At the beginning of the recent two day Senior Expo, Mayor Alvin Brown recognized three outstanding seniors who have served the community. Among the honorees was Annie L. Bean who was honored as Senior Female of the Year for her dedication and neighborhood activism throughout her East Jacksonville community. Bean was an advocate for community development and worked diligently to form and implement a neighborhood project working with community youth. She currently serves as Treasurer for the Eastside Environmental Organization and is a devoted and active member of the St. Stephens AME Church.
Other honorees include Jack Dodge was honored as Senior Male of the Year. Dodge is an advocate for the Jacksonville Council of the Blind, a member of the Sheriff’s Advisory Council (ShadCo), is active with the Jacksonville Transportation Advisory Council, and is involved in his neighborhood association.
Joyce Roland accepted the James L. Fortuna Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of the late Frances Padgett, who passed away in February 2014 at age 91. Padgett was a long-time member of the Arlington Senior Center, serving as board chair for 25 years. Padgett and friends adopted the road in front of the senior center, and she could be seen cleaning the area monthly with fellow center members. Padgett served as president of the Arlington Women’s Club four times and also served on the Sheriff’s Advisory Council. She worked tirelessly for Tree Hill Nature Center. Other activities included the Arlington Planning Advisory Committee, Old Arlington, Inc., the Arlington Volunteer Fire Department, American Legion Auxiliary, Florida Council on Aging, Special Olympics and Clean it up, Green It up. Padgett was also the district director of the Florida Federation of Women’s Clubs.
The annual Senior Expo and Health Fair is a free two-day event presented by the City of Jacksonville’s Senior Services Division. The expo included information on investing, travel, retirement living choices, and health, in addition to health screenings and tests, recreation, fitness and more. City Photos on Flickr site.