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Joyce Brooks honored during OFRW's Tribute to Women

August 21, 2019
The Town Crier

Recently, Joyce Elaine Brooks of Canfield was honored by the Ohio Federation of Republican Women (OFRW) for her service in the cause of good government, professional accomplishment, and exemplary citizenship. She is one of 18 women from around the state of Ohio honored during the 2019 Tribute to Women at Worthington Hills Country Club, in Columbus.

This biennial event honors a member from each participating local Republican women's club who is chosen for her achievements and contributions. Brooks is a member of the Canfield Republican Women.

The award was presented during a luncheon attended by about 150 guests. OFRW President Janet Kushlan and Vice President Mary Beth Kemmer presented each honoree a packet containing personalized citations from

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Joyce Brooks, center, receives her Tribute to Women award from Ohio Federation of Republican Women Vice President Mary Beth Kemmer, left, and OFRW President Janet Kushlan, right.

Governor Mike DeWine, Senator Rob Portman, her U.S. Congressman, the Ohio Republican Party, the National Federation of Republican Women, OFRW, and other organizations and officials. She also received a crystal patriotic rose spray pin and a long-stemmed red rose.

Ohio Supreme Court Justice Sharon L. Kennedy gave a keynote speech documenting impressive contributions made by dedicated women in military and civilian life throughout the history of the United States.

The OFRW, founded in 1929, is affliated with the National Federation of Republican Women (NFRW). It is a statewide organization of hundreds of members in constituent clubs. OFRW is the largest, most powerful women's political organization in Ohio, and provides the avenue for women to influence policy, develop candidates, and elect leaders of Ohio. OFRW is a multi-generational, multicultural organization that provides structure and support for political activists to learn, engage and flourish.

As for Brooks' involvement, she is a past president of the Canfield Republican Women's Club, and a member for more than 20 years. During her presidency, the club won an OFRW President's Award, and she created a speech titled "Anatomy of a Campaign."

A distinguished educator, administrator, and consultant, Brooks began her career in 1967 as a reading specialist in the Canfield Local School District. She progressed through supervisory and directorial positions in the Mahoning County Office of Education, transitioning into the personnel arena. In 1993, she retired from the public school system as director of personnel for Youngstown City Schools. She served as assistant to the Dean of Youngstown State University's Beeghly College of Education for two years, and then moved into obtaining and coordinating grants promoting partnerships among higher and technical education institutions around Ohio, as well as in the Mahoning Valley area.

Between 1997 and 2009, Brooks served as president and legislative liaison of the Mahoning County Career and Technical Board of Education. In the same time frame, she served as president, vice president, and legislative liaison for the Mahoning County Educational Service Center Governing Board.

She was awarded an honorary doctorate by Youngstown State University in 2009. She earned a master of science at YSU in 1970, followed by additional coursework in reading education and administration at five other Ohio universities. She completed the bachelor of science degree in education (magna cum laude) at YSU in 1961. She has served on more than 20 prestigious boards and committees related to her career. She is an active member of Austintown's Community Evangelical Church, including service as a deacon, elder, vice president, and president of the congregation. She has volunteered for several education committees, for AAC's 150th anniversary celebration, and for its pastoral search endeavors. She leads the Joyous Believers Christ Care small group, and is always ready with her speech "Friends are God's Lifesaver."

Her resume contains an entire page of honors and awards attesting to her excellence as a professional, her value as a woman, and her contributions to the community. Examples include the naming of the Mahoning County Career and Technical Center Conference Center in her honor, her receiving the highly selective Ohio School Boards Association Award of Achievement - Master Board Member Award, and several lifetime achievement awards. Brooks has been married to her husband Loran for 61 years. The couple has one son and two daughters, and three grandchildren. For the couple, icing on their very impressive cake was to be named co-marshals of Canfield's 4th of July Parade several years ago.



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