Sue Radabaugh received the Orpha Gatch Citizenship Award presented by the League of Women Voters of Clermont County.
The award was presented on Aug. 25 at Receptions in Eastgate.
The award recognizes women who live or work in Clermont County whose personal passion, commitment, service and volunteerism have changed the community.
Radabaugh, of Milford, is executive director of Stepping Stones Center for children and adults with disabilities. She was one of 9 finalists, including women who are active in youth mentoring, military support programs, the arts, politics, leaders in senior services and community building.
Radabaugh has followed her passion to improve lives for children and adults with disabilities. As a college student she developed groundbreaking adapted aquatics programs for children with severe disabilities. She developed infant stimulation programs at Stepping Stones Center and championed the agency's growing expertise in autism.
Stepping Stones' Step-Up program is the region's only alternative education program for students with autism who have exhausted options in the traditional school system because of severe behavior challenges.
As a volunteer she co-founded Cincinnati Riding for the handicapped, now known as Cincinnati Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship, Cincinnati's first therapeutic riding program. She chaired the board for 21 years.
She is a founding member and chair of the disabilities collaborative of Greater Cincinnati, a member and former chair of the Leadership council of Human Services Executives, and serves on the Regional Autism Advisory Council. She also is a board member of the Linden Grove School.
The award was created and presented by Cathy Gatch, Milford, owner of Milford Pottery. She is the granddaughter of Orpha Gatch. Radabaugh also received a congratulatory proclamation by the Ohio House of Representatives. It read, in part, "Whether occupying center stage or playing a valuable role in the wings, you have always made your diligent, conscientious presence felt. Your initiative, integrity, and intelligence have been valuable assets in all your endeavors and you have inspired many to dedicate themselves similarly."
Congresswoman Jean Schmidt presented Radabaugh with a flag that has flown over the Capitol in Washington.
Other nominees were:
Lisa Davis, of Williamsburg, is director of Community Relations for Clermont County MR/DD. She is a youth mentor and active in children and education activities.
Julie Graybill, of Williamsburg is manager of Member Services for the Clermont Chamber of Commerce. She also is a youth mentor and active in children's issues, youth leadership and military support programs; Yvonne Haight, Milford, former Milford mayor and councilwoman, is a longtime activist for community, youth, and veterans programs and served on the Milford Fire Department and life squad, the Clermont County Fair Board and the Milford Historical Society.
Regina Herbolt, Batavia, works for Union Central Life Insurance and is active in Vietnam Veterans of America, Boy Scouts, and the Yellow Ribbon Support Center. She spearheaded a military cemetery display project with more than 1,300 handmade wooden crosses.
Connie Hunter, Miford, founded the Greater Milford Arts and Events Council shortly after moving to Milford in 2007. Her community activism history includes working to form a commuter airline in Pennsylvania, establishing flight training courses at a local community college, and promoting history, arts and education programs.
Ginny Kaldmo, Amelia, activities director of Clermont Senior Services, is active in church, senior and children's issues, developing creative programs for all ages.
Nancy Middleton, Goshen Township, president of The Printing Place, is a past president of the League of Women Voters of Clermont County and is active in community projects and programs ranging from zoning to education, scouts, sports and fire department auxiliary.
Charlotte Schadler, Milford, is active in the Yellow Ribbon Support Center and the Let Us Never Forget Scholarship Fund. She also is "Queen Mother" of the Milford Red Hat Sassy Ladies Society.
Master of ceremonies was Channel 5 news anchor Sheree Paolello.
Keynote speakers were Lynn Ashley and Nancy Arnold.
Ashley, forest park, is a former WAC (Women's Army Corps) in World War II and supports the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation in Washington, D.C. Ashley has a doctorate degree in educational foundations from the University of Cincinnati and is an education consultant for criminal offenders.
Arnold, Fairfield, talked about volunteerism. She and her husband are facilitators and founding members of a Military Support Group formed in 2002. she is active in the American Red Cross, United Way, the Thank You Foundation and community fund raising efforts.
The Orpha Gatch Award is presented annually at the Suffragists Dinner sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Clermont County. The League is a non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting an informed electorate and serving the community. It is open to men and women.
For information, contact the League of Women Voters of Clermont County at (513) 752-8011 or www.lwvClermont.com.