Norris named Senior of the Year

United Way Bookkeeper Louise Norris and her husband Bruce were named the Logan County Seniors of the Year

May 16, 2017

Margaret Burns of the Area Agency on Aging presents the 2017 Outstanding Senior of the Year to Bruce & Louise Norris of Rushsylvania during the Logan County Council on Aging’s annual Senior Day Event Tuesday at the First Church of God in Bellefontaine.  The Outstanding Senior of the Year has been awarded since 1980 to the based on a person’s contributions to the community after the age of 60.

This was the 8th time a couple received the honor, which is meant to recognize a person’s contributions to the community after the age of 60.  Bruce and Louise are active in a number of community organizations, including:

•    United Way of Logan County.  Louise is the Bookkeeper, working 20-hours a week.
•    Mended Hearts.  Bruce is the Assistant Regional Director and President of the local chapter of this support group for patients recovering from heart disease.  
•    Rushsylvania Lions Club.  Both are members and Louise serves as the Zone Chair and was presented in December with the prestigious Lions Clubs International Leadership Medal for his efforts in leading all of the Lions of Logan County to better serve their communities in the past year.  The medal is the third highest honor bestowed by Lions, showing how much they value her contributions.
•    Logan County History Center.  Bruce is a Board Member of our local transportation and history museum and both often work shifts to help staff the museum during open hours.
•    Bellefontaine First United Methodist Church.  Both are active parishioners and Bruce volunteers each Monday to help with finances.
•    Mary Rutan Hospital.  Louise serves as a volunteer working a full shift each Tuesday (one of her days off from her United Way job).
•    Kiwanis.  Both are active members of the Kiwanis Club of Bellefontaine.
Whether it’s on the job or with their many extracurricular activities, you will find Bruce and Louise, usually together, certainly never far apart, actively serving our neighbors through one of their many volunteer outlets.  Always with smiles on their faces.  Married for more than 50 years, their lives are a testament in how their love for one another overflows into love of their neighbors and our community.  Their commitment is an example to many and equaled by few.