Thomas holds a plaque, dedicated to the late Madge Scobell, that will be displayed in the Center's dining room.
Left: Gerald Pell, Outstanding Volunteer, Rose Mary Price, Outstanding Volunteer and Senior Center Board Sec./Tres., Thomas, Joe Wilson, Outstanding Volunteer and Center Board President and Bill Jones, Volunteer of the Year and dinner sponsor.
They say it's better to give than receive but Clay County citizens got to do both Aug. 10. Some of the area's most substantial givers were the receivers at a special dinner held for seniors at the Clay County Senior Center. A Volunteer of the Year award and three Outstanding Volunteer awards were given and the late Madge Scobell was recognized with a plaque dedicated to the Center's dining hall in her memory.
Brazil resident William Jones initiated the event by hosting a dinner and band for seniors in the area. He announced the party for nearly two months at the Center to invite anyone who might be interested. The only qualifications were to be a senior citizen and to make a reservation.
Eighty-seven seniors enjoyed a fried chicken, mashed potatoes and baked bean dinner purchased by Jones. After dinner they enjoyed listening to some folk and country style music played by the Bill Sonnefield and the Boys Band.
"It was a lovely evening," Center Board Sec/Tres Rose Mary Price said later. "The Board owes accolades to Bill Jones for hosting and paying for this because we wouldn't have the funds to do it. Bill comes to the Center every day when he's in town. He's a very good supporter of our Center and the Board appreciates this very much."
This was the first time the dinner had been offered by Jones but may not be the last. He was asked why he decided to do it.
"I've been in business here for 30 plus years and was successful," Jones said. "Lots of these people here did business with me. I'm just trying to give a little bit back to the people."
After the dinner, Center Director Dorlene Woodrum introduced Board member Rep. Andy Thomas. On behalf of the State of Indiana, Indiana House of Representatives, Thomas presented three Volunteer of the Year Awards. They were given to Board Sec./Tres. Rose Mary Price, Board President Joe Wilson and Gerald Pell.
Pell, a Wal-Mart employee, volunteers many hours each week to the Senior Center. His employer, which encourages volunteering, donates money to the Senior Center on behalf of Pell's efforts. He was totally surprised to receive the award.
"I didn't know about this," Pell said, smiling, obviously pleased with the recognition. "I was really surprised. I feel very honored."
Thomas then presented the Volunteer of the Year Award, chosen by the Senior Center Board, to Jones.
The award ceremony was concluded with Thomas dedicating a plaque in memory of the late Madge Scobell. It will be displayed in the Center's dining room. The plaque read:
"Madge Scobell Dining Site. This site dedicated to Madge Scobell who graciously volunteered her time and efforts for the seniors of Clay County."
"Madge was instrumental in establishing the Center," Price said. "We would not have this nice building we have right now if it weren't for her."
Thomas said Scobell had a vision. She had a mission to make life better for the senior citizens of Clay County. "No one worked harder than Madge Scobell to accomplish a goal."