TROY — Ted and Dot Ristoff, longtime residents of Troy, were this year’s recipients of the 2017 Troy Area Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award. The couple was selected for the award for their tireless volunteer and leadership efforts with initiatives and non-profit organizations within the community.
The award was presented at Prouty Plaza in downtown Troy on Thursday, July 27, accompanied by a Downtown Dayton Symphony concert performance. The Troy Foundation donated $1,000 to a charity of the Ristoffs’ choice.
“Troy is such a special community,” the Ristoffs said in a press statement. “We are so appreciative of the life we were able to create here for ourselves and our children. Community service and giving back to the community is so important to us.”
Ted Ristoff is a seven-year U.S. Nuclear Navy veteran and a graduate of Wright State University. He had a fruitful executive career before retiring as president and chairman of SAIA-BURGESS, located in Vandalia, and served on the board of the parent company in Switzerland. After retiring, he joined his son, Tim, in establishing TRI-VISTA, an international consulting business based out of California, which has an office in Troy.
In addition to his career, Ted has maintained various roles of membership and leaderships within the community. He served as president for Troy Rotary, Miami County Health District, Troy Football Parents, and Troy Band Parents. He was also chairman of the Miami County Park District Advisory Board, and was a member of the board for American Legion, Stouder Foundation, Hartstein Foundation, and Brukner Nature Center. He is also a 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge and the 32nd Degree Scottish Rite.
Dot Ristoff attended Robert Morris Business School before working as a private secretary in industry. After staying home with her three kids until the youngest went to Troy Junior High School, Dot was hired by Troy City Schools. She worked for them for 22 years, 16 of which were as athletic secretary for the athletic department. She retired in 2001.
Dot’s roles of volunteering within the community include chairman positions with The Future Begins Today, Leadership Troy, UNICEF, and Troy Community Fundraiser. She served as a board member for Court Appointed Special Advocates and Miami County Facilities Review, and also did work with the Board of Elections. She is also a 50-year member of the Eastern Star and the Daughter of Scotia.
Together, the Ristoffs have worked in various roles for the Troy Strawberry Festivals for many years, and were the winners of the Golden Couples “King and Queen” Contest in 2011. They have been active members of the First United Methodist Church and Troy Country Club.
The pair intends to continue active volunteering throughout Troy, and hope to set an ongoing example of service.
In addition to son, Tim, the Ristoffs are the parents of Sherri and Heather; all three children are graduates of Troy High School. They also have seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
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