George Rooks, better known as, The Ole Fisherman, was celebrated at the Leading Age Ohio Annual Award Celebration, on August 29th. Rooks received the Excellence in Volunteer Service Award. Rooks was joined by representatives from Clermont Senior Services and his daughter and son-in-law.
For over 20 years, Rooks has loyally served in many capacities at Clermont Senior Services. He is most well known for his story telling abilities- visiting the Adult Day Care center on a monthly basis to tell stories, visit and reminisce with those who unfortunate decline in health has limited their memory. In addition to his monthly visits, he serves on the Board of Directors for the agency, offering insights and valuable wisdom. Other volunteer roles have included, volunteer shopping, Meals on Wheels delivery, and participation in the annual gift-giving program, Adopt-a-Senior.
Perhaps one of his most well known monthly contributions, is the article he writes for the local papers, The Ole Fisherman. Rooks is a retired Park Ranger, who served for 28 years, with the last five as manager of East Fork State Park. In his articles, he usually gives updates on fishing conditions and tips for a successful day on the lake. In addition to his trusted fishing advice, he always updates the public on various charity events being held throughout the county. The article typically sheds light on the happenings at his home, where he offers advice for the home gardener and cat lover alike. The community also grieved with Rooks in 2015, as he chronicled his wife’s health decline, and ultimately, her passing. They spent 56 years of marriage serving others together, and he is carrying on in her memory. George makes it his mission to alert the community to participate in any activity that he thinks will make a difference in the lives of others.
The input that George provides to the Board is immeasurably valuable. He has his finger on the pulse of the older generation and their needs. As if his contributions to Clermont Senior Services weren’t enough, several other community organizations benefit from his unending supply of compassion, including: The Grange, Bethel Lions Club, CASA for Clermont Kids, Old Bethel M.E. Historical Society, Clermont County Sportmen’s Club, monthly meal volunteer at Lower Price Hill Food Kitchen, Kitchen of Hope at Bethel UM Church, and Catholic Mobile Food Pantry.
Next year, George will receive his 25 year plaque with Clermont Senior Services. 25 years of service is to an organization is no small feat. George is a selfless servant and a vital piece of the fabric of the Clermont County community.