After a three-year hiatus, the Anna Mildred Henderson Award for outstanding community volunteer contributions will return at the Northwest Civic Association's annual meeting.

John Ehlers, president of the civic association's board of trustees, said last week one nomination had been received for the honor, and he is hoping more might come in by the May 1 deadline.

The award, last presented in 2013 to Carol Ann Baker for her work with the Monday Night Meals Program at First Community Church, is named for the woman who founded the civic association in 1967.

"Anna Henderson recognized that, as Columbus expanded, a citizen organization like NWCA should influence development," according to the association's website.

Henderson championed grassroots citizen activism and improved local neighborhoods according to the website.

Recipients of the award come from throughout Franklin County.

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," according to the website

This year's award will be presented at the NWCA's annual meeting scheduled for June 7. The meeting, which will be held in room 213 of Meadow Park Church of God, 2425 Bethel Road, is slated to begin at 6:30 p.m. with a social time and refreshments.

Speaking at the April 5 NWCA session, Ruth Royal, who leads the association's Hospitality Committee, promised to arrange for donations of food from area eateries.

"It will be a nice layout for everybody, so don't eat too much before coming," she said.

Also at the April 5 NWCA meeting, Membership Committee Chairman Nick Cipiti talked about the proposed format for the annual session.

He said possible formats include having a guest speaker or a panel discussion. The discussion suggestion received the most support among trustees.

"I think that would be a good idea," Cipiti said.

In talks held after the April meeting, Ehlers said the decision was reached to settle upon a panel discussion about the Ohio State University Airport and development planned for the future in the vicinity of the site off West Case Road.

Ehlers contact the OSU College of Engineering and the administration at Don Scott Field to request members for the panel.

He said he was glad to see the return of the Henderson Award.

"I think these things ebb and flow over time," he said. "I wouldn't say I was disappointed in the past, but I'm very appreciative when people recognize their neighbors for something they have done, something that is worthy."

Nomination forms are available on the civic association's website, northwestcivic.org, by clicking on the meetings-events tab and then the Anna Mildred Henderson Award link.

The deadline is May 1, Ehlers said, "in order to be able to collect those before our next board meetings." The trustees will review nominations and make a recommendation, he said.

The award recipient will invited to the June 7 event.

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