Continuing the ‘Pass the Positive’ movement


For the Daily Call



PIQUA — Citizens for a Better Piqua and Positively Promoting Piqua are continuing their “Pass the Positive” movement throughout Piqua as they continue to recognize people live and/or work in the city for their positive contributions to the area.

The most recent recipients include:

• Jordan Knepper: Knepper was nominated by Stacey Scott and is the Executive Director of the Piqua Arts Council. He was nominated for bringing positive energy to Piqua. He was also nominated for being instrumental in kicking off and successfully implementing the Rock Piqua Concert series for the past two years. He also grew the Market Mural program at the Piqua Community Farmers Market and came up with the idea for Rock Piqua Unplugged. He has been a part of the more unique and exciting events in the community.

• Jim and Cheryl Burkhardt: Nominated by Kathy Sherman, the Burkhardt’s have called Piqua home for 29 years. Cheryl Burkhardt is currently a trustee for the Miami County YMCA and has served as president of the YMCA, vice president of the Piqua Community Foundation, a chairperson for the Piqua Area United Way Allocation Committee and facilitator for Teen’s Taking Charge Allocation Committee. She has also worked on the Healing Jar Committee for Health Partners Free Clinic and is a “Down a River, Down a Beer” volunteer committee member.

Jim Burkhardt’s committee volunteer hours have been spent as an organizer for the Piqua Arts Council “Down a River, Down a Beer” event, a committee member for the “Dancing with the Piqua Stars,” Piqua Education Foundation, Health Partners Free Clinic board member, a volunteer physician at Health Partners Free Clinic, medical director for Miami County Health Department and team physician for the Piqua High School Boys Soccer team, and sits on several UVMC committees. Jim Burkhardt has also been a presenter for Friends of the Library, Kiwanis and Piqua Community Foundation’s “Cakes for a Cause.”

• Chris and Paula Schmiesing: Nominated by Kazy Hinds, Chris and Paula Schmiesing along with their entire family are all about “Passing the Positive.” Through the numerous volunteer organizations they belong to, they are doing what they can for the betterment of Piqua. In their professional life, Paula Schmiesing teaches in Piqua schools, providing instruction and a positive role model with the students she encounters. Chris Schmiesing was also nominated for taking his passion into his work as well as Piqua’s City Planner.

• Chip Hare: Nominated by Kathy Sherman, Chip Hare has been the Athletic Director for the Piqua Indians for three years after a long tenure serving at Edison Community College. This past year Hare stepped outside the comfort level and successfully competed and contributed to the Piqua Arts Council’s own “Dancing with the Piqua Stars” fundraiser. Hare is also currently serving as the United Way campaign chairman and sits on the Piqua Indian Athletic board of directors.

• Mike and Sue Yannucci: Mike and Sue Yannucci were nominated by Kazy Hinds for their behind-the-scenes work toward the betterment of Piqua. Their vision and work with the 10 year anniver-sary of 911 – A Day of Remembrance that was held in Fountain Park provided a time for the community to gather, remember and give honor to those that lost their lives in that horrible terrorist attack. Both of them are active within our community and at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Mike and Sue Yannucci have been honored as the Business Persons of the Year in 2003 from the Piqua Area Chamber of Commerce. Additionally, Jamieson & Yannucci Funeral Home was designated with a City Beautification Award in 2009 for their new beautiful facilities.

NOTE: These are the first half of the recent recipients of the “Pass the Positive” award in Piqua. The remaining half will be published in a later edition of the Daily Call.

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