Hello Wadsworth. There’s something I find truly inspiring when I get the chance to talk to someone who truly loves what they do for a living.
I personally consider myself pretty lucky job wise. I get paid to write (one of my favorite hobbies since I was 10). I meet all sorts of unique and fascinating people most of whom are right here in my home town and I also like to think I sometimes benefit members of the community by keeping them informed.
But Jeremiah Pauley of the Wounded Warrior Project gets to see firsthand how his work benefits others.
I had the opportunity to interview him last week at the square in downtown Wadsworth when he and a couple of other Wounded Warriors joined the folks from American Blind Golf for a special dinner at the American Legion.
Tears formed in Pauley’s eyes as he talked about the ways the Wounded Warrior Project drug him out of a dark place and added that he knows the program can do a lot for other veterans. He travels the country to raise awareness about the program and to network with others.
“It’s important to get the awareness out there and get community support,” he said. “Someone hears about us and thinks ‘Oh, my neighbor’s daughter was in Afghanistan. Maybe she can benefit from this.’”
Getting to play a round of golf during the American Blind Golf Tournament was a pretty enjoyable part of the job too.
“Golf is great because you really have to focus on what is going on in the moment,” said Pauley, adding that the sport is very therapeutic.
Pauley is one in a growing line of Wounded Warriors who have traveled to Northeast Ohio to play golf during the American Blind Golf Tournament which takes place nearby each June.
American Blind Golf founder Mark Arnold befriended a few people from Wounded Warrior Project seven years ago and the two organizations have been collaborating on initiatives ever since.
Pauley currently lives in northern California, but traveling to northeast Ohio was especially rewarding as he is a native of Massillon.
“My mom ended up cooking Thanksgiving dinner and we had our family over,” he said. “It’s been a while since I have been able to make it home for Thanksgiving and I missed my mom’s great Thanksgiving food, so it was a lot of fun to have Thanksgiving in June.”
Check out a full story about the Wounded Warrior Project and their awesome partnership with American Blind Golf and the American Legion in this week’s edition of The Post.
Summer feels like it just began, but in just several weeks, local students will be returning to school. That will mean a need to shop for school supplies and required school supply lists can mean parents have to shell out as much as $100 per child. This just isn’t in the budget for many families.
But the folks at Northside Christian Church are taking initiative to help families who might struggle to afford school supplies.
Homeroom Hope gives families an opportunity to get backpacks filled with supplies for their children.
The program will take place at Northside, 7615 Ridge Road, from 9 a.m. to noon Aug. 11. Children in elementary school through high school are eligible to receive help.
Registration is required and the program is limited to the first 300 children.
Parents can register by logging on to northsideweb.org/HomeroomHope and registering for a voucher online or they can go to the church office to register weekdays between 10 a.m. and noon until Aug. 2.
Homeroom Hope is free and food will be served. Volunteer stylists will also be on hand to give free haircuts. Children can also be checked for scoliosis and have their vision tested. For more information call 330-336-4622.
I would like to take the opportunity to welcome a new member to our community. After a two-year search, Pastor Sarah West has been named Senior Pastor of First Christian Church here in Wadsworth.
West is the church’s first female senior pastor in its 190-year-old history and is just the third pastor to lead the church since 1945.
“FCC has been truly blessed by the pastors who have faithfully and lovingly shepherded them over the years. During my visits I heard stories of how former pastors made a powerful and long lasting positive impact on people’s lives. Knowing I am inheriting this legacy of leadership is both encouraging and humbling,” West said. “As the first woman to hold the position of senior pastor, I hope that my leadership will serve as an example to young girls who may aspire to use their gifts to serve God and the church.
West, her husband, Rev. Clark Weset and their three children moved to Wadsworth from Ithaca, NY in late June and she will begin her new position this month.
“I am feeling incredibly excited about our move to Wadsworth,” she said. “It is the kind of community our family was hoping to find. A small, vital, friendly community where you can get to know your neighbors and put down roots.”
West earned a bachelor’s degree from Bethany College in 1994 and dual master’s degrees in divinity and social work from The University of Chicago in 1998. She was ordained as a Disciples pastor in 1997 and previously served as senior pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Waterloo, NY.
FCC began their search in late winter of 2016 when then Senior Pastor James L. Singleton announced he would be retiring. Singleton’s retirement capped 36 years at the pulpit of FCC.
“Reverand Singleton did a great job of preparing the congregation for the transition,” said Lisa Jones, chair of the senior pastor search committee.
The nine-member committee spent months pouring over profiles of candidates.
“We had a great feeling about Sarah just from her profile and when our Skype interview concluded we knew we needed to bring her here for an interview,” Jones said. “Our entire committee met her for dinner and an extended interview in late January. As soon as she left for the hotel, the entire committee was certain we had found our new pastor.”
“FCC is a vibrant church community committee to spiritual growth and community outreach,” West said. “As pastor, I hope to nurture the individual and collective callings of the members to build up love in a world in need of hope and healing. My goal is to help foster a faith community where anyone can walk through the doors of the church and find within a sense of purpose and belonging.”
Just a reminder that the farmer’s market that takes place downtown each Saturday in the summer is in full swing.
The farmer’s market will take place at Central Intermediate School through Sept. 29 each Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.
Vendors will be selling a variety of home grown produce and many other treats. Hope to see you there.
As always, I look forward to hearing from you and I’m always happy to put submissions from readers in this column. Feel free to e-mail me at email@example.com or call me at 330-620-1067 to fill me in on an event your organization hosted, an accomplishment by a special person in the city or anything else you think our readers might want to know about.