew up in a military family which took her to California, Florida, Tennessee and Guam.  She is married to her husband Bob and has two daughters, Erica and Rachel, and four grandsons. Sue and her husband spent several years in New York before making the move to our area in 2014.

Sue began volunteering for the City of Kettering in October of 2019.  Up until the pandemic, Sue’s volunteer service included assisting at special events, receptionist’s duties; helping with the nutrition program; and scheduling rides for seniors as part of our senior transportation program at Lathrem Senior Center.

In March of 2020 the senior center closed due to the pandemic.  Sue and other volunteers rose to the challenge by making phone calls to isolated seniors to ensure their wellbeing.  As the pandemic continued, Sue offered to return to help with the senior transportation program.  After making some safety modifications to the office area, she returned in July to assist with this essential program helping Monday through Friday from 8 – 10 a.m.

Sue’s nominator had this to say, “One of the most amazing things about Sue is her ability to truly bond with the clients, listen to them and make feel safe.  She spends hours on the phone talking through pandemic related fears and other issues regarding isolation.  She also talks with family members regarding their loved one’s transportation needs.  She clearly and patiently explains our program to new clients. Sue is gifted with a servant’s heart.  With the changes thrust upon us at the onset of the pandemic, she did not hesitate to offer help with needs in our community demonstrating what “community” is all about!”

Congratulations, Sue!

