Columbus, Ohio — The State Department of Aging issued a call for nominations for outstanding older individuals to be inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame. The hall honors Ohioans age 60 and older for their extraordinary achievements and contributions. Individuals and organizations interested in nominating a neighbor, colleague, family member or friend may do so online at www.aging.ohio.gov/news/nominations/.
The department will accept nominations through August 15. Honorees will be inducted to the Hall of Fame in the spring of 2010.
“Members of the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame have made a difference in the lives of those around them,” said Barbara E. Riley, director of the department.
“They are ordinary people who do extraordinary things. They have shaped communities, influenced industry, helped the arts flourish and so much more. We know most Ohioans know of at least one person who deserves this honor, and we hope they will take the time to nominate him or her.”
Nominees must be age 60 or older and be native-born Ohioans or a resident of the state for at least 10 years. Posthumous nominations will be accepted. Self-nominations are not accepted.
Nominees will be evaluated on the impact of their current contributions, or a continuation of contributions begun before age 60, in areas of endeavor including, but not limited to:
∫ Civic Service
∫ Visual/Performing Arts
Those selected will represent older Ohioans who set an example by leading active and positive lives not defined by age or barriers, and who demonstrate significant contributions to their communities. To learn more, visit www.aging.ohio.gov/news/halloffame/.
Barnesville’s Jean Palmer Davies was an 2009 inductee.
Ms. Davies and her late husband, Bill, managed the family-owned Barnesville Enterprise, the weekly newspaper, from the early 1950's until 1991. She was advertising manager, society editor, news writer, photographer and columnist. In her retirement, she still contributes a weekly column and ensures the daily newspaper is aware of activities in Barnesville, often writing the material herself. Thanks to her specialized computer and other equipment, Ms. Davies is able to continue her writing and involvement in other civic activities, even though she has vision loss due to macular degeneration.
In addition to being a member of the Barnesville Bicentennial planning committee, she was in charge of the cemetery walk, which involved about 200 people. She also assisted with a month-long art show. As a life-time member and current elder of the Barnesville First Presbyterian Church, she is chairman of the church's 150th anniversary celebration.
The Ohio Department of Aging provides leadership for the delivery of services and supports that improve and promote quality of life and personal choice for older Ohioans, adults with disabilities, their families and their caregivers. Working with 12 area agencies on aging and other community partners, the department offers home- and community-based Medicaid waiver programs such as PASSPORT, caregiver support, the long-term care ombudsman program, the Golden Buckeye Card and more. Visit www.aging.ohio.gov.