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Seven Hills Hall of Fame May Resident of the Month

5/1/2019

Congratulations Nada Fleming Seven Hills Hall of Fame Resident of the Month for May.

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Daughter of immigrant parents, I was born in Cleveland, and raised in Garfield Heights, Ohio.  After graduating from Garfield Hts. Sr. High, I attended St. John College and St. Alexis  School of Nursing where I graduated as a Registered Nurse.   In my senior year of the nursing program, I was accepted into the Officer Candidate Program with the United States Navy and served 2 years active duty at Great Lakes Naval Hospital during the tail end of the Vietnam War.

After my release from active duty, I continued my nursing career in Wisconsin, California, New York and Virginia.  Upon returning to Ohio in 1983, we settled in Seven Hills and I resumed my nursing career at Metro Health Medical Center where I worked as an Operating Room nurse coordinating  5 different Services.   I also resumed my Military career by entering into the Naval Reserves in 1985. 

As a Reservist, I was stationed across the United States in places like Virginia Beach; Bethesda, Maryland; Jacksonville, Florida; San Diego, California; Great Lakes, Illinois; Charleston ,South Carolina, and Ketchikan, Alaska.  I also had the opportunity to serve in Yokosuka, Japan, and in 1990 was activated to serve in Bahrain for Desert Shield/ Desert Storm. Upon return from the war, I was awarded The Fleet Hospital 18 Nursing Leadership Award.  I entered into the Navy as an Ensign and retired with the rank of Commander after 21 ½  years.  

I joined the Seven Hills VFW POST 7609 in 1996 and am currently the Sr. Vice Commander.  I have served as the Post commander over 3 years as well as Surgeon and Judge Advocate for the post.  I have always loved to teach and always wanted to help people since I was a young girl.  I was teaching swimming lessons at the age of 9, and was one of 10 girls in the 9th grade who had started the first Candy Striping Program at MaryMount Hospital volunteering over 1000 hours.   

While working at MetroHealth and the Reserves,  I also coached soccer and served one year as President of the Seven Hills Soccer  Federation,  was the PTA Legislative Officer for John Glen  Elementary School in 1989-1993 and den mother  of  the Seven Hills Cub Scouts.   As a member of the VFW ,  my responsibilities were to coordinate and organize the VFW/Seven Hills Memorial Day Parade,  coordinate the long weekend Poppy Drives in May and June, set up and organize the Honor Guard  opening ceremony for Seven Hills Home Days and our VFW Booth,  coordinate and run the V.O.D./Pat Pen  Essay Scholarship Programs which involved the schools in the Parma Public School System, Parochial schools, home schools, Brecksville-Broadview   Heights , and Cuyahoga Heights Schools,  organize the VFW hotdog sale for Harvest Fest, organize and work the VFW/Seven Hills Childrens’ Christmas Program and participate in several school, nursing home and city Veterans Day programs. 

I also serve as the Women Veterans Chair and POW/MIA chair.  During my years with the VFW, I received the National Outstanding Community Health Care Employee of the Year Award,  the President’s Volunteer Service Award for CERT, Inducted into the Ohio Veterans Hall of Fame, and helped  our Post to receive All State Award during my reign as commander.  I have served with the Cleveland Honor Flight Program taking WWII Veterans to Washington D.C.   Along with the above, I am still a Trainer for QUAD City CERT and was one of the Founding members in 2003.  I feel that I have been blessed to be able to serve our community and so many others.  I am grateful for the opportunities.  

                                                        Nada R. Fleming RN NC USNR-Ret