YMCA director receives Marietta College Education Volunteer Award

Roger G. Kalter, youth program director at the Marietta Family YMCA, received Marietta College's sixth annual Outstanding Education Volunteer Award Feb. 15 during the Founders Day Convocation at the College.

Patricia A. Loreno Willis '70, Chair of the Board of Trustees, presented the award honoring Kalter for his extensive work with children in the Washington County area.

As director of youth programs at the YMCA, Kalter has organized children's programs that develop both mind and body, including environmental projects as well as sports activities. Often going beyond his job-prescribed hours, Kalter has found resources all over the community to purchase sports equipment for the children to use.

In addition to his work with the YMCA, Kalter was and still is the leading volunteer and organizer of the Incredible Community Playground. He is recognized as the driving force behind both the ongoing fundraising and the construction of the facility. Kalter also has worked extensively with Marietta College students engaging in volunteer work.

Marietta College established the Outstanding Education Volunteer Award in 2002 to recognize a member of the Marietta community who has made a significant contribution to education at any level. The recipient will be a resident of Washington County and will not be a Marietta College employee.

Past recipients of the award include the following:

2006 - David C. Barrett, International Vocational/Agricultural Educator
2005 - Ginger O'Conner, Advocate for the Disabled
2004 - Marilyn Ortt, Environmental Issues
2003 - Jim Rapp, Diversity and Aids Awareness
2002 - Alice Chapman, Ely Chapman Foundation