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Rob Joseph will receive the 2013 Dick Johnson Civic Leadership Award at the Muskingum County Community Foundation’s 28th Anniversary Celebration on Groundhog Day, Saturday, February 2nd.
The Dick Johnson Civic Leadership Award was established in 2000 at the suggestion of Bob Kessler to honor the impact of Dick Johnson, a successful businessman, philanthropist and civic leader. The Community Foundation presents the award annually to individuals who share the rare combined outstanding achievements as entrepreneurs, community leaders and philanthropists.
Rob Joseph has been a successful businessman in his family’s four-generation business: Muskingum Iron and Metal. His family and family business have long supported many community projects and charitable programs. Both Rob and his brother Jack have continued to act upon the deeply held belief of their parents Arthur and Shirley in giving back to the community.
Rob has been the leader in the Muskingum Recreation Center Campaign since April of 2007 when he convinced his fellow Trustees of the Community Foundation that their involvement was the only way Zanesville would ever have a new recreation center. The Community Foundation followed Rob’s lead and joined with Ohio University Zanesville, the Family Y and Genesis Healthcare System to raise the money for the new recreation center to be located on the Ohio University Zanesville campus.
During the award ceremony at 6:30 pm on Groundhog Day at the Zane State College/Ohio University Zanesville Campus Center, Dick Johnson will be remembered with a video produced by Community Foundation Council member Mike Luby in which Bob Kessler, John Matesich and Bill Randles share their memories of Dick Johnson.
Previous Dick Johnson award recipients include Bill Straker, Randy Coconis, Dick McClelland, Dan Hennessey, Bob Goodrich, Bob and Leona Fellers, Bill Randles, Bob Kessler, John Matesich, Carroll Fink, Dorbie Littick, Jack Downing and Dick Johnson.
The Joseph family will be well represented at the event by Jack Joseph’s family, Rob’s wife Elaine, and his two sons, Frank and Dick, who will introduce Rob that evening