Kelseys receive Citizen of the Year award

Gene and Evelyn Kelsey are the recipients of Civitan’s 2013 Citizen of the Year award.
The Kelseys were instrumental in founding the Hancock Christian Clearing House in 1994. The nonprofit organization is comprised of almost 50 member churches and provides non-sustaining, emergency assistance to residents and/or transients of Hancock County who are in need.
The organization is now doing business as Christian Clearing House.
Gene Kelsey served as executive director since the agency’s inception 20 years ago, while Evelyn Kelsey was the emergency services and volunteer coordinator. The couple retired Jan. 1. No replacements have been announced.
From serving relatively few families in the 1990s, the agency has grown and now receives over 6,000 requests for assistance each year. Over 200 volunteers have worked with the agency over the years. There are currently 75 trained volunteers on the staff.
In its award, the club noted that the Kelseys have worked tirelessly to not only fulfill the mission originally proposed, but to make the Christian Clearing House one of the most prominent charities in Hancock County.
Gene Kelsey noted that it is the leading agency of its type recommended by the 211 assistance line in Hancock County and provides in excess of $200,000 in aid each year. Since the beginning, the agency has provided over $2.5 million in monetary assistance for families in crisis.
The award was presented during a recent combined meeting of Civitan and the Kiwanis. Civitan has been presenting the award each year for almost 50 years.
Elks
Findlay Elks Lodge 75 has selected its Students of the Month for January.
Up to three students from each of the high schools in Hancock County are honored each month for their outstanding academic achievements and community service.
January honorees are Sawyer Kieffer and Sarah Keefe, Arcadia High School; Matthew Inniger and Erin Helms, Arlington; Hannah Roebke and Abby Schultz, Cory-Rawson; Nicholas Goldacker, Alexis Simmermeyer and Tanner Graves, Findlay; Jordan Wright and Katie Hyre, Liberty-Benton; Taylor Reardon and Hailey Huffman, McComb; Michael Domke and Michelle Flanagan, Van Buren; and Haley Tong and Dominic Crafts, Vanlue.
Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation
The Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation has selected 10 nonprofit agencies to participate in the Board Series, a series of four workshops provided by Aly Sterling Philanthropy of Toledo.
Participants were chosen through a competitive application process with priority given to agencies that have best integrated previous capacity building trainings into agency governance and practices to create a stronger, more sustainable agency.
Selected agencies are Cancer Patient Services, Century Health, Children’s Mentoring Connection, Gliding Stars of Findlay, Hancock Historical Museum, Findlay Hope House for the Homeless, Humane Society of Hancock County, NAMI of Hancock County, Special Kids Therapy and Women’s Resource Center.
The Board Series will present the latest trends and best practices in board governance including governing in the new era, connecting board members to mission, measuring impact, leadership and sustainable governance.
The initiative is supported by the Madeleine Thomas Schneider Fund.
Daughters of the American Revolution
The Fort Findlay Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution will hold its Presidents’ Day luncheon Feb. 8 at the Olive Garden, 15115 U.S. 224 East.
The program will begin at 10:30 a.m. with speaker Jim Taylor. Lunch will be served at 11:15 a.m. The cost is $14 and four meal choices will be offered. Reservations and payment must be made by Jan. 25 to Martha Avery.

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