Tahjey LawsonKettering 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 SolvigScheduled 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
Bobbi CarnesFairmont High School, Alzheimer's 5k walk, MS 5k walk, Retirement Communities and Dayton Tornado Recovery Efforts
Bob MontavonDor-Wood Optimist Club, First Kettering Athletic League, Boy Scouts of America Scout Leader, Oak Creek Swim Team, Fairmont High School Marching Band volunteer, St. Charles Youth Group, Kettering Parks Foundation, Kettering Tri-Star Basketball and Kids' Day in the Park
Sasha WhitakerFairmont 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 MoretonHelping with the city’s Christmas Day Open House at Polen Farm,greeting guests at Fraze Pavilion, and assisting visitors at the Kettering Connection
Lauren Dalton  Dayton Regional STEM School, Girl Scouts, Preschool camp at Boonshoft Museum and instructs gymnastics for young children at South YMCA
Sue Ellen BoeschKettering Arts Council, PRCA Advisory Committee, Art on the Commons, UD Libraries Advisory Committee
Theodore HaleFairmont 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 FosterSinclair Community College/Fairmont High School, office assistant, assists a Fairmont Industries student through the Buddy System
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 BradleyChristmas Day at Polen Farm, Speed Watch, Neighborhood Watch, Compost Cops, Holiday at Home, Kettering Noon Optimist Club
Elizabeth Janess Alter High School, Key Club, Kettering and Dayton Children’s Hospital, Mission trips to Guatemala, Summer Bible Camps, Peer Minister
Zach LawhornKettering Middle School, Art Club Buddies
Kalliope BesslerKMS, Hannah’s Treasure Chest, serving food at St. Vincent’s Soup Kitchen Greek Festival and the Oktoberfest, teaching children weekly at church
Courtney HemmelgarnFairmont 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
Emily HertingFairmont High School
Allie SmithAlter High School
Rachel RameyOakwood High School – Christ United Methodist Church
Meagan BurianAlter High School
Jessica WuenschFairmont High School, MLK & Kettering Youth Council
Jordan HibnerAlter High School Key Club, We Care Arts 7 Juvenile Diabetes
Chuck & Carol DickersonNeighborhood Pride
Alic BrockFairmont High School, Dayton Street Ministry
Emily FleitzMLK Breakfast & Fairmont United Student Body
Lauren IgnozziSenior/Senior Prom, Alter Key Club
Caroline SmithFairmont High School Student Council, Greenmont Oak-Park Food Pantry
Catie GmeinerAlter Key Club & SADD
Kyla Morgan YoungFairmont High School, Radio Director WKET
Alan and Mary Kay FellerChrist United Methodist After School Program
Opal LeoCIL, City of Kettering
Ralph AndrewsCity of Kettering, Disabled Swimming Program
Alter Key Club60 Non-Profit Organizations
Amber MitchellFairmont High School, Junior Optimist
Ashley TimmonsFairmont High School, DECA, National Honor Society
Dr. GoodwinBoy Scout Troop 236
Larry SchleaCity of Kettering Volunteer Program
Tyler  BackFairmont High School, WKET-FM
Katie ScocozzoFairmont High School, National Honor Society
Erin VannattaAlter High School peer Ministry
Zac SiderasFairmont High School, Kettering Youth Council
Fairmont IndustriesPlant Flowers, One Lincoln Park
Jean CollinsCIL Nutrition Program, City of Kettering
Nicole Van ScyocKMS, Safety Village
Frances RasnakeKettering Medical Center
STANDStudents Taking a new direction
Robert SpauldingInitiated and manages volunteers who restore artifacts at the U.S. Air Force Museum at WPAFB
John McClellandCity of Kettering, Vehicle Maintenance Center
Ron WilsonCity of Kettering P&D, Fraze, Scrapbook
Katybeth MannixVan Buren Middle School, Power of the Pen & City of Kettering
Bob Barr(posthumously)Community activities far too numerous to mention
Alter High School Key ClubA 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 DeppenDonated extensive services for the construction of the State Farm Park concession stand as well as volunteered for EKRC and Holiday at Home
Anita RankinExtensive volunteer service with the American Red Cross for more than 25 years,  specially excellent work with the  International Relief and Development Program.
Fairmont High School National Honor Society67 seniors donate hundreds of hours in a variety of ways,including tutoring students.
Bill GregerExtensive 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 SpencerMany activities including work at the DePaul Center, St. Vincent Hotel, Franciscan Medical Center, K of C and Sister City.
Dottie CromerExtensive volunteer service for the South Community YMCA, including administrative work, organizing events and helping with The Indian guide/princess program
Sarah HoskinsonMany 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 TrissellDonated countless hours photographing all major events of the Kettering-Moraine Historical Museum and provided all materials for their photographic library free of charge.
Lucille GrahamA variety of volunteer activities through Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and in the community
Kettering Council of PTA sEstablishing and maintaining the Kettering Clothing Room
Vipul and Disha PatelOutstanding students involved in many leadership and extra-curricular activities at Fairmont High School and active in community organizations
Citizen Police Academy AlumniOrganization a volunteering group to assist the Kettering Police Department in a multitude of ways.
Dor-Wood Optimist ClubExtensive volunteer activities with area youth
Carey RothMany activities at Fairmont High School and in the community including SADD
Genny CookExtensive 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
Noreen LongKettering Jaycee activities and Holiday at Home concessions
Nikki Van NestMany activities at Fairmont High School and related Projects
Janet BoltonSister City activities
Jean and Paul ShankCoordinate Fraze volunteer ushers and work with  Neighborhood Pride Awards Committee
J. Richard LawwillParks & Recreation Advisory Board, Parks Foundation
Jon MoodieYouth Service Award, Eagle Scout Projects
Bonnie and Ed AndersonEnglish as Second Language Program in Kettering Adult School
Kettering Fairmont AfterProm CommitteeProviding a safe activity for youth after the prom
Nat GoffHeartland of Kettering Nursing Home
Ruth and Lloyd GrodrianKettering-Moraine Museum and Historical Society
Barbara ClarkKettering Morning Glories Adult Skating Team
Dale NeibertBoy Scouts, Kettering YMCA, education
Melinda BrewerYouth Service Award, tutors handicapped students
Walter PettitSister City, Kettering-Oakwood Exchange club tutors
Kettering and Suburban Senior CitizensProvide one day of recreation to 1,000 seniors per month plus other activities
Bill AlberyVolunteer firefighter, Youth Baseball
Dan DeBrosseYouth Volunteer, Big Brothers/Big Sisters
Lucille BollingerC,I.L.,  Nutrition, Bingo
Richard CrandallMiami Valley Boy Scouts Council, Habitat for Humanity
Linda GeorgeNeighborhood Pride
Harold TriggKettering Amateur Baseball Commission
Katherine QuinlanDevelopmental Center for Handicapped
Pat MastbaumHoliday at Home, many City committees
Adopt-a-Family ProgramDESC employees
Dale KressChristmas Day, many City committees
John WurstTechnology Assistance Panel, delegate to RTA
Paul DotyKettering Sister City, Kiwanis Club
Jean ArmstrongKettering – Moraine Museum, many City committees
Betty HudenCity Volunteer in Planning and Police Department
Miriam LeonardFISH – Education – Hunger
Jerry BarnettEducation, Dorwood Optimist, many City committees
Glenn ComptonUncle Sam, many City committees
Michael SchumacherVolunteer firefighter – trains recruits
Donald HibbsKettering Sister City, Rotary Club - Kettering/Moraine Museum
Joe McCloudDorwood Optimist, Kettering YMCA, Oak Creek Church
Chester Roush School Board/many City committees
Walter HushVolunteer firefighter paramedic education
Eleanor FarielloHoliday at Home, Kettering Parks Foundation
Tom SpettelBoy Scout Leader/Trainer (National)
Earle BatesCity of Kettering volunteer for Police Department
George LehmanInvolved in many community activities
Arlone Campigotto Volunteer tutor in Public Schools
Robert RohrVolunteer firefighter
Paul HendricksonBeautification Committee
Virginia KressBeautification, Volunteer committees, Christmas Day
Danny CombsVolunteer firefighter/coach and bus
James Earl JonesCable TV
D.P&LLighting in Parks by Volunteers
William WebbKettering YMCA – soccer in junior high
Jane ShimminGirl Scout Leader at group home
Roger KempYouth Sports, Pee Wee Football Coach
Oleta VorhisProvides Christmas dinners for Police and Fire
Rita CooksonPTA Council/clothing room
Valerie AndrewsChamber of Commerce
Virginia TuvellKettering Moraine Historical Society
Linda CourtneyChannel 16/Fund raising
Thomas FarmerKettering Sertoma, Kidney Foundation
Jane JancauskusDevelopment Center for Handicapped
Dres Fox/Nancy AllenBig Brothers/Big Sisters
Terry SchalnatChurch/Christmas project
Alberta PratherKettering and Suburban Senior Citizen – Pilot Club
Doris HindersDevelopment Center for Handicapped
Forest StewartCity of Kettering volunteer and Kettering Hospital
Paul ShartleCivic Band
Bernard WannemakerVolunteer firefighter
Edward FowlerYouth Sports
Keith PrenticeAndrea Bales/Clay Bates, Theatre Under Stars
Osa ReeseChurch, Senior Citizen, FISH
Janette ThomasKettering Hospital
Robert NeitmanRTA representative
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