In the past seven years, the Valley Legacy Awards have honored nearly 175 extraordinary people and organizations, with 40 receiving the Valley Legacy Award. This year, Boardman residents George Grim and Beverly Poidmore Pariza were honored on Thursday, Oct. 11 at a luncheon for 250 people at Avion on the Water in Canfield.
"Americans are recognized for being the most caring and giving people in the world," stated George Hays, Valley Legacy Advisory Board co-chair. "The members of the 2012 class of Valley Legacy Award nominees are inspiring examples of this caring and giving nature. While six will take home an award, all of the nominees, by virtue of their selfless dedication, are winners."
Dennis Parks, president of Shepherd of the Valley's Board of Directors, stated, "It is my belief that we are all here to serve a purpose. If you have had the opportunity to review the background of this year's nominees, you can know and appreciate a group of outstanding individuals who have spent a lifetime serving a purpose within our own Valley."
Outstanding seniors receiving a 2012 Valley Legacy Award on Thursday, Oct. 11 included, in front: James Herriman of Warren, Diana Bauman of Warren, Beverly Poidmore-Pariza of Boardman, and in back, Carol Bigelow of Youngstown, and George Grim of Boardman. Twenty-nine people had been nominated for the award.
The two Boardman recipients have a long list of serving their community. Grim is first and foremost, a Boy Scout. For 30 years, he has served as a member and three-time chair of the Whispering Pines District Advancement Committee, served as Nominations Chair, is the unit commissioner for five troops in three churches and a VFW post and raised funds for physical improvements at Camp Stambaugh, all while helping young people learn important life lessons and develop important character traits through Scouting. His interest in the Civil War led him to join the Northeast Ohio Civil War Roundtable. He is a member of the Boardman Kiwanis Club, chairing among other events, the Boardman Easter Egg Hunt, and serving as president and District Lt. Governor. He chaired the Boardman Township Memorial Day Parade, serves on the Boardman Community Foundation Board, and is on the Mahoning Co. 4-H Advisory Committee. He was inducted into the Ohio District Kiwanis Hall of Fame, has been honored by the Boardman Township Trustees for service to the community, was named 2008 Mahoning Valley Volunteer of the Year, 2010 Citizen of the Year by the Boardman Civic Association, and received the Bronze Pelican, Silver Beaver, and Friend of Scouting Golden Eagle awards from the Boy Scouts of America.
Poidmore Pariza has an exhausting list of volunteer position. She is a member of St. Elizabeth Hospital Auxiliary, Stambaugh Pillars, Friends of Fellows Gardens, Mahoning County Historical Society and Genealogical Society, Youngstown State University Alumni, HandsOn Volunteer Network of the Valley, Korean War Veterans Chapter 137, and several quilting groups. She makes baby blankets and knits and crochets lap robes, blankets and scarves for Wheelchair Veterans, soldiers in Iraqi and Afghanistan, and The Rescue Mission. In her spare time, she volunteers at Austinwoods, the American Cancer Society, Reach to Recovery, the VA Clinic, Animal Charity, and the United Way of Mahoning County. She has also been recognized for her efforts with the Presidential Lifetime Volunteer Award from HandsOn Volunteer Network and a Certificate of Recognition from Humility of Mary Health Partners.