Genesis Community Service Award
The Genesis Community Service award is given each year to someone who has made a significant contribution to our community through voluntary service. The award recognizes a community member who displays the Genesis values of excellence, compassion, innovation and trust.
Community service started early and has always been a way of life for Shirley McCollister. “Giving back was instilled in me at an early age,” Shirley said. “We didn’t have a lot growing up. But my dad insisted on sharing what we did have – even if it was only a little. At a young age, our family would visit nursing homes and pass out food baskets.”
Shirley has passed on the importance of making the world a better place to her five children, 15 grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Throughout the years, Shirley and her husband Scott have supported the children’s schools and organizations. “The kids have been supportive throughout the years,” Shirley said. They started early, like she did, by helping fold flyers or make deliveries. “Everybody can do something – even if it’s a little bit. You can make a difference.”
Shirley has made a difference in the community as:
- President of Soroptomist International of Zanesville for several terms
- Genesis HealthCare System advisory board
- Chairman of Festival of Trees for 15 years
Geraldine Zylinksy nominated Shirley and wrote on the nomination form: “I have never known such a hard working person. She is always taking care of others and is an inspiration to everyone she comes in contact with.”
Shirley and her husband Scott have opened their home and garden for various fundraising events. Throughout the years Shirley has utilized her decorating and gardening talents for organizations such as Beaux Arts, the Zanesville-Muskingum County Chamber of Commerce, the Muskingum County Community Foundation and others.
Her greatest contribution she believes is participating in fundraisers for a new dental mobile trailer to provide care for children in need. She also helped start a latchkey program for two area grade schools. “This program was well received by parents who had children going home to empty houses with no supervision,” Shirley said.
Volunteering is a rewarding experience for Shirley. “While serving on boards and committees and supporting various causes, I have met many wonderful people,” Shirley said. “I recommend everyone get involved in some way. Can you imagine what a better world it would be if everybody did something?” Indeed, it would.
For Bud and Audrey St. Clair, volunteering has always been a family tradition. Bud’s mother volunteered for many decades at Genesis-Good Samaritan Hospital. “We often told Mom she spent too much time volunteering at the hospital,” Bud recalled. “She told us the reason she volunteered so many hours was simply because she liked it.”
That’s the same reason Bud and Audrey spend countless hours volunteering at Genesis – because they enjoy it. The St. Clairs tirelessly give their time twice a week in areas such as the Heart & Vascular Rehab gym. “They embody the spirit of the Genesis values of excellence, compassion, innovation and trust and are very deserving of this award,” said Sharon Francis, R.N., Genesis Heart & Vascular Rehab, who nominated the St. Clairs.
They also volunteer for the:
- Genesis Pro-Am golf tournament
- Genesis Volunteers plant, jewelry and poinsettia sales
- Coal Miners Appreciation Day
- Radiology Department
The St. Clairs are willing to volunteer in many different areas throughout Genesis. “We go wherever we’re needed,” Audrey said. “We do whatever we can to help out because we love it.” An event that is close to their heart is the annual Tree of Love. Genesis volunteers start planning for the holiday fundraiser in the summer. In the fall, the volunteers lay the groundwork to place the real lighted trees outside the hospital. “It’s a labor of love,” Audrey said.
Bud enjoys working with the Genesis employees to place the trees in the correct location to make it easier for donors to find their trees. “We’ve become friends with the hospital staff, and that makes volunteering fun,” Bud said.
Bud and Audrey enjoy making a difference in the community together. “We enjoy the staff, helping patients and making a difference in the community,” Audrey said.
Becky Archibald is the recipient of this year’s Genesis Community Service award. Becky and her husband Bob moved to the Zanesville area from North Carolina many years ago when Bob took a job with Zanesville City Schools. Throughout the years Becky has been dedicated to improving the lives of others in a variety of ways. She’s been president of the local Soroptimist – a volunteer organization that focuses on women helping women. In 1991 she was recognized as Soroptimist of the Year in the Midwest region. She has helped with community projects ranging from a dental bus traveling to local schools to Transition House, a women’s shelter.
