By Colleen Lockhart
Claire Zurbuch is no stranger to volunteering and community service. This year, Mr. Zurbuch was nominated and selected to receive the Ohio State Grange 2016 Community Service Award for Education and the Huntsburg Grange Outstanding Service in Education award, presented to him at the Huntsburg Grange Christmas party on Dec. 12. Mr. Zurbuch was nominated by Jeane Paine, a member of the Huntsburg Grange and a retired teacher.
Since his retirement as director of the Porter Science Center in 2001, Mr. Zurbuch has been recognized for his volunteer service in community organizations including the Chip Henry Award by the Friends of CASA, Volunteer of the Year Award from Geauga Soil and Water Conservation District, NRTA With Our Youth, the John Murray Award for his work with JFS Volunteer Tutoring Program, as well as recognition for teaching and tutoring Cardinal students in science and engineering. In 2016, he was one of five people in the state nominated by Governor John Kasich for the ServeOhio Award. He serves as treasurer of the Samaritan’s Society at St. Lucy/St. Edwards Church to provide food for needy area folks. He serves as the scholarship chairman of the East Geauga Kiwanis Club, and is instrumental in the Key Club and Builders Club at Cardinal Schools. He is a member of the Geauga County Retired Teachers Association and the Ohio Retired Teachers Association.
Mr. Zurbuch and his wife, Kay, moved to Huntsburg in 1973 where they raised their son and daughter, and still live in the same house. When asked about his passion for volunteering, he replied, “It makes me feel young. I still love making things, especially in the field of science.” He credits former close friend, Dick Moss, for inspiring him to pursue a life of giving back to the community, especially to the schools, when he retired.