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Wood County, Ohio

Spirit of Wood County Awards

The 2017 Spirit of Wood County Awards will be presented on Sunday, October 22 at 2 p.m. in the Alvin L. Perkins Atrium.

The Wood County Commissioners presented the 2016 Spirit of Wood County Awards on October 23, 2016. Award recipients included Dan Henry of Washington Township, Agricultural Leadership; Brian Tucker of Bowling Green, Education for Civic Responsibility; and Jean Gamble of Bowling Green, Lyle R. Fletcher Good Citizenship Award.  Janet Stoudinger, who served as the mayor of Wayne, was recognized posthumously with an award in Self-Government.

The History of the Spirit of Wood County Awards

 

In celebration of the Bicentennial of the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, the Ohio Northwest Ordinance and U.S. Constitution Bicentennial Commission developed the Spirit of ‘87 Awards Program.  The awards were established to recognize and honor citizens at the local level whose daily actions embody the principles set forth in the Northwest Ordinance. Nominations were taken in six different categories directly related to the Ordinance.  Every Ohio community was able to participate in the program and local Spirit of ‘87 Award honorees qualified for statewide recognition.

 

In 1988 the Wood County Commissioners decided to continue with the awards to honor services rendered by Wood County citizens.  Although the names of some the awards have changed over the years, the spirit of the awards is alive today.

 

Nominations are accepted year round; however, if a nomination arrives after the end of our internal cycle (August 15), we will consider the nomination for the next year.  Submitted nominations are active for two years. 

 

Nomination Form

Prior Award Winners

 Award Categories

There are seven award categories (descriptions of each category can be found on the Nomination Form):

Agricultural Leadership
Industrial/Economic Development
Education for Civic Responsibility
Liberty Through Law/Human Freedom
Religion and Liberty;
Self-Government; and
Lyle R. Fletcher Good Citizenship Award