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Outstanding volunteer award nominees sought

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Nominations are currently being accepted to recognize an individual who makes a difference in the community.

"Each April at its annual meeting, the Northwest Civic Association presents the Anna Mildred Henderson Award for Community Service to an individual or organization in Franklin County who has provided outstanding volunteer service that improves local neighborhoods," according to the association's website.

The award is named in honor of one of the founders of the Northwest Civic Association back in 1967.

Anna Henderson, a descendant of the family for whom Henderson Road is named, died April 15, 1988. She was 76.

"Henderson served with the civic association variously as a trustee, an officer and zoning chairman for much of its 20-year history," according to her obituary that was published in The Columbus Dispatch.

"She was credited with helping set the tone for orderly development as a co-author of the Bethel Road Standards, a development plan for the area."

A committee was formed in May of that year to create a community service award in Anna Henderson's honor.

"The values we uphold as an organization are due in large measure to the examples she set," trustee Jim Adair was quoted by The Dispatch.

The call for nominations for the Anna Mildred Henderson Award, which are being accepted through March 1, is a permanent fixture on the main page of the association's website.

"There are so many people doing good throughout the community ... we're looking to get the word out to people other than our board members," John Ehlers, current NWCA board chairman, said last week.

"Past recipients of the award come from all areas of Franklin County," according to the website.

"Some were affiliated with a civic association, an area commission, or a volunteer agency, while others quietly helped their neighbors without public recognition or fanfare."

"There are a lot of folks doing good things," Ehlers said.

"Maybe there are some people here who haven't gotten recognition in the past," he said.

Decorated Korean War veteran, amateur archeologist and retired physical therapist Thomas A. Zeak, 79, who has been a Boy Scout for all but 21 of those years, was the most recent recipient of the community service recognition.

Current civic association board member Rosemarie Lisko was presented the Anna Mildred Henderson Award in 2010.

The nomination form is available from the association's website, http://northwestcivic.org/meetings-events/the-a-m-henderson-award/.

 

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