Park National Bank names Licking Valley Community Difference Maker
Chester Flowers honored for serving the community
NEWARK, Ohio —The Park National Bank (Park) honored Chester Flowers as the 2014 Licking Valley Difference Maker for his life-long commitment to Hanover.
Park presented the award to Flowers at the Licking Valley Community Breakfast on September 24, 2014 at the Marne United Methodist Church. Cecile Pletcher nominated Flowers for the award, which is given annually to someone who is deeply involved in the Licking Valley community. Pletcher said of Flowers, “He began his service for his country during World War II. After returning home, he quickly began a lifetime of community and education service.”
Flowers installed the first gasoline pumps in Hanover in 1950 and organized the first parade in 1956. He served as a member of the Hanover Volunteer Fire Department and the Hanover-Toboso school board. In 1978, a major blizzard hit Hanover. Flowers rigged a tank in his truck to deliver fuel to homes that couldn’t be reached by the larger fuel trucks.
He was a member of a group that bought Hanover’s first fire truck. He also donated land for the Masonic Temple, housing developments, and a dry dam to help prevent flooding. He made improvements to Flowers Hall, now known as the Event Center, which provides entertainment to the community. Because of his service, Flowers received the 2003 Hanover Village Citizen of the Year Award and the 1992 Service to Mankind Award from Licking Valley Sertoma.
Pletcher said, “It would take a book to write about Chester’s life and what he and his family have done for others. Many, many families have experienced their caring friendship and love.”
In addition to the award, Flowers can choose an organization to receive a $500 donation from Park, but hasn’t decided which charity will receive the donation.
The Park National Bank asked the Licking Valley community to nominate individuals who go the extra mile to make a positive impact locally. Park also has Difference Maker programs in Hebron, Johnstown, Heath, Pataskala, and Utica.
About Park National
The Park National Bank is the leading financial institution in Licking County and a top community bank in central Ohio. Founded in 1908, it provides deposit, loan, and trust and investment services for families and businesses. Park consistently earns high marks and awards for its service, community leadership, and financial performance. Park operates 18 full-service offices in Licking and Franklin counties. The Park National Bank is a part of Park National Corporation (NYSE Amex: PRK), also headquartered in Newark, Ohio.