Clinton Co. Outstanding Women: Pauline Taylor

Pauline Taylor

This is the sixth of seven profiles of the 2023 Clinton County Outstanding Women of the Year award winners. Additional information about the event, including how to get tickets, is provided at the end of each profile.

Pauline Taylor – “Keep Calm and Carry On”

At 81, Pauline Taylor wakes up every morning with a mission to improve her community step by step. While not originally from Clinton County, she takes pride in keeping local streets, sidewalks, and green spaces clean and presentable.

Pauline is an avid walker, covering about two miles a day near Prairie Avenue in Wilmington. During her walks, she picks up trash, trash, and trash to properly dispose of them when she gets home. Her only desire is to give back to the community that gives her.

Pauline and her husband immigrated to the United States from England in the late 1960s. She landed in Wilmington in 1972 due to her husband’s Air Park connections. Pauline worked for decades for city leaders such as the Adairs and the Boyds. When Mrs. Adair’s health began to deteriorate and she needed to run errands, Polina happily ran them after hours. She is honest, kind, and caring to everyone she comes in contact with, no matter who they are. In addition to cleaning up the garbage in the city, she does quite a bit of volunteer work when other beautification projects are underway; working on the playground in Denver Park, planting flags on veterans’ graves on Memorial Day, cleaning up trash all over the city… the list goes on!

She loves taking care of her neighbors, in particular taking the trash cans to their homes after the trash route has been running for a week. And by “neighbors” is meant not one or two houses, but really the whole street on which she lives.

She also volunteers at the Community Thanksgiving Dinner every year for approximately 15-16 consecutive years and encourages her granddaughters to become more involved in the charity event. Polina is a member of the First Christian Church and willingly donates there. Polina always said: “Charity starts at home.” She never wants to be recognized for her efforts, as her famous line is, “Someone who does this won’t do it himself.”

Most recently, she was selected as the 2023 C4 Community Champion as a result of her local efforts. Many of her achievements have gone unnoticed, but this is what she prefers. Pauline’s youthful commitment to service and desire to make Clinton County a beautiful, clean, and happy place to live are pure examples of what it means to be an outstanding woman.

Information about each nominee will be featured in the pages of the News Journal a few days before the 2023 Clinton County Outstanding Women Dinner Ceremony, which will take place on Saturday, April 8 at the Roberts Center near Wilmington. Doors will open at 11:30 am and lunch will begin at noon sharp.

The keynote speaker will be funny motivational speaker Kay Francis, who is “Helping America Less Stress. One laugh at a time.”

Tickets for the 2023 Clinton Women of Excellence Lunch are $25 (cash or check accepted, payable to the Clinton County Foundation). Reservations can be made at Wilmington News Journal, 1547 Rombach Ave., Wilmington, OH 45177, or at

If you have questions, call (937) 382-2574 or email [email protected] Reservations are possible until March 24, 2023.

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