Valley Legacy Awards kick off at SOV Poland


Neighbors | Tim Cleveland.A crowd of about 20 gathered at Shepherd of the Valley Poland Campus to begin the nomination process for the 10th annual Valley Legacy Awards.


Neighbors | Tim Cleveland.Shepherd of the Valley Executive Director Don Kacmar began the meeting for the 10th annual .Valley Legacy Awards with a speech. During his speech he announced he would be retiring from his position at the end of the year.


Neighbors | Tim Cleveland.Raymond John Wean Foundation Chairman Gordon Wean was the speaker during the 10th annual Valley Legacy Awards meeting. During his speech, Wean spoke of the importance people make in their community through volunteerism.


The motto of the Valley Legacy Awards is “A legacy is to be lived, not left.”

For the past decade, the poeple involved with the awards have lived up to that motto. To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Valley Legacy Awards hosted a dessert reception on June 24 at Shepherd of the Valley Poland campus to honor the past nominees and begin the process for nominating the potential winners of this year’s awards.

A similar ceremony was hosted June 17 at the SOV Howland campus.

The awards have had more than 250 nominees during its first nine years, with 50-60 winners. The organization solicits nominees for the local communities. A group of judges who have knowledge of senior needs gathers and selects the award winners from the nominees.

The 20-30 nominees for this year’s awards are due July 31 and the awards ceremony will be Oct. 2 at the Magnuson Grand Hotel in Warren with five to six winners selected. All nominees will be recognized during the ceremony with a Power Point presentation before the winners are announced.

“This was developed by Shepherd of the Valley, but it’s a community-wide recognition of seniors who continue to give back to the community and we also recognize people who do things for seniors,” Valley Legacy Awards advisory board co-chair George Hays said. “The awards are for the outstanding senior and the senior advocate. The senior award is really to recognize people that are going beyond anything that they need to for their community.

“They’re just remarkable people from all walks of life.”

The featured speaker during the dessert reception was Gordon Wean, the chairman of the Raymond John Wean Foundation. Wean spoke of the importance of volunteerism in the community.

“I’ll be talking about civic engagement and the appropriateness of it,” he said. “Why we aren’t as engaged as we once were and what we can do to change that.”

Trish Ludwick of The Senior News was one of the attendees of the dessert reception and sits on the advisory board.

“We as The Senior News have a broad spectrum of dealing with seniors over the years,” she said. “We sit on the committee that narrows that down and helps choose.”

Ludwick was asked what qualities she looks for when making her decision on whom to vote for.

“I think you like to look for someone who has a long history of doing good works within the community and deserving of the award.”

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