Outstanding Women of Clinton County honored


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One of this year’s Outstanding Women of Clinton County, Sandy Pidgeon, right, speaks with from left, a Roberts Convention Centre staffer and an event guest.

One of this year’s Outstanding Women of Clinton County, Sandy Pidgeon, right, speaks with from left, a Roberts Convention Centre staffer and an event guest.


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A 2019 Outstanding Woman of Clinton County honoree, Susan Parker, left, with an event guest.


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Suzanne Madison, a 2019 Outstanding Woman of Clinton County honoree, with an enthusiastic greeting.


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Scholarship winner Olivia Gundler.


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Scholarship winner Emily Brausch.


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Scholarship winner Ashley Kinner.


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Scholarship winner Jordan Snarr.


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Guest speaker and event co-founder Chris Burns-DiBiasio.


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Outstanding Women of Clinton County 2019 honoree Sharon Breckel (right facing camera), escorted by 2012 Outstanding Woman of Clinton County honoree Joan Burge (left), gets a hug from committee member Susan Henry.


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Outstanding Women of Clinton County 2019 honoree Lynn Deatherage, right, is accompanied by the escort, left, to the area next to the stage and congratulated by OWCC committee member Susan Henry, center, back to camera.


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Outstanding Women of Clinton County 2019 honoree Susan Parker, center, receives a bouquet from OWCC committee member Susan Henry as she is escorted to the stage by her nominees, who are pictured standing behind Parker.


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OWCC honoree Suzanne Madison receives warm congratulations from committee member Susan Henry.


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OWCC honoree Sandy Pidgeon, right, is escorted to the stage.


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OWCC honoree Linda Rinehart is escorted to the stage by son Doug Rinehart.


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OWCC 2019 honoree Terri Thobaben, left, receives a bouquet from committee member Susan Henry, right. Terri’s husband Bob Thobaben, standing nearby, escorted his wife to the stage entrance.


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From left on the stage are 2019 Outstanding Women of Clinton County honorees Terri Thobaben, Linda Rinehart, Sandy Pidgeon, Suzanne Madison, Susan Parker, Lynn Deatherage and Sharon Breckel.


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Jordan Snarr receives a hug as the rest of the scholarship winners look on, from left, Emily Brausch, Ashley Kinner and Olivia Gundler.


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In the receiving line after the formal program are the four local high school seniors honored with scholarships: from left, Emily Brausch of Clinton-Massie, Ashley Kinner of East Clinton, Jordan Snarr of Wilmington and Olivia Gundler of Blanchester.


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The two co-founders of the first OWCC luncheon/awards ceremony reunited Saturday for the milestone 20th anniversary event. From left are Donna Thorp and Chris Burns-DiBiasio.


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The 20th Annual Outstanding Women of Clinton County event was held Saturday at the Roberts Centre. The seven women honored this year are, from left: front, Sandy Pidgeon, Suzanne Madison and Sharon Breckel and, back, Terri Thobaben, Linda Rinehart, Susan Parker and Lynn Deatherage. For many more photos from the event, please visit wnewsj.com .


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LIBERTY TOWNSHIP — Women are uniquely positioned to tackle some of a local community’s most vexing challenges and problems, asserted the Outstanding Women of Clinton County (OWCC) event speaker.

Former Wilmington College First Lady and co-founder of the first OWCC awards program Chris Burns-DiBiasio was brought back to be guest speaker for the milestone 20th annual ceremony honoring Clinton County women who have made important contributions to their communities.

Looking back at the establishment of the OWCC awards, Burns-DiBiasio recalled that what brought a core group together then was the belief Clinton County had a living legacy of amazing women who had made a lasting impact on their communities, and who deserved to be recognized and whose stories needed to be told.

Remarking that many communities are under stress due to problems such as the opioid crisis, access to health care, affordable housing, mental health and more, she said women have the skills and talents to help move communities forward.

Burns-DiBiasio listed a number of those strong points.

Women, she said, are master multi-taskers, highly collaborative, well organized and purpose-driven. And she added to the list.

“We are passionate, adaptable and we persevere — we don’t stop until we get the job done and are not afraid of trial-and-error as long as it gets us closer to our goal,” said Burns-DiBiasio.

The seven women honored this year as members of the 2019 class of Outstanding Women of Clinton County are Sandy Pidgeon, Suzanne Madison, Sharon Breckel, Terri Thobaben, Linda Rinehart, Susan Parker and Lynn Deatherage.

The four local high school seniors who were recognized and awarded $1,800 scholarships are Emily Brausch of Clinton-Massie, Ashley Kinner of East Clinton, Jordan Snarr of Wilmington and Olivia Gundler of Blanchester.

