Chas and Beth Myers received lifetime achievement award from Ohio Habitat for Humanity. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)
Chas and Beth Myers received lifetime achievement award from Ohio Habitat for Humanity. (Putnam Sentinel/Nancy Kline)

OTTAWA – An Ottawa couple received state recognition Friday during the Ohio Habitat for Humanity annual convention in Columbus.

Chas and Beth Myers were given a lifetime achievement award during the awards ceremony. “They are the face of the affiliate in local communities,” said Paul Ryan, the executive director for Ohio Habitat for Humanity.

Ryan said the Myers put in countless hours helping to do the leg work to set up a Habitat for Humanity in Putnam County. This included setting up policies and helping to recruit board members. After the agency was established in 2009. Chas served as the non-paid executive director of the Putnam County Habitat for Humanity and Beth served as the office manager.

“They both put in countless hours,” Ryan said. He said this included Chas being on the job site almost daily, while Beth often worked six days a week overseeing the paperwork needed during a house build.

“They have put in countless hours of selfless work,” Ryan said. Chas then served as the volunteer coordinator before becoming the current coordinator for the critical home repair program that Putnam County Habitat for Humanity now has.

Chas’s voice broke when he spoke of his experiences with Habitat for Humanity.

“I am humbled by the gifts we received and the lessons we learned,” he said. “One of the greatest gifts has been the friends I have made.” Myers went on to explain the local agency was made by possible by the work of many people. He especially thanked Randy Basinger and his work as he pushed for the program following the flood in 2007 and Paul Bonfas who has put in countless hours as the volunteer treasurer of the Putnam County agency.

Beth spoke of the challenging meetings that always ended with the board members remembering their one purpose and as one group saying the Lord’s prayer together.

Since the Putnam County Habitat for Humanity was organized, they have built ten new homes and overseen 12 critical home repairs.