Hall of Honor

Xenia Community Schools Foundation Announces Hall of Honor Class of 2017

Congratulations are in order for the Xenia Community Schools Hall of Honor Class of 2017! Six new members will be inducted this year. The Nineteenth Annual Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony and Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, April 22, 2017, at 6:30 PM at Tecumseh Elementary School. The dinner will be preceded by the Third Annual Silent Auction for Grants beginning at 5:30 PM. Tickets are $35.00 each and are available at the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce, located at 334 W. Market Street. Call: (937) 372-3591 for more information.

The Xenia Community Schools Foundation and this year’s Presenting Sponsor, Greene Memorial and Soin Hospitals, invite the community to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2017 Hall of Honor inductees: John E. Bowen, XHS Class of 1973; Douglas Kent Cope, XHS Class of 1984; R. Greggory Cross, XHS Class of 1967; Janet Kindred, XHS Class of 1971; Kathleen Seagraves McCormick, XHS Class of 1983 and William (Bill) “Schu” Schumacher, XHS Class of1974.

John E. Bowen, Successful Business Professional, Community Volunteer, Role Model attended Xenia Schools for eight years. His strong work ethic developed early in life. He was fourteen when he started working to help his family, which included seven children, while saving for college. He became the first and only person in his family to go to college. John attended Wilmington College and graduated with a degree in business in 1977. He has had a very successful career in the credit union industry and has served on the boards and/or supported programs of the Xenia YMCA, Xenia Kiwanis Club, Board for Greene County Domestic Violence and his church. He is a devoted family man who has set an example of dedication to education and a desire to give back to his community.

Douglas Kent Cope, Public Servant, Role Model, attended Xenia schools for thirteen years and retired as Captain of the Xenia Fire Division in 2015. He is a thirty year veteran of the fire service, having started his career in 1989 as a Firefighter/Paramedic. He has served in a number of different roles including the Miami Valley Technical Rescue Team as a Canine Search Specialist and as a Search and Rescue Team or Task Force Leader in various operations responding to large scale disaster incidents. These assignments include the 2000 Xenia Tornado, the 9/11 World Trade Center, the Space Shuttle Columbia Disaster, Hurricanes Isabel, Ivan, Katrina, Gustav, Hanna, Ike, Irene and Matthew and the Haiti Earthquake. He has received awards for his exemplary service and is a member of several professional organizations.

Greggory Cross, Educator, Coach, Community Volunteer, Role Model, attended Xenia schools for thirteen years and was the 1967 recipient of the prestigious Rocky Thomas Scholarship. He was a successful athlete and President of the National Honor Society. Gregg played football at Central State University and, later, was on the first varsity basketball team at Wright State University. He graduated from Wright State in 1972 with a degree in Sociology and, later, returned to earn his teaching certificate. He was a teacher in Beavercreek Schools for 35 years teaching Social Studies, World Government and Geography. He served as Beavercreek’s assistant and head football coach for 16 years. Gregg has been instrumental in raising funds for and promoting the Xenia Athletic Hall of Fame. He has served as Chairman of the Athletic Hall of Fame for four years. Gregg has given of his time on many committees in the Beavercreek Schools and received recognition from both Beavercreek schools and Wright State University.

Janet Kindred, Educator, Volunteer, Mentor, attended Xenia Schools for 13 years and returned to teach elementary school for 35 years. She has been a lifelong resident of Xenia and has dedicated herself to helping others in the Xenia Community. She has continued, after retirement, to volunteer for and to guide students, parents, teachers and schools. Janet was Salutatorian of the XHS Class of 1971. She received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Wright State University in 1974, and her Master’s in Education in 1980. She has served as a mentor for many teachers and volunteered her time on projects and numerous school district committees. These included the XCS Key Communicator Team and the Xenia School Workforce Diversity Committee and Plan. She has received multiple recognitions including: 2010 Ohio Lottery Teacher of the Month and the 2003 Western Ohio Education Association, Federal Children and Public Education Donor and Executive Club Award Winner. Janet continues to volunteer her time and displays a strong commitment to her family and her community.

