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THE CINCINNATI ENQUIRERSunday, December 24, 1978 PEOPLE TODAY F-3 H onors Not New To These Women BETTYE TORREY OLDHAM Mrs. Bettye Torrey Oldham is cutting back on some of her activities after- having devoted many years to volunteer work in the community. She .is currently on the boards of the American Cancer Society and the Hamilton County Council on Retarded Citizens. "I still do a minimum amount of work with County Council on Retarded Citizens. "I still do a minimum amount of work with the Symphony and ballet, but I'm not nearly as active as I once was. Of course, I have a teenage daughter and two Jobs." Her, first job is as a visiting teacher.-Cinclnnati Public Schools, for which she has an office at the Board of Education. Secondly, she is Hannah Hume Baird (Mrs. Glenn), 39, a resident of Florence, Ky., for 13 years, likes to see people fulfill their potential. And she's worked very hard helping people to do that. The list of community, state, and national issues to which Mrs. Baird has addressed herself, and for which she's pounded the pavement, borders on the encyclopedic. And though, as she insisted, "my family is my primary commitment," her extra-familial activities were enough to earn her recognition as one of The Enquirer's Women of the Year: Perhaps her most rewarding involvement has been with the Northern Kentucky Women's Political Charlee Blaine (Mrs. William) never let the likes of William Shakespeare or John Milton get in the way of service to the people of her home town. A graduate of Vassar with a degree in English literature, Mrs. Blaine returned to her native Cincinnati to become one of its leading human-problera-solvers. In fact, she still is. ' Currently, she is board president of Family Services of the Cincinnati Area, one of the busiest counseling agencies in the metropolitan region, one which deals with all sorts of "She has taught me many things about life and health. She is my grandmother," wrote Jon Satchwill, grandson of one of The Enquirer's Women of the Year. Georgia Cole Krider (Mrs. William) has taught many people many things in her roles of wife, teacher, homemaker, mother, volunteer and now Dearborn County (Ind.) Welfare Department caseworker. She's beendubbed Super Mom, perfect volunteer, "mindful of others" and "an Inspiration" with a life devoted to helping people. Despite the death of one child in a fire, a mastectomy and her husband's recent brain surgery, Mrs. Krider said her prayers and faith have helped her through hardships. "I thought I'd had it all by this time," said Jane DeSerisy Barley (Mrs. Daniel) when asked her reaction to being named an Enquirer Woman of the Year. "I was really startled because I thought everything had come to me. I had the feeling I had had enough." Yet; one of the Cincinnatian's strongest assets Is that she's never stopped giving, never felt her community had too much support One nominator stated it simply and well: "Jane Earley has devoted almost her entire life to service to her community, starting even before she graduated from the University of Cincinnati." Nor in doing so an outside sales agent for AAA World Wide Travel, working during her after-school hours. Mrs. Oldham still has time to devote to her 14-year-old daughter, Marylyn, who was filled with pride at the announcement that her mother would be an Enquirer Woman of the Year. "SHE EVEN bought a skirt for the occasion, so it really means something to her," the mother laughed, referring to the January 16 luncheon honoring the 10 women. "Usually, jeans are the only things that interest her." Mrs. Oldham's professional experience encompasses classroom In; Caucus, which she founded and now chairs. "Our objective," she said, "is to get women involved in the political and decision-making process, and not Just to run for office. Our success (the Northern Kentucky branch is the most successful and prosperous of the state's three caucuses) lies In the fact that we have an attitude of respecting everyone's opinion, whether it coincides with ours or not" Added Mrs. Baird, "I have great commitment to the political system, to making changes, and to seeing women (and everyone) using their brainpower." MRS. BAIRD has also been active in many political campaigns, most family problems, from alcoholism to aged parents. "I guess what I find most fascinating and challenging is helping to get new services off the ground," she said. "When you look at a community and you've worked in it as long as I have, you can see some real needs. And when you're able to be a part of developing services to meet those needs well, I find that real exciting." Her interest in social service came by way of involvement with the Cincinnati Junior League 30 years ago. Since then, her accomplishments include being a co- "I believe in the saying, 'All that 1 know of tomorrow is that Providence will provide,' by Mother Theadore Guerin, founder of my college St. Mary of the Woods. When I was depressed, I just hoped I could get through the day. That doesn't mean I don't plan for the future and there have been some bad times but something always happened to help," Mrs. Krider said. Mrs. Krider reared 10 children, housed abused and neglected children, opened the door for foreign exchange students and cared for sick family and friends. She followed her family's tradition by choosing a teaching career and then elected to stay home to rear 10 children and to do volunteer work. has Mrs. Earley dropped one stitch in the fabric of life she's weaving as full-time wife to now retired surgeon, Dr. Daniel E. Earley, mother of two sons and homemaker. She provided leadership for the Girl Scouts, Better Housing League (former president), the boards of League of Women Voters and WCET-TV. From the time she received her University of Cincinnati BA sheepskin In 1929, as a second-generation graduate, she retained a paramount interest in that educational Institution. DEVOTION SPANS a half cen struction, counseling and school community liaison work at both the elementary and secondary level. In addition, she has devoted many hours to the service