Cambridge Distinguished Citizen

The Muskingum Valley Council was honored to recognize Colleen Oess as the Cambridge Distinguished Citizen April 18th. A true example of Scouting values and servant leadership.

Colleen M. Oess believes volunteering is the ‘heart’ of communities.   Remember volunteering improves the quality of life for all.  She learned as a young mother of three, in order to get ‘things’ done you need to be a volunteer.

  When her sons were in Oakland grade school, and learning the school did not have a Boy Scout program; she proceeded to initiate the startup of a troop.  She recruited 3 mothers to have Cub Scout troop meetings in their homes, continuing through the Webelos program.

Working for United Way as Director for 20 years was a most rewarding experience.  She was inspired as she witnessed how the volunteers gave of their time and talents to improve life in this community.   A Cliché! Yes, but true.  Wonderful people giving back to our community out of the goodness of their hearts.

Colleen has been a lifelong volunteer after Champion Spark Plug moved her husband, Bob and family to Cambridge in 1972 from the Toledo, Ohio headquarters. She has volunteered in her church, St Benedicts, and served on the Dioceses of Steubenville Finance Committee.  She has served on the Cambridge Park Board, City Council Finance Committee, and is now the City Treasurer since 1990.  As Treasurer, she earned her Certified Municipal Finance Administrator designation at Kent State University and is a member of the Ohio Treasurer’s Association.  She also served on the Zane State Foundation Board and Cambridge Country Club Board.

Presently, Colleen is a charter member of the Pritchard Laughlin Civic Center Board, serving as Secretary.   She is also, a 16 year member of Rotary serving in many capacities including as Past President.

Colleen and Bob enjoy boating, golfing, and traveling, often with their children Eric and Barb, Matthew and Justeen, and Louise, and of course with 3 wonderful grandchildren Meredith, Bennett and Mary.

Congratulations Colleen, and thank you for your service to your community!