Congratulations to our 2015 Martha Eaves Award Recipients
Atlanta Regional Commission
In 1995, Ann was a Governor’s delegate to the White House Conference on Aging and then in 1997 was appointed to the Georgia Council on Aging where she continues to serve as past Legislative Chair. She has served as Chair of the Long Term Care Ombudsman Advisory Council since its inception by Becky Kurtz, and is a strong member of the Atlanta Regional Commission Advisory Committee on Aging for the past 16 years. Additionally, Ann is an active board member of the Georgia Gerontology Society Board.
Central Savannah River Area
While there are a number of deserving people to receive this award, Mrs. Rosena Armstrong-Reid is our best example of the principles that Martha Eaves exhibited. She is the true embodiment of the spirit that Martha Eaves brought to many of us in the aging network. Rosena has the heart to help anyone who is in need of a hand up and not a hand out. On many occasions she has assisted Central Savannah River AAA with numerous community service events to help our senior citizens and persons with disabilities.
Heart of Georgia Altamaha
Mr. Yawn has been a faithful member of the Aging Advisory Committee since 1996. He has attended numerous county commissioner meetings on behalf of aging programs and advocated to legislators to increase funding for the Senior Citizens Centers. Mr. Yawn earned respect from these officials during his professional career as the Executive Director of the Dodge County Housing Authority where he was the administrator of the senior citizens center as well. He is a staunch supporter of our programs and does not hesitate to make calls when needed.
Flemmie Lee Pitts
Northeast Georgia Area
Mr. Pitts is a seventy three year old retired resident who takes a “strong” stance on behalf of the elderly and youth of this community. He serves on the Northeast Georgia AAA – Aging Services Advisory Committee, Newton County Recreation Board of Directors, the Newton County Facilities Board, an advocate for voters rights for all citizens, founder and board member of the Washington Street Mentoring Center for “at risk” children and a member of and Trustee Pro tem at Graves Chapel AME Church.
Southern Georgia Area
Polly Brown is a dedicated worker at the Bacon County Senior Center. In addition to her work as a Program Assistant at the senior center, she volunteers with the R.S.V.P. (Retired Senior Volunteer Program). Polly also volunteers with the Georgia Cares Program and SMP. She represents the City of Alma on the Southern Georgia Area Agency on Aging’s Aging Advisory Council. Polly is an avid advocate for seniors as an Aging Advisory Council Member. She is a Lay Leader with Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) and is a proud foster parent.
Mr. Johnston serves on the Advisory Council of the Three Rivers Area Agency on Aging. He also serves as Chairman of the Senior Issues Committee of the Spalding Collaborative and Legislative Chairman for the Georgia Retired Educators Association. He has held several positions in AARP Georgia, most recently ending his tenure on the Executive Council. Mr. Johnston brings the Sunday school lesson each week at The Woods Assisted Living Community, and has done so for the past 19 years.
To Be Announced
Southwest Georgia Council on Aging
Southwest Georgia Council on Aging will reveal the winner of the Martha Eaves Award winner at a November Council on Aging event.