PIQUA — The following are recent recipients of the Pass the Positive Award, an award brought by efforts of the groups Citizens for a Better Piqua and Positively Promoting Piqua.
• Bev Yount — Cindy Penrod nominated Bev Yount for a Pass the Positive award. Bev Yount and her husband Doug do not know the meaning of the word “no” as they help out with many community events, and they are very involved as volunteers at Piqua High School. Some of their volunteer work is helping out with the Lemonade stand for Piqua Baseball, Yount is in the Mom’s club, and they help at the concession stand for high school football games on the visitor side. The Younts are active in their church and involved in many of their church events and festivals.
• Jim Oda and Harry R. Oda — A nomination was submitted by local citizens in honor of the memory of Harry R. Oda (1912-1995) that lives on in the life of his son James C. Oda. Jim Oda’s positive efforts are noted as being “well known and immeasurable.” The person nominating Jim stated that his father was an example from which all of us could learn and surely had a positive influence on his son Jim.
Harry was blessed with music talents and a desire to assist others, which he developed and shared with the community. He played the organ for 50 years at his home church, St. John’s Lutheran, St. James Episcopal, The Temple Ashe Emeth, the Piqua Rotary Club, Lions Club, and Forman’s Club, and many community choirs. He was a charter member of the Piqua Elks Band/Piqua Civic Band.
Jim has held several leadership roles within his church and the Miami County YMCA. He served on the Miami County Selective Service Board, Children’s Services Board, Miami County Mental Health Board, Piqua Board of Education, Miami Historical Society as its treasurer, Flesh Public Library Board, Piqua Rotary Club where he served as its president, Piqua area Chamber of Commerce, Piqua Historical Society, Piqua Civic Music Association, Piqua Area United Fund as its chairman and campaign chairman and served as a docent of the Piqua Historical Museum.
Both of these Oda gentlemen served during war time and support the truth that “apples do not fall far from the tree.” It was noted that “they are indicative of how important it is to share our God-given talents to favorably impact the world.” “Pass the Positive” was generational in the Oda family.
• Jim McMaken — Jim McMaken was nominated by Chris Schmiesing. Schmiesing shared that Jim is the “epitome” of a person being a positive role model to all. He has been called a class act in both his person and professional dealings. McMaken has stepped up to deliver lifesaving actions on two separate occasions when fellow citizens were in need of assistance. Many adjectives have been to use to describe McMaken’s personality, including calm cool collected affable sincere. This translates into his being a positive influence on family, friends, colleagues, and everyday contacts. McMaken is called the kind of person one feel fortunate to call a friend, and there are not many people who know McMaken who would not consider him a friend.
• PHS Marching Band — The Pride of Piqua Marching Band has been nominated by Sharon Semanie to receive a Pass the Positive award. They have received numerous “I” ratings in recent weeks, including Grand Champion of the New Bremen Cardinal Invitational, with straight “I” ratings in best overall visual, best overall music and best overall percussion. They were also first in Class A/B and won best percussion. Earlier in marching season received five “I” ratings and placed first in Class A at the Northwestern High School Invitational.
Under baton of Director Mitch Mahaney, the band recently hosted its first annual OMEA invitational at Alexander Stadium featuring 18 bands from this area, Columbus and Cincinnati. The band will be featured in the upcoming Halloween parade and advance to state competition on Nov., 1 at Welcome Stadium at the University of Dayton where they will perform at 5:30 p.m. A Christmas performance on Dec. 14 also features the Pride of Piqua Marching Band. Their supporters give thanks for all those who are part of The Pride of Piqua Marching Band and for “Passing the Positive.”
NOTE: The rest of the most recent recipients of the Pass the Positive Award will be in a later edition of the Daily Call.