Richland County Foundation Senior Community Investment Officer Allie Watson received the 2022 Emerging Ohio Philanthropist Award at Philanthropy Ohio’s Forward ’22 conference held recently in Cleveland.
Presented annually by Philanthropy Ohio, the award recognizes an outstanding leader who demonstrates exceptional leadership in advancing philanthropy, creativity in a philanthropic endeavor and has achieved significant accomplishment in a short period of time.
“We are excited for Allie in receiving the emerging philanthropist award. What a well-deserved honor to be recognized by our state philanthropy serving organization for her work in advancing philanthropy, not only in Richland County, but the entire community foundation sector,” said Richland County Foundation President Brady Groves.
Watson was praised for her work on the Mansfield Rising Plan and Osborne Meese Academy. Mansfield Rising is the Foundation’s investment strategy for downtown Mansfield. Instead of hiring a professional consulting firm, it had a citizen-led group create the plan in 2018. It provides a road map for projects and opportunities for partnerships to continue the renaissance of Mansfield. The Osborne Meese Academy is the Foundation’s nonprofit capacity building program which provides education and resources to local charities.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) #3190 will hold an election of officers from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19. The National office of the NAACP will facilitate all voting through “Election Buddy.” Members will be sent a link to their email or cell phone number. Each email or phone number will be allowed only one vote and all voting will take place online.
Those needing assistance to vote or access to the Internet can go to the UMADAOP office, 215 N. Trimble Road between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Nov. 19. To vote in the election, you must be a member in good standing 30 days prior to the scheduled election.
November is Diabetes Month and the Bellville Lions Club and Lions Club International want to educate people about diabetes, since it causes blindness. Diabetes is a disease that is growing in our world. There is 274,100 million adults in the USA and 177,900 children in the USA with Type 1 diabetes.
The Bellville Lions Club wants people to know the causes of Type 2 diabetes, which often develops slowly; you can be living with it for years before you find out you have it.
Some of the symptoms of Type 2 include: increased thirst, frequent urination, unintended weight loss, overweight, fatigue, blurred vision and numbness or tingling of hands and feet. Diabetes can also cause heart disease, pancreas cancer, loss of toes and feet, kidney disease and dementia. Type 1 diabetes has no known cause. Children and adults with Type 1 must use insulin injections to keep it under control.
Steps to prevent diabetes include eating healthy foods, staying active by walking or another activity, and losing weight.
GALION — Galion High School (GHS) has launched a before-and after-school program called “ROAR” (Resources, Opportunities, Achievement and Readiness), which focuses on providing academic support in math and language arts. ROAR also offers youth development and enrichment activities in music and arts, social-emotional learning, STEAM activities like robotics, acts of kindness and community-focused projects.
ROAR has been active at the primary, intermediate and middle schools for three years now, but this is the first year for the high school.
ROAR participants at the high school level also gain access to career connections through Galion’s existing work-study programs and the newly established carpentry skills program. The carpentry skills program and apprenticeship opportunities were made possible through a partnership with the Indiana-Kentucky-Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship. Participating students can earn 12 credits required for high school graduation and an additional, industry-recognized Ohio Carpenters Pre-Apprenticeship Program Certificate of Completion.
ROAR at GHS was made possible by the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant that was awarded to GHS in the amount of $200,000.
ROAR meets 6:15-7:15 a.m. and 2:30-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students can enroll in the GHS ROAR program via this form: or by calling the school office.
For more information, contact Violeta Chinni, ROAR Program Manager, at
LOUDONVILLE — The Cleo Redd Fisher Museum in Loudonville continues its Speaker Series on Nov. 21 with a retrospective look at Operation Torch, the 1942 Allied invasion of North Africa during the second World War.
Operation Torch resulted from an uneasy compromise between the Western Allies, including opposition from the Joint Chiefs of Staff and concern from President Franklin Roosevelt. Torch was intended to relieve pressure on the Soviet Union by imperiling Axis forces in the region and enabling an invasion of Southern Europe in 1943.
John Moser joins the museum to view Torch in retrospect, including discussions that began soon after Pearl Harbor among the Allied leadership over how best to fight the Axis and particularly the debate over opening a “second front” in France.
Moser is professor of history and chair of the Department of History and Political Science at Ashland University. He has published numerous works on subjects ranging from comic books to Japanese foreign policy.
The Speaker Series is free and open to the public. The program will be held in the lecture hall of the Cleo Redd Fisher Museum, 203 E. Main St. in Loudonville. Doors will open at 6:30, with the program beginning at 7 p.m.
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