MLK Community Coalition of Lebanon, Ohio

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Drum Major for Service Awards

2020 Award Honorees
Francesca Dishueme - Youth Leader of Tomorrow

Francesca is a 17 year old junior at Lebanon High School. She is one of the founding members of Lebanon's Teen Advisory Group (TAG), an emerging youth-led initiative hosted by the Lebanon Public Library. It focuses on ensuring that the community is reflective of teen identities and interests and stands as a much needed invitation to be part of the development of library programming. With her leadership, TAG increased circulation of literature among young adults and patron attendance in its' first two years of operation. Francesca is also passionate about raising awareness on the instability of the Democratic Republic of Congo, calling upon leaders for reform and perking the ears of Congolese journalists and UNICEF with her social media platforms. 

Hope McCarren - Youth Leader of Tomorrow

Hope is always helpful when need arises. She is a lifelong member of Resurrection Lutheran Church, RLC. She serves at the Lebanon Community meal and Food Pantry as part of the RLC Servant team. Hope is a junior at Lebanon High School, At Lebanon she is a 3 year member of AFJROTC she has numerous service hours with the Corp and she has served as the inspection team commander on the drill team. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Hope Squad. Hope Squad is a group of students nominated by their peers and selected by teachers as leaders other students trust and respect to seek out for support. She has been a Lifeguard at Countryside YMCA for 2 years. Hope is also a full-time College student at University of Cincinnati, Blue Ash as part of the High School College Credit Plus Program. She hopes to continue her education in healthcare or biomedical engineering where she can continue serving others.  

Steve Brady- Adult Community Leader

As a 4-H Extension Educator in Warren County for the past 19 years, Steve Brady focuses the majority of his work around the 4-H camping program, school enrichment, and leadership / diversity training. He has a passion for expanding and challenging the minds of youth, especially when it involves cultural learning and immersing youth in diverse settings. Brady attended Appalachian State University in North Carolina and holds a B.A. degree in Sociology. After college he served two years in Brethren Volunteer Service and worked in Northern California in a homeless shelter. Brady was a case manager who helped residents of the shelter find employment, housing, as well as other needed services. Following his time as a volunteer, he attended Bethany Theological Seminary to pursue a Masters of Divinity (M.Div.). While most of his classmates went on to become pastors of churches, he worked in local non-profits and governmental agencies conducting diversity training. Following seminary, Steve served in the AmeriCorps*VISTA (Domestic Peace Corps) program and worked as the Education Coordinator at the National Coalition for the Homeless in Washington, DC. He travelled throughout the US educating youth and adults about the issue of homelessness. At each location, he would ask local persons who were homeless/formerly homeless to accompany me and share their stories. After his time in Washington DC, Brady moved to Ohio (April of 2001) and started his work as a 4-H Extension Educator in Warren County. His hobbies include travel (visited 24 countries) and play a variety of sports (mainly Tennis and Basketball). He has a passion for working with youth in the areas around diversity and multi-cultural awareness. His wife is from Germany and they have two young daughters (12 & 14) and live in Lebanon, OH.

Elks #422 - Organization 

This Fraternal Order was founded "To promote and practice the four cardinal virtues of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love and Fidelity." And they have been living these vitrues. In recent years, the Elks of Lebanon have welcomed their first African American members to join their organization.

The members of the organization have a heart for our community and those underserved under protected populations in a variety of ways throughout the year. Examples include the Groom Closet which stocks toiletries and basic essentials for the Lebanon City School Social Workers to provide to students in need. The chapter has also applied for a grant to start and support a Kinship . designed for non parental family members who are taking on the care of a child in their family when parents are no longer an option. Additional child focused efforts include donations to The Giving Tree, providing all gifts for an entire family at the holidays, preparing 20+ meal boxes for local families and paying off school fee balances at the Warren County Career Center.

The Elks live their Charity value consistently throughout the year since Poverty is a constant. Elks Care. Elks Share.

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Allison Bausmith - Youth Leader of Tomorrow

Linda Rabolt - Adult Community Leader

Resurrection Lutheran Church Art Ministry - Organization

Warrior Backpack Program - Organization


Pam Schiemann - Adult Community Leader

Laura Burke - Leader of Tomorrow

Prodigal Son Ministries - Organization

Sharen Eninger - Adult Community Leader
Hannah Louise McCarren -  Youth Leader of Tomorrow
Countryside YMCA - Organization

Mary Wells,  Adult Community Leader (posthumously)
Rev. Karen Schaeffer,  Adult Community Leader
Shawn Kimberlin, Youth Leader of Tomorrow
LHS ROTC, Organization

Mayor Amy Brewer,  Adult Community Leader
Rev. & Mrs. Woodson,  Adult Community Leaders
Alyne Scott,  Adult Community Leader
Home Depot, Organization
Bethel AME Church Organization

Sandra Offord,  Adult Community Leader
St. Patrick's Episcopal Church, Organization

Jay Mills,  Adult Community Leader
Well Dunn Photography, Organization

Lebanon Optimist Club,  Organization
Jean Benning, Adult Community Leader  

Mary Lou Harmon,  Adult Community Leader

2010 Freedom Honorees
James Mills
Ethel Sims
Marie Singleton
Barbara Younger