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When Carl Felger returned to Minerva and Carroll County following his service in Europe during World War II, he knew he wanted to help people. As a result of the actions he took when he returned, Felger was recognized as a 2016 Jenco Foundation Fund Award recipient for his service to others.
Felger, in addition to six fellow awardees, was recognized at the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio's annual Celebration of Legacy at the Markay Cultural Arts Center in Jackson for their service and leadership throughout Appalachian Ohio.
Felger was nominated for the award by Minerva resident Louie Romano.
Since 2002, the Jenco Awards have been recognizing visionary leadership in the service of others throughout Appalachian Ohio.
While in Europe following World War II, Felger and his fellow soldiers helped to restore and run a town. This experience compelled him to give back to his Minerva community when he returned home. Felger has always helped his neighbors with projects around the community that might not otherwise get done without his initiative, hard work, and generosity.
He led the local American Legion, bringing the traveling Vietnam Wall to the community. He has also been active in his Methodist church, serving in nearly every volunteer role.
The role closest to his heart is volunteering with the food pantry at the church, lending his truck to make produce and food deliveries to people in the surrounding communities while also working the lines at the food bank, even today at age 96.
"It was always in my heart to help people and that is what I have done," stated Felger.
The Jenco Foundation Fund and its annual award are named for Father Lawrence Martin Jenco, a longtime Roman Catholic priest who gave generously of himself to serve others throughout his life. Most notably, Father Jenco's service took him to Lebanon in the 1980s to serve as director of Catholic Relief Services.
While serving as director, he was kidnapped in 1985. During his 19 months in captivity, Father Jenco continued to serve others, providing a necessary listening ear to others being detained, including fellow detainee, journalist Terry Anderson. After his release, Father Jenco returned to ministry, providing outreach to underserved groups until his death in 1996.
Mr. Anderson created the Jenco Foundation in 2001 to continue Father Jenco's legacy of compassion and giving to others.
Nominated by fellow community members who witness their service and visionary leadership in action, Jenco Award honorees are selected through a committee process and review. Jenco Award recipients receive an individual cash award to use in the manner most appropriate to their leadership.