Piqua Community Foundation awards Hinsch Community Service Awards


PIQUA — The Piqua Community Foundation presented two local volunteers with the Scott J. Hinsch and Margaret W. Hinsch Community Service Awards on Monday.

The following volunteers received the awards in surprise presentations:

• Edna Stiefel, Friends of the Piqua Parks

• Kenneth J. Grimes, Miami Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America

The recipients received a glass plaque to commemorate the occasion, and the nominating nonprofit agency received a $2,000 unrestricted grant from the Hinsch Family Fund of the Piqua Community Foundation, in recognition of that outstanding volunteer. The Hinsch awards are offered annually, typically to one male and one female volunteer.

Cari Beth Noah and 10-year-old Jack Noah, granddaughter and great-grandson of the awards’ namesakes, respectively, presented the awards to recognize their legacy of service to the Piqua community. Cari Beth Noah also represented her parents, John and Marsha Hinsch, and her aunt, Dr. Linda Hinsch Campbell, who founded the fund and were unable to attend the presentations.

“The Hinsch family and the Hinsch Family Fund committee are touched by Edna and Ken’s contributions in 2021 to their respective organizations in service to Piqua residents,” John Hinsch said. “We recognize that 2021 was a year of increased need in our service organizations, and we are so inspired by the incredible dedication of these volunteers to rally around their community. We are so humbled to share these awards in memory of my parents who loved and served Piqua all their lives.”

• The Scott J. Hinsch Community Service Award winner: Kenneth J. Grimes

Iris Juergens, development director for Miami Valley Council, Boys Scouts of America, nominated Grimes for leading Troop 295 at Westminster Presbyterian Church in their efforts to provide meals to people who were directly impacted by COVID-19 during 2021.

“One of Mr. Grimes’ greatest strengths is his reliability,” Juergens said in her nomination form. “It is due to Mr. Grimes’ personal investment of time, talent, and treasure that the Miami Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America was able to provide scouting during times when we had to pivot quickly. His efforts ensure Scouting continues at an exemplary level for all our youth.”

• The Margaret W. Hinsch Community Service Award winner: Edna Stiefel

Ruth A. Koon, president of Friends of the Piqua Parks, nominated Stiefel for her fundraising efforts to increase the number of trees in the Piqua parks in 2021. Koon said Stiefel is an advocate for the development of the Piqua’s park system and is highly regarded by City of Piqua parks staff and community.

“She truly is a committed and enthusiastic volunteer for our committee and for our community,” Koon stated in her nomination form. “The project would not have happened if it had not been for Stiefel’s leadership.”

The Hinsch Family Fund committee, the nominators, and family members of the awardees presented the awards Monday. To watch livestream videos and view more photos from the awards presentations, visit the Piqua Community Foundation’s Facebook page.

For more information about the Piqua Community Foundation and the Scott J. Hinsch and Margaret W. Hinsch Community Service Awards, visit piquacommunityfoundation.org.

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