Kay Hind is the Executive
Director of the SOWEGA Council on Aging in Albany.
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- from Wallace White, GGS President
GGS is the largest state organization of
multidisciplinary professionals in the field of aging.
GGS enhances public awareness of the needs, rights and
continuing contributions of older persons
GGS promotes efforts to meet the needs of older persons
through innovative and state of the art approaches to service
GGS provides student scholarships and promotes career
development in gerontology.
GGS collaborates with other organizations in expanding
services, programs, education and research in aging.
GGS serves as the focal point for Senior Advocacy
relating to public and social policy within the State of Georgia.
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Nancy Pitra - Coordinator of the Senior Citizen Advocacy Project
The Senior Advocacy Project is a collaboration among the Georgia Gerontology Society, the Area Agencies on Aging in Georgia and the Georgia Council on Aging. You may e-mail Nancy Pitra at email@example.com
Interesting Facts About GGS:
GGS successfully lobbied the Governor to organize the
State Coordinating Council for Aging, the forerunner to the Division
of Aging Services.
GGS was named the Georgia Association on Aging for 1
year in the 1960s.
GGS considered registering as a lobbying organization
at one point.
GGS leadership was primarily academicians and
researchers in the early years.
GGS has published numerous books.
There have been 4 geographical chapters of GGS in its
history: the Atlanta and Athens chapters in the 1950s and 1960s and
the Brunswick and Savannah/Chatham Chapters in the 1990s.
GGS has had a total of 37 Presidents from the following
cities: Atlanta (19), Athens (5), Augusta (2), Carrollton (2), and 1
each from Brunswick, Columbus, Covington, Gainesville, Macon,
Milledgeville, Thomasville, Warm Springs, and West Point.
Barbara Rosenberg is the longest-serving President with
4 one-year terms in 1991, 1992, 2003, and 2004.
17 men have served as President, but Ron Schoeffler was
the last in 1990.
Presidents have included: 7 university faculty, 13
community service provider executives, 6 state staff, 5 Area Agency on
Aging directors or management staff, and 6 whose occupations are
unknown at this time.
GGS has had 5 paid employees in its history: Louisa
Botkin (1974 1975), Sue Nort (1976 1977), Joan Attaway (1977
1979), Linnie Martin (1989 1992), and Walter Coffey (1992 to the
For the first 22 years, the GGS Annual Meeting and
Conference was held in either Atlanta or Athens. The first city it
went to after that was Macon.
The first and only time the GGS Conference was held in
Southwest Georgia was in 1989 in Albany.
Including this year, GGS has held a continuous series
of 50 Annual meetings and conferences in these cities: Atlanta (15),
Athens (13), Macon (4), Augusta (4), Savannah (4), St. Simons Island
(3), Helen (2), Columbus (2), Albany (1), Stone Mountain (1), and
Young Harris (1).
The annual awards program began in 1966. The named
Awards were established as follows: John Tyler Mauldin Award (1968),
Elsie Alvis Award (1980), Louis Newmark Award (1982), Robert P. Wray
Legislative Award/re-designated the Scholarship Award (1989), Marietta
Suhart Award (1993), and the Dan Hickman Care Management Award (1998).
Student Mary Ellen (DasGupta) Quinn won the Scholarship
Award while in graduate school and went on to win the Marietta Suhart
Award for her contributions as a geriatrics nursing faculty member of
Medical College of Georgia School of Nursing in Athens.
Eleanor Richardson is the only elected official to win
both the Legislative Award and one of the other major awards, the John
Tyler Mauldin Award.
More than 20 members have been recognized over the
years with 2 or 3 awards, including Citations of Merit. The
most-honored member is Kay Hind, who won the Award for a Professional
in Aging (1978), the John Tyler Mauldin Award twice (1987 and 1992),
and the Elsie Alvis Award (2003).