Rushsylvania's Dan Mitchell recognized as Community Hero (Audio included)
6/27/2014 8:50:55 AM
For Dan Mitchell volunteering his time in the community is just what he loves to do. You can imagine his surprise when we called to let him know he was nominated and chosen to be a WPKO & WBLL, Lee's Famous Recipe Community Hero.
A lifelong resident of Logan County, Dan has touched many lives. One person was Michael Gibbs who nominated Dan. When asked "What are you famous for?", Michael wrote this about Dan: Dan Mitchell has always been very active in our Community. In his younger years serving on village council, and on the volunteer fire department. Working tirelessly for the betterment of the community. He saw a need for help in our community and was instrumental in starting a Lions Club here in Rushsylvania and in 1985 served as the clubs Charter president and served as secretary every year there after except the clubs 10th and 20th years he went back as president. Two years ago he stepped down as Club secretary, but he hasn't quit serving his community. During the school year he still volunteers countless hours tutoring reading students; a commitment he has had to the children of Benjamin Logan since coached ball many years ago. Though Mr. Mitchell is slowing down due to his age he is still very active in the Rushsylvania United Methodist Church, the Logan County Senior Center, and the Rushsylvania Lions Club. I think the many people who have experienced the commitment Dan Mitchell has to his community will agree with me that he embodies all of the characteristics of a Community Hero!
Not only did Dan help start the Lions Club in Rushsylvania, he's been an active member for almost 30 years. Recently he received word that he has been awarded the distinguished Melvin Jones Award. This award is the highest form of recognition and embodies humanitarian ideas consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism. The recipient of this award becomes a model of exemplary service to his club and the community which it serves. The Melvin Jones Fellowship Award is a nationwide award.
Mitchell has been active throughout the years in coaching, too. As a matter of fact, Dan was one of several coaches who helped bring the T-Ball program to Logan County. He recalls coaching a farm team with 47 kids! Then they heard of a program for the younger kids called T-Ball. After they met with several communities, the program started in Logan County.
Throughout the years Dan has coached baseball, wrestling, football, basketball, and track.
Dan's passion lies in helping kids. He's retired from Benjamin Logan Schools, but is still part of their education as he and his wife volunteer about 4 hours a week at the school encouraging reading with students.
This week Dan is keeping busy, with kids, as he's helping with Vacation Bible School at the Rushsylvania United Methodist Church.
Dan is also a member of the board at the Friendly Senior Center.
Dan gives a lot of credit to his wife of 56 years. He said she gives him strength and keeps him straight.
Dan Mitchell is a great role model and a true Community Hero.
Listen to Dan's interview from Friday moring on WPKO