of children and young people as a volunteer with the Citizens Committee on Youth, as a board member of the Montessori Society, as a trustee of the Wesley Child Care Center, as a Woman's City Club Education Committee member and in numerous Urban League Guild projects, including the high school "Hot Summer" program. Her contributions of time to the creative and performing arts would be staggering to the Imaginations of most individuals. Friends of the notably Wendell Ford for senator, Julian Carroll for governor (of Kentucky), and Jimmy Carter for President. And for the latter she was appointed by President Carter to the President's Commission on Economic Opportunity, an advisory council composed of 21 members from around the country who report directly to the President their conclusions and recommendations on programs for the poor. Recently, Mrs. Baird (as part of "the leadership of the state of Kentucky") was invited to the White House to provide input into various local and national programs. Some of Mrs. Balrd's other commitments include the Community Chests of the Cincinnati area and founder of Cancer Family'Care, one of only two In the nation offering an innovative program In assisting families of terminal cancer victims; being influential In the creation of the volunteer board for the Association of Home Care Agencies, responding to the increased needs of the handicapped and elderly for home health care, and taking a leadership role in the Community Chest's Children's Services Study of 1974 which led to the creation of such child-related services as a 24-hour protective service and referral assistance for parents seeking quality child care. "ABOUT 10 years ago, I was offered a chance for a sixth career at the welfare department and I decided I would try. After all, I had raised my family and they were independent so I wanted to do something else. I took the examination and the next day I Went to the hospital with a diagnosis of cancer," Mrs. Krider said. "My stay in the hospital provided time for meditation, prayer and thought. I became introspective. I decided to give more of my time and talents to the church and community." Once she had recovered from her operation, she went off to help her community and church. She founded Reach To Recovery, an organiza- tury. With her appointment to UC board of trustees in 1941, at age 33, she became the youngest woman elected to a governing board (policy arm) of a major American university. When named UC's board chairwoman 31 years later, she was the first woman chairman of a leading university board. She could be titled "Mrs. UC." To help with changing need of a city university at the time of World War II, she led in creation of UC's first permanent Development Committee, evolved since into the UC Fund and spinoffs of McMicken Society, President's Club and recently UC Foundation. She rendered service during UC's transition to Amistad, an American ethnic art appreciation society, bestowed national recognition upon Mrs. Oldham for her leadership in the organization's program development. In 1977 she was recipent of the society's Honor Award for her work. Mrs. Oldham has also been recognized by the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the Women's Committees of the Cincinnati Sym-. phony Orchestra and the Cincinnati Ballet Company for her achievements in fundraising and volunteer recruitment. She also has volunteered on behalf of the Contemporary Arts Center, the Seven Hills New Theater and the Zoo Arts Festival. HANNAH BAIRD Northern Kentucky, the Northern Kentucky Human Services Planning Council, Women's Service Commission (for battered women and aged), cofounder of the Wood-spoint Nursing Home Auxiliary, past president of the Boone County Cancer Society and member of the Boone County Democratic Executive Board. To name a few. Being selected for the local Women of the Year honor, however, is more meaningful to Mrs. Baird than most of the other recognitions, even on the state or national level, because "it's a hometown thing. These are my friends and community appreciating me, the people I know best." CHARLEE BLAINE IN ADDITION, she raised three children of her own two daughters and a son-and is now the proud grandmother of six. A widow, she lives in Hyde Park. Awards are not new to her. In 1975, she was honored by the Community Chest and Council for outstanding leadership and service. "I'm very touched and proud," Mrs. Blaine said upon learning of her award from The Enquirer. But more than the award, she added, "I love this city. I'm proud of it. And I'm happy I've been able to work for it." GEORGIA KRIDER tion designed to assist others with mastectomies. She spent many more hours with the St. Ann Altar Society, St. Lawrence Church Parish Council, United Fund, Symphony Women's Committee, Cincinnati Fine Arts Fund, Mental Health Association, American Cancer Society, Red Cross, Phi Beta Psi sorority and St. Mary of the Woods College alumnae. Mrs. Krider worked with the Girl Scouts, the Parent Teacher Organization and education. When she was selected one of the Women of the Year, she said she was so excited. "Everyone I told said it must have been their letter that made me win," she said. "I'm so thrilled I can hardly contain myself." JANE EARLEY a state school status and headed the search committee for current UC President Henry R. Winkler, fourth UC president under whom she's worked. UC has honored her with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree, 1966, and with the Alumni Association William Howard Taft Medal this November. Her first concern always has been knowing the student. Another Queen City community leader who first met her in a campus sorority situation says of her, "I found her warm, firm, understanding and intelligent She had a great sense of courage and Integrity mixed with humor." t4A'; J I 4 1 HidJI,JIlWUW.W)UJll..-J"ll.UU '"X(At flM(frffe' " t - ' ' ' ; f jpsX,,, 0"L S I Is? - fiM&iV r k fez & ! 1 1 mm" ,n i w, 11 h - Jttf ..jiiifjtiari it. (I i imftmwt . . -0p!f .At mm,! ynwv Iri n tiiiriiri ' - i - r- "A- - , v a

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