The Board of Trustees at the Robbins Hunter Museum is pleased to announce that Joanne Woodyard has received the 2017 Victoria Woodhull Woman of Achievement Award. This honor is given each year to a woman who has committed herself to serving her community and to empowering women.

Joanne Woodyard has been a dedicated voice in the community for more than six decades. She has been involved with many groups which have advocated for social change. Her role has left a positive impact on everyone she has touched.

Woodyard is an active member of the Granville Community Garden Club since 1964. She has been President, and held positions in numerous committees over the years, including the scholarship committee. She is the former President of the Central Ohio Unit of the National Herb Society.  

Joanne Woodyard is also passionate with social justice organizations such as the Granville Community Annual Feed the Dream Food Drive, serving on the Founding Committee. She has been instrumental to the success of Feed the Dream, which has to date collected over 300 tons of food & funds for the Licking County Food Pantry Network. Likewise, Joanne has been involved with community institutions such as Denison University. Proving her dedication to lifelong learning, she is an annual Chautauqua supporter, and has attended classes and sessions at Chautauqua for over 12 years. It is important to note, that not only in the Granville community but throughout the Midwest, Woodyard has offered annual seminars and lectures on Creativity and other artistic mediums. Through producing and teaching these classes, Woodyard has continuously helped women ignite their inventive and creative spirits.

Woodyard has described her belief in endless self-development and education as “I am always learning something from someone. If you do not learn anything new, if you just stay the same- your life is never going to move anywhere.”

Woodyard fell in love with Granville during her collegiate years at Denison, and since then, has truly left her mark on the community. She is a well-known and established community artist, and is a recognized participator at Art at 43023, the Bryn Du Art shows and many other shows. She is also a long standing Robbins Hunter Museum member and supporter, and was the Honorary Chair of the first Robbins Hunter Museum’s Granville Garden Day Tour.

More than anything, Joanne Woodyard inhabits the essence of Victoria Woodhull through her dedication in connecting, educating and supporting women in the community. Lisa Whitman, owner of Whit’s Frozen Custard and Whitman Holding Enterprises, Inc., describes Woodyard as, “a mentor and a counselor… she teaches many lessons of a woman’s strength, both professionally and personally”.

Many local residents have commented on Woodyard’s kindness and wisdom and how she has touched their lives. In response, Woodyard states “It’s not a job, it was born into all of us. No one can do it alone- you have to have someone to encourage you, and then you must pass your support on. “

In regards to this recognition, Joanne Woodyard is honored to represent the spirit of Woodhull to the community. “All I want is for people to see more in themselves,” said Woodyard. “I believe Victoria Woodhull would have been proud of women today, and I know that with this [honor], I will continue to resurrect her positive energy again.”

The public is invited to a reception in honor of Joanne Woodyard, on Wednesday, February 28 at 7pm at the Robbins Hunter Museum, 221 East Broadway, Granville, Ohio.  

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For more information regarding this event please visit the RHM Facebook’s page, https://www.facebook.com/robbinshuntermuseum/ . You may also email teri@robbinshunter.org  or phone the museum at 740.587.0430. The RHM director, Ann Lowder, can be contacted at annlowder@robbinshunter.org.