Cummins’ Kohen extraordinary contributor to community

The Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting includes presentations of various honors. When the nomination letter was read March 2 for this year’s Community Service Award, it didn’t take long for the 500 people in attendance to know who the winner was going to be.

The lengthy, detailed list of the winner’s contributions to various events and efforts quickly narrowed the possibilities.

So when Ian Kohen’s name was announced, heads understandably nodded around the room.

Kohen, who is director of North America automotive engine sales at Columbus-based Cummins Inc., has a propensity to volunteer in his community. Consider that he:

Has been a long-standing volunteer for the Dance Marathon, an annual event that spreads awareness about domestic violence and supports Turning Point Domestic Violence Services. Kohen has worked with more than 1,000 students in 15 years with the Dance Marathon, and the event has raised more than $800,000.

Is a leader of the Columbus Human Rights Commission and was instrumental in expanding protected classes in the city of Columbus last year to now include sexual orientation, gender identity, age and veteran status.

Is a Big Brothers Big Sisters mentor.

Has been an active Rotarian and has been honored for service work multiple times.

When residents willingly volunteer their time, talents and passions to community events and projects, everyone benefits in some way from that selflessness.

Thinking of others and one’s community — and committing to helping — are important qualities that deserve to be highlighted for all to see.

Kohen has set a great example, one that should inspire everyone.