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12 Inducted to Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame Bookmark

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The Ohio Department of Aging inducted 12 outstanding older Ohioans into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame during a special ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus on Thursday, May 30. The event was the department's capstone to it's month-long celebration of Older Americans Month. Members of the Ohio General Assembly, Governor Mike DeWine and his cabinet, and leaders from Ohio’s aging network were on hand to congratulate and thank the inductees for their lifelong contributions to their communities, their professions, and their vocations.

The Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame was established in 1977 to honor Ohioans age 60 and older for achievements and contributions to others, the roles they play in their communities, state and nation, and for what they do to promote productive and enjoyable lives. Their stories are compelling and represent lifetimes of dedication, ingenuity, perseverance, kindness and compassion. This year’s inductees range in age from 70 to 92.

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Governor Mike DeWine
Governor Mike DeWine welcomed honorees and their guests.

Hamilton Chamber Singers performed the National Anthem
The Hamilton Chamber Singers from Hamilton Township High School performed the National Anthem.

Representative Romanchuk with honoree Genny Reed
State legislators, like Representative Mark Romanchuk, were on hand to personally present commendations to the inductees.

Inductees were surrounded by family and friends
The inductees, like Marianne Campbell, were surrounded by family and friends.

Event co-hosts Duana Patton and Ursel McElroy with honoree Dr. Doris Bergen
Event co-hosts Duana Patton (left), president of the Ohio Association of Area Agencies on Aging, and Ursel J. McElroy, director of the Ohio Department of Aging presented each inductee, like Dr. Doris Bergen, with a special plaque.

Directors Patton and McElroy with Marianne Campbell
Directors Patton and McElroy with Marianne Campbell

Directors Patton and McElroy with Charles Sollee, who was accepting on behalf of William Considine.
Directors Patton and McElroy with Charles Sollee, who was accepting on behalf of William Considine.

Directors Patton and McElroy with Eileen Cooper Reed.
Directors Patton and McElroy with Eileen Cooper Reed.

Directors Patton and McElroy with Larry Hunter.
Directors Patton and McElroy with Larry Hunter.

Directors Patton and McElroy with David Meyers.
Directors Patton and McElroy with David Meyers.

Directors Patton and McElroy with Genny Reed.
Directors Patton and McElroy with Genny Reed.

Directors Patton and McElroy with Walter and Carol Tylicki.
Directors Patton and McElroy with Walter and Carol Tylicki.

Directors Patton and McElroy with Dr. Eric Winston.
Directors Patton and McElroy with Dr. Eric Winston.

Directors Patton and McElroy with Charles Younger, who was inducted with his late wife Mariann.
Directors Patton and McElroy with Charles Younger, who was inducted with his late wife Mariann.



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