2009: Don McKendry
Don McKendry Honored with the 2009 Thomas Community Service Award
On May 29, 2009, Don McKendry of New Concord was awarded the Ray Thomas Community Service Award at Park Central for service to the John and Annie Glenn Museum Foundation.
In honor of McKendry's service, MCCF presented The John and Annie Glenn Museum with a $1,000 grant from the Muskingum County Community Foundation, which McKendry opted to donate back to the Foundation in order to start an endowment fund for the museum. McKendry was presented a plate crafted by the late Ray Thomas, Founding President of the Muskingum County Community Foundation. Carl Archer was also honored with the Thomas Award for his work with the Dresden Volunteer Fire Department and was featured in our July installment of Focus on Philanthropy.
According to nominator Dr. Lorle Porter, McKendry was instrumental in assembling the Board of Trustees for the Museum Foundation. He is also the key contact person between the organization and the John and Annie Glenn family. The Village of New Concord had a long range plan including the development of a museum honoring the lives of John and Annie Glenn, but the Glenns did not wish for such a museum to be constructed. Don persuaded the Glenns to consider the idea by pointing out that they had lived one third of American History and that Senator Glenn's boyhood home could be used to teach valuable lessons about this country during the Great Depression and during World War II.
The launching and initial success of the Historic Site was achieved under McKendry's direction, with a majority of the operating funds raised under his guidance. Although now retired from his post as executive director, Don continues to work for the success of the site and help it prepare for the future.