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Senior Volunteer Awards

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Congratulations! The 2012 Senior Volunteer of the Year Awards ceremony on July 12, in the Board of Supervisors Chambers recognized eight “stalwart” county folks for their work in 2011. Dorothy Edwards and Howard Hildreth were named Co-Volunteers of the Year and received plaques.

The other nominees received certificates: Marguerite Johnson, Melina Cherling, Martha Cover, Patti Taylor-Welch, Jeanette Lambert, Jean Geritz, and Dorothy Brown. Liz Bass, County Supervisor and Board liaison to the Commission, offered words of praise to the co-winner and presented Ms. Edwards with her plaque.

Cathie Peacock, commissioner with Tuolumne County Commission on Aging and chair of the Senior Volunteer of the Year committee had this to say: “It was a pleasure to see all the people who came to support and acknowledge the nominees and winners. The nominees were warmly acknowledged, greatly appreciated for their work, and really represented a cross section of all the fine deeds that are done daily in our county. There were close to 100 people in attendance, much lingering and picture taking after the awards were presented, and many [people] chatting with all the nominees and complimenting their selfless service.”

Another outstanding volunteer, Gerald Kahl, a retired attorney who was with the Public Defender’s office for many years, and a former Tuolumne County Commission on Aging commissioner, is helping out with Legal Advocacy for Seniors, funded by Catholic Charities, Area 12, and other groups. Jerry, as he is known, was recently recognized for his work in an article by Lenore Rutherford in the Union Democrat. If you need help with your legal issues, are 60 or over, and you qualify, Legal Advocacy for Seniors is open for business without an appointment between 10 a.m. and noon on Tuesdays, 1 and 3 p.m. on Wednesdays, at the Catholic Charities office at 14855 Mono Way, Suite 103, Sonora. Services are also available at the Tuolumne County Senior Center on Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and noon. The Center is at 540 Greenley Road, Sonora. Call them at: 209.588.1597

Save the dates!!!!
2012 Centenarian Awards ~The 2012 Centenarian Awards ceremony is scheduled for October 24, 11AM – 12PM, Tuolumne County Senior Center. Don’t miss this opportunity to honor our community’s Centenarian Society members and meet the County’s newest residents reaching the 100 years young milestone.

“Legal Matters”

Here are a few bills to keep your eye on this year:

SB 1047
Establishes a missing person advisory called “Silver Alert” to protect persons suffering from dementia-related conditions and who as a result, might wander away from home.

AB 2141
Requires that a two-year punishment enhancement be added for identity theft from a victim aged 65 years or older.

AB 2374
Prohibits a consumer credit card reporting agency from charging a person who is 65 years old or older a fee placing a security freeze on his/her credit report.

The Tuolumne County Commission on Aging’s next GENERAL MEETING date: Monday September 17, 1:30PM at Groveland’s Little House. All our meetings are open to the public. Join us!