PIQUA — A common thread wove through the thank-you speeches of the two Women of Excellence and the Young Woman of Tomorrow who were honored by the YWCA Piqua on Thursday. Each winner averred that they didn’t achieve their impressive accomplishments alone.
A longtime educator, Ginny Rammel said she couldn’t be where she is without all of the people in the community who worked alongside her.
“It’s easy to do what they said I did when you surround yourself with the best people,” Rammel said in response to the reading of her long list of accomplishments. “When you love what you’re doing, it’s really easy.”
Rammel has nearly four decades with the Milton-Union school district, where she has served as a teacher and principal, as well as the superintendent for the past nine years.
The Ludlow Falls resident was praised by Miami County Court Common Pleas Court Judge Christopher Gee for her “compassion, commitment, work ethic and credibility.”
“I’m not up here solely because of my own actions,” said Megan Osman, the Troy High School senior and well-known local musician who is this year’s Young Woman of Tomorrow.
Osman praised her parents, many mentors, teachers and her school for their support and guidance. She also drew a laugh from the crowd at the Piqua Country Club when she acknowledged that one of the reasons she was glad to be at the luncheon was because, “All of my friends are at school today.”
Osman, along with Women of Excellence honorees Ginny Rammel and Stacy Scott were selected from numerous nominations submitted by clubs, schools, organizations and individuals. In addition to the presentation of awards, the 19th annual luncheon featured keynote speaker Karen Huelsman, president and auctioneers of Innovative Auctions Inc., the largest personal property auction firm in the area. She also is a realtor/auctioneer (Certified Auctioneers Institute) with Irongate Realtors, Dayton’s Largest locally owned brokerage.
Despite her tender age, Osman has an extensive history of volunteerism, beginning as a shy fifth-grader who took top honors in the Cash for Cans project at Kyle Elementary School. Her pride in her school and herself boosted her confidence and inspired her to continue helping others.
The daughter of Mark and Diane Osman — also volunteers — she has been involved in activities including Reading Buddies, the ballet program at Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, St. Patrick Soup Kitchen and church Bible school.
In a statement, Pastor Ric Barnes of First Lutheran Church in Troy described Osman as a “kind, generous, joyful young lady” who inspires others and instills positive values in young children.
Rammel’s fellow Woman of Excellence, Stacy Scott of Piqua, attributed her drive to help people to her parents for their “generous and loving example,” which taught her to give her time and efforts to others.
The native Kentuckian also lauded the community for supporting her many efforts, which range from organizing fundraisers to helping create a preschool.
“Without your support, there’s no way I’d be able to accomplish what is on that list (of achievements,” Scott said. “Words cannot describe how much this means to me. Our community is truly blessed by so many outstanding women of excellence.”
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