Mount Gilead officials and Morrow County Chamber of Commerce members applauded the choice of retired teacher, William “Will” Schindley as the 2016 Dr. Nathan Tucker Award of Excellence recipient. Mount Gilead Mayor, Mike Porter introduced Schindley at the July 20 Chamber meeting.
The Tucker award is presented every year to a person who “makes Mount Gilead a better place to live” through volunteer, professional and business activities and projects. Schindley was nominated by Jeanine Girard.
Girard said, “If there is a charity event in Morrow County, Will is most likely to be found helping out without being asked.”
Porter noted that Schindley taught industrial arts and technology education in the Mount Gilead High School for 37 years. Since his retirement, he has returned daily to the school system as a computer tech and continues to enjoy involvement with the school and staff.
For more than 40 years he was chairman of the technology department displays from the many schools exhibiting at the Ohio State Fair in the Lausche Building. In recognition of that service he was awarded a place in the state fair’s educational hall of fame.
Schindley coordinates the Sacred Hearts Church Pancake Breakfast each second Saturday of the month. The proceeds are donated to a Morrow County charity or non-profit organization. After the fire that destroyed the Sacred Hearts Church in 2013, he did much work to see through the completion of the new church building.
Girard also noted the longtime role Schindley has had with the Mount Gilead Lions Club. Many Morrow County and Mount Gilead adults and children would be going without needed eyeglasses if it were not for the Lions Club and his dedication.
Schindley also supports the Heart Beat Walk, Friends of the Mount Gilead State Park and is an advocate for recycling. He also participates in the trash pickup of a two mile section of Route 61.
His wife, Ginny said they moved to the Mount Gilead community shortly after their marriage 49 years ago. She said they loved the area from the beginning and have thrown themselves into many activities. He also worked with her as a 4-H club advisor for many years.
As he accepted the award, Schindley acknowledged the help of his family and friends.
“I don’t do things for recognition. And there are many who make my work possible,” Schindley said. “I couldn’t do all this without the backing of my wife, Ginny and family and many others.”