Kathryn Olds was presented before the Edmond City Council in recognition as Champion of Character for Persuasiveness at the November 26th city council meeting.
Olds began working part-time for the Trails South Homeowner’s Association in 1989. Her job included serving 588 residents in the neighborhood. Mark Nash, who served as President of the Trails South HOA for ten years nominated her.
He described Olds’ ability to listen to complaints and understand the perspective of others. She helped defuse situations so that it wasn’t necessary for the board of directors to become involved.
According to Mr. Nash, her persuasiveness allowed the HOA to avoid legal action and save time and money. Both the HOA and the residents of the neighborhood benefited.
Nash said, “Kathryn's relentless attention to detail and ability to listen to the members of the association has served Trails South well for the past 29 years.”
Newly elected Oklahoma County Assessor, Larry Stein, served on the Trails South HOA with Olds and Nash. He said Kathryn Olds worked with “quiet diligence,” doing her best to promote, protect and accomplish the goals to the satisfaction of everyone concerned.
Persuasiveness isn’t a character trait Kathryn would use to describe herself. But she acknowledges that it is important to let people know that their contribution to a situation is valuable.
Olds said, “Most people are willing to cooperate if they feel they are needed and appreciated.”
Kathryn was born and grew up in Lincoln County. She moved to Edmond in 1981, where she married her husband, Ben, in 1984. At the time that she went to work for the Trails South HOA she was a homemaker and grandmother of six. She retired August 31st of this year.
Mark Nash said, “She has guided, counseled and persuaded many of us who are active in the City of Edmond today. For her persuasiveness and her dedication to her neighborhood and city at-large, we all should thank Kathryn Olds.”
On behalf of the City of Edmond and the Character Council of Edmond, Kathryn Olds was honored before the City Council as a Champion of Character for exemplifying the character trait of Persuasiveness, effectively communicating with others so they can better understand.
Pictured-Mark Nash, Kathryn Olds, Larry Stein
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Edmond, OK 73083-0392.
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