Make A Difference 2015 to go countywide

By Dean Shipley -

Marci Darlington continues to endeavor to make a difference.

The West Jefferson woman appeared Monday morning before Madison County commissioners to outline her plan for the 10th annual Make A Difference Day, which will be held this year on Oct. 24.

“It’s about one person going out into the community to do something for somebody else,” Darlington said.

In doing it this year, Darlington’s goal is to not only rev up all county residents to make a difference, but also to have that person document that act.

The reason for the documentation is to apply for a grant. The Paul Newman Foundation will issue 10 grants of $10,000 to the top 10 grant applications it receives following the event. If Madison County wins one of the top 10 and receives the $10,000, it would be seed money for a nonprofit organization she has entitled Bridges over Barriers (BOB).

That acronym spells the first name of Darlington’s late brother, Bob Wells. Wells attended school at Madison-Plains and had a career at The Ohio State University before he passed away in 2014 at age 54.

Darlington’s ambitious initiative calls for four hubs: Mount Sterling, West Jefferson, Plain City and the City of London. All the nonprofit, service oriented organizations in those areas would be invited to set up a table/booth to provide information about the services it provides for people.

“People that need to know them most, don’t know about them,” Darlington said. “We need to be more proactive, t0 help people know about those things.”

“We have an opportunity to showcase our county,” Darlington said.

She said Ohio is one of the leading states which submits projects to the Make A Difference Foundation.

Darlington has forms to be filled out by potential Make a Difference Day participants or project idea. She can be contacted through email:; phone: 740-490-8317; on Facebook at Bridges Over Barriers.

In other business:

• Renee Zabloudil, county clerk of courts, submitted paperwork to commissioners to transfer $250,000 in funds from the title office fund to the general fund for the purpose of funding the restoration of the county courthouse.

As previously reported, the money will come from the office’s certificate of title fund, which has built up a surplus over the past nearly four years.

The fund, separate from the county’s general fund, is comprised of collections from various title transfer fees. The title office collects a fee for any vehicle which is required by law to have a title. Each time a vehicle — whether it’s a car, truck, motorcycle, boat, trailer, etc. — changes hands, a new title must be issued.

Dean Shipley can be reached at 740-852-1616, ext. 1617, on Facebook at Dean Shipley or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.

By Dean Shipley