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Whinnery Receiving
Community Service Award

CADIZ- Katherine “Kay” Furbee Whinnery will be recognized with the Woman’s Civic Club of Cadiz’s Community Service Award during the 14th Annual Cadiz Community Recognition Banquet on March 17.

At 97, Whinnery exemplifies the term “community-minded,” particularly when it comes to helping youth and seniors. Much of her life has been centered on the Ohio State University Extension Office, beginning with internships in Jefferson and Belmont counties before serving as an agent Harrison County. She earned a bachelor’s degree with honors from OSU in just three years and received a master’s degree there in family living. She married and raised six children, four of whom are twins, and became the Harrison OSU Extension’s home economics instructor at Dillonvale High School, then set up the home economics department at Union Local High School. She returned to the Harrison office in 1960 and retired nearly 25 years later as an assistant professor with OSU.

During her tenure with the Extension, she educated thousands of 4-H youth and adults, offered Extension Homemaker Bus Tours in the tri-state area and formed 21 Extension Homemaker clubs across the county, all the while providing a link between the county and university. She also helped gain a grant that laid the groundwork for Harrison Community Hospital.

Whinnery further gained cooperation from the state health department, Ohio Mental Health Board and other state agencies, as well as Wayne L. Hayes Mental Health Services and reserved several beds at HCH for inpatient mental health services to county residents. Whinnery also was involved with the Tri-Community Mental Health Board and served as president for several years. It is now privatized but Whinnery still remains on the board.

Meanwhile, her innovative program for physicians to conduct free pap tests on county women has saved lives and led to national recognition. She also obtained grant funds to operate a Nutrition Home Visit Program from the Extension office to aid families with young children or immobile seniors. In addition, she even had a hand in developing the senior center and was involved with Camp Piedmont.

Whinnery wrote a “Kay’s Corner” column, which was published in the “Cadiz Republican” and “Harrison News-Herald” and traveled the world as part of the Country Women of the World Organization. Upon her retirement, she joined the Ohio Valley Presbytery as moderator of Presbyterian Women and most recently established the Whinnery Family Scholarship at Ohio University Eastern, where she served as a board member from the mid-1970s to 2006. The scholarship is available to Harrison County students attending OUE.

The banquet will be held at Wallace Lodge in Sally Buffalo Park with social hour beginning at 6 p.m. and the dinner and awards ceremony at 7 p.m. It is sponsored by the Cadiz Business Association, Sally Buffalo Park Board and Harrison News-Herald with additional financial support by Frontier Communications and Valley Rentals.

Among other recipients that evening are Mattern Tire/Lincoln Inn, CBA Business of the Year; Harrison County Help Me Grow, CBA Organization of the Year; Columbus Equipment, CBA Beautification Award; Michael Sliva, Harrison News-Herald Citizen’s Choice Award; Chance Strane, Sally Buffalo Park Board Award of Excellence; and the Cadiz Lions Club’s secret Citizen of the Year honor. Adrian Pincola returns as Master of Ceremonies with musical entertainment by The Hoyts of Scio and DJ Jeremy Thompson and dinner catered by Capraro’s of Hopedale.

Advance tickets are on sale for $25 each until March 12 and none will be sold at the door. They are available at the Harrison News-Herald, Cadiz-Harrison County Visitor’s Center, PNC Bank, Nancy’s Flowers and Gifts, Huntington Bank and Orme’s Hardware. For more information, contact the News-Herald at 740-942-2118 or the visitor’s center at 740-942-1102.

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