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Bill and Betty Harner honored as 2020 Ashland County Outstanding Senior Citizens

  Posted on September 1, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Ontario OH – The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging Inc. is proud to announce that Bill and Betty Harner have been selected as the 2020 Ashland County Outstanding Senior Citizen Award recipients. They were honored on Thursday, Sep. 3rd at Kendig Park in Hayesville.

“This is the 20th year the Area Agency has honored a volunteer from Ashland county,” said Teresa Cook, VP of Administrative Services. “As we all know COVID may have changed how we can get together but what hasn’t changed is the outstanding way individuals, groups and organizations are working together to support and take care of one another. Today, instead of gathering in the Area Agencies training room, we are together in Kendig Park.”

Bill and Betty Harner were nominated for the devotion they give to their community and their positive image of aging. Bill and Betty have been married for 62 years. They are active members at the Hayesville United Methodist Church where they are both members of the Administrative Council and serve on several other committees. They are also members of the Senior Citizens of Ashland County and volunteer for any roles they see fit to themselves, including serving to registered travelers for the Center’s one day bus trips. Bill has been a member of the Lions Club for 61 years. As soon as Lions International allowed women to join, Betty then became a member as well. Both have been awarded the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award, which is known to be the highest form of recognition within the Lions Club. This Fellowship Award embodies humanitarian ideas consistent with the nature and purpose of Lionism.

Each year the Area Agency on Aging honors senior citizens who are making a difference in their communities and present a positive image of aging. There is one award recipient for each county in the Agency’s service area (Ashland, Crawford, Huron, Knox, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Seneca, and Wyandot.) Awardees are selected by the Agency based on the impact of their contributions and accomplishments within the community made after reaching age 60.

The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc., located at 2131 Park Avenue West in Ontario 419-524-4144, provides leadership, collaboration, coordination and services to older adults, people with disabilities, their caregivers & resource networks that support individual choice, independence and dignity.