Vienna lawyer earns Dils award

In 1983, Richard A. Hudson joined the YMCA of Parkersburg Board of Directors at the request of Edwin Dils.

On June 5, Hudson will receive the 2014 Edwin L.D. Dils Heart of Our Community Award for his service to the YMCA and other community organizations at a dinner at the Parkersburg Country Club.

The fourth annual award honors a member of the community who displays some of the wonderful qualities that made Dils a leader in the community, according to the YMCA of Parkersburg.

Hudson, an attorney who lives in Vienna, served on the YMCA board with Dils for many years. Dils, who passed away in 2010, was on the YMCA board for more than 50 years.

Chad Smith, CEO/executive director of the YMCA of Parkersburg, said Hudson helped the YMCA in many ways during his 30 years on the board of directors, before stepping down last year.

A highlight of Hudson’s service was his leadership in a capital campaign that cut the large long-term debt on the YMCA building in half. “That was fantastic,” Smith said.

Smith noted Hudson’s outstanding work on the YMCA’s finance and property committees.

“Rick is a terrific guy. He was involved with a lot of things at the YMCA,” Smith said.

Hudson said he has enjoyed his long association with the YMCA and was honored to represent the many dedicated people who have contributed their time and talent to the YMCA.

Hudson has served on the Parkersburg Area Community Foundation board, coached basketball and baseball at Parkersburg Catholic, has been active with the Boy Scouts of America and was one of the original board members of the Good Samaritan Clinic.

In connection with the Dils award and dinner, the YMCA of Parkersburg is trying to raise $150,000 in its Strong Kids Campaign to enable all local children and families to participate in programs. The YMCA offers youth development programs, day camp, child care, after-school care in 15 schools in Wood County, youth sports and aquatics.

Last year, campaign donors provided funding for more than 500 children to be YMCA members and 500 more to participate in youth and child care programs. The kids campaign raised $130,000 last year.

The fundraising campaign, led by Dr. Orton Armstrong, officially ends at the June 5 dinner, although some donations are received after that, Smith said. Tickets for the dinner, a community-wide charitable event, are available by contacting the YMCA at 304-485-5585.

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Catherine Carol Ralsten of Vienna was an avid walker and someone who helped people in need.

Ralsten was one of the founders of the Good Samaritan Clinic in 1991, which provides free primary health care, a pharmacy program and wellness education to uninsured people.

On May 3 at Parkersburg City Park, the Catherine Carol Ralsten Memorial seventh annual May Day 5K Run and Walk will raise money for the Good Samaritan Clinic in Parkersburg. Last year’s race raised $5,000.

Sign-ups will continue at 7 a.m. May 3 at shelter 3 with the race beginning at 8 a.m. All age groups are welcome.

Pre-registration is $12 for adults and $7 for children 10 and under by April 23. A short-sleeved T-shirt will be given to pre-registered participants. Registration after April 23 is $15 for adults and $10 for children 10 and under.

The clinic at 418 Grand Park Drive, Suite 311, in the PMC Building off Murdoch Avenue behind Red Lobster, saw 614 patients last year with a total of 1,925 visits. Patient referrals come from churches, missions, hospital emergency rooms, homeless shelters and businesses.

The clinic has seen an increasing need for its services, said Elizabeth Strobl, administrative assistant at Good Samaritan. The clinic serves residents of Wood, Pleasants, Jackson, Wirt and Calhoun counties.

Volunteering to make the race possible are members of the River City Runners and Walkers Club, clinic board members, staff members and friends. They will be joined this year by the Parkersburg High School boys and girls soccer teams.

To receive a registration form, call 304-834-3986 or email goodsamaritanclinicparkersburgwv.com

Contact Paul LaPann at plapann@newsandsentinel.com