Tiretown Members Blake, Hill and Miller Paulk honored by OBWLC

41st Annual Ohio Black Women’s Leadership Caucus Honorees

Cynthia Blake, and Marilyn Miller Paulk

Cynthia Blake, Judi Hill and Marilyn Miller Paulk were honored for their community service during the 41st Annual Ohio Black Women’s Leadership Caucus on April 20 at the Greek Orthodox Community Center in Akron.

The event’s theme – “The Black Woman: Beautiful, Powerful and Resourceful” – certainly captured the essence of all three Tiretown Golf Club members. They are pillars of the community, devoting immeasurable efforts to improve the lives of young people and the often disenfranchised.

The Akron Chapter of the OBWLC is a community service organization. It’s a sisterhood of women with diverse educational and occupational backgrounds – and are from all walks of life. The purpose of the organization is to work toward the unification for the enhancement and identification of leadership abilities of all Black women concerned with the issues of everyday living.

Cynthia Blake has spent more than 30 years in the political arena advocating for a number of causes, including criminal sentencing reform, youth programs and autism resources. She serves on several boards and committees – including the Tiretown Golf Club executive board as its financial secretary and co-chair of the junior golf program and member of the Akron Urban League Guild.. The mother of two is also a longtime member of the Akron Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta.

Judi Hill, a native of Oberlin and a graduate of the University of Akron, serves as president of the Akron NAACP. Also, she serves on several boards – including Tiretown Golf Charities Board of Directors, Towpath Credit Union and Leadership Akron. She also held several positions within the Akron Public Schools system. She is most honored not by her accomplishments, but rather being the grandmother of nine and the wife of longtime Tiretown member, Dr. Gregory Hill.

Marilyn Miller Paulk is a former reporter at the Akron Beacon Journal where she helped a team of reporters capture the prestigious Pulitzer Prize. She serves Tiretown in several capacities: member of charities’ board of directors and chair of both the Social Committee and Fund Development committee. A graduate of both the University of Akron and Kent State, also serves on the boards of Summit County Women’s Board of Juvenile Court, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and the Akron Urban League Guild. She is the mother of five and wife of Tiretown president Ralph N. Paulk, and proud daughter of Akron’s first Black principal, George C. Miller (Miller South School of Performing Arts named in his honor).

Tiretown Golf Club is proud to have five members honored by this distinguished organization this year. Will Blake and Larry Thomas, who serves on the club’s executive board as historian, were recognized earlier this year as significant contributors

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