Kathleen Seagraves McCormick, Ret.MSgt USAF, Role Model, attended Xenia Schools for 12 years. She excelled in track and basketball in high school. She was recruited to play basketball at Urbana College, and graduated in 1987, after four successful years of achieving academically and playing basketball, with a degree in Business Administration. Kathleen enlisted in the USAF in 1987 and served in various assignments areas, while progressing in rank, over the next twenty-four years until retirement in 2011. She received many awards and decorations, including: Meritorious Service Medal with Three Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with Four Oak Leaf Clusters, Air Force Achievement Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster, Iraq Campaign Medal with One Bronze Star and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal. She volunteered extensively while in the service and now resides back in Xenia.

William (Bill) “Schu” Schumacher, Band Director, Inspirational Educator, attended Xenia Schools for 13 years. Numerous former students nominated him for induction into the Xenia Community Schools Hall of Honor citing the high bar he set for the band and each individual player. He is described as “inspirational” and a teacher who displayed faith in his students even when they doubted themselves. Many former students keep in touch with him and value his ongoing friendship. Under Mr. Schumacher’s direction, the Xenia band scored “1” in Class A OMEA concert band contest for the first time and went on to be successful in numerous subsequent competitions. Bill was the recipient of the John Philip Sousa award in 1974.

Hall of Honor Nomination Deadline Approaches

The Xenia Community Schools Foundation is still accepting nominations for the 2017 class of the Xenia Community Schools Hall of Honor. Nominations are due by February 3, 2017. The Hall of Honor Banquet will be held April 22, 2017, at Tecumseh Elementary School. The event will be preceded by a silent auction before the start of the dinner and induction ceremony.

Nominees should be graduates of Xenia High School who have achieved remarkable success in their career or anyone who was made a significant contribution to education in Xenia. The guidelines for nominations can be found on the Xenia Community Schools Foundation website (xcsfoundation.com). The format for the application can also be accessed through the Hall of Honor section. The form is available on the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce website “Forms and Flyers to Download” area.

The nomination(s) can be emailed to admin@xacc.com or mailed to the Xenia Community Schools Foundation, c/o Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce, 334 West Market Street, Xenia, OH 45385.
Xenia Community Schools Foundation

Seeks Hall of Honor Nominees

The Xenia Community Schools Foundation is currently accepting nominations for the 2017 class of the Xenia Schools Hall of Honor.  Nominees should be graduates of Xenia High School who have achieved remarkable success in their career or anyone who was made a significant contribution to education in Xenia.  Nominations are due by February 3, 2017. The Hall of Honor Banquet will be held April 22, 2017, at Tecumseh Elementary School.

The nomination process is easy. Simply follow the guidelines listed on the Xenia Community Schools Foundation website (xcsfoundation.com). The format for the application can also be accessed through the Hall of Honor section. The form is  available on the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce website “Forms and Flyers to Download” area.

Note: Self-nominations are acceptable as well as posthumous nominations. The nomination(s) can be emailed to admin@xacc.com or mailed to the Xenia Community Schools Foundation, c/o Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce, 334 West Market Street, Xenia, OH 45385. The Hall of Honor display is located at Xenia High School. The display honors those who have made significant contributions. It also serves as a motivator for current students to realize the value of the education they are receiving, as well as their responsibility to make a significant difference in their world.

 

April 13, 2016

2016 XCSF Hall of Honor Ticket Deadline Approaches

Tickets for this year’s Hall of Honor Dinner and Induction Ceremony will be available at the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce through Friday, April 22, 2016.

The Xenia Community Schools Foundation invites the community to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2016 Hall of Honor inductees: Chad R. Jackson, PhD, XHS Class of 1998, Scientist and Role Model; Jane Newton, XHS Class of 1976, Businesswoman and Role Model; Donald R. Person, XHS Class of 1973, Chief of Police and Community Supporter; Richard “Dick” Strous, XCHS class of 1951, Community Volunteer and Robert E. Williams, Superintendent of Xenia Community Schools and Community Leader.

