There's still time to nominate a local woman who volunteers in the community for the Northwest Women of the Year award.

There's still time to nominate a local woman who volunteers in the community for the Northwest Women of the Year award.

"What we're trying to do is recognize women who are historically active in the community that don't always get the recognition they deserve for what they do," said Christina Redman, who co-chairs the award committee for the Upper Arlington Rotary. "They can be anyone who lives in the northwest quadrant of the county including Hilliard."

This is the 38th year for the award, which was started by former UA councilman Leonard Zane. Five women will be selected to receive the award, with the criteria of being active within the last 10 years in central Ohio volunteer community service; and residing within the boundaries of I-270 (west and north), Olentangy River Road (east) and Broad Street (south).

Nomination forms can be picked up at the Upper Arlington Public Library or by visiting http://www.uarotary.org/Announcements.cfm. The deadline to turn in the nominations is Feb. 4.

"We try to scour the community to find those people, because a lot of time they don't toot their own horns," Redman said. "So we rely on nominations from other people who are aware of them so that we can then recognize and reward them."

The women are recognized at a Rotary luncheon in May and will receive a "Service Above Self" (the Rotary motto) award and a $250 check to go to their favorite charity.

"The awards (are) wonderful because a lot of people when you volunteer, you're just doing it because you want to help," Redman said. "You're not really looking for recognition, but it sure is nice to get it."

One of last year's winners was Peggy Tidwell, a banker who resides in Upper Arlington. She said her volunteer activities included church summer camp, working at the high school store and sitting on numerous boards. She has served as president of Tri-Village Rotary, which spun off from the UA Rotary 15 years ago.

"I was shocked (to win), because I never feel like I do enough," Tidwell said. "I go to hear speakers and I always go away thinking, why am I not doing more? I'm a mother of twins, work full-time and always have that voice in the back of the head.

"I think it's just because I'm so thankful for family, where we live and the school my kids attend," she said. "I just want to give back."

Tidwell said her check for being one of the Northwest Women of the Year went to her church and "paid for a child who can't afford it to go to summer camp."

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