Council on aging recognizes meals on wheels drivers

Sherie Arnold’s service to the 50 or so customers on her Meals on Wheels route comes straight from the heart.

She delivers much more than a meal each day. She entertains her customers by dressing in festive costumes on holidays, and brings them small tokens of friendship from her vacations.

Sherie’s service-with-heart attitude earned her the Outstanding Meals on Wheels Employee service award for 2006 from the Council on Aging of Southwestern Ohio at a special dinner on March 20. The Council on Aging is the regional planning agency for older adult services, covering five counties in Southwestern Ohio. Family members, friends, and coworkers were in attendance to cheer Sherie on, including Clermont Senior Services’ board chair Ed Smith. Mr. Smith said, “I always welcome an opportunity to recognize our employees for the dedicated and caring service they provide.”

Sherie was introduced by Todd Portune, President of the Board of Hamilton County Commissioners. In introducing Sherie, Mr. Portune noted that Sherie went to great lengths to teach herself sign language so she could communicate with one of her customers.

Sherie explained her decision to learn American Sign Language this way: “Anyone who knows me knows I like to talk. Somehow it didn’t seem right just to go into Regina’s house, put the food in the fridge, and wave goodbye to her. She added, “I always enjoy hearing about my customers’ families and stories about what they did years ago.”

Sherie has a boundless enthusiasm for life and a smile that never fades. Her schoolgirl giggle is contagious and never wavers, even if she is having a tough time in her personal life, such as a recent bout with cancer. During that time Sherie wore all sorts of funny hats and rarely missed her daily rounds. “It was important to be there” she said, “Because I get a lot more love from the seniors then I could ever give them.”

Clermont Senior Services is blessed to have many employees and volunteers just like Sherie. They come to Senior Services because they need a job, but they stay at Clermont Senior Services because of the friendships they build with the people they serve and with their coworkers.