The Xenia Community Schools Foundation is dedicated to enriching the academic pursuits of all students, faculty and staff within the Xenia Community Schools. The Foundation has provided grants for classroom enrichment programs and scholarships from donations and investment income of the Foundation over thirty years

A significant program of the Foundation is the annual Hall of Honor. The Foundation hosts a dinner and induction ceremony to recognize graduates, former staff, or community citizens who have set an example through their professional success and/or have made significant contributions of service to the Xenia Community Schools and the Xenia Community.

The Eighteenth Annual Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony and Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 2016, at 6:30 PM at Tecumseh Elementary School. The dinner will be preceded by the Second Annual Silent Auction beginning at 5:30 PM. The auction is open to the members of the community. No ticket is required for the auction portion of the event. Tickets for the dinner and induction ceremony are $30.00 each. Tickets are available at the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce, which is located at 334 W. Market Street. Call: (937) 372-3591 for more information.

February 26, 2016

Xenia Community Schools Foundation Announces Hall of Honor Class of 2016

Congratulations are in order for the Xenia Community Schools Hall of Honor Class of 2016! Five new members will be honored this year. The Eighteenth Annual Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony and Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, April 30, 2016, at 6:30 PM at Tecumseh Elementary School. The dinner will be preceded by the Second Annual Silent Auction for Grants beginning at 5:30 PM. Tickets are $30.00 each and are available at the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce, located at 334 W. Market Street. Call: (937) 372-3591 for more information.

The Xenia Community Schools Foundation and this year’s Presenting Sponsor, Greene Memorial and Soin Hospitals, invite the community to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2016 Hall of Honor inductees: Chad R. Jackson, PhD, XHS Class of 1998; Jane Newton, XHS Class of 1976; Donald R. Person, XHS Class of1973; Richard (Dick) Strous, XHS Class of 1951 and Robert E. Williams, former Superintendent of Xenia Community Schools.

Chad R. Jackson, PhD, in Neuropharmacology and Scientist, attended Xenia Community Schools and was very successful in academics and athletics. He was a member of the XHS National Honor Society, Student Council President and lettered in both track (4) and football (3). He attended Earlham College and later earned his doctorate in Neuropharmacology from Emory University. He currently serves as Science Policy Advisor, in the Office of the Science and Technology Advisor to the Secretary of State, U.S. Department of State. Chad’s work ethic, dedication and professional success make him an excellent role model for both students and the Xenia community.

Jane Newton, Businesswoman and Community Leader, is the owner and President of Collett Propane, Inc. She graduated from Wright State University with a BS in Business and has worked in the family operation since 1980. She is a past president of the Ohio Propane Gas Association. Jane Newton is an active community volunteer and supporter. She has provided tireless service over the years both on the Greene County Community Foundation and as President of the Xenia All Sports Boosters. Jane is an outstanding example of a self-made success and family person, who makes the time to give back to her community.

 Donald R. Person, Police Chief and Community Supporter, exemplifies a local person who has stayed and worked in his home community to make it a great place to live. He was sworn in as Police Chief for the City of Xenia in 2003. “Randy” Person has been employed by the local police department for almost forty years and worked his way through the ranks to his current position. He has pursued advanced training for the Department and graduated from Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command. He and his family “give back” to the community through a special light display at their home during the holiday season. The display provides enjoyment, but it also serves as a fundraiser for the Greene County Interfaith Hospitality Network. Donald Person has demonstrated that his commitment to his community is unwavering, and he serves as a role model for future generations.

Richard “Dick” Strous, Community Volunteer, has demonstrated his integrity, ability and devotion to the welfare of the Xenia community for several decades through his involvement with Xenia’s Rail and Arts Fest and Greene County Historical Society rail display. Mr. Strous has held office in several organizations, including Faith Community United Methodist Church, the Greene County Historical Society, and as the organizer of Xenia Rail and Arts Fest. He has also been the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. He was one of the founders of the “Meet Me at the Station” program at the Xenia Bike Hub in 1990. This educational program serves third grade students. The program received an award from the Ohio Historical Society. Dick Strous serves as a role model by contributing his time and talent to his home community.