She has also served the community in the following ways:
- Board member and committee chair on the American Cancer Society and the Arthritis Foundation for more than 30 years
- Member of the First Baptist Church and a Sunday school teacher for more than 50 years
- Board member of Christ’s Table
- Past president and committee chair of Zanesville Christian Women
In the 1950s Becky started working part-time as a nighttime telephone operator at Bethesda Hospital. Later, she led more than 500 volunteers as director of volunteers. Becky helped start the Tree of Love, a major fundraiser by the volunteers; the Transport Corp to help transport patients; and volunteer recognition programs. “She was tireless in her dedication to the hospital, both as an employee and a volunteer,” said Cheryl Dreier, a long-time volunteer who nominated Becky for the award. “No one will ever know how many hundreds of hours over and above her work time she gave to the hospital, volunteers, patients and families.”
She retired from the hospital to care for her husband who was ill, and now helps her two children, Robert Arichbald and Dr. Catherine Johnson; eight grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. Becky continues to give selflessly to the community by coordinating volunteers to serve breakfast and lunch at Christ’s Table one Saturday a month. “The best part about Becky’s service to the community is that it is done quietly without fanfare or glitz,” Dreier said.
Caribeth Legats is the recipient of this year’s Genesis Community Service Award. Community service is part of Legat's life. She was born and raised in Akron and obtained her bachelor’s degree in health, physical education and recreation from the University of Akron and her master’s degree in education from Marygrove College in Detroit, Mich. Legats taught children with severe behavioral handicaps for 24 years at Zanesville City Schools before retiring in 2005. Her husband Ken was superintendent of the Starlight Program for 34 years before his death in 2000.
Legats uses her educational background to look for creative ways to improve the community. She wrote a grant to build the Miracle League Baseball field facility for adults and children with handicaps. She also helped obtain funding to remodel the kitchen at the Zanesville Day Nursery.
Whether she’s reading to preschoolers at the nursery or helping serve some of the 10,000 meals a month at Christ’s Table, Legats steps up to the plate to make our community a better place. She also serves the community as:
- Vice president of the Muskingum County Board of Developmental Disabilities (Starlight Programs)
- Board member of Christ’s Table
- Rotarian of the Year 2006-2007, Daybreak Rotary Club
- 31-year member of the Daughters of the American Revolution
- Past elder at First Christian Church
- Corresponding secretary of Alpha Psi Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma
She was nominated for the award by Phil Zehms, managing partner of Bryan & Snider Funeral Home. Legats is an ambassador at the funeral home, assisting family and friends. “She is an inspiration to many people, while she quietly goes about her work each day,” Zehms wrote.
Legats is the mother of two sons, Mark and Michael, mother-in-law to Jenny, and step-grandmother to three boys.
William “Buzz” Benson is the recipient of the 2011 Genesis Community Service Award. Benson grew up in Pennsylvania where his dad was a coal miner. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University in 1951 and became an engineer at the RCA Corporation in Lancaster, Pa., developing the production of color TV picture tubes. He joined Brockway Glass and became manager of the Zanesville plant in 1974. The Brockway leaders encouraged their managers to become active in the community and Benson did just that. One of his first projects was becoming a charter member of the Good Samaritan Medical Center Foundation Board, where he was instrumental in designing fundraising campaigns such as the Bob and Dolores Hope Awards and the $100 Club.
He has been actively involved in hospital projects for more than 30 years including the:
• Genesis HealthCare Foundation Board of Directors
• Genesis-Good Samaritan Foundation Board of Directors
• Genesis Advisory Council
He has also been a leader in the community through:
• Kiwanis International
• Muskingum Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America
• Muskingum County Gideon Camp
• Zanesville Christian and Missionary Alliance Church
• Muskingum County Senior Center
• United Way
• Muskingum Chamber of Commerce
Benson lives on a small farm near Zanesville with his wife Beverly. The couple has been married for 63 years. Their children include son Jay and his wife Shellie; daughter Christine Benson Tice and her husband John; son Jeffery and his wife Debbie; and son John and his wife Carma. The Bensons have 15 grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
Benson will be honored at the Genesis HealthCare Foundation Donor Appreciation and Community Service Award Dinner on Oct. 6 at the Genesis HealthPlex. For more information, call the Genesis HealthCare Foundation at (740) 454-5052.