Community Support Award Recipients 2022

Each year Northern Columbus Kiwanis recognizes devoted community volunteers. Our club is pleased to announce that this service award is sponsored by the Spotlight. In 2022 Northern Columbus Kiwanis honored three outstanding individuals: Laurie Schmidt-Moats, Kirby Witmer and Hugh Crowell. These generous individuals volunteered with multiple organizations serving neighbors in our community and the Columbus area. Along with this honor Northern Kiwanis made donations to nonprofit organizations designated by the CSA winners. 

Look for the The Nomination Form for the 2023 Community Support Award next year.

Meet the 2022 Community Support Award winners!

Laurie Schmidt-Moats

Laurie Schmidt-Moats and her Tim Moats, D.D.S. have lived in Columbus nearly 30 years. They have two grown sons and a dog. Laurie works at the Worthington branch of Park National Bank as a Mortgage Banking specialist. Since 2004 Laurie has served on the Board of New Directions Career Center, which empowers women to achieve and maintain economic self-sufficiency, including a term as Board president. Laurie will soon begin a term as president of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra Sustaining Board, which provides financial and and volunteer support to sustain ProMusica’s artistic and education programs. Thirty years ago she joined the Junior League of Columbus, which provides money and “womanpower” for community projects throughout Columbus. She served as president of the Board and is currently a sustaining member. Laurie is the vice president of TWIG 42 of Nationwide Children’s Hospital, serving alongside other women in central Ohio to support the hospital in a wide variety of fundraising projects. “I am honored to be recognized by Northern Kiwanis for my efforts as a community volunteer.”, she said. Laurie’s hobbies include skiing, hiking, walking, reading and taking piano lessons. At Laurie’s request a $100.00 donation was made by Northern Kiwanis in her name to the New Directions Career Center.


Kirby Witmer

“I am humbled and and honored to receive this award,” said Kirby Witmer, a Columbus resident for 37 years. “At an early age, I helped with a volunteer fire department in my hometown. After moving to Columbus, I volunteered at the Mid-Ohio Food Bank years ago.” Those early commitments set the foundation for Kirby’s primary volunteer focus with the Northern Lions Club. He has served in many leadership roles throughout the years, making a big impact on vision-related services for local youth and other residents. Kirby has served on the Northern Lions Board, including two terms as president and has chaired many Touchdown Dinner fundraisers for the club. He volunteers at VisionWalk, a fundraiser for the Foundation Fighting Blindness; the Ronald McDonald House; Salvation Army; and at the Ohio State School for the Blind several times per year. Kirby has received the Lions Club Fellowship for having donated over $1000.00, and is a recipient of the Lions Club International President’s Award. Kirby and his wife, Lisa, have one grown son and a pet cat. They enjoy spending time together and dining out. Kirby, who works at Tansky Toyota as a new car salesman, is a computer enthusiast, and also enjoys cooking, cycling and drinking good coffee. At Kirby’s request a $100.00 donation was made by Northern Kiwanis in his name to the Lion’s Club.


Hugh Crowell

Hugh Crowell has lived in Clintonville with his wife, Julie Cronk, since 1999. They enjoy hiking and working on their 1926 home on East Torrence Rd. Hugh regularly engages with his constituents as their District 4 representative on the Clintonville Area Commission. Hugh is a retired ecologist and environmental scientist. “One of my favorite volunteer activities is monitoring the development of the Whetstone Prairie for the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department,” he said. “Each year, I identify all the plant species in the prairie and apply a scoring metric to identify the relative quality of the plant communities. I also contribute to management of the prairie, including invasive species removal and management of the wetland areas within the prairie.” Hugh is a member of North Columbus Civitan club, which supports the local Intellectually and Developmentally Disabled community and also produces the summer Sunday Concerts in the Park at Whetstone Park of Roses. He has volunteered with the American Red Cross, Meals on Wheels, the Mid-Ohio Food Bank and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Natural Areas and Preserves. He also volunteers with The Harmony Project, which works to bring diverse communities together through song and nurtures public school students to activate their communities through the power of vocal music and visual arts. At Hugh’s request, a $100.00 donation was made by Northern Kiwanis in his name to The Harmony Project.