 Robert E. Williams, Former Superintendent and Community Leader’s, approach to education has been summarized by his nominators as follows: “As a teacher, principal, superintendent, parent or Board member, we make our best decisions when we determine first what is best for the students, and then make all subsequent judgements based on that insight”. Mr. Williams began his career in Xenia in 1963 as a science teacher. He later worked as assistant principal and principal at Central Junior High School and as principal of Xenia High School. “Bob” Williams became the Superintendent of Xenia Community Schools in 1986 and retired in 1995. During his career, he developed many new initiatives and worked to revitalize the Xenia Educational Endowment Fund (now known as the Xenia Community Schools Foundation) and helped to develop the Xenia Community Schools Hall of Honor. Robert Williams has served his community, both as a member of the Kiwanis Club for 45 years and through numerous volunteer activities.

Hall of Honor Nomination Deadline Approaches

The Xenia Community Schools Foundation is still accepting nominations for the 2016 class of the Xenia Community Schools Hall of Honor. Nominations are due by February 12, 2016. The Hall of Honor Banquet will be held April 30, 2016, at Tecumseh Elementary School. The Second Annual Silent Auction for Grants, open to the public, will begin at 5:30 pm. The Dinner and Induction Ceremony starts at 6:30 pm.

Nominees should be graduates of Xenia High School who have achieved remarkable success in their career or anyone who was made a significant contribution to education in Xenia. The guidelines for nominations can be found on the Xenia Community Schools Foundation website (xcsfoundation.com). The format for the application can also be accessed through the Hall of Honor section. The form is available on the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce website “Forms and Flyers to Download” area.

The nomination(s) can be emailed to admin@xacc.com or mailed to the Xenia Community Schools Foundation, c/o Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce, 334 West Market Street, Xenia, OH 45385.
Xenia Community Schools Foundation Seeks Hall of Honor Nominees

The Xenia Community Schools Foundation is currently accepting nominations for the 2016 class of the Xenia Schools Hall of Honor.  Nominees should be graduates of Xenia High School who have achieved remarkable success in their career or anyone who was made a significant contribution to education in Xenia.  Nominations are due by February 12, 2016. The Hall of Honor Banquet will be held April 30, 2016, at Tecumseh Elementary School.

The nomination process is easy. Simply follow the guidelines listed on the Xenia Community Schools Foundation website (xcsfoundation.com). The format for the application can also be accessed through the Hall of Honor section. The form is  available on the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce website “Forms and Flyers to Download” area.

Note: Self-nominations are acceptable as well as posthumous nominations. The nomination(s) can be emailed to admin@xacc.com or mailed to the Xenia Community Schools Foundation, c/o Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce, 334 West Market Street, Xenia, OH 45385. The Hall of Honor display is located at Xenia High School. The display honors those who have made significant contributions. It also serves as a motivator for current students to realize the value of the education they are receiving, as well as their responsibility to make a significant difference in their world.

 

Hall of Honor Event to Celebrate Five of Xenia’s Finest

The Xenia Community Schools Foundation invites the community to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2015 Hall of Honor inductees: Gary H. Chapman, XHS Class of 1979; Robert Paul Dillaplain, M.D., XCS Board of Education Member; Joseph E. Haines, XHS Class of 1941; Mark Manley, XHS Class of 1980 and Marsha Kline Smith, XHS Class of 1970.

The Xenia Community Schools Foundation is dedicated to enriching the academic pursuits of all students, faculty and staff within the Xenia Community Schools. The Foundation has provided grants for classroom enrichment programs and scholarships from donations and investment income of the Foundation for the past thirty years

A significant program of the Foundation is the annual Hall of Honor. The Foundation hosts a dinner and induction ceremony to recognize graduates, former staff, or community citizens who have set an example through their professional success and/or have made significant contributions of service to the Xenia Community Schools and the Xenia Community.

The Seventeenth Annual Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony and Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, April 18, 2015, at 6:30 PM at Tecumseh Elementary School. The dinner will be preceded by a Silent Auction beginning at 5:30 PM. Tickets are $30.00 each and are available at the Xenia Area Chamber of Comme

Silent Auction Proceeds to Support XCSF Grants Program

The Xenia Community Schools Foundation will be hosting a Silent Auction on April 18, 2015, as part of the annual Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony and Dinner event. The auction will be held at Tecumseh Elementary School and will begin at 5:30 p.m. Donations received as of March 25th are included in this Preview Book. Proceeds from the auction will be used to fund grants.

