GALION – The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging Inc. is proud to announce that David Dayne has been selected as the 2021 Crawford County Outstanding Senior Citizen Award recipient.
He was honored on Thursday, Sept. 23 at Longstreth Memorials in Galion, in the presence of several members of the Galion Rotary Club and community leaders including Duana Patton, CEO of the Area Agency on Aging: Crawford County Commissioners and Officials.
A Veteran of the United States Air Force, United States Army, and the Ohio Military Reserve, Dayne left a legacy of service to his country. He was the two-time recipient of the United States Air Force Outstanding Unit Award and received the Air Medal for missions flown during the Vietnam War. Retiring with the rank of Colonel, he continued his work in public service serving in the Galion Police Department.
A career earmarked with several outstanding accomplishments and leadership positions, including the Commander of Special Investigations Unit, member of the METRIC Drug Task Force, and was also honored by the Director of the FBI during an Organized Crime Drug Task Force investigation.
A steward of his community, David was dedicated to the growth of Galion. He served as President/CEO of the Galion Area Chamber of Commerce from 1997 to 2002 where he co-located economic development activities of the Galion Community Improvement Corporation and Main Street Galion into the Chamber offices. He was instrumental in the statewide coalition to see U.S. 30 built across Ohio.
His professional accomplishments were enhanced through his work with the Rotary Club. During his time as the District Governor of the Rotary District 6600 in 2010-2011, the theme was Building community and bridging continents.
“You have been a blessing to our district,” remarked Mary Aufdenkampe, current District Governor of Rotary District 6600.
His wife, Carol, beamed with pride and happiness as David was honored and recognized by several of his friends and city officials. No matter the obstacles, he persevered throughout and continues to serve his community.
“Once a servant’s heart, always a servant’s heart,” said Jette Cander, Crawford County Emergency Management and Homeland Security Director.
Each year the Area Agency on Aging honors senior citizens who are making a difference in their communities and present a positive image of aging. There is one award recipient for each county in the Agency’s service area (Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Seneca, and Wyandot.)
Awardees are selected by the Agency based on the impact of their contributions and accomplishments within the community made after reaching age 60.
The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc., located at 2131 Park Avenue West in Ontario 419-524-4144, provides leadership, collaboration, coordination and services to older adults, people with disabilities, their caregivers & resource networks that support individual choice, independence, and dignity.