PIQUA — The YWCA Piqua has announced the selection of the 2015 Women of Excellence and Young Woman of Tomorrow honorees, Ginny Rammel of Ludlow Falls and Stacy Scott of Piqua. The Young Woman of Tomorrow honoree is Megan Osman of Troy.
“Many nominations were submitted from clubs, schools, organizations and individuals. The selection was difficult and an impartial panel of judges, composed of men and women from throughout the county, did an excellent and thorough job in selecting this year’s honorees,” said Leesa A. Baker, executive director of the YWCA Piqua.
“We are certainly pleased with the selection and are happy to be honoring these three outstanding women who continue to distinguish themselves in their life endeavors.”
The three women will be honored at the 19th annual Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon, a gala celebration on Thursday, October 15, at the Piqua Country Club. The keynote speaker for the event will be Karen Huelsman, business owner and community volunteer.
Ginny Rammel is known for her dedication to the Milton Union Exempted Village Schools. She has been with the district for 39 years, first as a fifth grade math and science teacher, then as a principal and, for the past nine years, as superintendent of schools.
When it was time for her to go to college, most women studied nursing or teaching or became a secretary. “I always knew I wanted to be around people and particularly kids so there comes teaching. It was very natural,” she said.
Rammel and the district have received a number of high profile accolades including her selection in 2015 for the Buckeye Association of School Administrators Exemplary Leader Award and a Straight A Grant of $2.1 million shared with two other districts for schools to improve reading ability and increase parental involvement. Involvement in the local Rotary Club, the Milton-Union Education Foundation and St. Patrick Catholic Church also keep Rammel busy in the community.
She is married to Mark and they are the parents of Doug, Lisa and Stephanie. Her interests outside the schools include tending to a large garden at home, mowing the lawn and watching her five grandchildren “flourish.”
Stacy Scott sees service to others as a vital part of her life and that of her family. A 19-year resident of Piqua, Scott has been involved in volunteer service and fundraising for organizations from the Salvation Army to Lehman Catholic and Piqua Catholic Schools, to the Piqua Community Foundation and the Positively Promoting Piqua organizations, among others.
A Kentucky native, Scott is a graduate in merchandising, apparel and design from the University of Kentucky, where she met her husband, Benny whose family owns Scott Family McDonalds. They are the parents of three children: twins Zach and Tyler, and daughter Ellie.
Scott’s initial involvement on a community board was with the Overfield School in Troy. Among her recent efforts was working with three other Piqua women on creating and starting the Piqua Center for Early Learning, a successful Piqua Catholic preschool. She has been leading the annual Lehman Foundation banquet, multiple projects with the Salvation Army, the Hahn-Hufford Center of Hope fundraiser, co-chairing two gala events for the Fort Piqua Plaza project and working on Piqua committees raising money for a riverfront project and taking steps to solve problems and promote the community in a positive way.
Megan Osman, 2015 Young Woman of Tomorrow honoree, is a senior at Troy High School and an avid volunteer and independent singer/song writer. Her award nominator described Osman as a community servant. It’s a role she said came naturally to a daughter of volunteers. It was energized by her introduction to leadership through the Young Women of Distinction/Idea Factory program as a fifth grader at Troy’s Kyle Elementary School. The program’s Cash for Cans project was won by Osman’s school, boosting the confidence of the previously shy 11-year-old.
“Ever since I did that, I have been so inspired to volunteer and to help people because I was so proud of my school and my efforts. I was just amazed somebody like me who was 11 could do something like that,” she said.
Since then Osman’s list of volunteer experiences have included the Clubhouse program, Reading Buddies, ballet program at Troy-Hayner Cultural Center, St. Patrick Soup Kitchen, church Bible school, Troy Main Street Projects, Partners in Hope and Troy Make a Difference Day, among others.
A player of guitar and writer of 100 original songs, Osman now combines her volunteering with benefit performances for organizations and events such as Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, Lab Rescue Shelter, Taste of Troy and a local food pantry.
Osman said her parents, Mark and Diane Osman, are her role models instilling in her “good values.” She is the youngest of three children which also include Jon and Lauren, both currently college students. As she explores colleges, her career goal is in the music industry with a concentration on songwriting.
For more information about the Women of Excellence Awards Luncheon or to reserve a ticket, stop at the YWCA Piqua at 418 N. Wayne St. or call (937) 773-6626. Seating for the event is limited.