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Local seniors honored during annual Volunteer Breakfast
Local seniors honored during annual Volunteer Breakfast

CONYERS, Ga. – Several local residents were celebrated during the Olivia Haydel Senior Center’s Volunteer Breakfast on Dec. 31. The annual, festive event recognizes center members who contribute positively to the center and community and marks the end of the year to all volunteers with a special thank you.

County Chairman & CEO Richard Oden sponsored the three awards to the following winners:

•     2013 Senior Meals on Wheels Volunteer of the Year – Pauline and LeRoy Hudson, married 45 years, moved to Georgia from New York. They serve as Center Site Council representatives and have volunteered with Meals on Wheels since January 2007. Last year, they made 54+ deliveries to home-bound seniors.

•     2013 People’s Choice Volunteer of the Year (*Tie. Selected by member votes) – Alice Nicholson, a longtime Center member, is the volunteer manager of the senior boutique and helps with volunteer activities and fundraising efforts. She also assists with Center tours and breakfast and has served on the Site Council for several years.

Charles Kinsey is a newlywed married to Center member Betty Wordlow. Charles assists around the Center with everything under the sun, including helping with shelf-stable meals, fundraising and leading the Wii program. He also serves as a greeter for Meals on Wheels and helps those volunteers load their vehicles. Last year he was Mr. Congeniality at the Center and has been elected to this year’s Valentine Court.

•     2013 Highest Volunteer Hours Contributed – Ouida Moore has been a Center member for 20+ years and currently is a kitchen and server volunteer. She also served on the Site Council for many years, is a founding member of the ceramics program and has won countless medals in the Georgia Golden Olympics. In 2013, she volunteered 938 hours with the Senior Center.

“I am passionate about our seniors and I want to honor those who unselfishly give of their time and talent to help others,” Oden said. “I will make the presentations of these particular awards an annual event to let our seniors know that they are appreciated.

“My mother taught my 4 brothers and me to give people their roses and homage while they are living here on earth – not when they are gone.”

Chairman Oden also provided holiday gifts to the more than 100 seniors attending the breakfast. The Senior Center gave away 2014 calendars to volunteers, as well, along with a delicious breakfast of sausage, eggs, hashbrowns, biscuits and gravy, pancakes, grits, oatmeal, fruit, and juice. Challenge Choice Extravaganza gift bag prizes were also given.

The recognition program with Chairman Oden and Director Jackie Lunsford followed. After the program, there was a festive New Year’s party with a black and white decoration theme and a countdown to noon with a nonalcoholic champagne toast.