Summit County Seniors dole honors
SUMMIT COUNTY – Summit County Seniors have named Marge Black Senior of the Year and Tom Auldrich Seniors’ Friend of the Year.
They were honored at the seniors’ annual meeting and potluck dinner Friday, June 13, at the Summit County County Community and Senior Center.
Black has been an active and vital part of Summit County Seniors for many years and hostess for the Monday evening meal program for the past eight. She greets the attendees, making them feel welcome at the site, and tracks down folks who forget to sign in, thus obtaining an accurate count each meal.
She also has helped train new hostesses. She occasionally must be absent but always lets the office know a substitute will be needed.
Born the sixth of seven children, Black lost her parents at an early age and feels the responsibility forced on her by that loss made her a more reliable, independent person. She started working at 16, and before that, was responsible for many household chores since her mother died when Black was only 6.
Black has also served as secretary for the Seniors Council since 1995, and except for illness or vacation, has been present at every meeting.
She has helped with the annual rummage sale that benefits Bristlecone Health Services and Timberline Health Services and also has helped augment the senior treasury by volunteering at the Chamber of Commerce information centers.
She and her late husband, Roland, lived in Wichita, Kan., for 20 years before moving to Summit County to live near their son and his family.
Tom Auldrich, this year’s Friend of the Summit Seniors, joined the county staff as a construction foreman in 1984. A few years later, as director of buildings and grounds, he became involved with the seniors as project manager (and voluntary carpenter) for the conversion of the old Frisco Maintenance building into the former senior center in Frisco.
Auldrich spent many hours with Senior Coordinator Beth Koran planning and developing that project, which served the community and seniors for 14 years.
He then became project manager for the county in the cooperative effort of county and seniors to build the new Community and Senior Center in the County Commons. He was instrumental in the eventual site selection and at every step of the planning process as the county’s representative on a building committee.
His expertise in construction and county procedures was invaluable. The only area in which the committee chose not to use Auldrich’s advice was in color selection, especially after he admitted he is colorblind.
He devoted many hours above his 40 hours a week to assist the seniors in fulfilling the dream of the new center.
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