Pruitt has also been involved with the Mid-American Conference, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators.
At retirement, Pruitt started volunteering with a vengeance. She became involved with Athens Red Cross during hurricane Katrina. In 2008 she became head of their disaster response division. At that
Trimble Township Textbook Foundation began when a group of alumni were organizing a 50th alumni reunion and learned that their Alma Mater was the poorest school district of the 613 Ohio districts. Students at Trimble Local were using textbooks that were 20 to 25 years old. It had been a great place to grow up and go to school. However, while the area was never affluent, it now has fallen on hard times. The coal mines for the most part, closed long ago and no business or industries have taken their place. There simply isn't sufficient tax base to support the school adequately.
This group of alumni decided it was payback time for the fond memories, good times, and solid education they received at Glouster, Jacksonville-Trimble and Hollister schools.
They formed a foundation whose sole mission is to update textbooks and purchase educational supplies at Trimble Local. School supplies are often lacking and teachers often purchase them with their own funds.
The Foundation works to build its endowment as well as host fundraisers, and apply for grants. Over the past 10 years by adding the fundraiser, grant money, to the investment earnings, the foundation has begun to make an impact. Over the past 11 years the foundation has purchased $423,823 for textbooks, technology and school supplies. The impact is evident by the steady improvement of Trimble students on the annual Ohio Proficiency Tests. In 2002 and 2003 Trimble Local scored an Academic Watch "D" and Academic Emergency "F". In 2010-11 tests the district and high school both scored Effective "B," the middle school Continuous Improvement "C," and the elementary school scored Excellent "A."
Kevin Dotson has been with Rocky Brands since 1989. He joined Rocky as a merchandise manager and currently holds the position of manager of the Retail Outlet. Outside of his employment at Rocky Brands, Inc. he has held various city leadership and management positions.
Dotson currently serves as president of City Council/mayor of Nelsonville. He's an active member of the 1st Presbyterian Church of Nelsonville, President of the Nelsonville Area Chamber of Commerce.
Dotson has given to many different causes that have improved the area such as leading efforts for various fundraisers, revitalization projects in the Nelsonville business district, and other philanthropy in the community.
The Athens Foundation Foster B. Cornell Awards are named for the local attorney who was instrumental in the growth of the Foundation and philanthropy in Athens County. His bold gifts to six local organizations demonstrated his vision and care in providing for many generations to come.
From the Athens News, April 21, 2013