Annual Meeting & Awards

Join us at our Annual Meeting on: TBD. At this meeting, we review the year's accomplishments; including volunteer recognition and award recipients, hold our board of directors’ election, and vote on the proposed changes to our organizational bylaws. ***There are proposed changes to our By-Laws that members will be voting on at this meeting. View the proposed changes here.*** 

 

We encourage anyone in our community (not just staff and volunteers) to consider nominating outstanding community members/partners for each of the five award categories we award annually. Fill out and submit the form below!

Our organization is governed by a Board of Directors that consists of between 11 and 15 community leaders from across many industries and segments of public life. These individuals are self-motivated, have a strong work ethic, and share a firm commitment to supporting and realizing the organizational mission through their volunteerism. Board members are elected to two-year terms; elections are held each January at the Annual Meeting. If you are interested in learning more or applying to become a board member, please also send an email to woodcountyhumanesociety@gmail.com .

MINNIEBELLE CONLEY COMMUNITY AWARD

The WCHS shelter was erected following a bequeath from the Minniebelle Conley estate upon her death. The Minniebelle Conley Community Award was established in 1997 and is presented annually to a generous community partner whose contributions have significantly assisted us in fulfilling our organization’s mission of existing to be a community leader providing services and resources that enrich the relationship between animals and humans through advocacy, education, and animal welfare. 

EXCELLENCE IN ANIMAL CARE AND ADVOCACY AWARD

The Excellence in Animal Care and Advocacy Award (formerly the Special Friend of the Animals Award) was established in 2000. This award is presented annually to an individual who has shown a marked commitment not only to WCHS, but more specifically to the animals. This award recognizes those who are instrumental in creating a better quality of life for animals under our care.

ELLEN FULLER VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD

Ellen Fuller was born on July 16, 1913. She was a local teacher and philanthropist. There is a scholarship for students at Bowling Green State University in the name of Ellen and her husband Dewey for students showing high character and professional promise through extracurricular activities, volunteer work, and/or paid employment. Ellen passed away in January of 1985. Later that month, the Volunteer of the Year Award was renamed in her honor. The Ellen Fuller Volunteer of the Year Award is presented annually to one or more of our many dedicated volunteers in recognition of outstanding service to the organization.

JUNIOR VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARD

The Junior Volunteer of the Year Award was established in 2018. This award is presented to one or more of our many dedicated youth volunteers (under 18 years old for at least part of the year preceding the award) in recognition of outstanding service to the organization. In order to be eligible for this award, the junior volunteer must have attended volunteer orientation and have volunteered at least 15 volunteer hours in the year preceding the award.

WANDA LOOMIS HUMANITARIAN OF THE YEAR AWARD

Named for Wanda Elizabeth Loomis who dedicated much of her life to caring for both wild and domestic animals in Wood County. Wanda was born on November 13, 1907 in Woodside, Ohio. A lifelong resident of Wood County, Wanda established the award in 1972 as the Wanda Loomis Humanitarian of the Year Award. Wanda passed away in 1989 at the age of 82. The Wanda Loomis Humanitarian Award is presented to an individual who demonstrates continuing devotion to and an active engagement in the promotion of animal welfare in Wood County. This award is specifically for an individual who demonstrates consistent commitment to animals and the community at large over a span of multiple years.

Annual Award Winners 2021:

Minniebelle Conley Community Award:  Joe Schroeder, Stephanie Ringler, and the Garage Sale Crew & Michelle Beaverson and the Woodland Mall

Special Friend of the Animals Award: Nikki Badman and Poco's Playhouse, Jeff Showell and Tony Mazzullo

Ellen Fuller Volunteer of the Year Award: Katie Byers

Wanda Loomis Humanitarian of the Year Award: Dr. Vicki Frobose 

Junior Volunteer of the Year Award: Ryan Cesarini & Maralissa Waterfield

Annual Award Winners 2020:

Minniebelle Conley Community Award: Three Dog Bakery

Special Friend of the Animals Award: Meghan and George Bingaman, Karen Rader

Ellen Fuller Volunteer of the Year Award: Lynne Helm

Wanda Loomis Humanitarian of the Year Award: Wood County residents who report abuse, neglect, and cruelty 

Junior Volunteer of the Year Award: No award given

Annual Award Winners 2019:

Minniebelle Conley Community Award: Best Western Falcon Plaza

Special Friend of the Animals Award: Jess Apodaca, Michael Bailey, Kristy Silverwood and Family

Ellen Fuller Volunteer of the Year Award: Cathy Goddu

Wanda Loomis Humanitarian of the Year Award: Gail Franklin, Chris Riddle

Junior Volunteer of the Year Award: Patience Little

Annual Award Winners 2018:

Minniebelle Conley Community Award: Church & Dwight Co., Inc.

