The Piqua Community Foundation presented local volunteers with The Scott J. and Margaret W. Hinsch Community Service Awards on Monday.
The recipients, listed below, received the awards during surprise presentations:
- Jim Vetter, Maria Bubp, & Joe Wilson – Neighbors Helping Neighbors, an initiative of Piqua Neighborhood Improvement, Inc.
- Marlene (Marty) Davis – Bethany Center
The recipients received a glass plaque to commemorate the occasion, and the nominating nonprofit agency received a $2,000 unrestricted grant from The Hinsch Family Fund of The Piqua Community Foundation, in recognition of the outstanding volunteer(s). The Hinsch awards are offered annually to an individual or small group that exemplify the legacy of service that Scott J. & Margaret W. Hinsch left in the Piqua community.
This year, the committee selected two awardees from a competitive field of nominees. Cari Beth Noah, granddaughter of the awards’ namesakes, presented the awards to recognize their legacy of service to the Piqua community. Cari Beth Noah also represented her parents, John and Marsha Hinsch, and her aunt, Dr. Linda Hinsch Campbell, who founded the fund and were unable to attend the presentations.
“The Hinsch Family appreciates volunteers in all walks of life,” remarked John & Marsha Hinsch and Dr. Linda Hinsch Campbell. “The two annual Scott J. and Margaret W. Hinsch Community Service Awards are given to recognize individuals or small groups who have made a significant, positive contribution to a Piqua charity. The awards are based on an “annual” effort, not a “lifetime” effort. A small group of Piqua residents serve on the Committee that selects the annual winners. These awards started in 2016 and will continue long into the future. Congratulations to the 2024 Award Winners.”
The Scott J. & Margaret W. Hinsch Community Service Award winner – Jim Vetter, Maria Bubp, & Joe Wilson
Chuck Peltier, vice president for Piqua Neighborhood Improvement, Inc., nominated Vetter, Bubp, and Wilson for the group’s outstanding work with Neighbors Helping Neighbors. Throughout 2023, the group was able to enhance the appearance of four homes in the community and successfully rectified violations on one properly, all without imposing any financial burden on the homeowners.
“The three nominees planned the activities to improve the properties of Piqua homeowners who did not have the physical or financial abilities to do the work,” Peltier wrote. “This program (Neighbors Helping Neighbors) not only helps homeowners in need, but the volunteers receive the benefit of helping Piqua citizens.”
The Scott J. & Margaret W. Hinsch Community Service Award winner – Marty Davis
Shawn Rickert, executive director of the Bethany Center, nominated Davis for her dedication to the center’s mission of providing essential services to those most in need. Davis oversees the food pantry, dedicating hundreds of hours to assisting in feeding over 10,000 people during 2023. She manages inventory, maintains records, and leads other volunteers in the operation of the food pantry.
“Marty’s contribution to the food pantry is invaluable,” Rickert wrote in his nomination. “She arrives early and leaves late, ensuring that the community’s food insecurity is addressed.”
The Hinsch Family Fund committee, the nominators, and representatives from the nominating organizations presented the awards Monday. To watch livestream videos and view more photos from the awards presentations, visit The Piqua Community Foundation’s Facebook page.