Grapevine by Alex Vukoder

Our community is steadfast in its commitment to supporting local nonprofits and advancing our collective welfare through professional development initiatives. I am delighted to highlight just a few of these notable accomplishments.

Bath Volunteers for Service recently held its spring luncheon, at which members celebrated the dedication of their outgoing officers and welcomed the new leadership team. Outgoing officers were President Cathy Leuenberger and board meeting Recording Secretary Nancy Ivan, and incoming officers included President Jane Scott, Vice President Kathy Miller and board meeting Recording Secretary Sue Hartschuh.

Continuing in their roles are Karen McDonald as general meeting recording secretary, Julie Coppedge as corresponding secretary, Rosanne Burns as treasurer and Carolyn Kean as assistant treasurer.

Congratulations to Bath resident Ben Tegel and the entire third class of the Akron Community Foundation Institute for Emerging Philanthropists. After nine months of training in strategic charitable giving, the graduates celebrated by awarding $40,000 in grants to The Well CDC, the Rape Crisis Center of Medina & Summit Counties and Akron Cooperative Farms.

The institute immerses participants in the critical needs of Summit County and equips them with innovative, evidence-based philanthropic strategies. The program culminates in a graduation ceremony where the class presents their grants, showcasing their dedication to improving the community.

Congratulations to the 40th class of Leadership Akron, including Bath residents Jennifer Towell, Amanda Smith, Brynn Poppa, and Kara Buckler.

The Leadership Akron Signature Program is a 10-month experience for top leaders across various sectors aiming to broaden their community impact. Each session, designed by program alumni, dives into crucial topics and includes site visits to key locations. This program not only informs and engages participants, but also builds strong connections among leaders from diverse backgrounds.

The Akron Art Museum’s annual wine auction successfully raised funds to support the museum’s public programs. Chaired by Bill and Trish Steere, the event immersed guests in the captivating world of Op art, using intricate patterns, shapes and colors to create stunning optical illusions.

Courtney and Brock Steere, Lyn Bober, Lindsey and Reid Yoder, Paige Hoover, Jane Stathopoulos, Laura and Nevin Nussbaum, Kathryn Michael and Molly Holtzer were among those thatserved on the planning committee.

Attendees included Aaron and Heather Broholm, Kara and Tony Buckler, Phil and Alex Vukoder, MaryKay and John Chlebina, Paige and William Hoover, Molly and Barry Holtzer, Jerry and Annmarie Fiume, and Dianne and Herb Newman.

Girl Scout Troup 90190 Leader Lindy
Cibula stands with Girl Scout Sophie
Cibula. Photo submitted.

At Bath Township’s Memorial Day observance ceremony, our youth played a central role in honoring the fallen heroes. Girl Scout Sophie Cibula led the Pledge of Allegiance, while Harper Rainey, a fifth-grade student from Bath Elementary, shared an essay on what freedom means to her. Ethan Leigh sang “America the Beautiful,” and Eagle Scout Brennan Christian assisted in the solemn Placing of the Wreath. The ceremony also featured performances by Angie Camardo and Michelle Weng, alongside the Revere Chorale and the Revere High School Band.

Hannah E. Grayem (r) stands with College of Law Dean Leonard Baynes after graduating from law school. Photo submitted.

Congratulations to Hannah E. Grayem of Bath. Hannah graduated with honors from The University of Houston Law Center in May. A 2017 graduate of Revere High School and a 2021 graduate of The Ohio State University, she is set to join King & Spalding LLP in Houston, Texas, after sitting for the Texas Bar Exam in July. Hannah’s parents, Don and Kris Grayem, and her brother, Matt, celebrate her accomplishment. Best of luck, Hannah, in your promising legal career!

Thank you all for sharing and inspiring our readers with your exciting accomplishments and kind commitments to the community and others. I would love to tell more stories and celebrate your good news, so please continue to send them to me at Have a great summer! ∞

Bath Volunteers for Service members (l-r) Cathy Leuenberger, Jane Scott, Kathy Miller, Karen McDonald and Sue Hartschuh stepped down from or took on leadership roles within the BVS at the spring luncheon. Photo submitted.