Joined Hearts in Giving honors Ohioans at least 60 years old who have been married 40 years or longer and who share a commitment to volunteerism.
Two local couples, Glenn and Catherine Maxwell of Bellaire and Aaron and Charlene Miller of Beallsville, were among those honored.
“Ohio is a better place because of the efforts of these great people,” said Mrs. Strickland, the event’s host. “Through the hours and hard work they volunteer, they embody all that makes this state exceptional.”
Barbara E. Riley, the director of the Ohio Department of Aging, echoed Strickland’s sentiments.
“The devotion of these couples is truly heart-warming,” Riley said. “Their commitment to each other and their passion to help others is a model we can all take to heart.”
These special volunteers range in years married from 43 to 67, ages 65 to 90 and from 3 to 61 years of volunteering.
∫ Mr. & Mrs. Miller, married for 52 years, are long-time volunteers with Zion United Methodist Church. Aaron has served on the board of trustees and been an office holder for more than 15 years. Charlene has held the position of treasurer/secretary and was a charter member, having served for more than 40 years. They serve together in the American Blonde d’Aquitaine Cattle Association, where Aaron has been on the board of directors for 15 years and was recently elected vice president. They recently hosted the Association’s annual fall meeting at their farm in Monroe County. For two years, Aaron and Charlene also have been involved with Team Monroe, a local development partnership of Monroe County residents. Aaron is a charter member of the board of trustees and serves as the chair of the tourism committee, helping to start an Ohio River Museum. Charlene also serves on the tourism and river museum committees, as well as the Monroe County Business Incubator Committee. Aaron is currently vice president of the Monroe County Farm Bureau. For 22 years, Charlene has been a member of the Woodsfield Garden Club and has served as treasurer/secretary.
∫ Mr. & Mrs. Maxwell, married 50 years, founded the Belmont County Habitat for Humanity 10 years and 19 homes ago. Glenn has been active as a past president, board member and building committee member, and helps organize the builds. Catherine has been a secretary, board member, committee member and is the current treasurer. They volunteer as much as possible at the Bellaire Rock Hill Presbyterian Church. The Maxwells have had youth groups from their church as well as various churches in the area help with builds. Glenn coordinated an activity with Habitat for National Day of Caring, and won an award for the organization’s participation in Make a Difference Day. Glenn and Catherine have been an inspiration to those that they have built houses for, as well as the community and the volunteers that they deal with on an ongoing basis.
LOCAL?COUPLES Aaron and Charlene Miller of Beallsville, shown here, and Glenn and Catherine Maxwell are flanked by Barbara E. Riley, left and Ohio First Lady Frances Strickland. Strickland and the Ohio Department of Aging honored 22 couples Friday in Columbus during the 11th annual Joined Hearts in Giving celebration