Savage leaves Senior Center board after long service

Friday, July 27, 2007
June Savage holds the plaque she was presented upon her retirement from the board of the Senior Citizens Center. (T-G Photo by Doug Dezotell)

After serving faithfully for 26 years on the Senior Citizens Center Board of Directors, June Savage said it was time for her to step down and let someone younger fill her spot.

She retired from the board earlier this month. Eleven years of her tenure were spent as chairman of the board.

Savage was working as a bookkeeper at the Bedford County Nursing Home when she was asked to volunteer her time to serve on the Senior Citizens Center board.

"I have always loved working with people and the elderly in particular, that's why I was working at the nursing home," Savage said. "I wanted to be able to give back to the community. I guess that's why I agreed to get involved with the Senior Center.

"Christine Mickels was the director at the center when I started on the board. That was back in 1981, and over the years, I have worked with some wonderful people."

There have been three directors at the Senior Center since Savage got involved: Mickels, Geneva Smith, and current director Sonia Miller.

"June has been a very active and involved chairman," Miller said. "She's stuck in there with me through some difficult times and transitions. I'll miss her as a board member."

Savage said that one of the biggest decisions the board made during her tenure was to move into the building on J. G. Helton Drive. The center had been located on North Main Street for many years, but the city made it possible to move into the present location four years ago.

"It's a wonderful building, and it's so pretty," Savage said. "Although the building is nice, my favorite thing about the center is the people. There have always been such sweet people around here. It's just a fun place to come and get together with your friends and make some new friends too."

The Senior Citizens Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and there are many daily activities to keep local seniors busy throughout the week.

"They have so many things going on at the center," Savage said. "We have bingo, painting classes, pool, card games, bowling, birthday and holiday parties, and there's even people who come in to help you with your taxes. It's just a great place. And even though I'm not on the board anymore it still has a special place in our heart."

June and her husband, Marion Savage, are members of the center, and plan to continue being as involved as they can. They have been married for 60 years.

"We have five lovely daughters and five wonderful sons-in-law," Savage said. "And five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and one on the way. And we have two step-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren. There's a whole lot of us."

The Savages are members of Edgemont Baptist Church where she sang in the choir for years. Because her husband has macular degeneration and is legally blind, Savage now sits with him during services.

Savage will miss her involvement with the board at the Senior Center, but she has her large family to keep her busy and active in the community.