Jill Ann Young is the Barry County Commission on Aging's Senior Citizen of the Year. (Photo provided)
Jill Ann Young was announced as the 2019 Senior Citizen of the Year by the Barry County Commission on Aging during the annual COA Christmas party Dec. 12. Young has been an active volunteer in the Delton area.
This party’s theme was “Ornamental Journey,” and it was kicked off by a musical one-man show by Lew Russ, who sang, joked with the crowd, and played a number of old and new holiday tunes on his guitar. Some of the guests even danced a bit.
The dining hall was lined with tables covered with festive red tablecloths, and at the front of the room on the stage stood a tall Christmas tree decorated with ornaments and lights. The baby grand piano next to it was topped with gifts to be given away as door prizes.
Randy Teegardin of Highpoint Community Bank of Hastings said a few words before giving Young the Senior Citizen of the Year Award. Young accepted the award with her husband, Rob Young, by her side.
Marcie Boulay nominated Young: “Jill unselfishly gives her time and talents to foster the community and benefit the needy, while implementing and creating numerous events that foster civic pride and provide numerous social opportunities for Barry County residents.”
Boulay described Young as “gracious, congenial and willing to go the extra mile.”
COA Executive Director Tammy Pennington said Young has been an active volunteer with the Delton Women of the Moose for 26 years, holding many leadership positions, including senior regent and recorder. Young also is the bookkeeper for the Women’s Auxiliary and the men’s membership. She led a successful cookbook fundraiser and instituted the Brown Bag Gift Raffles. She led a drive to donate money and supplies for Green Gables Haven and currently serves as the lodge manager.
Within the Delton community, Young has served as secretary to the executive board of The Shack, trustee of the Delton Area Business Association, and trustee of the Delton Founders Committee. She has led fundraisers for school and band projects, as well as working on the Easter egg hunt, Valentine’s dance and Breakfast with Santa. She has assisted with the veterans' dinner and awards, as well.
Jill and Rob Young also have been active supporters of Mooseheart children’s home and Moosehaven senior citizens’ home for many years. The Youngs have three children and three grandchildren.
The Senior Citizen of the Year has been awarded since 1999, in partnership with HCB.
Colleen Acker, COA facilities event coordinator, presented a slideshow of past events, parties, holidays and an overview of COA activities.
COA board chairwoman Sandy Kozan, who writes a poem for the annual event, read her latest poem, “Ornamental Life.”