Mayor’s Award

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.

Adult and youth Mayor’s Award nominations are accepted all year. However, the 2020 Mayor’s Award nominations are due by March 13, 2020. Awards are presented during National Volunteer Week. 

Nominate someone by using the forms below.
Mayor’s Award: Youth Nomination Form
Mayor’s Award: Adult Nomination Form


Meet our 2019 Mayor’s Award Winners

Mayor’s Award for Youth Volunteer Service –

Sasha Whitaker

2019 Mayor's Award recipient, Sasha Whitaker, with Mayor Don Patterson
2019 Mayor’s Award recipient, Sasha Whitaker, with Mayor Don Patterson

Sasha Whitaker is a senior at Fairmont High School. Her family includes her mother, Andrea Kannedy; father, James Whitaker; step-mother, Kelly Whitaker; and half-sister, Jessa Whitaker.  Her current volunteer efforts include:

Dayton Honor Flight where she reports to the airport at 2 a.m. on flight days to greet veterans and provide assistance for the trip.  She also returns in the evening to welcome them home.  At the age of 16, Sasha served as a flight guardian for two veterans, one of which was wheelchair bound.

She is also an active SICSA foster. She responds to requests to pick up animals and the supplies to care for them, on a moment’s notice.  Without her help, these animals might never have the chance for adoption.

Sasha lost her grandmother to ALS.  Since 2005 she’s participated in Dayton Walk to Defeat ALS.  For the past several years, she’s been a member of the planning committee.  She has many responsibilities including helping with event set-up and securing donations.

She has also been a student council member in both middle school and high school.  She is a member of National Honor Society, a peer tutor, and she’s volunteered at the Kettering Early Childhood Education Center.

Sasha plans to attend The Ohio State University in the fall to pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education.



Mayor’s Award for Volunteer Service (Adult) –

 Rick Moreton

2019 Mayor's Award recipient, Rick Moreton, with Mayor Don Patterson
2019 Mayor’s Award recipient, Rick Moreton, with Mayor Don Patterson

Volunteer Rick Moreton, is married to Stephanie and they reside in Sabina which is a 53 mile commute one way to the City of Kettering. They have one son, Austin. He works part-time at a Nike store near his home.  He began volunteering for Kettering in 2013. To date, he has donated over 1350 hours of service.  His volunteer work includes helping with the city’s Christmas Day Open House at Polen Farm, greeting guests at Fraze Pavilion, and assisting visitors at the Kettering Connection. Rick also generously provides guidance to city staff on matters of adaptability and inclusion.

One of Rick’s nominators had this to say about his work at Kettering Connection, “Many of the people visiting Kettering Connection are desperate for help with very difficult situations.  Several have lost spouses, friends and even children.  Rick is comfortable enough to discuss the sad times as well as celebrate the good times.  He creates a positive and welcoming atmosphere.”

When Rick was asked why he drives so far to volunteer with the City of Kettering he stated, “There is no better place to serve.”  Rick always makes an effort to promote activities and events sponsored by the City.

Another nominator stated, “Rick is a very caring individual.  He has a great sense of humor and a strong desire to help others.  Rick is an inspiration. He overcomes obstacles, and chooses to live his life fully.  I am so grateful to have shared the past six years with this gentleman and watched how, in spite of his challenges, he uses his gifts to be of service to others and ensure that each person he comes in contact with feels valued.”





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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