Mr. Speaker, I rise today to pay tribute to an outstanding community leader and good friend to me and the community of Albany, Georgia--Mrs. Kay Hind of the Southwest Georgia Council on Aging. On Thursday, February 23, 2012, the Georgia Council on Aging honored Mrs. Hind at a reception in the Georgia State Capitol Rotunda after she received the Distinguished Older Georgian Award on the floor of the Georgia House of Representatives.
The Distinguished Older Georgian Award was created in January 2003 by the Georgia Council on Aging and is bestowed to a Georgian who is at least 80 years of age and has made significant contributions to society through their occupational or volunteer efforts.
Mrs. Hind hails from Albany, Georgia and received her BS degree in Home Economics at the University of Georgia in 1951. After she graduated from college, Mrs. Hind worked as a Home Economist Extension Agent in Crawford County, Georgia and a year later she accepted a similar position in Lee County, Georgia.
For 44 years, Mrs. Hind has admirably served as the Executive Director of the Southwest Georgia Council on Aging, an agency that oversees programs for senior citizens in 14 counties in Southwest Georgia. This distinguished agency was incorporated in 1966 to address the needs of older people in Dougherty County, Georgia. Over the years, Mrs. Hind has successfully led the agency to meet the needs of the ever-increasing number of senior citizens living in southwest Georgia.
Due in large part to her successful professional career and her unyielding advocacy on behalf of America's seniors, Mrs. Hind has been recognized repeatedly for her occupational achievements. Mrs. Hind has received the Trailblazer Award from the 100 Black Men of Southwest Georgia; the Georgia Gerontology Society's John Tyler Mauldin Award; the Darton College Woman of Worth Award; and the Elsie Alvis Excellence in Aging Award. Additionally, she has served as a delegate to the White House Conference on Aging on four separate occasions.
Mrs. Hind has achieved numerous successes in her life, but none of this would have been possible without the support of her late husband of 39 years, Mr. John Carswell Hind and her three loving children--Richard, Ken and Gail.
On a personal note, Mrs. Hind has served as an advisor and friend to me for many years and she has frequently given me wise counsel and sound advice. I am especially grateful to her for her unyielding advocacy and ongoing efforts in trying to secure a new, state of the art senior center in Albany, Georgia. Her tireless efforts in fighting for this new facility is just one of the many reasons that people throughout the state of Georgia and across our country have come to admire and respect Mrs. Hind.
Mr. Speaker, I ask my colleagues to join me today in paying tribute to Mrs. Kay Hind for her life of selfless service to the seniors and working families in Georgia and throughout our United States of America.
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