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One of this year’s Outstanding Women of Clinton County, Sandy Pidgeon, right, speaks with from left, a Roberts Convention Centre staffer and an event guest.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/03/web1_DSC_0242-1.jpgOne of this year’s Outstanding Women of Clinton County, Sandy Pidgeon, right, speaks with from left, a Roberts Convention Centre staffer and an event guest. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

A 2019 Outstanding Woman of Clinton County honoree, Susan Parker, left, with an event guest.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/03/web1_DSC_0257-1.jpgA 2019 Outstanding Woman of Clinton County honoree, Susan Parker, left, with an event guest. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

Suzanne Madison, a 2019 Outstanding Woman of Clinton County honoree, with an enthusiastic greeting.
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Scholarship winner Olivia Gundler.
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Scholarship winner Emily Brausch.
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Scholarship winner Ashley Kinner.
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Scholarship winner Jordan Snarr.
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Guest speaker and event co-founder Chris Burns-DiBiasio.
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Outstanding Women of Clinton County 2019 honoree Sharon Breckel (right facing camera), escorted by 2012 Outstanding Woman of Clinton County honoree Joan Burge (left), gets a hug from committee member Susan Henry.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/03/web1_DSC_0289-1.jpgOutstanding Women of Clinton County 2019 honoree Sharon Breckel (right facing camera), escorted by 2012 Outstanding Woman of Clinton County honoree Joan Burge (left), gets a hug from committee member Susan Henry. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

Outstanding Women of Clinton County 2019 honoree Lynn Deatherage, right, is accompanied by the escort, left, to the area next to the stage and congratulated by OWCC committee member Susan Henry, center, back to camera.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/03/web1_DSC_0290-1.jpgOutstanding Women of Clinton County 2019 honoree Lynn Deatherage, right, is accompanied by the escort, left, to the area next to the stage and congratulated by OWCC committee member Susan Henry, center, back to camera. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

Outstanding Women of Clinton County 2019 honoree Susan Parker, center, receives a bouquet from OWCC committee member Susan Henry as she is escorted to the stage by her nominees, who are pictured standing behind Parker.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/03/web1_DSC_0292-1.jpgOutstanding Women of Clinton County 2019 honoree Susan Parker, center, receives a bouquet from OWCC committee member Susan Henry as she is escorted to the stage by her nominees, who are pictured standing behind Parker. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

OWCC honoree Suzanne Madison receives warm congratulations from committee member Susan Henry.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/03/web1_DSC_0295-1.jpgOWCC honoree Suzanne Madison receives warm congratulations from committee member Susan Henry. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

OWCC honoree Sandy Pidgeon, right, is escorted to the stage.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/03/web1_DSC_0296-1.jpgOWCC honoree Sandy Pidgeon, right, is escorted to the stage. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

OWCC honoree Linda Rinehart is escorted to the stage by son Doug Rinehart.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/03/web1_DSC_0298-1.jpgOWCC honoree Linda Rinehart is escorted to the stage by son Doug Rinehart. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

OWCC 2019 honoree Terri Thobaben, left, receives a bouquet from committee member Susan Henry, right. Terri’s husband Bob Thobaben, standing nearby, escorted his wife to the stage entrance.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/03/web1_DSC_0302-1.jpgOWCC 2019 honoree Terri Thobaben, left, receives a bouquet from committee member Susan Henry, right. Terri’s husband Bob Thobaben, standing nearby, escorted his wife to the stage entrance. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

From left on the stage are 2019 Outstanding Women of Clinton County honorees Terri Thobaben, Linda Rinehart, Sandy Pidgeon, Suzanne Madison, Susan Parker, Lynn Deatherage and Sharon Breckel.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/03/web1_DSC_0303-1.jpgFrom left on the stage are 2019 Outstanding Women of Clinton County honorees Terri Thobaben, Linda Rinehart, Sandy Pidgeon, Suzanne Madison, Susan Parker, Lynn Deatherage and Sharon Breckel. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

Jordan Snarr receives a hug as the rest of the scholarship winners look on, from left, Emily Brausch, Ashley Kinner and Olivia Gundler.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/03/web1_DSC_0307-1.jpgJordan Snarr receives a hug as the rest of the scholarship winners look on, from left, Emily Brausch, Ashley Kinner and Olivia Gundler. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

In the receiving line after the formal program are the four local high school seniors honored with scholarships: from left, Emily Brausch of Clinton-Massie, Ashley Kinner of East Clinton, Jordan Snarr of Wilmington and Olivia Gundler of Blanchester.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/03/web1_DSC_0312-1.jpgIn the receiving line after the formal program are the four local high school seniors honored with scholarships: from left, Emily Brausch of Clinton-Massie, Ashley Kinner of East Clinton, Jordan Snarr of Wilmington and Olivia Gundler of Blanchester. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

The two co-founders of the first OWCC luncheon/awards ceremony reunited Saturday for the milestone 20th anniversary event. From left are Donna Thorp and Chris Burns-DiBiasio.
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/03/web1_DSC_0316-1.jpgThe two co-founders of the first OWCC luncheon/awards ceremony reunited Saturday for the milestone 20th anniversary event. From left are Donna Thorp and Chris Burns-DiBiasio. Gary Huffenberger | News Journal

The 20th Annual Outstanding Women of Clinton County event was held Saturday at the Roberts Centre. The seven women honored this year are, from left: front, Sandy Pidgeon, Suzanne Madison and Sharon Breckel and, back, Terri Thobaben, Linda Rinehart, Susan Parker and Lynn Deatherage. For many more photos from the event, please visit wnewsj.com .
https://www.wnewsj.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/22/2019/03/web1_DSC_0320-1.jpgThe 20th Annual Outstanding Women of Clinton County event was held Saturday at the Roberts Centre. The seven women honored this year are, from left: front, Sandy Pidgeon, Suzanne Madison and Sharon Breckel and, back, Terri Thobaben, Linda Rinehart, Susan Parker and Lynn Deatherage. For many more photos from the event, please visit wnewsj.com . Gary Huffenberger | News Journal
Co-founder: ‘Still work to do’