The Xenia Community Schools Foundation provides grants for classroom and teacher projects. Almost $20,000.00 has been awarded for the 2014-2015 school year. Funded projects are geared towards enriching student learning. Some applications represent district-wide initiatives. All the grants for Xenia Community Schools’ students and teachers are beyond what regular school funding can provide.

This year’s group of awards includes funds for purchases of library books, Accelerated Reader Program, software, Chemistry Club supplies and STEM-related course materials. The Foundation also honored a grant request titled: “Enhancing Access to Arts Programing”. The Foundation funded the purchase of five pianos. These are housed at Shawnee, Cox, McKinley, and Tecumseh elementary schools and Xenia High School.

Xenia Community Schools Foundation Announces Hall of Honor Class of 2015

Congratulations are in order for the Xenia Community Schools Hall of Honor Class of 2015! Five new members will be honored this year. The Seventeenth Annual Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony and Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, April 18, 2015, at 6:30 PM at Tecumseh Elementary School. The dinner will be preceded by a Silent Auction beginning at 5:30 PM. Tickets are $30.00 each and are available at the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce, which is located at 334 W. Market Street. For more information call: (937) 372-3591.

The Xenia Community Schools Foundation and this year’s Presenting Sponsor, Greene Memorial and Soin Hospitals, invite the community to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2015 Hall of Honor inductees: Gary H. Chapman, XHS Class of 1979; Robert Paul Dillaplain, M.D., XCS Board of Education Member; Joseph E. Haines, XHS Class of 1941; Mark Manley, XHS Class of 1980 and Marsha Kline Smith, XHS Class of 1970.

Gary H. Chapman, College Art Professor, is an art professor and head of his department at the University of Alabama. He has had over fifty solo exhibitions with institutions such as The Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, University of Cincinnati, University of Georgia, and University of Miami. He has received numerous grants and fellowships, including a 1996 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Painting from the Southern Arts Federation and 2001 and 1994, Individual Artist Fellowships from the Alabama State Council on the Arts. His work has been reviewed extensively and is published in over twenty catalogs and books including the 3rd, 16th, 52nd and 88th editions of New American Paintings.

Robert Paul Dillaplain, M.D., XCS Board of Education Member, has served the Xenia Community Schools in that capacity since 1994. He has been recognized for exemplary duty by the Ohio School Boards Association on multiple occasions and has served as President and Vice-President of the Board of Education numerous times over the years. In his professional career, he served in the United States Air Force, and he devoted himself to Xenia, his adopted community, as a gynecologist and obstetrician. He also served as Medical Director the Greene County Combined Health District. Dr. Dillaplain is well known for his philanthropy and volunteerism, including, but not limited to: Under One Roof, the Greene County Fair, Greene Giving, First Frontier and the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce.

Joseph E. (Joe) Haines, State Legislator, is the role model of a true public servant. He has also been described as a tireless worker and a true friend.  He served as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for nineteen years, as a Greene County Commissioner and was a past president of the Xenia Board of Education. He received the Ervin J. Nutter Award in 2009. Joe was part of a farm operation that has been in his family since 1812. He was a lifelong advocate for agriculture and conservation. Joe Haines recently passed away at the age of ninety-one and is being inducted posthumously.

Mark Manley, Xenia Teacher and Administrator, has taught thousands of students to appreciate the joy of music, of choral art and the wonder and magic of live theater. He has been described as an exemplary instructor who established high standards of quality to which others aspire. The twenty-three years of performances of XHS choirs, the Vocal Ensemble, and theater groups under his direction are legendary. Currently in his twenty-ninth year of service to Xenia Community Schools, Mr. Manley serves in the Office of the Superintendent as the Administrative Specialist. He was a Xenia Education Association Officer for over twenty-five years, served on many levy campaigns, was Program Coordinator for the Resident Educator Program and has provided leadership for many other District initiatives.

