Continued service to one’s professional organization is vital to the success of that organization. Members often serve the organization unselfishly without receiving formal recognition or thanks for their efforts. The ODHA Service Award is designed to recognize a member who has given unselfishly to the STATE Dental Hygienist’ Association for five or more years. Any ODHA member may be nominated if the criteria outlined in the application form is met.
Deadline to submit award applications is October 12, 2019. Download the ODHA SERVICE AWARD Criteria/Application here.
Deadline to submit award applications is October 12, 2019. Download the 2019 ODHA Outstanding Effort Award Criteria here.
Outstanding Effort Award Recipients
A professional organization is only as strong as the commitment of its members to the organization’s success.
While it is often the leaders of an organization that are rightfully given credit for its achievements, it requires other dedicated members who selflessly give of themselves in supporting roles for the plans of the organization’s leaders to reach fruition.
For the efforts of these unsung members, the Sandra L. Winchell Exemplary Service Award has been created in Sandy’s name. This award was created to honor her longstanding commitment to ODHA, her timely use of her creative talents to benefit ODHA, and her lasting impact on the image and reputation of ODHA.
The recipient will be recognized during the ODHA Annual Session and be presented a monetary award of $500.00 made possible through a generous contribution by Sandy’s husband, Jerry Winchell.
Sandra L. Winchell Exemplary Service Award Recipients:2017:No Recipient2016: Ann Naber 2014:Katie Camp2013: Connie Clark2012: Cheryl Herrmann2011: Pat Powers2010: Chris Harmison2009: Elizabeth "Biz" McClure2008: Krista Ventresco2007: Sandy Brado
This award was developed by the Government Relations Committee of the Ohio Dental Hygienists' Association. It is meant to recognize the contributions of a grassroots member who has promoted the profession of dental hygiene through legislative involvement.
To be eligible for nomination, the candidate must:
Be nominated by an ODHA member must have at least 5 (five) years cumulative membership in ODHA.
The candidate's nomination letter should include the following criteria for selection:
1.Activities that improve the image of dental hygiene
2.Eagerness to grow in the professional organization
3.Recognition of the value of mentoring
4.Legislative contributions on the local/state level
Margie A. Pearce Aspiring Professional Award Recipients:
2017 No recipient
2016 No recipient
2015 Ann Naber
2014 Barbara Ranck
2013 Kelly Oberg
2012 Linda Wilson
2011 Beth Tronolone
2010 Deborah Tennyson
2009 no recipient
2008 no recipient
2007 Jeanne Huber
2006 Angie Pavicic
2005 Susan Johnson-Blake
2004 Sandra Wise
2003 Anne Missing
2002 Krista Ventresco
2001 Denise Bowers
2000 Arlene Boyles
1999 Lynette-Lynn Fraser
1998 Darla Longstreth
1997 Susan Dyer
The Patricia V. Griffiths Memorial Award
Patricia V Griffiths' professional career began when she graduated from the University of Michigan with a certificate in Dental Hygiene in 1945. That same year, she returned to Ohio -- beginning employment as a clinical dental hygienist and immediately becoming involved with the Ohio Dental Hygienists' Association. Pat's commitment to ODHA led her to be a founding member of THREE components-- Columbus, Cleveland and Southern Ohio. Her first state leadership role was that of ODHA Secretary, and in 1950 (only five years after graduating from the University) she served as ODHA president. At that time, 1950, the total number of ODHA members was fewer than 100.
Pat remained in private practice 31 years, and, in 1976, accepted the position of "Clinical Director of Dental Hygiene" at the newly established Scioto Technical College, which later became Shawnee State University. She was hired with the stipulation that she complete her bachelor's degree. So, at the age of 53, while serving as a full-time faculty member, she attended evening and weekend classes and obtained her Bachelor of Science and Education from Ohio University.
Pat remained at Shawnee State University until 1983, when heart problems interfered with her ability to continue as a clinician. It was then that she began to focus on community dental health and began post graduate studies at the University of Cincinnati. This led to employment at Columbus Childrens' Hospital where she was responsible for writing grants, educating parents and young children, and mentoring OSU's dental hygiene students.
The diversity of Pat's professional commitment led to many honors throughout her career -- including the highest distinction of "Life Member" of the American Dental Hygienists' Association.
In her honor, the Patricia V Griffiths Memorial Award is presented biennially, to ONE member of the Academy of Dental Hygiene Studies who has demonstrated exceptional commitment to education of self and community. A minimum of 50 CEU and 8 hours of volunteer community service, during the current biennium, are required for eligibility.
The deadline for submission of the PVG Memorial Award is October 17, 2019.
Contributions and applications to the Patricia V. Griffiths Memorial Award may be mailed directly to:
8600 Agerter Rd
Spencerville, OH 45887