Special Friend of the Animals Award: Liesel Traister

Ellen Fuller Volunteer of the Year Award: Melissa Hall

Wanda Loomis Humanitarian of the Year Award: No Award Given

*Junior Volunteer of the Year Award: Megan Mantel

Annual Award Winners 2017:

Minniebelle Conley Community Award: The Wood County Commissioners: Doris I. Herringshaw, Craig LaHote, and Theodore H. Bowlus

Special Friend of the Animals Award: Kathy Manley

Ellen Fuller Volunteer of the Year Award: Jeffrey Showell, Tonya Tack

Wanda Loomis Humanitarian of the Year Award: No Award Given

**Special Service to the Organization: Steve Kiessling, Evelyn Schwan

Annual Award Winners 2016:

Minniebelle Conley Community Award: Pisanello's Pizza

Special Friend of the Animals Award: Lynne Helm

Ellen Fuller Volunteer of the Year Award: Phyllis Chaney

Wanda Loomis Humanitarian of the Year Award: Jean Miller

Annual Award Winners 2015:

Minniebelle Conley Community Award: Jarrod Demski, Heidelberg Distributing

Special Friend of the Animals Award: Kristen Grom

Ellen Fuller Volunteer of the Year Award: John Aleksander

Wanda Loomis Humanitarian of the Year Award: Connie Cadwallader

Annual Award Winners 2014:

Minniebelle Conley Community Award: Jan Harr

Special Friend of the Animals Award: Nagoya; Joe Schroeder and Stephanie Ringler

Ellen Fuller Volunteer of the Year Award: Barbara Arnold

Wanda Loomis Humanitarian of the Year Award: Erik J. Thompson, Rossford Police Department; Kyle Silvers

**Special Achievement Award for Service-Kathy Dean

**Special Recognition Certificates of Appreciation: All Board Members Past and Present; Olivia Hegedus; Pisanello’s Pizza

Annual Award Winners 2013:

Minniebelle Conley Community Award: The Copy Shop

Special Friend of the Animals Award: No Award Given

Ellen Fuller Volunteer of the Year Award: Kara Reynolds

Wanda Loomis Humanitarian of the Year Award: Sandy Lepper

**Special Service to the Organization: Mike and Esther Fabian; Tom McCurdy; Adam Herrman; Debbie Rodgers; BGSU Friends of the WCHS; Kroger; Newman’s Marathon; Organ Collision; Jones Veterinary Hospital; Pisanello’s Pizza

Annual Award Winners 2012:

Minniebelle Conley Community Award: Darlene Petkwitz

Special Friend of the Animals Award: No Award Given

Ellen Fuller Volunteer of the Year Award: Lisa Kern

Wanda Loomis Humanitarian of the Year Award: Jerry Anderson

**Special Recognition Certificates of Appreciation: Matt Skivers; Lynne Helm; Glenda Swartz; Sandy Lepper; Holiday Inn Express; Lemar; Pisanello’s Pizza; McDonald’s South Main Street; W. W. Knight Nature Preserve

Annual Award Winners 2011:

Minniebelle Conley Community Award: Joe Schroeder and Stephanie Ringler

Special Friend of the Animals Award: No Award Given

Ellen Fuller Volunteer of the Year Award: Karla Hines

Wanda Loomis Humanitarian of the Year Award: Pat McCutchan-Vernier, M.D. and Rick Vernier

**Special Recognition Certificates of Appreciation: Nan Borer; Carol Butcher; Devin Butcher; Olga Clay; Kathy Dean; Connie Donald; Rich Douglas; Jan Harr; Lynne Helm; Karla Hines; Robin Jolly; Sandy Lepper; Jacqui Nathan; Glenda Swartz; Matt Skivers; Samantha Strausbaugh; Liesel Traister

Annual Award Winners 2010:

Minniebelle Conley Community Award: Pisanello's Pizza

Special Friend of the Animals Award: Kathy Eads

Ellen Fuller Volunteer of the Year Award: The Healing Barn

Wanda Loomis Humanitarian of the Year Award: Andrew Schuman

Annual Award Winners 2009:

Minniebelle Conley Community Award: No Award Given

Special Friend of the Animals Award: No Award Given

Ellen Fuller Volunteer of the Year Award: No Award Given

Wanda Loomis Humanitarian of the Year Award: No Award Given

Annual Award Winners 2008:

