Jefferson Awards: Deb Zwez helps Wapak through volunteerism


By Bryan Reynolds - breynolds@limanews.com



 Deborah Zwez has been awarded a 2018 Jefferson Award for Public Service for her volunteer work in Wapakoneta. Zwez began her volunteering work in 1990 when she began planning block parties to in downtown Wapak. Those parties eventually became Summer Moon Festival. Recently Zwez is on the Wapakoneta YMCA board, an active member of the Rotary Club and is involved with the organization planning the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing event in Wapak.

Deborah Zwez has been awarded a 2018 Jefferson Award for Public Service for her volunteer work in Wapakoneta. Zwez began her volunteering work in 1990 when she began planning block parties to in downtown Wapak. Those parties eventually became Summer Moon Festival. Recently Zwez is on the Wapakoneta YMCA board, an active member of the Rotary Club and is involved with the organization planning the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing event in Wapak.


Bryan Reynolds | The Lima News

The Jefferson Wards is sponsored by The Lima News, Your Hometown Lima Stations, the United Way of Greater Lima and Husky Energy. Eight winners were selected from the entries. One of the eight winners will be chosen March 27 to attend the national Jefferson Awards banquet, held in Washington, D.C.

WAPAKONETA — Deborah Zwez, publisher of the Wapakoneta Daily News, has been nominated for the 2018 Jefferson Awards for Public Service by Rachel Barber, of Wapakoneta, for volunteering for many different events and organizations in Wapak.

Zwez first came to Wapakoneta in October 1983 for her first job after high school as the business and farm editor at the Wapakoneta Daily News, she said. She left for a few years for other newspaper jobs but returned to Wapakoneta in 1989 to be the editor of the Wapakoneta Daily News, she said.

Zwez said she volunteered in Wapak for the first time during this period of her life.

“It was 1990 when Auglaize Street was being redone and a series of block parties were held downtown,” she said. “Businesses were worried the construction would keep people away from downtown. I was one of the people who organized the block parties.”

These block parties evolved into Indian Summer Fest, which in turn evolved into the Summer Moon Festival, Zwez said.

After that first experience she began volunteering and serving on more and more committees and boards, she said. She served on the Waste Minimization Committee. She was also a charter member of the Noon Optimist Club, an organization helps improve the quality of life for children, Zwez said.

Currently Zwez is on the board of the Wapakoneta YMCA, she is an active Rotary member, a member of the 2019 committee planning the events for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and she is on the Wapakoneta Community Thanksgiving Committee, she said.

“Deb Zwez embodies the adage, ‘if you want something done, ask a busy person,’” said Barber in her nomination letter. “As her list of affiliations and accomplishments demonstrates, when Deb sees a need in the community, she steps up without hesitation, bringing her commitment, her organizational abilities, her people skills, her creativity and her energy.”

Zwez said while it was great to be recognized for her volunteering and nominated for a Jefferson Award she stressed nothing is ever done alone. There are always other people right there alongside her helping out too, she said.

“I think all of us, everybody, has gifts and talents,” Zwez said. “If you’re going to live in a community I believe you have a responsibility to share your gifts with that community. As corny as it sounds, I believe that makes the world a better place.”

Deborah Zwez has been awarded a 2018 Jefferson Award for Public Service for her volunteer work in Wapakoneta. Zwez began her volunteering work in 1990 when she began planning block parties to in downtown Wapak. Those parties eventually became Summer Moon Festival. Recently Zwez is on the Wapakoneta YMCA board, an active member of the Rotary Club and is involved with the organization planning the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing event in Wapak.
https://www.limaohio.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/54/2018/03/web1_zwez.jpg Deborah Zwez has been awarded a 2018 Jefferson Award for Public Service for her volunteer work in Wapakoneta. Zwez began her volunteering work in 1990 when she began planning block parties to in downtown Wapak. Those parties eventually became Summer Moon Festival. Recently Zwez is on the Wapakoneta YMCA board, an active member of the Rotary Club and is involved with the organization planning the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing event in Wapak. Bryan Reynolds | The Lima News

By Bryan Reynolds

breynolds@limanews.com

The Jefferson Wards is sponsored by The Lima News, Your Hometown Lima Stations, the United Way of Greater Lima and Husky Energy. Eight winners were selected from the entries. One of the eight winners will be chosen March 27 to attend the national Jefferson Awards banquet, held in Washington, D.C.

Reach Bryan Reynolds at 567-242-0362

Reach Bryan Reynolds at 567-242-0362

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