COVENTRY TWP. Coventry Township resident Carol Eubank certainly was surprised when she found out she was receiving the Women’s History Project of the Year Award.
She was nominated by Martha Vye and was one of seven people in Summit County to receive the award during a luncheon. Eubank’s award was given for innovation, which is one of the 12 different award categories.
Eubank said Vye came to her and wanted to nominate her, so she gathered all her background about herself and gave to it Vye.
"I was thrilled to receive it," Eubank said.
She said she attended the event in 2017, but never imagined she would be receiving the award a year later. She said she is also thankful for all those who attended and supported her.
The Women’s History Project of the Akron area is a yearly program that was started at the University of Akron in 1983 before being taken over by the Summit County Historical Society in 2013.
Eubank has been very active in the 50 plus years of living in the Portage Lakes. She is a graduate of Coventry High School and she said her ex-husband James Eubank’s parents sparked her love and interest to be so involved in the community.
She has two children, Michele and James.
Her list of involvement is long as she has chaired the boat parade and luminary project, held positions on the Portage Lakes Community Council, assisted on the Coventry Bicentennial Commission and the Coventry Alumni Association. She has also assisted with the South Summit Chamber of Commerce, Akron Summit Council of Tourism, edited and sold advertising for the Portage Lakes Legends Directory and later the Navigator.
Eubank worked in the marketing and communications department at the Akron Beacon Journal for 18 years. While working for the Akron Beacon Journal =, she represented the newspaper on the inaugural 1997 First Night Akron Leadership Committee and continued to volunteer for the event until she retired in 2001. She also wrote for The Suburbanite for four years.
She was a part of the beginning of the Portage Lakes Historical Society when in 1978 she volunteered to write up notes for a meeting. Now 40 years later, she is serving her sixth year as president of organization.
Eubank has helped with many projects including scanning historical photos for a collection at the Portage Lakes Library.
One of her most recent projects was helping edit and put together the printing of a new book, Greetings from Portage Lakes. The book sold out quick as more than 350 copies were purchased. She also led the way to have a map of the Portage Lakes added in the main entrance of the new Coventry High School.
Eubank also led the Portage Lakes Kiwanis Portage Lakes Historical Society 2018 Presidents’ Day Community Organization Showcase this year. She plans to continue to lead the event moving forward.
The Portage Lakes Historical Society is planning their open house event for Oct. 10 at PICKS, a new restaurant opening on the Portage Lakes. The society will celebrate their 40th anniversary this year Eubanks said.