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Florence Maurer is honored with 2017 "Friend of Philanthropy" Award

           Florence Maurer was recognized by the Holmes County Education Foundation Board of Trustees as the recipient of the 2017 Friend of Philanthropy Award.  Florence was presented the award at a luncheon held at the Inn at Honey Run.  This local award was created in 2011 as a way to honor individuals and couples and to recognize their philanthropic support and efforts that have changed the lives of young people in the Holmes County community.

            The Carl and Florence Maurer Scholarship was established by Florence Maurer and was created because of their strong belief in the importance of education.  The scholarship is awarded annually to a West Holmes High School graduating senior with demonstrated financial need and who is pursuing a higher education.

            Florence and her husband Carl were very active in the agricultural community for more than 50 years. They raised livestock and crops and stayed busy in several agricultural clubs and organizations. They were faithful fans and attended West Holmes sporting events.  Florence served as cook at Lakeville Elementary and West Holmes High School and has volunteered many years in the kindergarten classroom at Nashville Elementary School.

     “On behalf of the Holmes County Education Foundation, I’d like to thank Florence Maurer for her generosity to the Education Foundation, which in turn helps the students we serve and the Holmes County community.  It’s easy to see that Florence and Carl had a strong work ethic and valued their community, youth, and caring for the land. Establishing a scholarship has allowed their values to be carried on for future generations.” commented Executive Director Darla Stitzlein. 

Photo of Florence Maurer accepting the award from Holmes County Education Foundation Trustees John Waltman and Linda Angelo and Executive Director Darla Stitzlein.


18th Annual Frenette Golf Tournament Raises over $4,300 for Scholarship

     On Sunday, June 25, 2017, the 18th Annual Aimee Frenette-Rickly 18-Hole Golf Tournament was held at Fire Ridge Golf Course in Millersburg.  One hundred and one golfers arrived for a tee off at 9:00 a.m. The team consisting of Trey Fair, Tim Miller, Chris Fair, and Dan Mellor came in at first place with a score of 58.  Second place went to Jimmy Allison, Jaret Mathie, Shawn Johnson, and Kevin Dunn with a score of 58.  Third place went to Rusty Butler, Joe Ricci, John Snow, and Brian Butler with a score of 59.    Thanks are given to those 1st place, 2nd place and 3rd place teams along with the winners of the 50/50 raffle and skins who donated back their prize money towards the Aimee Frenette-Rickly Memorial Scholarship.

     The event brought in over $4,300 for the Aimee Frenette-Rickly Memorial Scholarship fund, held and managed by the Holmes County Education Foundation.  Countless local businesses and community members also contributed to the cause with hole sponsorships.  Hole sponsors at the $100.00 level included: Bakerwell, MS Tepe LLC (Buckeye Deli), Burgett Insurance Agency, Commercial & Savings Bank, Jon Groza with Fifth Third Private Bank, First-Knox National Bank, Killbuck Savings Bank, Discount/Surplus Shoppe, Moore’s Lawn & Garden, Pizza Parlor II, Rodhe’s IGA SuperCenter, Sam & Ronda Steimel, Subway of Holmes County, T & C Enterprises, and Village Motors, Inc; Hole sponsors at the $150.00 level included French Ridge Vineyards & Winery; Hole sponsors at the $500.00 level included Steve Maag.  

     Many businesses offered door prizes; the Comfort Inn of Millersburg, Millersburg Electric, The Jewelry Store and Wolf Creek Veterinary Services offered raffle prizes.  Organizers of the event would also like to thank P & G IGA in Killbuck for their continued contributions toward this annual event as well as everyone that attended the event.

     Aimee Frenette-Rickly attended West Holmes High School where she was actively involved in softball, volleyball, National Honor Society, student council and 4-H.  She graduated in 1994 and went on to study Family & Consumer Science Education at Ohio University, graduating in 1998.  Following graduation, she taught as a substitute teacher in both the East and West Holmes school districts.  She also served as assistant softball coach for West Holmes High School.  Aimee passed away in 1999. This year’s recipient of the Frenette-Rickly Scholarship is Samantha Rogers, who will be studying Business at Muskingum University.  To date, twenty-six students have received $20,550 as part of the Aimee Frenette-Rickly Memorial Scholarship toward tuition and related fees.  The Aimee Frenette-Rickly Memorial Scholarship is renewable to recipients through their four years of college.

    The Foundation wishes to thank Larry Frenette, Linda Frenette, Heather Frenette and all of their family, friends and volunteers who devote their time and energy to making this annual event such a success.


(L-R) Tim Miller, Trey Fair, Chris Fair, and Dan Mellor


Carol Hawkins Maurer Cruise for Higher Education Aids Nursing Students

       On March 11, 2017 more than two dozen friends and family members of the late Carol Hawkins Maurer set sail aboard The Caribbean Princess to raise funds for the Carol Hawkins Maurer Memorial Nursing Scholarship.  The eight day cruise traveled to the islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao.  Marcella Hawkins, cruise organizer and sister to Carol, stated, “Carol devoted nearly 40 years of her life to nursing and she loved to travel. Coordinating this cruise was a great way to honor Carol’s memory by including her family and friends and raising funds to support our future nurses. Thanks to the cruisers, cruise line, travel agency, and other friends we raised $4,254.34. ”

       The scholarship fund is held with and administered by the Holmes County Education Foundation. The fund was created in 2013 after the passing of Carol and the renewable scholarship is awarded annually to a Holmes County resident with demonstrated financial need, academic merit and who is pursuing a degree in the nursing field.  Preference is given to those students attending Ashland University, her alma mater. Since the fund was established, four students have received the award. The recipients to date include: Ian McCulloch, Emily Stair, Nathan Hall and Kelly Shaffer.

       If you wish to contribute to the Carol Hawkins Maurer Memorial Nursing Scholarship, you may donate online here or mail in your contribution to the Holmes County Education Foundation, 114 North Clay Street, Millersburg, OH 44654. Please note Hawkins Maurer in the memo. Since 1991, the Holmes County Education Foundation has awarded more than $8 million in need-based scholarships and grants to Holmes County residents pursuing further education. Please contact Executive Director, Darla Stitzlein at 330-674-7303 to learn more about the scholarship program.


Local residents who attended the cruise, posed for a quick photo during a "Sail Away Party" (above).







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