Marsha Kline Smith, Xenia Community Schools Teacher, taught mathematics to thousands of students at all levels. She made learning fun and “hands on”, so that students could really connect to the concepts. She is described as the type of teacher students gravitate to and respect, even though she was “tough” and set high standards. She was admired by her colleagues. Marsha was a supporter of Xenia athletics, vocal arts and theater. She is described as having “bled blue”. She was awarded the Howard Post Excellence in Education Distinguished Graduate Award almost every year since 2004. Marsha Smith worked quietly throughout her career and was not an individual who sought recognition. She was a role model to the community in terms of her courage as an elven year Breast Cancer Survivor. She lost her battle on February 28, 2014, and is being inducted posthumously.

 

Xenia Community Schools Foundation Seeks Hall of Honor Nominees

The Xenia Community Schools Foundation is currently accepting nominations for the 2015 class of the Xenia Schools Hall of Honor.  Nominees should be graduates of Xenia High School who have achieved remarkable success in their career or anyone who was made a significant contribution to education in Xenia.  Nominations are due by February 16, 2015. The Hall of Honor Banquet will be held April 18, 2015, at Tecumseh Elementary School.

The nomination process is easy. Simply follow the guidelines listed on the Xenia Community Schools Foundation website (xcsfoundation.com). The format for the application can also be accessed through the Hall of Honor section. The form is  available on the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce website “Forms and Flyers to Download” area.

Note: Self-nominations are acceptable as well as posthumous nominations.

The nomination(s) can be emailed to admin@xacc.com or mailed to the Xenia Community Schools Foundation, c/o Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce, 334 West Market Street, Xenia, OH 45385.

The Hall of Honor display is located at Xenia High School. The display honors those who have made significant contributions. It also serves as a motivator for current students to realize the value of the education they are receiving, as well as their responsibility to make a significant difference in their world.

 

Xenia Community Schools Hall of Honor

April 3rd Sponsorship Deadline Nears

The Xenia Community Schools Foundation is dedicated to enriching the academic pursuits of all students, faculty and staff within the Xenia Community Schools. The Foundation has provided grants for teacher and classroom enrichment programs and scholarships, from the investment income of the Foundation, for the past thirty years.

A significant program of the Foundation is the annual Hall of Honor. This dinner and induction ceremony serves to recognize graduates, former staff, or community citizens who have made significant or outstanding contributions or service to the Xenia Community Schools. The seventeenth annual Hall of Honor will be held April 18, 2015, at Tecumseh Elementary School. A Silent Auction begins at 5:30pm.

The 2015 class of inductees includes: Gary Chapman, Robert Paul Dillaplain, MD, Joseph E. Haines, Marsha Kline Smith and Mark Manley.

 Corporate/individual sponsorships in support of this ceremony are:$750.00 $500.00 and $250.00. All include recognition at the event and in the program, as well as on our website: xcsfoundation.com.

Sponsorships can be arranged by contacting the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce at 937-372-3591 (Leave a message for Barbara Stafford) or by sending your contribution payable to the “Xenia Community Schools Foundation” to the Chamber at 334 W. Market Street, Xenia, OH 45385. PayPal is also available as a payment option through the “xcsfoundation.com” website. 

Xenia Community Schools Foundation Announces Hall of Honor Class of 2014

Congratulations are in order for the Xenia Community Schools Hall of Honor Class of 2014! Six new members, including one couple, will be honored this year. The Sixteenth Annual Hall of Honor Induction Ceremony and Dinner is scheduled for Saturday, April 12, 2014, at 6:30 PM at Tecumseh Elementary School. Tickets are $25.00 each and are available at the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce which is located at 334 W. Market Street. For more information call: (937) 372-3591.

The Xenia Community Schools Foundation and this year’s Presenting Sponsor, Greene Memorial and Soin Hospitals, invite the community to celebrate the accomplishments of the 2014 Hall of Honor inductees: Melvin “Mack” Bottorff (Class of 1961), John A. Finlay (Class of 1959), Jim and Luann McHarg (Class of 1960 and Class of 1966), James W. Percival and William D. Spahr (Class of 1966).

