By Makenna Mays, Staff Writer

Family members and people who knew Claudine Rader have described her as one of the most selfless people you would ever meet — someone who would do anything for her family and community.

“Her whole identity was Franklin County and giving back,” said Vickie Johnson, Rader's granddaughter.

Claudine Rader and her husband Arnold lived on a farm near Mt. Carmel. She had a very large family, seven kids, 16 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren.

“She was definitely the backbone of our family,” said Johnson.

Aside from her love of serving the community, Rader was very much involved in her church and with her family. She was also a quality control inspector at Sperry Rubber and Plastics for 29 years.

She was a member of the Mt. Carmel United Methodist Church, the United Methodist Women, Brookville Kiwanis Club, Franklin County Republican Women's Club, the Red Hats Club, Franklin County Farm Bureau, American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, and the Springfield Township Women's Club. She served on the Mt. Carmel Cemetery Board, Franklin County Board of Elections, Franklin County United Way, as well as Franklin County Relay for Life. Rader also volunteered for the Franklin County EMS for more than 28 years.

Unfortunately, Rader passed

away at age 85 on February 24, 2018. As her family was looking for a way to preserve her legacy, they decided to establish the Claudine Rader Scholarship for Out-standing Citizens with the Franklin County Community Foundation (FCCF).

Johnson said they chose a scholarship because it puts the focus on a student in Franklin County who is passionate about the community just liked Rader was. The recipient of the scholarship must be a graduating Franklin County High School student who plans to attend a two- or four-year college and has a minimum 3.0 GPA. The student must also have at least 50 hours of community service prior to applying and write a one-page essay describing their efforts to serve or better their community.

This year will be the second year for the Claudine Rader Scholarship for Outstanding Citizens Fundraiser. Johnson said the first fundraiser they had was amazing.

“We got so much support from the community; we were just blown away,” said Johnson.

They had more than 100 raffle items donated and served more than 400 chicken dinners. They were also able to get the trust funded with the FCCF. Now, all of the extra money they raise helps to grow the scholarship.

This past spring, they were able to award the scholarship to Kristen Kolb. Through Kolb's efforts, she was able to organize multiple blood drives at FCHS. They were able to award Kolb $1,000, and Johnson said with continued support, they hope to grow that amount or even give out more scholarships.

“I just think it's an important thing to get out there because the focus of this scholarship is community involvement,” said Johnson.

The fundraiser will be held this Saturday, September 14 at the American Legion. It starts at 4 p.m. and they will be serving four-piece chicken dinners at the door for $12 a ticket. Tickets can also be purchased ahead of time for $10.

Food will be served until 8 p.m., and the band Vintage Gear will perform at 7 p.m. There will also be multiple raffle items, split the pot and door prizes until 11 p.m.

Presale tickets can be bought at FCCF or through any of Rader's family members. They are also still accepting raffle items.

“It's just about these special kids who love Franklin County and want to give back,” said Johnson.

To contribute, contact the FCCF at 527 Main Street, call 765-647-6810, email or visit the donate button the Claudine Rader Scholarship for Outstanding Citizens Facebook page.