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 will be accepted until March 1. 

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

 

Meet our 2018 Mayor’s Award Winners

Mayor’s Award for Youth Volunteer Service –

Lauren Dalton

2018 Mayor's Award recipient, Lauren Dalton, with Mayor Don Patterson
2018 Mayor’s Award recipient, Lauren Dalton, with Mayor Don Patterson

Lauren Dalton is the daughter of Jeffrey and Angie Dalton, and a big sister to Leah.  She attended St. Albert Elementary School and is now a senior at Dayton Regional Stem School.  Lauren has a long history of volunteering in Kettering and the Greater Dayton area.

Lauren has been a competitive gymnast for over 10 years at the YMCA where she trains year round.  She volunteers 5 hours each week at the South YMCA instructing young children in the sport of gymnastics.  If a child has special needs, Lauren is ready with an adaptive movement and words of encouragement.  Lauren’s volunteer efforts help instruct an additional 100 children each week.

Lauren has been active in Girl Scouts since Kindergarten, having earned both the Bronze and Silver Awards.  She’s volunteered two summers at Girl Scout camp, and she’s volunteered three summers with preschool camp at Boonshoft Museum.

In addition, she is the President of Student Council, a valued member of National Honor Society, Kiwanis Club, and the Junior Council on World Affairs.  She devotes numerous hours to all of these service clubs, helping those less fortunate.

Lauren’s nominator states, “Lauren is hardworking, caring, compassionate and a problem solver.  She is committed to giving back to her community.  She is determined to make a positive difference in children’s lives by volunteering her time to activities that shape one’s character and, in turn, one’s future.

Congratulations, Lauren!

 

Mayor’s Award for Volunteer Service (Adult) –

 

Sue Ellen Boesch (pronounced Besh)

2018 Mayor's Award recipient, Sue Ellen Boesch, with Mayor Don Patterson
2018 Mayor’s Award recipient, Sue Ellen Boesch, with Mayor Don Patterson

Kettering resident Sue Ellen Boesch has lived in Kettering with her husband Jack for over twenty years.  Her passion for Kettering is evidenced by her commitment to volunteering with various projects and programs, including nearly ten years on the Kettering Arts Council, several years on the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Arts Program Advisory Committee and most recently, the Parks Foundation.  She also serves on the Advisory Committee of the University of Dayton Libraries.

Sue Ellen works tirelessly to make the arts accessible to the greater public. She helped launch an initiative to make Art on the Commons one of the largest one-day fine arts festivals in the Miami Valley.  Through this initiative, Sue Ellen worked to create a special annual event to recognize Art on the Commons artists and volunteers.  This very successful event not only shows appreciation for those involved, but it also demonstrates that Kettering is a top-notch destination for the arts.  Sue Ellen volunteers regularly for City events, including the Kettering Community Block Party, and marching in the Holiday at Home Parade to draw awareness to the arts.  Her can-do spirit makes her a highly esteemed member of the Kettering Arts Council and a pillar in the community for arts advocacy and the amenities that Kettering has to offer.

As stated by her nominator, “Sue Ellen’s love of Kettering transfers to everyone encounters, including visiting artists from across the country, and the people she encounters on a daily basis.  Her work as a volunteer has brought in many new volunteers and her enthusiasm keeps energy levels high.  She is a remarkable volunteer and a loyal Kettering resident.”

 

Congratulations, Sue Ellen!

 

MAYOR’S AWARD RECIPIENTS

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                      67 seniors donate hundreds of hours in a variety of ways,

National Honor Society                  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                        Providing a safe activity for youth after the prom

AfterProm Committee

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              Provide one day of recreation to 1,000 seniors per month plus other activities

Senior Citizens

 

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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