Individuals who received the very first services offered through what is now the Logan County Board of DD are being recognized for their many years in the program.
Boards of Developmental Disabilities across Ohio are celebrating 50 years of service.
The history of the Logan County Board of DD was the theme of the Spring Family Dinner and Awards Tuesday evening at the First Church of God. Superintendent Saul Bauer presented Pioneer Awards to Karen Jenkins, Dennis Ross, John O’Rielley and Junior (Merrill) Baker. They were all in the original class of 1960-61.
“These individuals are a main-stay of our organization. They have been involved in everything, from working at RTC Industries, to community employment and involvement, to self-advocacy efforts and more,” Bauer said.
Pioneer Award winner John O’Rielley said he is thankful to have been born and raised in Logan County with all the services offered.
Junior Baker said the dinner and awards were a trip down memory lane, “That dinner brought back so many memories that I had forgotten. It’s been a long time coming.”
The Logan County Board of DD began in the late 1950s with the efforts of parents who wanted an education and job training for their children. Bauer showed a video detailing the board’s decades of providing services, from early intervention to employment and senior services. That video can be viewed on the Logan County Board of DD’s website at http://www.logancbdd.org/html/history.html.
Individuals and members of the community also teamed up to put together a puzzle representing 50 years of services from county boards.
Finally, several individuals were recognized and received pins for their many years of employment. They were: Ryan Armstrong, Glen Cantrell, Jeremy Frazier, Kellie Frangis, Adam Harpest and Eric Leese (5 years), Ty Ferguson, Mark Mitchell and Katie Peterson (10 years), Kay Alterburger and Duane Hill (15 years), Richie Conley and Joe VanVoorhis (20 years), Hope Orahood, Scott Nielsen and Shirley Knight (25 years), Ruth Miller and Stacy Wren (30 years) Dana Wickerham (35 years) and Dennis Ross (45 years).