South Shore Elder Services Recognizes Volunteers at Luncheon at Lantana

June 30, 2007 (PRLEAP.COM) Health News
DATELINE: BRAINTREE AND RANDOLPH, MASS… More than 450 volunteers were in attendance at South Shore Elder Services Volunteer Recognition Luncheon held at Lantana in Randolph in June.

With offices in Braintree, Mass. South Shore Elder Services is a private, non-profit agency providing seniors and caregivers with valuable resources and services.

Volunteers from across the South Shore area were treated to a delicious luncheon and entertainment by pianist and vocalist Sandy Foley and Kate Runnels of Plymouth.

Many volunteers were honored with special pins marking their number of years of service to South Shore Elder Services.

The agency’s volunteers are a dedicated bunch, generously spending hundreds if not thousands of hours of their time volunteering for South Shore Elder Services’ programs including Meals On Wheels; the Friendly Visitor Program; Money Management program; Ombudsman Program and the Asian Volunteer Program. South Shore Elder Services’ Board of Directors and Advisory Council are also made up of volunteers committed to providing the highest quality of life to elders through the coordination of resources, advocacy and caregiver support.

“We are extremely grateful to all those who tirelessly dedicate their time and expertise in volunteering for programs to help elders. They are all amazing and certainly deserve recognition,” said Edward J. Flynn, Jr., Executive Director of South Shore Elder Services.

Recognition Pins were awarded to those with five years of service:

Recipients volunteering in the Braintree Nutrition Program included: Bob Casey, Sheila Davis, Lucy Kazanowski and Diane O’Rourke. Recipients from the Cohasset Nutrition Program included: Margo Doherty, Libby Hagan, Madeline Hargadon, Angie Kelley, Johanna Quinlan, Mary Kay Richardson and Dolores Roy. Recipients from the Hull Nutrition Program included: Fred Blesedell, Eileen Donovan, Brian McCarthy, Ann Richardson and Ida Silva. From the Milton Nutrition Program: Natalie Albers, Sarah Biemer, Deborah Marr, Bill McEchern, Joan Smith and Anita Denley.

Jeannette McCarthy, Agnes Kenney, James Kenney, Barbara Preble, Robert Preble, Eileen Conroy, Jim Grealish, Jim Inglis, Marge Parker and Jimmy Gee received five year pins for the Quincy Nutrition Program. Joanna MacKinnon and Ben Miller received pins for the Randolph Nutrition Program and Barbara Ciarione and Denise Erwin for the North Weymouth Nutrition Program. Joseph Dwyer, Bart Nuboer and Janet Nuboer of the Scituate Nutrition Program and Phil Barber, Janet Duggan, Peter Fontana, Sandra Gilardi and Barbara Legget of the South Weymouth Nutrition Program received pins. Five year pins for the Money Management Program were awarded to: Annette Lew, Jim O’Neil, Clarence Ramsey, Eugenia Seoane and Henry Stahr.

In addition, Work, Inc., Open Roads of North Weymouth, the Hingham Newcomer’s Club, the May Center of Randolph, Braintree Open Roads and St. Colletta’s of Braintree received certificates for their collaboration and service.

For 10 years of service, pins were awarded to: Susan Hagstrom, Elizabeth Healey, Cynthia Hurley, Patricia Krumholz and Jill Setian of the Hingham Nutrition Program; Nancy Jones of the Holbrook Nutrition Program; Joe Fontana of the Quincy Nutrition Program; Gerald Stearns of the Randolph Nutrition Program; and John McGowan of the North Weymouth Nutrition Program. Jane McNulty and Joseph McDermott received 10 year pins for the Ombudsman Program and Bob Fletcher received a 10 year pin for the Money Management Program.

15-Year pins were awarded to Carla Barlow, Karen Landrey and Johanna VanStrein of the Hingham Nutrition Program and the Hingham Mother’s Club received a certificate. Mary McDonough and Claudia Sorgi of the Quincy Nutrition Program; Anne Warren of the North Weymouth Nutrition Program and Dorothy Anderson of the Ombudsman Program also received 15 year pins.

20-Year Pins were awarded to Barbara Burt of the Milton Nutrition Program; Betty Fitzgerald and Judy Wilson of the Randolph Nutrition Program and Anthony Dzengelewski and Mary Nugent of the North Weymouth Nutrition Program.

25-Year Pins were awarded to Donna Austin and Mary Ann Hunter of the Hingham Nutrition Program.

The 30-Year Pin was bestowed upon Phoebe Mulligan of the Scituate Nutrition Program, a dedicated South Shore Elder Services volunteer for more than three decades.

Thank you to sponsors and supporters
South Shore Elder Services would like to thank all of their sponsors and supporters of the Volunteer Recognition Luncheon. Blue Ribbon sponsors (contributing $300 or more) included Bateman; Braintree Police Patrolman’s Club; Citizen’s Bank Foundation; Dedham Savings; F.X. Messina Enterprises and South Shore Savings Bank. Colonial Federal Savings Bank donated the first place raffle prize of $500. Supporters who donated prizes for the raffle at the event were Marriott; Overlook VNA; Richardi’s Sub; Rockland Federal Credit Union; South Shore Plaza and Stop & Shop.

The luncheon was also supported in part by advertisements placed in the program sponsor book by: South Shore Savings Bank; O’Sullivan and Associates; Interactive Digital Systems, Inc.; FX Messina Enterprises; Daniel Dennis & Company, LLP; Dedham Savings; Braintree Police Patrolsmans Club; Citizens Bank; Bank of Canton; Best of Care; Roche Brothers; Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital; Braintree Cooperative Bank and Building 19.

For more information about South Shore Elder Services programs or to become a volunteer, visit the website at or contact (781) 848-3910.

“Your Age Info Specialist”
Since 1977, South Shore Elder Services, Inc. has been providing South Shore seniors and caregivers with the resources and services that promote and maintain optimal levels of elder independence.

As one of 27 Aging Services Access Points in Massachusetts, South Shore Elder Services coordinates and provide a wide range of services to elders and caregivers throughout Braintree, Cohasset, Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Milton, Norwell, Quincy, Randolph, Scituate and Weymouth. The agency’s mission is to promote and maintain an optimal level of elder independence through the coordination of resources, advocacy and caregiver support.

Supported in part by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs, South Shore Elder Services is located at 159 Bay State Drive in Braintree, MA. For more information contact (781) 848-3910 or visit their website at