Melvin “Mack” Bottorff identifies himself as a person “dedicated to serving young people, particularly the youth of Xenia Community Schools”. Mr. Bottorff served his country as a Marine during the Vietnam War. Over the past forty-five years he has been an educator, coach and volunteer. He is also an ordained minister and has served Xenia youth within the spiritual community. He is retired, yet he continues to serve at Mound Street Academies assisting promising former drop-out youths to find paid co-op employment in the local community.

John A. Finlay, Attorney at Law, has distinguished himself by his unselfish service to his country, community, school system and church. He was a Captain in the United States Air Force. Mr. Finlay has served on numerous committees and in many organizations, often providing pro bono legal service to many non-profit organizations. John Finlay has been a member of the Xenia Community Schools Board of Education and served as both a member and chairman of the Xenia Community Schools Foundation. He is a former member and chairman of the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce, and he has received many awards for his service to the community and Greene County.

Luann and Jim McHarg distinguished themselves as graduates of Xenia schools who worked as district teachers and administrator (Jim McHarg) and as community activists. Luann served two generations of students who attended Tecumseh Elementary and owe their love of science to the hours in Luann’s vibrant class. Jim distinguished himself as an elementary and middle school math teacher, a district math consultant, and a secondary supervisor. They worked quietly throughout their careers and were not individuals who sought recognition. They were role models to the community in terms of their commitment, dedication and caring. Jim McHarg is being inducted posthumously.

James Percival recently retired as Xenia City Manager after twenty-three years of service to the citizens of Xenia. The Xenia Community Schools Board of Education voted unanimously, by a resolution on February 10, 2014, to nominate him as a candidate for induction into the Xenia Community Schools Hall of Honor. Mr. Percival’s central thesis during his career was that children are our future and will become the foundation of a thriving community. Jim actively participated in the co-ordination of many school and City endeavors. These included: providing support and assistance through his role as a city leader during the recent construction of five elementary buildings and with levies.  He helped to re-purpose older school buildings and shared the use of city facilities with the school district. The safety of our children was one of his primary concerns. His professional and easy going attitude always promoted a “win-win” outcome.

William Spahr is a Xenia High school graduate from a multi-generational Xenia family. In high school, he was active in in music, theater, 4-H and Student Council. Bill Spahr attended Central State University (B.S. Industrial Technology Education) and the University of Dayton (M.S. Elementary and Secondary Educational Administration). He has made significant contributions to education in Xenia through his service as a member of both the Xenia Community Schools Board of Education and the Greene County Career Center Board of Education. His has also been an avid volunteer in a significant number of community activities. Mr. Spahr had a very successful forty-three year teaching career in Fairborn. Over the years, he provided professional volunteer service to the Ohio School Boards Association, the Ohio Department of Education and the Governor’s Office. He has been awarded numerous honors and awards for his service. He has demonstrated an unending and tireless commitment to serving his community and the school district.

The Xenia Community Schools Foundation Hall of Honor event is the primary annual fundraiser for the Foundation, which provides classroom grants to teachers and scholarships for students.

 

Partners in Education Seeks Nominations

The Partners in Education Committee of the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce seeks nominations for two awards to be presented at the Xenia Education Foundation Hall of Honor Dinner on April 12, 2014. These awards will recognize those who have made contributions that benefitted students enrolled in Xenia Community Schools.

The Business Partner of the Year Award recognizes a business or organization that is a Chamber member and has made significant contributions in advancing the mission of Xenia Community Schools. These contributions may include, but are not limited to, volunteer work, partnerships with individual school buildings on activities, real and in-kind donations, and other forms of support.

The Community Partner of the Year Award recognizes an individual who possesses either individual or business Chamber membership who also made significant contributions over the same time period. These contributions may include, but are not limited to, volunteer work, mentoring or tutoring, assisting with activities, real and in-kind donations, and other forms of support.

Deadline for nominations is March 21, 2014. Nomination forms can be sent to Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce, 334 W. Market St. Xenia, OH 45385 or sent via e-mail to rbolender@greeneccc.com. For more information, contact committee chairman Ron Bolender at 372-6941.

Link to the nomination form on the Chamber’s website: http://www.xacc.com/filemgmt/visit.php?lid=501