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Joseph Minarcin
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Joseph Minarcin

Award of Distinction goes to Joseph 'Moe' Minarcin


The Rossford School District will hold this year’s Award of Distinction Ceremony on Friday, October 6, 2017, at 5:30 p.m. in the Rossford High School Auditorium. 

This year’s honoree, Mr. Joseph “Moe” Minarcin, Jr., will be recognized at the 2017 Award of Distinction Ceremony for his significant contributions to society.

Moe is a lifelong resident of Rossford who attended elementary school at St. Mary Magdalene and graduated from Rossford High School in 1964.

After high school, Moe went to Penta Tech (Owens Community College) and graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Computer Technology. Upon graduation, he joined the Ohio Air National Guard located at Toledo Express Airport in Swanton, Ohio.  He was assigned to the 112th Fighter Squadron of the 180th Fighter Wing working in the Aircrew Life Support Section.  He was responsible for inspecting the pilots’ flight equipment, repacking survival kits and installing parachute and survival kit assemblies.  He also provided mandatory training to the fighter pilots and flight surgeons to include Egress/Ejection, Hanging Harness, Water and Land Survival, and Escape & Evasion training. In 1992, he was selected as the 180th Fighter Wing’s Senior Enlisted NCO of the Year.  He was promoted to the Aircrew Protection Element Supervisor position. In 1999, he was promoted to the rank of Chief Master Sergeant (E-9).  After 36 years of service, Moe retired in 2005. 

Concurrent with his responsibilities at the Ohio Air National Guard Base, Moe was proprietor of Moe’s Place in downtown Rossford where he supported and sponsored many community activities. Indicative of his community involvement, even as a young man, he received the “Outstanding Young Man Award” issued by the U.S. Jaycees. He has been an active member of the Rossford American Legion Post 533 for the past 48 years where he has served as Past Commander and held other leadership roles.

From 1994-2009, Moe was on the Rossford Board of Education, proudly serving several years as the board president. During his time on the board, he always kept the best interests of the Rossford students, staff and employees at hand. In 2000, he was the recipient of the Ohio School Boards Association Award of Achievement, and in 2009, received the Wood County Board Leadership Award. Moe took his position seriously and felt honored to be entrusted with such a responsibility.

After retiring from the Board of Education, Moe entered city politics when he was selected to complete a vacancy on Rossford City Council. Upon completion of that term, he ran and was elected to another two-year term.  Throughout his four years on city council, he has enjoyed being involved on various committees and attending bi-monthly meetings.  

Moe and his wife, Jewel, are active members of All Saints Catholic Church. They have two daughters, Ashleigh and Adrienne, and enjoy being grandparents to grandson Michael Joseph.

The honored guest will also be recognized on Friday, October 6, at the Jackson-Ferguson Stadium during the homecoming football game as the Rossford Bulldogs face the Elmwood Royals at 7:00 p.m.

 
 

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