XENIA — The Xenia Adult Recreation and Services Center selected Linda McGaughey as Senior Citizen of the Year for 2013. She was surprised when she was presented the award at the annual Austria Christmas Party held Friday at St. Brigid Activity Center.
Xenia Mayor Marsha Bayless presented a proclamation, declaring December 13, 2013 as “Linda McGaughey Day.”
McGaughey has been very involved as a volunteer at the senior center and particularly with the membership’s Ways & Means Committee. She has been instrumental in Center fundraisers, especially the Quarter Auctions. Through McGaughey’s efforts, over $1,600 was raised this year through the newly active quarter auctions.
She is also an avid hockey fan and was involved in a fundraiser outing the Center held to see the Dayton Demonz play in 2013. Linda is involved in many other community activities, including the Xenia Community Festival and First Fridays.
McGaughey has helped raise funds for veterans returning from combat with post-traumatic stress syndrome through the “Racing for Vets” program. She also takes her pet therapy dog “Jose” to local nursing homes for residents to enjoy. She is involved in the HoneyBee Haven Dog Rescue Program and, because the word “no” is not in Linda’s vocabulary, the list goes on and on.
She joins a list of distinguished citizens who have been recognized over the years as Senior Citizen of the Year, including most recently, Elsie Hulsey, Mary Hunter, Janet Haas, JoAnne Cline, Thelma & Kenny Weaver, Richard Strous and Virginia & Joel Bailey.
McGaughey is a devout Christian with a grown son and daughter and six grandchildren. She loves the outdoors, camping and fishing.