Posted by Roger Rollins on Jan 04, 2018
The "Athens Rotary Club Community Service Person of the Year Award" is given to an Athens community member who exemplifies fellowship and the ideals of Rotary as interpreted by the Rotary Motto "Service Above Self". 
The 2017 Award was presented to Dr. Lynn Harter (on the right) by her nominator, Susan Barga, at the Annual Holiday Party on Dec. 11, 2017.   Dr. Harter is a Professor in the Ohio University Scripps College of Communication and co-director of the Barbara Geralds Institute for Storytelling and Social Impact.
Dr. Harter received the award for her outstanding work that raised awareness and knowledge about the fight against childhood cancer here in Athens Ohio.
September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and is represented by a gold ribbon.  Dr. Harter rallied the engagement of the Athens County community to join in the national "Turn it Gold" or "Go Gold" movement in the fight against childhood cancer.    In 2015-16 the Athens High School community worked together on a "Turn it Gold" Football Weekend.  Athens High Students raised thousands of dollars for one of their own who was fighting cancer and presented her with the gift on their "Turn it Gold" Weekend. 
The Campaign continued to 2017 and Ohio University joined the "Turn it Gold" movement.  In Fall 2017 there was an Ohio University Bobcat "Turn it Gold" Weekend in support of the fight against childhood cancer.   It was very uplifting to behold the depth and scope of the community involvement.  As Susan Barga said in her nomination: "Uptown Athens had bows on every post.  Business's had giving boxes and kids wore special T-shirts.  The entire community benefited from the goodwill this program gave us.  It educated our children, students engaged in fundraising, and people were helping people." 
Lynn Harter and colleague, Evan Shaw, produced a short documentary film on the "Turn it Gold" movement entitled Going Gold.  View the documentary film and read more about the local involvement in the "Go Gold" movement on the WOUB Digital web pages:  Athens High School and Ohio University Organize "Go Gold" Initiative for Childhood Cancer.  
Thank you Dr. Lynn Harter and thank you Athens Community!