Ginnie Baker Named Richland SWCD Volunteer Of The Year

Ginnie Baker Named Richland SWCD Volunteer Of The Year

  • 11/9/2017 1:57:30 PM
  • Emily Ramey
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH- Ginnie Baker was named the Richland Soil and Water Conservation District (Richland SWCD) 2017 Volunteer of the Year at the Annual Celebration held on Thursday, November 2.

A tree was planted in her honor Thursday, November 9 at the bench near the Main Street blue bridge in Bellville.

Ginnie had been a long-time volunteer for Richland SWCD and was one of the original Rain Gauge volunteers. When Richland SWCD re-instated the rain gauge volunteer program in 2013, Ginnie was one of the first volunteers to say that she wanted to join the program again. She was so enthusiastic about the program, she placed 2 gauges at opposite ends of her property. She willingly helped wherever she could, faithfully reported her rain and snowfall totals and was a pleasure to work with.

She was very involved in the Bellville area with the Safety Patrol program at Bellville Elementary and Adopt-A-Family, placed baskets in stores at the beginning of the year for people to donate money and school supplies, supported Special Olympics, and was instrumental in having the Torch Run route go through Bellville.

Ginnie passed away in October and her partner, John Workman, who Ginnie recruited to help as a Precipitation Monitor, has continued to volunteer in her memory.

Senator Larry Obhof and State Representative Mark Romanchuk also provided commendations for Ginnie’s commitment to the District, conservation, and volunteerism.

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