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Monday, March 30, 2020

Spotlight on Community Service 1st Quarter, 2020

Amy Bean , The Donald R. Kenney and Company
Amy has been a Safety Advocate for Safe Delaware in Delaware County for the past nine years—sharing her story of the tragic lost 16 years ago of her late husband, Todd Bean, an agent with HER Realtors®.

Amy’s advocacy is focused on Sober Driving, Seat belt Awareness, Distracted Teen Driving and the Remembrance Community.

For the past eight years, she has been a guest speaker for several events focusing on “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click or Ticket” campaigns. She has also been featured in a Public Service Announcement that was recognized Nationwide.

In the last year, Safe Delaware has shifted its focus to concentrate on Distracted Teen Driving and Amy has joined this group to help educate children on the importance of being defensive while driving and on the issue of texting while driving. Amy and her daughter, Anna Bean, were interviewed by Channel 10 news in January for this cause and were honored to tell their story of the loss of their husband and father in 2004, and how it affected the family and Anna being a new driver.

Amy also currently serves on the newly formed Remembrance Committee established to honor and focus on the victims lost due to auto crashes and teens lost to distractive driving.
Amy’s says, “My mission with my advocacy work is to save as many lives as I can so another family does not have to go through this situation, as mine did. It’s an honor for me to work with Delaware County in this effort and my advocacy work serves as a tribute to my late husband’s life.”

Keira Chatman, Coldwell Banker King Thompson
Keira has been a volunteer mentor with Columbus City Schools (CCS) Eastmoor Academy for two years and in that time has mentored six young women between 16 and 18 years of age.

The CCS Office of Student Mentoring Initiatives (OSMI) was established to ensure that each student experiences a quality mentor relationship to help them in leading the life of their choice. OSMI’s School Success Mentor Initiative was introduced in five CCS high schools in 2016, to provide students help with social emotional development and with graduation and post-graduation planning. This school year, the mentoring program includes 12th-grade students at CCS high schools; 7th and 8th graders at Berwick Alternative, and K-8 and 9th graders at West and Linden McKinley high schools.

School Success mentors make a one-year commitment to meet with their student in their school setting for at least one hour each week. Keira has helped her students develop high school and post-high school graduation goals and action plans based on their aspirations and with improving problem-solving skills to navigate academic, personal, and professional life circumstances. She also serves as a listening/sounding board, receives regular updates regarding her students’ attendance, behavior, course performance, and progress toward other graduation requirements; and she connects regularly with her students’ parents or guardians.

Keira says, “Growing up I was involved in many mentorship programs like Blue Chip and Xinos of Phi Delta Kappa Sorority, Inc. Having strong community leaders to look up to were an essential part of my growth and development and continues to be something I’m dedicated to providing the future leaders of tomorrow. I was taught to reach back and pull forward.”

In addition, Keira currently serves as President of the neighborhood block watch for over 250 homes in Marabar Heights, Reynoldsburg; is a member of Alpha Kappa Sorority, Inc., and is an affiliate and sponsor of Keys to Black Wealth.

Robert Horbatt, CRS, ABR, RE/MAX Achievers
Robert has been a member of Rotary clubs for 32 years (with perfect attendance) and was selected Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise Rotarian of the Year in 2001 and served as Club president in 2007.

Robert’s rotary involvement includes serving as a member of the Rotary International Foundation; chair of District 6690 Foundation Fundraising Committee, where over $300,000 per year was raised for the Rotary Foundation, of which 50 percent comes back to District 6690 to support local Rotary club projects and charities.

He has also served as chair of the Westerville Sunrise Club Foundation, the Paul Harris Society, where he took this group from four members to over 150 members in two years and where members commit to contribute at least $1,000 per year to the Rotary Foundation. Robert and his wife Eleanor were recently recognized as level two Major Donors of the Rotary Foundation

In addition, Robert has been involved with the Chilly Open, the Westerville Sunrise Rotary Club’s main fundraising event held the first Saturday in February, at the Columbus Zoo. The event raises over $100,000 and benefit many local charities that support children in central Ohio.

Another signature event for the Westerville Rotary is the “Field of Heroes” held in Westerville every Memorial weekend for the past 11 years. The club puts up 3,500 full size American flags to honor our military veterans and first responders. Each year a different group is honored, from veterans of WW II and the Korean War, women in the military, to fire, EMT, and police veterans.

Bob is also a director of the Central Ohio Section of the Mercedes Club of America and drives the president of the Rotary Club of Westerville Sunrise every year in the Westerville Fourth of July parade.

Lynn Nadler, Keller Williams Capital Partners
Lynn has been a volunteer with the Worthington Resource Pantry for seven years, where she served for three years as chair of its main fundraiser, Octoberfest. She has also served on the Pantry’s Board of Directors and as chair of the Development Committee, helping to raise monetary and food donations.

Worthington Resource Pantry is a choice pantry where families can get three days of nutritious food twice a month. A wide selection of personal items as well as the opportunity to meet with Resource Counselors for information and referrals are also available at the pantry.

In October 2019, the Pantry, located at 6700 Huntley Road, celebrated its 10-year anniversary. This facility serves the following zip codes: 43085, 43235, 43229, 43016, 43081, and 43065. Its hours of operation are Mondays 10a-2p; Wednesdays 3-7p; and the third and fourth Saturdays 10a -noon. On all other Saturdays, the Pantry offer a Produce and Bread Quick Shop.

Volunteers form the heart of the Worthington Resource Pantry and help provide a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for families to visit and shop.

“I became aware of food scarcity for some of my neighbors in and around Worthington, saw the work Worthington Resource Panty was doing, and decided I wanted to work with this organization to help alleviate this need in our community,” says Lynn. “I especially appreciate that we are a choice panty and that everyone in need, including families with special dietary and religious food restrictions, can shop our Pantry for nutritious foods.”

The Pantry’s operations are funded by the generous donations of friends, which help ensure the that everyone in the community has access to fresh healthy food. To donate, text "WRP" to 41-444 to give by text.

Lynn is also involved with Neighborhood Bridges Worthington – an organization that provides a gateway for acts of kindness using technology and social media to advocate for children and families in need, and then engaging the community in filling those needs. All contributions remain anonymous.

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