Minniebelle Conley Community Award: L’Maries Laundromat (Duane and Lisa King)

Special Friend of the Animals Award: No Award Given

Ellen Fuller Volunteer of the Year Award: Kathleen Newman

Wanda Loomis Humanitarian of the Year Award: Craig Lundgren, Hobby Horse Stable

**Special Achievement Award for Service: Sandy Lepper

**Foster Home of the Year: Tracy DeRan-Taylor

Annual Award Winners 2007:

Minniebelle Conley Community Award: Cheryl Kubista, Bark Busters

Special Friend of the Animals Award: No Award Given

Ellen Fuller Volunteer of the Year Award: Margaret Weinberger

Wanda Loomis Humanitarian of the Year Award: Christy Spontelli

**Special Recognition Certificates of Appreciation: Mandy Dickenson; Jill Borkowski; Matthew Manley; Buddy the Dog; Craig Lundgren; Clear Channel Communications; Deb Buker; Renee Valtin

Annual Award Winners 2006:

Minniebelle Conley Community Award: Deb Buker, Perrysburg Messenger Journal

Special Friend of the Animals Award: No Award Given

Ellen Fuller Volunteer of the Year Award: Kathy Hershberger

Wanda Loomis Humanitarian of the Year Award: Marci Skirvin

Annual Award Winners 2005:

Minniebelle Conley Community Award: No Award Given

Special Friend of the Animals Award: No Award Given

Ellen Fuller Volunteer of the Year Award: No Award Given

Wanda Loomis Humanitarian of the Year Award: No Award Given

Annual Award Winners 2004:

Minniebelle Conley Community Award: No Award Given

Special Friend of the Animals Award: No Award Given

Ellen Fuller Volunteer of the Year Award: No Award Given

Wanda Loomis Humanitarian of the Year Award: No Award Given

Annual Award Winners 2003:

Minniebelle Conley Community Award: Howard Jewelers

Special Friend of the Animals Award: No Award Given

Ellen Fuller Volunteer of the Year Award: Sue Butler

Wanda Loomis Humanitarian of the Year Award: Wood County Commissioners: James F. Carter, Tim W. Brown, and Alvin L. Perkins

Annual Award Winners 2002:

Minniebelle Conley Community Award: No Award Given

Special Friend of the Animals Award: No Award Given

Ellen Fuller Volunteer of the Year Award: No Award Given

Wanda Loomis Humanitarian of the Year Award: Kay Chapman

Annual Award Winners 2001:

Minniebelle Conley Community Award: Mid-Wood Inc.

Special Friend of the Animals Award: No Award Given 

Ellen Fuller Volunteer of the Year Award: Linda Cottrell

Wanda Loomis Humanitarian of the Year Award: Persons Who Report Cruelty

Annual Award Winners 2000:

Minniebelle Conley Community Award: Dr. John Jones

*Special Friend of the Animals Award: Oldrich Jicha

Ellen Fuller Volunteer of the Year Award: Sandy Lepper

Wanda Loomis Humanitarian of the Year Award: Sandy Rowland

Annual Award Winners 1999:

Minniebelle Conley Community Award: No Award Given

Ellen Fuller Volunteer of the Year Award: No Award Given

Wanda Loomis Humanitarian of the Year Award: No Award Given

Annual Award Winners 1998:

Minniebelle Conley Community Award: The Brass Key Shop

Ellen Fuller Volunteer of the Year Award: Cathy, Russ, Megan, and Kelly Finkhousen

Wanda Loomis Humanitarian of the Year Award: Liz Gaulke

Annual Award Winners 1997:

*Minniebelle Conley Community Award: The Bowling Green Sentinel-Tribune

Ellen Fuller Volunteer of the Year Award: Jim Jaffe

Wanda Loomis Humanitarian of the Year Award: Kristina Ehrmantraut

Annual Award Winners 1996:

Ellen Fuller Volunteer of the Year Award: Sandy Lepper

Wanda Loomis Humanitarian of the Year Award: Dr. Holfinger

Annual Award Winners 1995:

Ellen Fuller Volunteer of the Year Award: Molly Meese

*Wanda Loomis Humanitarian of the Year Award: Paula Hamman

Annual Award Winners 1994:

*Ellen Fuller Volunteer of the Year Award: Chuck and Christy Spontelli

*Indicates first year that the award was given

**Indicates a special recognition not awarded on a regular basis