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Joyce Young is Honored

Posted on Dec 13, 2017

Joyce Young to Retire from Board of Trustees

Trustees presented a proclamation in her honor. Find it here.

Washington Township Trustee Joyce Young has been honored for 22 years of service with a December proclamation from trustees and a township reception at Rec West attended by representatives from numerous public organizations.

A long-time community activist and a township resident for more than 50 years, Young retires from her trustee post in January, capping off a township career that began with her appointment in 1995 and that continued through six successful elections and seven terms as board president.

“Joyce’s mark on this township and this board can be felt in every way,” said Scott Paulson, 2017 president of the Washington Township Board of Trustees. “She’s brought to the board a deep knowledge of community history and local issues that has helped to form the decisions we’ve made.”

Community Contributions

During Young’s tenure, the township has preserved green space, expanded recreation services and facilities, achieved Fire Department accreditation, assumed responsibility for senior programming, and maintained a high level of fiscal accountability. “Her steadfast commitment to this community and to doing good work for our citizens shows in every action that she takes. She is principled, strong and compassionate,” said Paulson.

Young has championed the township form of government, as well as collaboration and cooperation with other local entities. Notably, she co-chaired the Create the Vision Committee which developed the 2003 Community Plan for Centerville/Washington Township.

“Good township government has a place in today’s world. It has evolved so that it is a modern tool for governance while at the same time providing the advantages of more direct government involvement,” said Young. “It’s economical and effective. I think it’s a more direct link with people, and I’m happy that I’ve had the chance to participate in it.”

In 2003, Young worked with the township’s Recreation Advisory Committee to solicit public input and create a plan for converting a vacant cinema to recreation space, now known as Rec West. On behalf of the township, she also has served as a delegate to the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission and participated on the Human Services Levy Council, Homeless Solutions Policy Board and the EDGE Program committee.

Beyond Washington Township

In Washington Township and beyond, Young has been synonymous with community voluntarism and leadership, particularly when it comes to advocating for children, seniors and people with disabilities.

Over the years, she has served on dozens of local, state and national boards – from the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery, The Loft Theater and Sinclair Community College Board of Trustees to a federal appointment by President Gerald Ford. She also worked to achieve state licensing for daycare centers and later served as the first president of the Miami Valley Child Development Center, which has provided Head Start services to low income preschoolers since 1964.

For her many contributions, no less than 16 nonprofit, government and media organizations have recognized her with their highest awards.

“Joyce exemplifies public service leadership,” said Township Administrator Jesse Lightle. “She’s dedicated, she’s committed, and that goes beyond Washington Township. It covers every single organization or cause she has ever been involved in. She consciously and consistently works for the greater good.”

For Young, community involvement is second nature. “I was brought up that way,” she says, recalling her own mother canvassing the neighborhood for United Way. “Later, I just did things when people asked me. It was my pleasure. I’ve enjoyed saying yes."

The other motivating force is people, she said. “I think the most satisfying thing for me has been the township personnel who I’ve served with. The most important thing about the work is that I like doing it – and I wouldn’t be doing it this long if it wasn’t for the people.”


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