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NWCA volunteer award nominees sought

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Northwest Civic Association trustees are seeking nominations for this year's award honoring volunteers in the community.

The Anna Mildred Henderson Award for Community Service is named for the association's 1967 founding trustee.

It is presented annually "to an individual or organization in Franklin County who has provided outstanding volunteer service that improves local neighborhoods," according to the NWCA's website.

Henderson, who lived near the intersection of Henderson and Kenny roads when the area was farms and apple orchards, "exemplified the importance of volunteerism and community service," according to civic association President John Ehlers.

"Consistent with her vision, the NWCA is an organization of active volunteers who advocate for residents in matters related to city services, for example, development standards, zoning and graphic variances, and code enforcement," Ehlers wrote in an email last week.

"Our board has faced some important issues this past year -- (state Route) 161/Linworth redevelopment, the 161 bike path, and 5450 Riverside, to name a few -- and I know Anna would have been proud," Ehlers wrote.

"However, each year we turn our attention away from our own issues and ask residents who live within our service area to nominate someone from central Ohio they know best exemplifies Anna's values to be recognized for their volunteerism and community service.

"It's a wonderful opportunity to celebrate those who get so much out of giving of themselves."

Last year's Mildred Ann Henderson Award recipient was Carol Ann Baker of Upper Arlington, who heads up a program to feed the homeless at First Community Church.

Other recent past recipients include longtime local Boy Scout leader Tom Zeak and Jennifer Adair, daughter of a former NWCA trustee who founded the Maize Road Civic Association after moving out of the area.

The award is certainly not confined to people who live in the Northwest Side, Ehlers pointed out.

"We're all learning from each other," he said in an interview, "and so as we get an opportunity to talk with area commissions and civic associations in other parts of the city we find out what their concerns are and we share our concerns, and sometimes people have come up with very creative solutions often associated with volunteer activity."

The deadline for nominations for this year's awardee is Saturday, March 1, Ehlers wrote in his email.

The winner will be notified by March 15 and will be presented the award in person at the Northwest Civic Association's annual meeting April 23.

A nomination form is available at northwestcivic.org by clicking on the "Anna Mildred Henderson Award" link under meetings and events.

More information is available by writing to northwest civic@gmail.com.

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