Making Democracy Work

Donald Rhoad

Don's Story

The Martha B. Taft Service Award is the League of Women Voters of the Cincinnati Area's highest honor, named for our first President and an early leader our organization. This award is given each year to a long-time League member who has shown leadership within the League and whose energy, skills, and talents have made a difference in the community.

Below are LWVCA Past President Melissa Currence's remarks during the 2015's award presentation.

Don Rhoad joined the League of Women Voters in 1990 and has been an active member ever since. Not one to sit still and "let others do it," Don was first a volunteer as a bulk mail volunteer, then a member of the County Government Committee in 2004 studying Hamilton County Property Tax Levies where he led a team to Dayton to learn how Montgomery County handled their property taxes. Next year Don became Chair of County Government Committee.

Don served as Vice-President of Program from 2007-2008 and also has served on the Nominating Committee. He joined the LWVCA Development Committee and by the next year chaired the Human Resources Committee! Now, if that wasn't enough, this year Don has been one of our hard working Co-Presidents. Wow!

In another life, Don has had a career in purchasing & materials management at Procter & Gamble, Bethesda Hospitals, LensCrafters, Jacobs Engineering, BGP Services, Flour Daniel, and Federated Department Stories. He taught a course at the Cincinnati Branch of Wilmington College and is past President of National Association of Purchasing Managers-Cincinnati.

Don has degrees from Denison University and from the University of Cincinnati.

After retirement, in his "whole new life" he didn't stop but served as a counselor for SCORE for small businesses, a passenger conductor on Lebanon Mason Monroe Railroad, baritone player in the New Horizons Band. Don taught a course at Ollie during the winters called appropriately "Win-Win Negotiations". He also served as Clerk of Session at his Church and helps volunteers with InterFaith Hospitality Network, which hosts homeless and working poor families.

Don enjoys working on his garden-scale railroad and travel. And then there are all those seven grandchildren to keep one busy!

We're lucky to get some of his time! Don, thank you for your service to the League of Women Voters!

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