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Event celebrates Older Americans Month

Unique Achievement Award winners to be honored       Send a link to a friend

[MAY 25, 2004]  SPRINGFIELD -- Illinois Department on Aging Director Charles Johnson has announced this year's Unique Achievement Award winners, who will be honored at a ceremony on Wednesday at the executive mansion in Springfield.

Honorees were selected by leaders of the 13 Area Agencies on Aging, who chose a person who exemplifies a "unique achiever" in their area. The area agencies represent 13 sections of the state, and the Department on Aging channels funds for services through those agencies.

"In Illinois, 'unique achievement' means what it says," Johnson said. "The leaders whom we honor today offer a vivid snapshot of the diversity and achievement that makes our elders so unique."

Award winners are Rick Haefele, Rockford; Rebecca Courtright, Willow Springs; Berniece Stropes, Orion; Dr. Roz Daniels, Morton; Sheila Greuel, Sullivan; Dr. Philip Malinosky, Jacksonville; Orlinda Deweese, Jacksonville; Diana Olinger, Jacksonville; Anne Smith, Belleville; the Rev. Hubert Bankhead, Centralia; Jean Newsome, Robinson; United Methodist Men, Albion; Elflora Aikman, Marion; Pat Taylor, Winnetka; David Blanchette, Jacksonville; Eileen Jones, Sherman; Luella and Howard Jones, Marion; Theresa Nagel, Berwyn; and Mike and Sue Moser, Springfield.

[Illinois Department on Aging news release]

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