MOUNT VERNON — Reba Borchers is the recipient of the 2016 Judge Elaine Mayhew Award for Community Service.
The award, bestowed on behalf of the Knox County Democratic Women, was created to honor a local woman who exemplifies the philosophy of community service that was such a large part of Mayhew’s time as a lawyer and judge in Knox County.
Mayhew became Knox County’s first female lawyer in 1949, worked for probate-juvenile court for many years which included being elected Knox County’s first female juvenile judge, served on many boards, received her honorary doctor of law degree in 1973 and was the recipient of numerous honors and awards.
Rick Mayhew, Elaine’s son, presented the award to Borchers on Tuesday. He said she earned the award for a lifetime of hard work and dedicated service to democracy.
“No matter what she did, whether working, raising children and volunteering,” said Mayhew, “she was always providing information and providing services to the public.
Information technology field for many years, a pioneer in an age when women were often excluded from such technical jobs. She was active in the East Knox Band Boosters, belongs to Rake and Hoe Garden Club and is regional director of the Ohio Association of Garden Clubs. She also serves on the board of the Community Concert Association.
Borchers, said KCDW president Nicole Ferris, is “always behind the scenes, doing all the work,” for many of the events and functions sponsored by the KCDW. She is treasurer of the Knox County Democratic Party and also has the honor of being the first woman Democrat elected to the Knox County Board of Elections.
Asked how she felt about receiving the award, Borchers said she was very happy, appreciative and proud to be chosen.
“I think it’s really wonderful,” Borchers said. “The Knox County Democratic Women have been a real force in the county, bringing democratic ideas to the forefront.”
She concluded, “May my good fortune in being the first Democrat woman elected to the board of elections in Knox County be echoed by the election of the first woman president in these great United States.”