Historical society members honored

TROY — Volunteers of The Troy Historical Society were honored at the society’s annual meeting on May 19th at the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center. Those who had given service of 25 hours or more to the society during 2015 were recognized. Volunteers were honored both for the number of hours their volunteer service during the year and the number of years they had been society volunteers. Twenty-three society members gave 1326 hours of volunteer time during 2015.

Society volunteers recognized for more than 25 hours of volunteer service were: Jack Carter (25 hours), Tom Heckman (29 hours), Barbara Besecker (61 hours), Eva Giddinge (66 hours), Doug Christian (80 hours), Mike Robinson (84 hours), Marsha Hall (251 hours) and Judy Deeter (341 hours).

Those honored for their years of service were: Rosemary Jones (11 years), Wesley Jones (11 years), Barbara Werth (18 years) and Natalie Donahue (23 years).

Two members were given special recognition for their outstanding volunteer service.

Member Paul Sarber was given a special achievement award for his work with this society since 1998. Sarber has served in a number of volunteer positions with the historical society. For many years, he was the society’s representative on the Festival of Nations Committee and annually researched the festival’s honored country. Over the years, his research work has been featured annually at the historical society’s festival booth.

Member Martin Stewart was given two honors at the meeting. He was recognized both for 20 years of volunteer service to the society and he was presented with the society’s Paul N. Shellenbarger Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service. Stewart is a Trustee-at-Large for the society, he has researched and written a book about the 71st Ohio Volunteer Infantry (his book is Redemption: The 71st Ohio Volunteer Infantry in the Civil War), given programs about the 71st OVI both to the society and local organizations, has helped move and find storage space for artifacts and documents in the society’s historical collection, and has represented the society in the Troy Independence Day parade.

The society has an ongoing volunteer program that recognizes individuals for their service to the society.