Seniors celebrate 50 years of caring for peers and others

About 155 people attended the 50th annual meeting of Senior Citizens of Marion County Inc. Thursday at the Marion Senior Center.

The meeting, led by SCNC board chair Lila Unruh, celebrated the start of the movement that led to the creation of senior centers across the state and country.

The program featured presentations by Joyce Clark and Noreen Weems, the first two directors of the Marion County Department for Elderly, which was established in 1978 as a liaison between the organization and county commissioners.

Julie Govert Walter, executive director of the North-Cen?tral Flint Hills Area Agency on Aging, highlighted the doctoral dissertation of Nancy Reynolds, who chronicled the birth of the organization.

All three speakers emphasized the hard work and unity of seniors in Marion County through the years to make a life-changing impact for their peers and future generations.

An offering generated $466.60 toward a new scholarship established for a 2011 Marion County high school graduate who plans to pursue an aging-related professional field in college.

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