WILMINGTON — The Wilmington and Blanchester Chapters of Modern Woodmen of America teamed up to honor three of our Hometown Heroes in Clinton County at a dinner held at Damon’s Thursday, Aug. 23.
The Wilmington Chapter honored Fred and Carolyn Matthews for their amazing contributions through their many community involvements, including their years with the Red Cross and as board members of the Blanchester Quaker Housing.
Their current activities include working with Leadership Clinton, Wilmington College, Murphy Theatre, and Streamkeepers.
Fred played in the Clinton County Community Band, was a member of the Friends Housing Board, serves on the Board of Trustees for Wilmington Friends Meeting, and taught a travel class for two years for the Wilmington College Institute for Lifelong Learning.
Carolyn served two terms on the Leadership Clinton Board of Directors and has made the centerpieces for Dinner in the Fields for 10 years. She is also on the Clinton County Zoning Board and served 12 years on the Wilmington College Board of Trustees and was on the committee for the new Boyd Center. She has been a member for over 15 years on the Decorative Arts Society of Cincinnati, serving as President for four years.
They are perhaps most known as gracious hosts, opening their homes to the many groups in which they are involved for dinners, socials and meetings.
Sandy Campbell is the heart of the Exchange and was honored by the Blanchester Chapter.
The Exchange is an outreach ministry of the Blanchester Church of the Nazarene. Their goal is to serve the physical and spiritual needs of those in Blanchester facing homelessness, lack of money for food, clothing, and basic personal care needs.
They minister to children with supplies, snacks and meals, and they work with people battling addictions, hosting AA and NA meetings. They provide weekly Bible studies and strive to meet whatever need their clients may have. Sandy is the director of the program and knows that God has placed her there as His instrument to help serve the community.
Modern Woodmen District Agent Dan Mayo said, “We are proud to honor these three incredible servants who serve God and the community, and it is a privilege to not only work alongside them on projects but also to witness all that they do to make a difference in the community. They are truly Hometown Heroes.”
As part of the Hometown Hero program, Modern Woodmen is donating $100 to the charity of their choice.
In addition, Mayo reported that the final service project for 2018 will be a supply drive to collect and deliver supplies for the Exchange. The project kicks off Sept. 1 and runs through Sept. 15.
Founded in 1883 as a fraternal benefit society, Modern Woodmen of America offers financial services and fraternal member benefits to individuals and families throughout the United States. For more information about Modern Woodmen and its services, call District Agent, Dan Mayo, at 937 725-0445.