Arlington seniors lauded for leadership

Leadership Awards were presented by Jennifer Collins (right) of the Arlington Office of Senior Adult Programs to (from left) Linda Sholl, Betty Burke and Andrea Vojtko at the 15th annual leadership-recognition luncheon, held June 6, 2019, at The Jefferson senior residence.

Seasoned Arlington citizens who provide volunteer service through the county government’s Office of Senior Adult Programs were honored at a June 6 ceremony at The Jefferson.

“The 55+ community represents the best of Arlington values and reflects our vision  of unity,” County Board Chairman Christian Dorsey said at the luncheon event. “Arlington senior centers offer folks a place to land after retirement and participate in the hundreds of programs made available to them.”

The Office of Senior Adult Programs is a unit of the Department of Parks and Recreation, and oversees the activities and programs at five senior centers and administers the senior travel, sports, fitness and recreation programs.

“Volunteers are the backbone of our senior centers,” program manager Jennifer Collins said. “There are over 250 volunteers and more than 130 serve on senior center, travel, sports and fitness advisory committees plus the Arlington  Alliance for Senior Programs.”  

At the event, Collins announced special Leadership Awards to Betty Burke, Linda Sholl and Andrea Vojtko for their  contributions to the senior community, while county parks director Jane Rudolph installed officers of the 2019-20 Senior Adult Council: Vera Libeau will serve as chair, Sue Lang as vice chair, Sandy Steinberg as secretary and Valerie Turner as treasurer.

Cheryl Johnson, chief of the sports and recreation division of the parks department, closed the event with a poem acknowledging her appreciation and gratitude to the volunteers for “helping to make the 55+ program so successful.”

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