New Year’s Eve party honors Hanna

Linwood town clerk retires from senior coordinator position

 

The guest of honor, Judy Hanna (right), poses with longtime friend Michelle Budde at the party held Dec. 31 at Linwood Town Hall. (Photos by Alice Pickering)

The guest of honor, Judy Hanna (right), poses with longtime friend Michelle Budde at the party held Dec. 31 at Linwood Town Hall. (Photos by Alice Pickering)

Alice Pickering
Linwood Reporter

Judy Hanna’s retirement as the Linwood senior coordinator became official Dec. 31. To recognize and celebrate her contributions, friends put together a party on New Year’s Eve complete with musical entertainment, a magician and fireworks. Among those attending were township supervisors, County Commissioner Rhonda Sivarajah, and many long-time friends.

Hanna later reflected on the position she held for nearly 28 years. Folks who were instrumental in getting the Senior Center built in 1984 are older now and seeking to relax a bit, she said.

Hanna had high praise for Dawn Cash, the newly hired senior coordinator who is learning the ropes. The coordinator schedules events in the Senior Center, plans activities for elderly residents and arranges for transportation. The position is 20 hours a week. Cash will not be working with the food programs, Hanna said.

The Linwood Senior Traveler van once averaged 30-40 trips a month. This was at a time when transportation was available to those who were not residents. Met Council requirements for grants and inspections became much more cumbersome for the two vans the township owned. Requirements were set up for larger transportation systems, so the relationship was severed some years back.

The van still makes trips for residents to medical appointments and some shopping, but there are fewer trips. Hanna observed that older residents are “not as dependent (on the transportation) as they once were.”

While Hanna plans to continue in her elected role as town clerk, retiring from her position as coordinator will give her more free time. She was making schedule adjustments when her husband Bill, became ill in July. He died just before Thanksgiving.

Hanna admits that she will be adjusting to a slower tempo. She plans on having coffee with the Golden Club occasionally.

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A crowd of more than 100 residents turned out to wish Judy Hanna well wishes on her retirement as Linwood’s senior coordinator.

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