More than 500 retired senior volunteers were honored last Thursday by the Retired Senior Volunteer Program Advisory Council at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie.
The recognition luncheon paid tribute to participants of RSVP who work at 64 sites throughout the county,performing more than 90,000 hours of work and saving the county $395,000 in services.
The volunteers serve in the public school system, the Maryland State Law Library, Maryland State Police, senior centers, nutrition sites, thrift shops, Downs Park and other non-profit agencies and sites.
The color guard of the Glen Burnie barracks of the state police led the seniors in the Pledge of Allegiance, and patriotic music was performed by the Oldies but Goodies, made up of Burwood RSVP volunteers. Vonzell R. Ward, a representative from the governor's office, reada proclamation from Gov. William Donald Schaefer making May 23 Anne Arundel County RSVP Day.
Ward told the crowd that they should be proud of what they do and that "young people can take a lesson from seniors."
Carole R. Baker, director of the County Department of Aging, spoke to the seniors about their worth to the county and the "commendable" service they provide.
Other speakers included: Robert Neall, county executive; Evelyn White, chairwoman of the RSVP Advisory Board; Jerry Yates, state director of ACTION; Timothy Balkcum, president of Help the Kids; and Johnnie Jowers, keynote speaker and executive director of the Salvation Army Bywater Boys and Girls Clubs.
Yvonne T. Hicks, RSVP director, gave certificates to the volunteers, and the Rev. Leon White led the invocation.
Marie Maddox, coordinator of RSVP, said she was pleased with the turnout.
For more information on RSVP at the county department of aging, call 222-6825.