Beth Wyckoff of Swanton was the bronze award winner in the annual Northwest Ohio Outstanding Senior Volunteer Awards sponsored by Medical Mutual of Ohio.
At a luncheon on May 17, at the Holiday Inn French Quarter, 16 volunteers age 60 and over were honored for giving their time in a selfless, caring manner to Toledo area charitable and nonprofit organizations. They were recognized for their commitment to enhancing the quality of life for people in their communities.
Wyckoff’s 28 years of volunteer work with the Girl Scouts of Western Ohio started when she became a troop leader for her two daughters. Her involvement continues today as a troop leader for her granddaughter and, despite the demands of being a troop leader, she is extremely involved in other aspects of Girl Scouting, as well.
Wyckoff’s Girl Scout connection runs deep and stems from her own experience. She grew up in Girl Scouting and earned the level of First Class Scout – the highest award a Girl Scout could earn at the time. To pass this positive experience on to her daughters, she signed up to be their troop leader and ensured all the girls in her troops had the opportunity to travel, pursue outdoor adventures and complete leadership awards. When her granddaughter was old enough to become a Girl Scout, Beth jumped right back in to leading a troop to ensure the family tradition continued.
Beth retired from a successful career in computer technology and brings that knowledge and skill to serve as the data chair on the administrative volunteer team and the liaison with the Girl Scout data staff. She also brings skills well beyond technology and provides training/certification for volunteers and staff in lifeguarding, archery, first aid and CPR, as well as canoeing and kayaking.
Through Beth’s decades of service as a troop leader and an outdoor trainer, she has helped girls grow in courage, confidence and character.
In addition to Wyckoff, the other top award winners and the organizations they serve include:
Anita Plantz (Platinum Award), Helping Hands of St. Louis/Catholic Charities of Toledo.
Plantz began volunteering at Helping Hands 10 years ago wanting to help those less fortunate. She has contributed more than 8,000 volunteer hours to Helping Hands.
DuWayne and Garnette Frobish (Gold award), Toledo Cultural Arts Center at the Valentine Theatre.
The Frobishes have been volunteering at the Valentine Theatre since its grand re-opening in 1999, accumulating more than 3,650 hours. They have been ushers and tour guides and have also helped mentor new volunteers so that the theatre meets its high standard of operation.
Sandy and Dick Fisher (Silver Award), East Toledo Family Center.
Dick and Sandy Fisher have been volunteers at the East Toledo Family Center (ETFC) and East Toledo Senior Center for more than 20 years. They are the co-chairs of the ETFC annual gala — the Center’s biggest fund raising event.