February 6, 2019

A Successful Beavercreek Life Story: A Disability is Not Always a Handicap

  by James Terpenning



Working through life’s challenges, James Terpenning is a successful dad, husband, brother, scout leader and athlete. Born during the Vietnam War, he contracted polio at birth and at around age four or five, he was struck by shrapnel. In April 1975, he was one of the orphan children evacuated through “Operation Babylift.” Many were under the age of two. The first plane had a crash landing and 128 died. Jim Terpenning was on the second plane. He, Anne (born in NYC), Connie (born in NYC), and Joe (who was born in NYC and has cerebral palsy) were adopted by a family in New York. Upon graduating from Cornwall High School and Orange County Community College (both in NY), Jim chose to attend Wright State University. He graduated in 1998 and accepted a computer job in Aeronautical Systems Center at Wright Patterson AFB in Aug 1999. In June 1999, he married his lovely wife, Shannon, from Bad Axe, Michigan. From 1988 - 2000, he competed internationally in the Paralympics, winning gold and bronze metals. In 2009, after being nominated by a three-star general and co-workers, his family was surprised to be chosen for a television show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. During an August week, his existing Beavercreek home was demolished and replaced with a handicap accessible 3,300 sq. ft. home, which would better meet the needs of his seven-member family. Jim feels blessed to have a wonderful wife and partner, Shannon, and four children. Joe, his brother, lives with them, too. Come and hear the rest of the story. Jim is valued at work. He is also valued by WPAFB for his efforts to mentor troops injured in the Iraqi war. He has been a scout leader and coach for his children. Come and listen to a unique autobiography of a talented and successful Beavercreek resident.

The Beavercreek Women’s League (BWL) meets on the first Wednesday of the month from September through May at Peace Lutheran Church with a different program each month.  The mission of the group is to expand members’ knowledge of their community and beyond, to promote community service and to provide socialization.  Women of all ages and interests are welcome.  Questions can be e-mailed to beavercreekwomensleague@gmail.com  or you may leave a message at 937-985-4BWL (4295).

If Beavercreek City Schools are canceled due to inclement weather, the meeting is also canceled; however, school delays do not alter the planned meeting.