The 47th annual Statehood Day Prayer Breakfast celebrated Ohio and awarded Carolyn Ault for her community service.
The very coordinator of the event earned the Kiwanis Achievement award, now in its 44th year.
With her employment and public service beginning as a high school sophomore at the old YMCA, Carolyn Ault was a high energy worker who was described as "flitting around." She admits she continues to use that energy to serve.
Her advice to future Achievement Award recipients? "Be honored" - there's many well-known names on that list. She said she was honored to be among them.
With a theme this year of "united we stand," many attendees agreed that Federal Judge Marie Hoover and Pastor Jeffrey Broadnax gave impressive talks.
From the Voice of Hope Church of God, religious speaker Broadnax gave pithy examples of the theme, including a story about Everybody, Anybody, Somebody, and Nobody - and the poem "The Cold Within."
Political speaker Hoover - growing up as a first generation Filipino-American in Waverly, with a black belt in Karate - instead drew from her knowledge that school superintendents are supposed to make sure Statehood Day is taught, and pointed out the two recurring mottoes on U.S. money.
As the judge for the Fourth District Court of Appeal, she presides over 14 counties in southern Ohio.
The Statehood Day Prayer Breakfast is always the Saturday closest to the state's birthday. Several local museums and heritage sites have open houses after the Prayer Breakfast.
Kevin Coleman regularly reports on Chillicothe & Circleville councils