Mary Ann and George Clyne of Westfield were named as the “Sweethearts of the Year” for 2014, which is very fitting considering they met nearly fifty years ago on a blind date at a college formal dance coincidentally called “The Sweetheart Ball.”
"We were interested in giving both to the community and its seniors. Volunteering for SAGE’s SHIP of Union County program fits well with our busy retirement life of managing an educational foundation established in the loving memory of our son Gregg, spending time with our children Karyn and Steven and our grandchildren, Stella, Audrey, and Joshua, caring for my 90-year-old father and, when possible, relaxing at our vacation home in the Poconos,” noted Mary Ann.
The Clynes began their involvement as volunteers at SAGE through the SHIP of Union County program nearly two years ago and were introduced to the program by their longtime friend, Pat Walsh, also of Westfield. SHIP, State Health Insurance Assistance, is a statewide program that offers free, objective and confidential help to area residents with reference to Medicare and insurance decisions.
“We are very excited to name Mary Ann and George as our 2014 Sweethearts of the Year,” stated Elyse Drucker, SHIP of Union County Coordinator. “Although neither one of them had any medical or insurance experience, they were very interested in helping older adults in the community and they work very well as a team, with George handling the interviews and Mary Ann tackling the research for each of their clients.”
George Clyne retired in June 2006 from Sony BMG, where he held positions in the finance department, and his wife Mary Ann retired in January 2008 from her job in the commercial real estate field. They have been residents of Westfield for thirty years and will celebrate their 46th wedding anniversary on February 24, 2014. Since 2008, their foundation, the Gregg F. Clyne Memorial Foundation, has awarded scholarships to high school students from Westfield HS, Arthur L. Johnson HS, Union Catholic HS and Cranford HS who will be attending the University of Delaware.
These awards were presented at SAGE Eldercare's 59th Annual Meeting, which was held on June 18, 2013.
The Agnes N. Badgley Award was created in 1989 to recognize the invaluable contributions of SAGE Eldercare's many volunteers Mrs. Agnes Badgley was an active volunteer and President of he Board of Trustees who devoted many years of service to SAGE Eldercare. The Hayward family Summit was recognized as this year's recipient for their contributions to SAGE. Front row, daughters Charlotte, Olivia, and Grace; back row, Christine, son Will, and Scott.
The Community Partner Award was initiated in 1996 to honor local individuals or business that generously share their expertise in support of SAGE Eldercare and older adults in the community. Dr. John A. Heath, a geriatrician with Summit Medical Group, was recognized as the 2012 recipient of this award.
Blanche M. and George L. Watts Mountainside Community Foundation was given the 2012 Good Neighbor Award by SAGE. This award was initiated in 1996 to honor local organization that generously share their resources in support of SAGE Eldercare and older adults in the community.
The Outstanding Youth Volunteer of the Year Award was created in 2005 to recognize ongoing volunteer involvement by local youth who have committed their time and service to SAGE Eldercare. Lindsay Reich, a resident of Short Hills and recent high student graduate headed to Union College in the fall of 2013, received this award for 2012.
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If you are interested in volunteering at SAGE Eldercare, please call the Director of Volunteers at (908) 598-5514. You’ll be glad you did… and so will SAGE!