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Athens Community Council on Aging - Celebrate Volunteers 2011

Athens Community Council on Aging - Celebrate Volunteers 2011

Volunteers make the biggest difference in an organization like Athens Community Council on Aging and we have the best volunteers in the world (at least that’s what we think).  On Tuesday, June 21, we celebrated all of our volunteers with a Fiesta here at the council in the beautiful Harris Room.  We had chips, salsa, punch, decorations, door prizes, and I believe there were a couple of pinatas floating around.   It was “hot, hot, hot” (literally) as our air conditioning went out  and was getting repaired as the festivities were happening.  All that being said, it was a lot of fun and we want to say thank you again for all of the wonderful volunteers of ACCA that keep all of programs going strong.  Our volunteer award winners for 2011 are Caryl Sundland – Inspiration Award Winner, Carol Kurtz – ACCA Volunteer of the Year, Ladies of Color (L.O.C.) – Community Service Award Winner, Jo Mercer – David Levine Founders Award, and Homer Hector – Marilyn Gorman Award


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Project GRAD Visits ACCA

Project GRAD Visits ACCA

Residents at the Athens Community Council on Aging recently got a surprise visit from Project GRAD students from the Atlanta Public School System (APS) who were taking part in the University of Georgia Summer Institute which is conducted through the Office of Institutional Diversity.  The three-week program gives the students an opportunity to learn more about college life while attending classes each day, along with information sessions with UGA faculty and staff.  In addition, the students have the experience of living in dorms and touring the campus and community.  The students, who are rising high school juniors, were able to visit ACCA as part of their volunteer community service day.  In addition to realizing that the residents were an energetic, and fun bunch, evidenced by an impromptu dance competition which took place, the students also helped with arts and crafts activities while also playing games and conversing with the residents.

“This was a great opportunity for our students and they walked away from this experience with an entirely different view than what they initially had in mind,”  Volunteer service coordinator Renaldo Stover said. “This experience is something the students won’t forget and I think it will motivate them to continue to be positive and volunteer in their respective communities when they return home.”

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Ms. Senior Athens 2011

Annette Barfield, Ms. Senior Athens 2011, right after being crowned.

Athens Community Council on Aging is thrilled to have recently crowned the first ever Ms. Senior Athens.  Ms. Senior Athens will represent the vivaciousness of aging gracefully, both physically and mentally.  If you haven’t heard, the new Ms. Senior Athens is Mrs. Annette Barfield and below is just a little information to get you acquainted with her.  Throughout the next year, Ms. Senior Athens is going to keep us busy at ACCA as we try and keep you all updated on all of her activities here in the Northeast Georgia area.  Stay tuned…

Husband: H.C. “Buddy” Barfield
Children: 3
Grandchildren: 4
Great-Grandchildren: 2
Hobbies: Travel, adventure, ballroom dancing, gardening, sports.

“Throughout my life I have striven to give back more than I have taken. A healthy life is much like a gift; one that is better when shared. I have been blessed to give a part of my life to my church, school children of the community and those in need through volunteer activities. I sincerely believe that my physical and emotional life and health is a direct result of my faith; my volunteer efforts are by the grace of God. A healthy lifestyle can be enhanced by walking, exercise and eating right, as well as by sharing your gift of life through volunteering for others who are not as fortunate. My position in life in Athens, Ga., has been enhanced by my gift of good health, my marriage, my family, my church, and the community. I feel I have an obligation to share my talents and give back to my community through my work at Athens Regional Medical Center and St. Mary’s Hospice House. I am honored to be considered for Ms. Senior Athens and will work tirelessly to promote my lifetime of wellness by advocating engagement and support by example.”

-Annette Barfield, Ms. Senior Athens 2011, personal bio written for the pageant

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Another fun morning at the Center

Well, it has been a great week so far at the Senior Center. Trip to St. Joseph’s Catholic School for some Christmas cheer on Tuesday, a wonderful health education session yesterday with Julie Buffalo from ARMC, and today a great breakfast made possible by our own Site Council, McDonald’s (Prince Ave) and Arby’s (W. Broad St.).

During our morning munchies, the participants were treated with the always uplifting musical styling’s of Zeke Turner.  He had the house rockin’.

Later today we get ready to wrap gifts for Be A Santa to Senior.  It should be busy and fun.

Still to come…Be a Santa gift distribution, Holiday Tea at the Depot, Salvation Army Christmas Box distribution, and a trip for the center participants to the Athens Country Club for a wonderful holiday meal provided by the Club staff.

What a month!  Happy Holidays!

Chris Hill, Director

Athens-Clarke County Senior Center

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Jennie Deese, Executive Director, Eve Anthony, C0-Deputy Director, Sarah McKinney, Director of Home Delivered Meals, and Claire Boozer, Administrative Research Director attended Georgia for a Lifetime in Macon, GA today.

This initiative was brought to the aging network of Georgia by the Georgia Council on Aging. Various representatives from Area Agencies on Aging, Councils on Aging from around the state, service providers, and more attended the meeting today. Topics discussed focused on the future of aging services in Georgia.

One important statistic we should all keep in mind: the 65+ population in Georgia will increase by 149% by 2030!

More information? http://www.gcoa.org

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