The 25th Annual Distinguished Community Service Award Dinner is scheduled for Monday, April 8, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. at the Jackson County Armed Forces Reserve Center (Armory) in Millwood.
The Distinguished Community Service Award Dinner was established to raise funds for Scouting activities in the Little Kanawha District and to honor a member of our community who stands apart from the rest and reflects the values of the BSA with a Distinguished Community Service Award.
The 2013 award winner, Arlene Batten Kuryla, is a shining example of distinguished community service.
In addition to the Distinguished Community Service Award, the Little Kanawha District Dinner Committee also honors members of our community who work to promote Scouting and other causes in our area with a Special Recognition Award.
The Special Recognition Award program was established in 2008 and the first recipient honored was Jack D. Burlingame.
As a tireless promoter for Scouting in the Little Kanawha District and a founder of this dinner, Jack Burlingame's vision has helped many Scouts over the past 25 years.
Continuing the tradition of recognizing the champions of our community, the committee is proud to recognize Rayna S. O'Dell and Steven C. Eshenaur, D.O. as our 2013 Special Recognition Award recipients.
Rayna S. O'Dell is a native of Jackson County and resides in Millwood with her husband, Jodie. She is Assistant Vice President and Banking Center Manager of WesBanco Ravenswood.
Rayna graduated from Ripley High School, attended the University of Charleston and West Virginia University at Parkersburg where she majored in banking and finance. She is a graduate of the West Virginia Bankers Association School of Banking. She received certificates from the WV Bankers Association Branch Manager School, WV Bankers Association Advanced Branch Management School and the Stafford Bank Management Simulators Course from WVU. She holds a Series 6 and 63 securities license and Life & Health insurance license.
Rayna is past treasurer of Ravenswood Chamber of Commerce, currently is the secretary/ co-treasurer of the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce, is president of the Jackson General Hospital Foundation Board, serves on the Board of Directors of the Jackson County Development Authority, is on the Board of Advisors of the Jackson County Community Foundation, is marketing chairperson of the Jackson County Community Foundation and serves on the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation Grants Committee. She received the Jackson County Community Foundation 'Builder of Our Community' Award.
The O'Dell family attends First United Methodist Church of Ravenswood where Rayna is the chair of the Finance Committee. She is a 5 term Worthy Matron of Cottageville Chapter #16 Order of the Eastern Star and Grand Representative to Nova Scotia in West Virginia, Order of the Eastern Star.
The O'Dell's have one son, Wesley and daughter-in-law Natalie, who reside in
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Steven C. Eshenaur, D.O. was born in Pt. Pleasant and grew up in Winfield where he earned his Eagle Scout Award as a member of BSA Troop 66. Steve currently resides in the Kenna area of Southern Jackson County with his wife Lori and six children, Victor, Ty, Miciah, Kia, Eva and Claire.
Dr. Eshenaur currently performs work in our community as a Physician in the Emergency Department at Jackson General Hospital and has served as the Medical Director of Jackson County Emergency Medical Services.
In addition to work in our community, Dr. Eshenaur performs duty to our Country. He holds the rank of Colonel and the position of State Surgeon for the West Virginia Army National Guard.
He served in Operation Desert Storm as a Forward Observer for the 1/201st Field Artillery in 1991, followed by two Tours of Duty as a Physician in Iraq in 2004 and 2006; as well as being deployed as a Physician in Afghanistan in 2009.
He also served in the U.S. Navy from 1996 to 2001. During this time he served as Officer in Charge of Branch Medical Clinic Chinhae, South Korea from July 1997 to August 1999. This isolated clinic was 250 miles away from the nearest military hospital.
In addition to the above, he served as Medical Director of the Morad Hughes Health Center in Ripley from October 2009 to December 2010. He has held medical positions at the Portsmouth (VA) Naval Hospital, Elyria (OH) Memorial Hospital, Braxton Memorial
Hospital, Roane General Hospital, Holzer Hospital Systems and Charleston Area Medical Center.
Dr. Eshenaur is a tireless volunteer who devotes many hours to the Boy Scouts of America as the Medical Director of the Summit Bechtel Family National Scout Reserve in Mount Hope, in addition to being a member of the BSA National Safety Council.
On the local unit level, he is active as a Committee Member of Troop 419 in Southern Jackson County, participating in many events such Troop meetings and camp outs.
Rayna S. Odell and Steven C. Eshenaur, O.D. are both active pillars in our community and each deserve to receive the Special Recognition Award.
The entertainment for the evening will be singer Kenny Evans, who performs his Golden Oldies Show in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
For more information on Kenny Evans, visit his website at www.kennyevans.org
Tickets can be purchased by calling any of the following dinner committee members: Rhonda Davis – (304) 542-3869; Missy Spangler – (304) 373-1117; Sergeant First Class Robert Kowal – (918) 327-1779; Norma Jean Cope – 304-273-3053; Jennie Waugh –304-273-2125; Tom Lookabaugh – 304-273-1100; Cheryl Donahoe - 304-372-5969; Rob Fisher – 304-372-6191; Marci Weyer – 304-372-2600; Nick Miller – 304-485-1651; Tim Bailey – 304-807-3297; Frank Miller – 304-372-3675; Bob Ashley - 304-927-2175; the Allohak Council Office – 800-654-5272; and Bill Kuryla – 304-372-3156.