The Westerville Rotary Club has named Sheila Tompos as its 2012 A. Monroe Courtright Award winner.

The Westerville Rotary Club has named Sheila Tompos as its 2012 A. Monroe Courtright Award winner.

The award recognizes outstanding public service to the Westerville community.

Tompos has volunteered with the Westerville Area Resource Ministry for the last five years, where she meets with clients to assess their needs. She also has worked on the annual U.S. Post Office food drive and other events that benefit WARM.

She is part of WARM's 40th anniversary team and serves as the volunteer event coordinator for WARM's annual community prayer breakfast.

Tompos is a member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, where she serves as a committee member for the St. James the Less Food Pantry. She also has volunteered at St. Paul's school cafeteria.

Tompos has served on the board of the Westerville Visitors and Convention Bureau and the OhioHealth Westerville Medical Campus Community Advisory Committee.

Tompos is married to past Rotary Club of Westerville president Bill Tompos, and with the club, she has volunteered her time to the group's annual fish fry, Fourth of July events, Harris-Askins House Christmas party and golf outings.

From 1946 until his death in 1977, A. Monroe Courtright, the award's namesake, was publisher and editor of The Public Opinion, a predecessor of today's ThisWeek Westerville News & Public Opinion. He died suddenly during his term as president of the Rotary Club in 1977.

The A. Monroe Courtright Award has been given annually since 1977 to an individual or organization that has "demonstrated service above self and has made the Westerville community a better place to live." Individuals must reside or work in Westerville and their accomplishment must fall outside their normal job function.

Courtright was known for his generosity and also was known to express his opinion on the paper's pages, notably in his "You can quote us as saying," front page column.

In presenting Sheila Tompos with the award, club treasurer Wendell McCurdy said she follows in Courtright's footsteps.

"(Courtright) was not embarrassed to share his opinions with our community," McCurdy said. "This is the kind of community spirit that the winner of this award should possess: To not be embarrassed to share their opinion about how we can improve on what we do in our community, to not sit back and let others take the lead or do the hard work needed to get the job done, to not wait for someone else to come up with the idea needed to improve or make a community project better."

Tompos said she was shocked upon learning that she was being given the award.

"I was speechless," she said. "I have seen the list of award winners in the past, and I am in awesome company."

Tompos said she's fortunate to be able to live and serve in Westerville.

"I love living in Westerville, and I feel blessed to be able to live here," she said. "I enjoy being on the giving end of life."