Future looking grim for county’s coal-fired power plants Lady Hounds grab win number two, downing Augusta 51-35 Greyhounds down North Adams in SHAC action, 61-50 PHS inducts pair of girls’ squads into Athletic Hall of Fame Michael G Rogers Local business donates shotguns to WUPD Senior Profile: Shannon Runyan Reds employees recognize Dr. King’s ‘Spirit of Service’ Saving Adams County’s power plants North Adams High School announces annual Science Fair Winners Board of Developmentally Disabled holds Jan. 11 swearing-in ceremony Peebles Elementary honors December Students of the Month Adams County villages receive Bike Racks and Fix-it Stations College Credit Plus Program available to high school students Wenstrup selected as Chairman of Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health 2017 Manchester Homecoming is ‘Super’ Lions put damper on Manchester Homecoming West Union athletes honored by OSSCA Senior Profile: Story Kremin Bickett, Runyan lead Lady Dragons to victory in Manchester Indians improve to 8-3 with Saturday night rout of Portsmouth West Farm Bureau scholarships available to HS seniors Wilbur named to the Wilmington College Dean’s List Opal Van Hoose Ruby Yazell Chris Volk North Adams High School holds annual Homecoming ceremonies Six workers injured in power plant explosion Commissioners hold proclamation ceremony for 4-H Week Senior Profile: Shyanne Tucker Coach Young Classic is Saturday at NAHS Helen Kerr Anna L DeMint The garden that got us through the winter months Virginia L Fricker JV Devils top Northwest 51-34 Senior Profile: Caitlin Young North Adams moves to 7-5 with 16-point Homecoming win over Northwest Held to a higher standard Claudia J Purtee Shaylee E Prewitt Questions still linger in Stuart explosion Richard Holsinger J Ruth Madden Frank E Swayne Robert Bechdolt Sara D Hatfield Barbara Goodwin Jeffrey Frederick Grace E Myers Johnny A Sullender Sr. Senator Joe Uecker sworn-in for second term Wenstrup sworn in for third term in House Ronald L Chochard Patrick P Clift Samuel W Freeland Senior Profile: Casey Mullenix Lady Dragons win ugly, taking Classic consolation game over Manchester, 48-45 Greyhounds roll by West Union to take Classic consolation game, 82-58 History made as Ward takes oath of office Peter A Bennington Tangela R King McDonald’s Classic crowns 2016 champions MVP Arey leads Peebles to McDonald’s Classic title, Indians outlast North Adams 82-76 in double overtime thriller Lady Devils get Classic three-peat, make it 10 of 11, 14 titles for Coach Davis Senior Profile: Raegan Dick Teaching students the power of giving Kids at Children’s Home gifted with shopping spree Marion Liming Dorothy Huff John R Murphy Michael L McAninch Rita Rogers Edward L Combs Ronald W Staggs Mary H Grooms Gladys Wilson Donald Barnhill Monda Van Vorren Deborah Spires Senior Profile: Andre Wolke Indians pull away in second half, get past Manchester 71-58 in Classic semis On home floor, Lady Indians move to Classic title game North Adams handles West Union, Devils move to Classic finals with 68-53 victory Lady Devils roll into Classic championship Beth E Rowley Leatrice Lewis Senior Profile: Justin Aldridge Mary Helterbridle Wanda Huffman PES Performing Arts entertains at Hometown Christmas Adams County Manor sends holiday wishes Peebles Lions Club hosts Christmas breakfast Elusive Elf on a Shelf makes a return visit to PES Santas in blue spread Christmas cheer in a very special way Senior Profile: Aubrey McFarland WUHS holds Hall of Fame induction ceremonies WUHS Academic Team has undefeated season Serving those who served their country From Pearl Harbor to ‘America’s Got Talent’, 93-year-old WWII vet is still going strong

McDonald’s owners to retire, honored for their service to the community

It’s a name most people in Adams County are familiar with, even if it doesn’t sound indigenous to the area – Gallowitz. Even if people don’t recognize the name, they most assuredly recognize the business behind the name – McDonald’s. Originally from the Cleveland area, Bob and Georgia Gallowitz were the first and only members of their family to pull up roots and leave their life-long home in Cuyahoga County.

“It all got started over a fence,” Georgia told the Defender on Tuesday morning.

“Our neighbor was a McDonald’s supervisor,” Bob explained. “He encouraged me to think about a career with McDonald’s, and I so I did.” Bob applied and was accepted into the McDonalds training program, and the rest is history. Their pioneering spirit brought them to Adams County in 1989, on the heels of the county’s first Walmart store.

“The only thing I knew about Adams County back then was that it was the location of Serpent Mound,” Bob said, but after coming down and meeting the people, I told Georgia, these people are really friendly.”

