Lauded for his volunteer work and dedication to community service, Reynoldsburg City Councilman Marshall Spalding was one of 13 central Ohioans inducted into the Central Ohio Area Agency on Aging's Senior Citizens Hall of Fame.
The May 16 event at the Martin Janis Center in Columbus was the 43rd annual ceremony to honor people older than 60 for "remarkable service contributions" to their communities, said Steve Centofanti, COAAA communications director.
"It is a fantastic event, where we can recognize older adults in central Ohio for providing outstanding contributions for their community, sharing their vitality, dedication and their talent," he said. "It is our way to recognize senior citizens doing great work in their community every year."
Spalding, 73, was nominated by his wife, Lauren Spalding, supported by letters of recommendation from Reynoldsburg Mayor Brad McCloud; Director of Parks & Recreation Donna Bauman; Judy Doran, director of the Reynoldsburg Senior Center and Spalding's son, New Albany Mayor Sloan Spalding.
"I was thrilled," Spalding said. "I've had some wonderful honors in the past, but I think as far as recognitions go, it is the greatest thing that has ever happened to me."
Among the highlights of Spalding's service to his community are his work as co-chairman for the Issue 11 tax levy, along with the fact he spearheaded a walking campaign that visited 6,800 houses seeking support of the measure.
He also was the recipient of the 2017 Young at Heart Award presented by ThisWeek Community News.
Spalding volunteers at the Reynoldsburg Senior Center three to four days a week.
Centofanti said this year's inductees ranged in age from 65 to 88. He said the award is meant to honor individuals "who actively lead meaningful lives and enrich the quality of life for others."
The agency recognizes 12 to 15 senior citizens each year in the Hall of Fame program.
"We look at volunteering, leadership and organizations, community service, church activities, providing a helping hand to a neighbor and caregiving to family and friends," he said. "There is no specific activity preferred or required."
Spalding said the event "was very well done."
"There were 10 counties involved, and every county commissioner was there to present," he said. "There were a lot of really wonderful people there who give themselves freely and try to do more and more things for their communities."
Spalding has been a resident of Reynoldsburg for more than 30 years. He and his wife have four children and 11 grandchildren.
A U. S. Army veteran, Spalding earned a bachelor's degree in medical technology and a master's degree in business administration. He worked for 25 years as a manager in the medical-health technology field.
Centofanti said inductees receive personal recognition on stage from county commissioners and other local dignitaries, a portrait by a professional photographer, a Hall of Fame lapel pin and a "spotlight" feature in the Senior Times Magazine.
Spalding was elected to his Ward 3 Council post in 2015. He also has represented the city of Reynoldsburg on the West Licking Joint Fire District Board and is a member of the Reynoldsburg Community Association.