Ritchey and Weiler receive Tucker Awards
By Alberta Stojkovic -
Mount Gilead Mayor, Mike Porter introduced the 2012 Dr. Nathan Tucker Award recipients Betty Ritchey and Marilyn Weiler at the August meeting of the Chamber of Commerce last week. Porter called them both “community minded” and “remarkable women” as he read their many accomplishments.
Porter said the award, which was established by the Mount Gilead Village Council, honors individuals each year for excellence in contributing in some way to make the village a better place to live. Citizens are nominated for the award for their volunteer work or some other contribution to enrich the lives of people in the community.
He first introduced Betty Ritchey. Betty has served her community as a baby sitter for Blood Mobile donors, Cub Scout Den Mother, and Chore Crew Supervisor. She was March of Dimes Coordinator for Morrow County, A Recreation Board Member for Mount Gilead, Morrow County Hospital Twig Member, Cardington American Legion Ladies Auxiliary Member, and Morrow County Salvation Army Board Member.
She has been very active with Morrow County Seniors on Center as Meals on Wheels volunteer and in other responsibilities for Seniors on Center. She served as Morrow County Election Poll Worker, Mount Gilead Troop 56 Boy Scout Committee Member and volunteered with the Morrow County C.A.P. Office.
Betty taught Sunday School, was Church Secretary at the First Baptist Church in Mount Gilead and also coordinated Bible School there. She took on the role of Town Santa Claus and The Town Clown for many years. She was also HPM Retiree’s secretary.
There were many nods in agreement when Porter said that “Betty along with Thelma Wigton taught a generation of young girls the fine art of softball. Betty influenced the lives of many young women through the years as a mentor, a coach, and as a friend.”
Betty was nominated for the award by her grandson, Chad Ritchey.
The second Tucker award was given to Marilyn Weiler. The nomination was made by last year’s recipient, Cindy Fidler. Fidler noted that Weiler has made outstanding contributions to the village, although she is not a resident.
Marilyn has been the Naturalist at the Mount Gilead State Lakes Park for many years. During this time she has been instrumental in getting a Nature Center built and in running it. She established a fishing program for children and runs a nature program throughout the summer for local children and children of campers.
Marilyn also runs the Earth Day program for all second graders in the county as well as the Snow Flake Festival in the winter. In addition she travels to any and all the elementary classrooms with nature programs. Marilyn is a tireless worker who cares about children. She was a first grade teacher at Highland West for many years. Marilyn believes that children need to be outdoors and to learn about nature. She has provided countless opportunities for them to do so. She has definitely made a wonderful contribution to the Mount Gilead community and to the children in the area.
Marilyn has served on the Morrow County Litter Advisory Board as well as being a 4-H Advisor and active with many activities in the County Extension Programs. She is a member of the Harmony United Methodist Church.