The 50th anniversary of the creation of Community Action Agencies will be celebrated during the Annual Meeting and Luncheon of the Community Action Partnership of the Greater Dayton Area. The event is Tuesday, April 22, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Sinclair Community College. The theme is “Community Action: 50 Years of Moving Forward.”
The Honorable Walter H. Rice, Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, will be the special guest speaker.
Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., Judge Rice began his law career as an Assistant County Prosecutor in Montgomery County. He was elected Judge of the Dayton Municipal Court in November 1969, and served in that position until July 1971, when he was appointed Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for Montgomery County. He was re-elected to the Court of Common Pleas in 1972 and 1978.
On June 4, 1980, Judge Rice was sworn in as Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio at Dayton. He had been appointed to that position by President Carter.
Judge Rice served as Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio from October 13, 1996 to October 12, 2003.
His many civic and charitable activities include: Founding Trustee, Aviation Heritage Foundation, Inc.; Trustee, Wright Dunbar, Inc.; Co-Chair and Member of the Steering Committee of Dayton Dialogue on Race Relations; and Founding and Current Member of the Board of Trustees of the Montgomery County Volunteer Lawyers Project.
He received an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Laws, from the University of Dayton in 1991 and an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from Wright State University in 2000. Judge Rice’s many awards include the Citizen Legion of Honor Award from the Presidents Club of Dayton; the Access to Justice Award for Distinguished Service; and the Sister Jean Foppe Visionary Award from Mercy Manor.
Cost is $20 per person. Registration begins at 11 a.m., with lunch served at 11:30 a.m. The program will follow. To make a reservation, e-mail capevents@cap-dayton.org or call (937) 341-5000 ext.146 or 128.