They held the grand opening for their first restaurant in West Union on Dec. 18, 1989, in the midst of a severe winter storm that dropped two feet of snow across the county. The storm failed to keep people away. “We had long lines of cars waiting to get in on that first day,” Gallowitz remembered. “The business took right off.”

The success of that first store was followed up by three more. In 1995 they opened a second McDonald’s in Ripley. The following year, 1996, they opened their Peebles location, and in 2007 they held a final grand opening in Seaman. For 27 years Bob and Georgia have worked to build their business with a focus on people and community.

“I’m in this for the people,” Bob explains.

The communities in Adams County have all been beneficiaries of the Gallowitz’s generosity.

They have funneled their humanitarian efforts into the local school systems, the county fair, the Ronald McDonald House, the Red Cross, and many more. “They’ve donated to seemingly every project and good cause imaginable,” Don Bowles of C103 told his listening audience during the 2015 Holiday Tournament, (which is sponsored by the Gallowitz family).

They have made a tradition of supporting local schools and projects, both academic and athletic.

The hugely successful Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament was one of the first local projects the Gallowitz family focused on. Bob and Georgia began investigating the idea at the urging of their student-athlete employees. Working with school officials they developed the idea, ironed out the details, and in 1993 held their first tournament. Twenty-two years later, it is still going strong.

“It began as a fund raiser for the schools, giving the host school and its boosters the opportunity to raise money,” Bob explains. “We provide the T-shirts, the trophies, the costs of the referees, security, and so on, allowing the boosters to keep the funds they raise to benefit their school.” The tournament includes both boys and girls teams at the Varsity and Junior Varsity levels from all four county schools. Every year two different schools act as hosts for the games.

The Gallowitz’s have been recognized and honored for their work with local schools. In 2010 they were chosen to receive the Friend of Education Award.

In addition to their work with local schools, they have also given hundreds of local young people their first jobs and contributed time and money to the Adams County Fair. They have purchased hundreds of fair projects – cakes, pies, and cattle, in support of local 4H groups.

Bob and Georgia are also very active in their support of the Ronald McDonald House. Every time a local family stays at the facility located at Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, the Gallowitz family picks up the tab.

“Community matters to us,” Bob said. “People matter to us.” In the 27 years since they became Adams Countians, they’ve strived to live out that principle by giving back to their community.

Having announced their official retirement and the selling of their businesses to their daughters, Connie Schumacher and Susan Head, the Gallowitz couple are now prepared to begin a new chapter in their lives. When asked what comes next, Georgia replied emphatically, “We’re not leaving, this is home now, we’re staying right here.”

On behalf of Leadership Adams, Michael Pell, left, honors Bob and Georgia Gallowitz for their many years of service to the communities of Adams County. The award was presented before the boys championship game of the 2015 McDonald’s Holiday Classic on Dec. 30.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_Gallowitz1.jpgOn behalf of Leadership Adams, Michael Pell, left, honors Bob and Georgia Gallowitz for their many years of service to the communities of Adams County. The award was presented before the boys championship game of the 2015 McDonald’s Holiday Classic on Dec. 30. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

For 22 years, Bob and Georgia Gallowitz and McDonald’s have sponsored the Holiday Classic basketball tournament and local school officials honored them before the Dec. 30 boys championship game. Pictured, from left, Chris Young, Manchester Asst. Principal and Athletic Director, Ben King, West Union High School Principal, Tim Davis, Peebles High School Principal, Georgia Gallowitz, Bob Gallowitz, Tony Williams, North Adams Athletic Director, Greg Grooms, ACOVSD Personnel Director, and Richard Seas, ACOVSD Superintendent.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_Gallowitz2.jpgFor 22 years, Bob and Georgia Gallowitz and McDonald’s have sponsored the Holiday Classic basketball tournament and local school officials honored them before the Dec. 30 boys championship game. Pictured, from left, Chris Young, Manchester Asst. Principal and Athletic Director, Ben King, West Union High School Principal, Tim Davis, Peebles High School Principal, Georgia Gallowitz, Bob Gallowitz, Tony Williams, North Adams Athletic Director, Greg Grooms, ACOVSD Personnel Director, and Richard Seas, ACOVSD Superintendent. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

After a long and distinguished career as the owners of the local McDonald’s franchises, Bob and Georgia Gallowitz retired effective Jan. 1. The Gallowitz’s have been involved in many community activities, graciously helping others in the local area.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/web1_GallowitzFront.jpgAfter a long and distinguished career as the owners of the local McDonald’s franchises, Bob and Georgia Gallowitz retired effective Jan. 1. The Gallowitz’s have been involved in many community activities, graciously helping others in the local area. Patricia Beech | People’s Defender
Bob and Georgia Gallowitz have incredible legacy

By Patricia Beech

pbeech@civitasmedia.com

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