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Elder Services of Berkshire County honors volunteers
The Elder Services Annual Volunteer Recognition Dinner Dance was held on April 26th at the Crowne Plaza. Over 240 people attended the event that included The Eagles Stage Band performing under the direction of Dick Carmel, Bill Kudlate singing the National Anthem, and Vivian Rodowicz providing piano music during the cocktail hour.
There are 450 Elder Services volunteers who provided 38,000 hours of service to elders in Berkshire County over this past year. Elder Services thanks all of the volunteers who provide their time and support to the agency and the elders of Berkshire County. The theme for the Recognition Dinner was “You’re An Essential Piece- We Can’t Imagine Us Without You!”
Elder Services Executive Director Robert P. Dean stated in his remarks to the volunteers, “Through your efforts, you help to fill in some of the pieces for many of our seniors. What you do is incredibly important and to each and every one of you, I say Thank You."
Nancy and Joe Tirrell attended the Volunteer Recognition Dinner Dance. Joe is a Money Management Program volunteer.
Volunteers from RSVP (Retired Senior Volunteer Program) provide assistance with a variety of offi ce duties such as with mailings. It is not uncommon that dedicated volunteers support a number of organizations such as Elder Services. Pictured from the left are Rose Lacasse, Phyllis Vosburg, Mary Jones, Monica Mandel, Anne Rockwell, Irene Cody and Shirley Leather.
Everett “Red” Fletcher operates a camera in the filming of the local cable access shows for Berkshire Senior Television, a production of Elder Services.
Nutrition volunteers seated left to right are Eleanor Squires, Marie Russo and Rita Duprat who serve lunch at the Providence Court meal in Pittsfield.
Kathy Noto of Richmond is a SHINE (Serving Health Information Needs of Elders) volunteer and assists elders with health insurance questions, including Medicare Part D information.
Ed Plummer provides transportation to medical appointments for elders and is joined by his wife Sue. Standing is Charlie Dioli, who volunteers as a companion.
Ce Swanson joined her husband Tom Hurlbut, who is an Advisory Council member at Elder Services.
Ombudsman volunteers visit each nursing home weekly to monitor care and to connect with residents on a regular basis. Volunteers attending the dinner are joined in this photo (standing from the left) by Bill Kudlate, who sang the National Anthem, and his wife Phyllis Kudlate, and Dermot Sporbert, Ombudsman Program Assistant.Ombudsman volunteers (L. to R.) Helga Knappe, Monica Mandel, Dorothy Carder, Bob Corser, Betty Bicoules and Pat Davis. Seated are volunteer Mary Jane Methe and Ombudsman Program Director Dorinda Gamberdella.