Monday, October 25, 2004

Award honors volunteers' efforts

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For William Mauch, Paul Rank and Snowden Rowe, receiving the Circle of Hope award Oct. 8 was a testament to their commitment to volunteerism.

They received the honor at the Inter Parish Ministry's 40th anniversary gala and Circle of Hope dinner at the Retired Senior & Volunteer Program in Loveland.

Mauch, a ministry volunteer and a retired accountant, is the money counter for the agency at 3509 Debolt Road, something he has done for seven years. He encouraged his friends to support the organization.

Rank, a former Inter Parish Ministry president, keeps busy promoting the organization with new programs and fund-raising events, such as the "I Pedal for Missions" program. He also promotes the organization through his church, St. Timothy Episcopal in Anderson Township.

Rowe was president of the ministry from 1990-94 and served a brief period as acting executive director. His particular interest is youth programs, such as the Summer Camp and the David Meredith Education fund.

The awards were presented by ministry board president Jay Van Winkle.

Inter Parish Ministry's Nearly New Store manager Doshia Thomas and her sister, Ada Dixon, designed and hand-stitched a ministry Heritage quilt, which was sold at auction at the gala.

Van Winkle announced the kickoff of the annual fund-raising campaign at the end of the gala, which netted more than $6,000 to support ministry programs and services for Clermont County and eastern Hamilton County families.

Conference honorees

Kathryn Preston is regarded as an advocate and a resource for residents and staff at Mother Margaret Hall in Delhi Township.

Bob Sinnard, a long-time volunteer at Mother Margaret Hall, the Sisters of Charity nursing home, goes a step beyond volunteering: He brings along his friends to do the same thing.

Both were recognized at the annual Resident Activity Personnel in Ohio Conference Oct. 14 at the Columbus Marriott North.

Preston, director of resident programs and activities at Mother Margaret Hall, was honored with the Facility Relationship Award.

Sinnard was recognized with the State Volunteer Award.

Preston, who has been with the hall for nine years, was honored for promoting the formation of lasting relationship between residents, staff, communities and families.

Sinnard was recognized for recruiting other volunteers for numerous programs and events.

$10,000 donation

In honor of one of its members who died of cancer this year, the Pink Ribbon Girls ( has donated $10,000 to American Cancer Society's Hope Lodge.

The Cincinnati-based nonprofit organization is keeping the awareness of breast cancer alive in honor of Christine Leydorf, who shared her determination with the group.

The lodge, in Avondale, opened last week. It is among 21 lodges throughout the United States.

ACADEMIC ALL-STARS: Doctorate earned

Larry Keller has earned a doctorate degree in veterinary medicine from the College of Veterinary Medicine of Auburn (Ala.) University.

The St. Henry High School graduate received a bachelor's degree in biology from Thomas More College. He is the son of Charlene and John Keller of Erlanger.

Dean's list

These students have been named to the spring term dean's list at their college or university:

Alison Glew, a sophomore mathematics/statistics major at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland. The Fairfield High School graduate is the daughter of Roxanne and Ruston Storer of Fairfield and Sue and David Glew of West Chester Township.

Elizabeth Marklein, a sophomore majoring in psychology with a minor in criminal justice in the Honors Program at Indiana University, Bloomington. She is the daughter of Jane and Bob Marklein of Anderson Township.

Anne Connor, a freshman electronic media major at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. The Ursuline Academy graduate is the daughter of Marguerite and Denny Connor of Kenwood.

Michael Schamer, attending Ohio State University. The St. Xavier High School graduate is the son of Kathleen and Thomas Schamer of White Oak.

Scholarship winner

David Mou, a 2004 Seven Hills Upper School graduate, is the recipient of a Gates Millennium Scholarship, funded by a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The scholarship will fund 10 years of college undergraduate and graduate education at institutions of his choice.

He is attending Harvard University.

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