SIDNEY — A member of the Lehman Foundation Board will be one of the inductees honored during the upcoming Lehman Hall of Fame ceremony on Saturday, Aug. 5.
The Lehman Catholic High School Alumni Association has announce the school’s 11th annual Lehman Hall of Fame Induction ceremony will include Kenneth H. Schlater, a former teacher and membeer of the Lehman Foundation Board. In addtion to Schlater, other inductees will be John E. Ferman, John M. Garmhausen and Mike and Joyce Hughes.
The fifth and final inductee this year is Kenneth Schlater. Schlater graduated from Holy Angels High School in Sidney, Ohio, in 1966 and St. Joseph’s College with degrees in Business and Education in 1970. He taught at Lehman Catholic High School as a business teacher from 1970-1973 and served as project manager at Sidney Electric Company from 1973-1983. In 1983, he co-founded Area Energy & Electric Inc. As the founder and CEO of Area Energy & Electric, Schlater employed more than 325 workers, and his business continues to serve the Sidney community and many others to this day.
Schlater’s community contributions include: Holy Angels Finance Committee, Wilson Memorial Board of Trustees, Wilson Memorial Hospital Foundation, Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, S&H Products Board of Directors, Shelby Hills School Levy Campaign, YMCA Board of Directors, Shelby County United Way Board of Directors, Sidney Noon Kiwanis Board of Directors, Sidney Community Foundation Board of Directors, and as a member of the Western Ohio Development Council. His many years of service to these boards and committees included leadership roles. Most recently, Schlater helped with the formation of the Workforce Partnership Program. This program has gained recognition at the state level for its innovation.
Additionally, Schlater’s contributions to the Catholic community include serving on the Lehman Catholic High School Foundation Board for over a decade. His time investment included terms as vice president and president. He served as a volunteer in capital campaigns and other fundraising ventures, often challenging others to give their time, talent, or treasure for advancements needed at both schools. He is currently serving on the Holy Angels Parish Finance Committee and the Lehman Foundation Board. Schlater served as a president for both the Wilson Memorial Hospital Board of Trustees and the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He was also the chairman of the Shelby Hills School Levy in 1991.
Schlater and his wife, Brenda, (Weigandt HAHS 1966), have been married 45 years and have four adult children, Angela, Sara, Emily and Luke. They have 11 grandchildren.
Since beginning this tradition, the Hall of Fame committee has sought to honor not only alumni but outstanding faculty and supporters of Lehman Catholic. The Hall of Fame evening will begin with Mass at 5:15 p.m. in the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Chapel on campus. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow at 6:30 p.m. in the Virgil Heitmeyer Gymnasium. For tickets to the Hall of Fame Dinner, contact Shelley Vanskiver at 937-726-2510 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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