93-year-old Betty Vogt (second from right) accepts a Senior Star Award from Council on Aging Director Kevin Matthews on Wednesday. Vogt was one of ten seniors from the area who were honoed for their service to the community. Vogt volunteers at the Van Wert Manor, delivering all mail each day, helping with planning and organizing of events, and serving as Resident Council President. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)
93-year-old Betty Vogt (second from right) accepts a Senior Star Award from Council on Aging Director Kevin Matthews on Wednesday. Vogt was one of ten seniors from the area who were honoed for their service to the community. Vogt volunteers at the Van Wert Manor, delivering all mail each day, helping with planning and organizing of events, and serving as Resident Council President. (Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)
VAN WERT - Ten special Van Wert County seniors were singled out on Wednesday at the Council on Aging’s Senior Citizen’s Day Banquet. The annual event honors seniors for volunteerism in the community. Each of the Senior Stars were nominated by someone from the community, not from the Council on Aging staff.

Sharon Adkins was nominated by Ken Mengerink for her work with COA, as well as Community Health Professionals, and the TWIG gift shop. She organized the COA basked sale and raised over $900 for the agency.

Linda Frederick was nominated by Alice Kuhlman for work with COA and the YWCA of Van Wert County. She has been a member of the COA board of directors for the past six years and chaired the designer purse bingo event for the past two years.

Carol Hennis is an invaluable volunteer for the American Red Cross in Van Wert. Hennis was nominated by Red Cross Director Sandy Lane who calls her the Red Cross’ Senior Star.She has coordinated the 43 volunteers at Van Wert Hospital and has also coordinated bloodmobiles while working at Federal-Mogul, and developed a program for college students to shadow hospital staff and volunteer.



Alice and Bill Kuhlman were each nominated by Ken Mengerink. The Kuhlmans are dedicated COA volunteers for events like Monday Night Bingo, the warehouse sale, Texas Hold ‘Em tournaments, and back sales. Alice just completed her second term on the COA Board of Directors where she served as president and as vice president. She is also a long-time volunteer for the Moose. Bill also has been very active for the Moose and for the various COA events.

Ron Myers is the current COA board president who regularly volunteers his time for bingo or Texas Hold ‘Em events at COA. Myers was nominated by Allie Kuhlman. He has also served as president an an officer of the board. He also volunteers for many civic organizations in the community.

Nancy Potter volunteers at the CHP Inpatient Hospice Center, conducts a Bible study at Hearth and Home, and volunteers in the Niswonger Performing Arts Center office. “Nancy is a very caring and compassionate person, and we are blessed to have her as part of our volunteer team,” said Robin Waters, CHP volunteer coordinator, who nominated her.

Bill Reidenbaugh volunteers over 40 hours each week at the Salvation Army Thrift Store. Reidenbaugh sorts the donations and prepares them for the sales floor. He was nominated by Major Art Barter of the Salvation Army.

Wayne Taylor has volunteered to LifeHouse Community groups since first attending LifeHouse Church. He recruits and trains leaders for the church groups, and has begun a Grief Share Group and a Divorce Care Group, and helps in several different capacities at the church. Taylor was nominated by LifeHouse Pastor Matt and Tina Braun.

Betty Vogt was nominated by Van Wert Manor Administrator Jacque Welch. Vogt volunteers delivering all the mail at Van Wert Manor each day, helping with planning and organizing of events, and serving as Resident Council President.