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2021 Service Above Self Award

Due to difficulties associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rotary Club will not solicit nominations for this year's Service Above Self Award.  Rather, the SAS Committe will be internally nominating individuals or groups to honor this year.  The SAS banquet will also not take place, and the award will be made during a regular meeting of the Rotary Club.

Service Above Self Award History

The Upper Sandusky Rotary Club initiated the Wyandot County Service Above Self Award in 2008 to honor an individual who demonstrates outstanding service to our community, region, or the world-at-large.  The Club solicits nominations from the public in December to Januaryof each year, and then selects the recipient from these nominees.  The winner is then honored in November at the Service Above Self banquet.  The Rotary Club makes a $1000 donation in the recipient's name to the Rotary Foundation, which helps promote world peace and improve health throughout the world.
Previous winners were:
 2008 -  Rheta Parker Ruehle of McCutchenville
 2009 -  Lewis Gottfried of Upper Sandusky
 2010 - James Gatchell of Harpster
 2011 - Charlotte Leeth of Marseilles
 2012 -  George Kreachbaum
 2014 - Tom Creger
 2015 - Jonathan Miller
 2016 - Carol Minehart
 2018 - Jan Stoneburner
 2019 - Janice Woods
The following is a brief synopsis of the Service Above Self Award recipients and their community service contributions.
Rheta Parker Ruehle  (2008)
Rheta is a mother of eight and a grandmother of twenty.  She is a retired nurse, having worked at Wyandot Memorial Hospital for 30 years.  She has been active in the Easter Seals Association, the Heart Association, Wyandot County Hospice, the Wyandot and Mohawk Historical Societies, the McCutchenville Community Center, the Sycamore Literary Society, the Girl Scouts, the McCutchenville Alumni Association, and the McCutchenville United Church of Christ.
Lewis Gottfried   (2009)
Lew was honored for his lifetime of service in a variety of areas, including 4-H advising, service on church and civic committees. work with the Wyandot County Hospice, service in the Peace Corps in the Dominican Republic, and involvement in the Upper Sandusky Lions Club.  Gottfried is also a local author, who has penned several books of poems highlighting the work of others in the community.
James Gatchell   (2010)
Jim is a retired teacher who has served on the Wyandot Historical Society, Upper Sandusky Lions Club, Wyandot County Tracers, St. Paul Lutheran Church, and who volunteers at the Wyandot County Home.  He assists at Bringman-Clark Funeral Home, and he has spent countless hours in his woodshop building and repairing furniture for area charities. 
Charlotte Leeth (2011)
Charlotte is a retired school teacher from the Upper Sandusky school system.  She has been involved in many local organizations such as a volunteer youth mentor through the OSU Extension Office, tutoring at-risk youth through the Wyandot County Juvenile Court, and active with the Wyandot County Historical Society.  Charlotte has made annual mission trips to the Ukraine as part of SARA (Sharing America's Resources Abroad) to teach English and American Culture in schools and orphanages.  She has been active in her hometown of Marsielles with civic affairs and instrumental in helping to transform the site of the old Marsielles school into a memorial park.
George Kreachbaum (2012)
George held many community-related positions since moving to Upper Sanduksy in the late 1960's.  He served as the principal of Union School (K - 8), and was also in charge of the school transportation system.  George was instrumental in seeking a renovation of Union School so the elementary classes could have their own wing.  After retiring, George was very active in the Wyandot County Reitred Teachers organization.  He was a member of the Lions' Club and active in all of their efforts.  George and his wife Marge have also taught USHS Adult Evening Classes, are active members of their local church, and were honored as Outstanding Senior volunteers in 2009 by Medical Mutual of Ohio for delivering Meals on Wheels.  George also served a number of years as a board members of the Upper Sandusky Community Library.
Thomas Creger (2014)
Mr. Creger has served his community for many years in various capacities including serving as Board President for Angeline Industries and Broken Arrow Inc.  Thomas was also a founder of the Wyandot County Visitors' & Convention Bureau for which he also served as a Board President.  He is a very active member of the Transfiguartion of the Lord Parish, and also volunteers to work the gate each year at the Fantasy of Lights event held in Harrison Smith Park.  
Jonathan Miller (2015)

Jonathan practiced law in Upper Sandusky from 1995 and served as Wyandot County Prosecutor from and after his election in 2006. He was a Wyandot County EMT and EMS volunteer, gave countless hours of time and talent to the Star Theater in Upper Sandusky, mentored children in the local school system and served as coach for youth soccer and Upwards basketball.  He was also a Deacon and Elder for the First Presbyterian Church and a member and past President of the Upper Sandusky Rotary Club. 

Carol Minehart (2016)

Mrs. Minehart is an active member of John Stewart United Methodist Church where she has been a long time choir member, led the junior choir, taught religious education classes, been a member of both the Bell Choir and Chime Choir, and served as the Praise Music Leader.  She has also taken two mission trips to the McCurdy School in Espanola, New Mexico to help in their Christian mission.  Mrs. Minehart also plays active roles in various community organizations.  She is Co-Founder and Co-Chapter Leader of The Compassionate Friends for Wyandot County.  An organization started in 2004, Compassionate Friends is organized to assist bereaved parents and has helped over 200 grieving parents since its inception.  She is also a long time member and officer of Beta-Usando, which is a literary group in Upper Sandusky.  

At her place of regular employment, Carol also provides service above and beyond her normal duties teaching 8th Grade American History at Upper Sandusky Middle School.  In 2006 Carol began planning the USMS 8th Grade trip to Gettysburg, but soon decided the trip could be built upon.  Through her work the 8th Grade students are now able to take a four day trip that includes touring both Gettysburg and Washington D.C.  Not only does Mrs. Minehart organize the entire trip for the students, but she also plays a major role in fundraising to offset costs for students to make the trip each year.