FROM AN OCT 6, 2017 TIMES-REPORTER ARTICLE:
The Dennison Railroad Depot Museum will select the 2017 Lucille Nussdorfer Tuscarawas County Woman of the Year Award winner Thursday from among six finalists.
Each finalist will receive a basket of gifts. The winner will receive a necklace by Alan Rodriguez of Rodriguez’ House of Stones. The award is given to a woman who makes a significant impact in her community. Normally the committee brings the total of finalists to the “Fab Five.” This year, due to many entries, the group decided to bring the finalists total to six making these ladies the “Superb Six.” The following women were nominated for the award:
Minnie Garabrandt of New Philadelphia is being nominated for her extensive work with the Indian Valley Foundation. Minnie was one of the leading founders of this organization whose mission is to enhance academic excellence in the Indian Valley School District through support of educational opportunities not funded by traditional sources. Since the beginning, she has helped raise over $200,000 that support student programs, teacher classroom grants, building level grants and scholarships.
Cindy Staggs of Newcomerstown is involved in many organizations including the Girls Scouts. As the Tuscarawas County Girl Scout Area Coordinator she provides her scouts with a wonderful experience while teaching them about service to the community. In addition, she is involved with the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure and the Relay For Life and has served as a participant and coordinator. She also has been the Newcomerstown Biddy Cheerleader Advisor.
Mary Ann Otte of New Philadelphia is being nominated for her passion and dedication to not only the Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board, but also Tuscarawas County Family and Children First Council, the Connecting with At-Risk Youth Project, the Municipal Recovery Court and the Tuscarawas County Anti-Drug Coalition. She is an avid supporter of eliminating drug and alcohol addiction from our county.
Rena Dennison of Dover is being nominated for her dedication to educating tourists, visitors and schoolchildren about Delaware (Lenape) culture and life at Historic Schoenbrunn Village. While volunteering at the Village she has shown villagers how to cook on a hot rock, play traditional 18th century games and teach the intricacies of the Lenape language. This last year she was instrumental in creating a new event that brought over 300 people to the village.
Donna Beitzel of New Philadelphia has spent over a decade in service to the Rainbow Connection. She has served as past president and spent countless hours contributing to the telethon and helping it continue to grow each year in its fund raising. In addition, Donna has served as a board member and served several times as president for Starlight Enterprises, Inc. She was the spearhead for the transition of SEI from its old location to the two newest locations.
Kathy Willoughby of Dover spends the majority of her volunteer time with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters organization as she tries to steer young people in need in the right direction and offer friendship and fun. Kathy believes that it is a privilege to work with these young people not only to make a difference in their lives but also make our community a better place to live and work.
The awards presentation will be held at a banquet at the Schoenbrunn Inn and Conference Center in New Philadelphia on Thursday. For more information, call Martha Campbell at 330-340-0390 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUBMITTED BY WENDY ZUCAL
DENNISON RAILROAD DEPOT MUSEUM