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Posted on: January 4, 2024

Three Clark County residents recognized as Luminaries for their efforts in community

Photos of three Clark County luminaries

SPRINGFIELD, OH (Jan. 4, 2023) ─ Three local citizens have been designated Clark County Luminaries by the Board of Clark County Commissioners for their efforts in shining a positive light on the community.

The three Clark County Luminaries – Pike Twp. resident Julie Driskill, Pike Twp. resident Michael Stafford and Springfield resident Bonita Heeg – will be honored at the Jan. 10, 2024 commission meeting.

“The Luminaries program is designed to celebrate those in our community making a difference anywhere and everywhere,” said Clark County Commissioner Melanie Flax Wilt. “You don't need a big title or power to do something great."

Driskill serves as a mentor through the JobSeekers Network, working with youth at both the Clark County Juvenile Detention Center and Tecumseh High School. She also participated in the local “Night to Shine” event, a special needs prom sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation. She has also served as a school board member, College Board of director’s member and is a member of New Carlisle Rotary. She is also a member of the Lawrenceville Church of God. 

“Julie’s heart and passion for our community is genuine and deep,” said Commissioner Sasha Rittenhouse. “She continually challenges herself, her peers, and her community to be a great resource for those in need. Her versatility, drive and knowledge combined with her heart, compassion, and dedication make her an outstanding resource and a bright light for Clark County. It is my honor to nominate her for the Luminary award.”

Michael Stafford served as the president of both the Tecumseh Athletic Boosters and the New Carlisle Rotary Club. He was instrumental in building a new locker room and weight room facility near Tecumseh High School’s Spitzer Stadium. Stafford, an avid golfer, previously held an annual golf scramble that raised money for local charities. He’s also a member of Restoration Park Church in Medway.

“He’s done a lot for the school system, New Carlisle and Clark County,” McGlothin said. “He’s been a stalwart for the western part of Clark County.”

Heeg serves as the Executive Director of the Services to People with Disabilities for Springfield Rotary, which organizes events for people with disabilities throughout the year, including the annual Children’s Christmas Party, which serves 160 children. She’s also been involved with several other local services organizations, including the Wittenberg Guild, Project Woman, the Springfield Foundation, Quest, Inc., the Second Harvest Food Bank and the Clark County Historical Society. 

“Bonita is one of the most service-oriented people I've ever met -- and she is also one of the most organized!” Flax Wilt said. "She is always working for others behind the scenes without need for recognitions. It's obvious she gets a lot of joy out of her service to others through Rotary and in her day to day life."

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Media contact: Michael Cooper, Public Information Officer, 937-521-2031