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Accolades for advocates

SCOPE awards those who give service to seniors

September 16, 2011
By BOB COUPLAND Tribune Chronicle , Tribune Chronicle |
WARREN The varied contributions and services made by Trumbull County residents for the benefit of senior citizens were recognized this week in categories ranging from education and social services to health care and philanthropy. Senior Citizens Opportunity for Personal Endeavor (SCOPE) Inc. hosted the annual Society of Honors at the Trumbull Country Club, recognizing those that have contributed to the betterment of seniors in their community. Genevieve Bauman, president of the board of directors of SCOPE, said it is an honor to recognize the nominees and winners who have given of their personal time and energy in service to their community. ‘‘This celebration is a way to show our gratitude for the service you have rendered to others over the years,’’ Bauman said. Garland Bradshaw, SCOPE board member, said the awards honor those for who give outstanding service to seniors. ‘‘In my reading about the factors that contribute to living a long life into our 90s and beyond, one key factor is having a support network of people who care. The individuals we honor today comprise a key part of that network for the seniors they’ve helped. Knowing they have others to rely upon for various types of support has been a tremendous blessing to the many seniors touched by them,’’ Bradshaw said. Nominees have helped make the county a more caring community, he said. SCOPE Executive Director Janet Schweitzer said Society of Honor members are giving of their time and talent to make an impact in their community by helping others. The awards celebrate what the individuals have accomplished and represent people from a variety of fields, she said. The awards have been presented since 2005. ¯ The Dorothy S. Klein Award was presented to Dr. Dan Olson for his outstanding service to the community and SCOPE, including his work with the SCOPE board of directors, the establishment of a prescription program for seniors and the support of the SCOPE holiday basket program. The award is given in memory of Klein, who co-founded SCOPE nearly 50 years ago. ¯ The SCOPE Gerontology Scholarship of $500 was presented to Joseph Budny of Liberty, son of Wayne and Kim Budny, who is working toward a double major in biology and gerontology at Youngstown State University. Event organizers said the field of gerontology is important as more and more people are living longer. The scholarship helps provide the community with qualified people who can help meet the needs of the ever-growing senior population in the future, they said. Society of Honor recipients for 2011 are: ¯ Diana Bauman for faith-based category. Bauman, who was nominated by the Trumbull Retired Teachers’ Association, serves as president of the St. Paul Lutheran Church council, where she has been a member for 40 years. She was founder of the Rebekah Circle Ministry, which aids shut-ins by distributing fruit baskets and other gifts at Christmas and Easter and also helps with events at Shepherd of the Valley in Howland. Bauman is co-chair of the pre-retirement committee that presents seminars for teachers nearing retirement. ¯ Mary Brashen for the social services category. Brashen, who was nominated by Hospice of the Valley, where she has been a companion volunteer since retiring in 1993, has traveled more than 2,800 miles to serve patients. While she is busy as a beekeeper, Brashen also spends time as a visitor, caller, food preparer and friend to those who need comfort. She also assists SCOPE with monthly blood pressure checks, according to the award. ¯ Ronald Gordon for the community good neighbor category. Gordon, who retired in 2002 from General Motors, joined Trumbull Mobile Meals and has served on their board of directors and is active in volunteer recruitment and development. In addition to delivering meals, he created several video presentations and volunteer programs and speaks to area groups. Gordon is working to develop meal delivery routes for areas not served. ¯ Dr. Farid Naffah for philanthropy category. Naffah was recognized for his efforts in raising money for emergency prescription assistance to assist local hospitals. Since 2008, Naffah has hosted arts programs to raise funds for philanthropic projects. The programs have raised nearly $50,000 to help older adults. He is founder of the Avamar Center for Endoscopy and Gastroenterology in Howland. ¯ Marie Perfette for the health care category. Perfette, retired from owning a Niles hair dressing shop for more than 40 years, was credited for creating the Weigh Inn weight loss support program at the Niles SCOPE, which was an offshoot of a program she started in the 1980s. She has led seniors in supporting healthy and nutritional eating habits with motivational support. ¯ Gussie Reed for senior advocacy category. Reed, who was nominated by Trumbull Mobile Meals, is the new president of the Mobile Meals board and arranged for computers and training for the nonprofit agency that delivers meals to needy seniors throughout the county with plans to expand the service area. She is active in her church and other community organizations, including the Community Volunteer Council. ¯ Barbara Wright for education category. Wright, who was nominated by the Trumbull Retired Teachers’ Association, served as an educator and principal for Howland schools for 36 years and is an eight-year member of the Howland Board of Education. Wright is a Martha Holden Jennings Scholar and has received several grants that facilitated staff and students in publishing three books about local history and people of note. Wright has received numerous honors and awards, is active with many organizations and is a member of the board of Shepherd of the Valley Retirement Services and the Warren Library Association. ¯ Niles SCOPE Center Quilters for group category. The quilters, who were nominated by Niles Senior Center directors Ray Novotny and Judy Fabian, turn scraps of cloth into works of art and items to comfort the elderly. The group has made robes for those in wheelchairs and caddies to hold toiletries, eyeglasses and books for those who use walkers. In 1998, the quilters won the grand prize for their patchwork quilt at the Ohio State Fair. Other nominees for 2011 were Nancy Brandt, Lydia Caskey, Fred Davis, Carol Gottesman, Evelyn Harrington, Jan Hartman, Polly Martin, Pauline Swisher, Judy Waid, Ella Winfrey and the Cortland Garden Club.

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SCOPE Inc. hosted the annual Society of Honors awards luncheon this week at the Trumbull Country Club, recognizing those who have contributed to the betterment of the community. Award recipients and nominees were, front row from left, Frances McDermott, Judy Waid, Gussie Reed, Evelyn Harrington, Mary Brashen, Diana Bauman and Barbara Wright. In the back row are Kay Lucariello, Shirley Dull, Nancy Brant, Jo Jo Rossi, Stella Dikun, Ruth Sleyzak, Eddi Slanina, Ellen Stillwagon, Ron Gordon, Marianne Giannetti, Fred Davis, Marie Perfette, Pauline Swisher, Lydia Caskey, Pauline Martin, Roger Coe, Jan Hartman, Rosemary Campany, Beverly Reiner, Dr. Dan Olson, Ella Winfrey and Dr. Farid Naffah.



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