At John F. Dickey & Co. we take pride in giving back to the local families in our community. We view community involvement as an essential extension of our business and support and encourage our staff to serve in the community through local charitable organizations.
Dorothy Jane Dickey's Love of Education Continues
through a New Foundation Scholarship
Shared from fairfieldcommunityfoundation.org.
Dorothy Jane Dickey was a dedicated educator for over 62 years in Fairfield and Hamilton. Because of her commitment to education and her love of children, upon her death in 2016, her own children (Mark , Jennifer and Brent) decided it would be fitting to create a scholarship in her memory - The Dorothy Jane Dickey Scholarship. It is designed to assist future educators with their education. It will be awarded to a Fairfield High School senior who has chosen to major in education in college. The first scholarship will be awarded for the first time in May, 2019.
Dorothy Jane Roush arrived in Fairfield in 1952 with a degree in Home Economics and Nutrition from The Ohio State University and a teaching position at the then brand new Fairfield High School on Dixie Highway. Her future husband, John Dickey, arrived about the same time. They were high school sweethearts from Hillsboro, Ohio and were married in 1954. They had both grown up on farms and liked the Fairfield community as, at the time, it reminded them of their homes. Their first home was on the corner of Magie and Redwood Avenue, then a dead end street. In 1967, they built their dream home on Harrowgate Hill Lane, one of the first houses in the brand new Rolling Hills subdivision, and lived there until their deaths. Both John and Jane were very active citizens in Fairfield and its growth. John owned a CPA firm and moved it to Fairfield in 1979. The firm is still on Nilles Road and is now run by his son, Mark. Jane taught in Fairfield and Roosevelt High Schools and kindergarten at Holy Cross on Winton Road for 30 years. In 1982, Jane along with her sister, Betty Jo Vance and 3 other teachers created a nonprofit Preschool in Lindenwald for youngsters 3 to 5 years old. She taught and was the director of the preschool until it closed in 2014. Over her 62 years teaching, she had several families where she taught 3 generations. Jane believed that it was important that you had purpose and that purpose feeds your soul. What fed her soul was teaching. Her daughter, Jennifer, said there was a plaque in their home stating, “To teach is to touch a life forever.” She said “nearly everyone has a teacher that they remember. They may not remember what they said but they remember how they made them feel. That teacher made a difference in the course of their life and who they became.”
After her family, education was Jane’s first love. The Fairfield community was close behind education for both her and her husband John. Together they have a long history of working to improve the quality of life in Fairfield. They believed that children need places that provided opportunities to grow, develop their self confidence and creative expression. They were among the founders of the YMCA on Bibury. The playground equipment in Harbin Park is one of their many projects. In 1999 they were among the first to become Founders of the Fairfield Community Foundation, dedicating their fund to the city’s parks and green spaces. Jane was one of the founders of the Fairfield Four Seasons Garden Club. Jane and John have also been very generous to the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields. The flag pole plaza and equipment in the children’s’ play area at the fields are because of their generous donations.
The Dorothy Jane Dickey Scholarship is truly a well-deserved honor in the memory of a woman who dedicated her life to education and her community. Through her scholarship, Jane continues to “touch a life forever.”
Fairfield Kiwanis Club
At John F. Dickey & Co. we view community involvement as an essential extension of our business. We support and encourage our staff to serve in the community through local charitable organizations.
The Kiwanis Club of Fairfield is one part of Kiwanis International, a global organization or volunteers dedicated to changing the world, one community and one child at a time. The Kiwanis Club of Fairfield performs many community service projects in Fairfield. Our own Mark Dickey is a Charter Member of Fairfield Kiwanis. Serving over 16 years, Mark has been actively involved as a past President and Treasurer.
Congratulations to the three 2015 Fairfield Kiwanis College Scholarship winners!
Fairfield Women's Club
The Fairfield Women's Club promotes goodwill throughout the community by charitable deeds, offers stimulating social and educational programs and promotes fellowship among members. Our team member, Mallory Collier, has been a member of this club for over 20 years and has served as President, Vice-President and Treasurer. The club's fundraising efforts have resulted in donations to many local charities. In 2000, they were the first community organization to become part of the Founding Members of the Fairfield Community Foundation. In 2004, Fairfield Women was honored to receive the prestigious City of Fairfield Community Services Award. In 2016, in addition to two college scholarships, donations were made to the following:
Fairfield Food Pantry
The Fairfield Food Pantry’s mission is to provide a balanced and nutritious emergency food supply to those with special needs in a loving, caring and supportive manner. The Pantry opened its doors in 1976, due to a growing need in the community to assist local families with emergency food and supplies. They currently serve over 5,500 individuals in our local community each year. Food is donated by individuals, churches, schools, community organizations, scouts, youth, and local clubs. Donated food is combined with other food products to complete nutritious meals for our local children, adults and senior citizens. Our own Julie Abner has been on the Board of Trustees for more than four years, actively participating in local drives to help feed those community members in need.
|Volunteers for the Fairfield Middle School Annual Food Drive||Chaco Shred Event Fundraising Proceeds||First annual Fairfield City School Fill That bus Food Drive||Julie Abner (4th from left) presents award to FMS for food drive support|