Zion member Jerry Specth has been named one of Wright County’s 2008 Outstanding Senior Citizens.
From the Wright County Journal Press:
The purpose of the program is to recognize that the senior citizen population is a very valuable resource to our communities, acknowledging their experience, skills, wisdom and how they continue to give their time and talents to our communities.
Jerome “Jerry” Specht, 85, a former county agent, remains involved with his community. His activities follow:
AARP “55 Alive” Driving Instructor- Jerry has volunteered for the past 21 years as an instructor for “55 Alive through AARP (American Association of Retired Persons). Instructors teach the AARP Driver Safety Program at least three times per year. Jerry has spent over 2,280 hours teaching and has taught 5,267 students in 188 classes. These classes have helped people with safe driving techniques and do make a difference to everyone for keeping our highways a safer place to drive.
Home Delivered Meals – Jerry has taken his turn delivering meals to shuts several weeks each year. These meals for “shut-ins” help people remain in their homes longer and add to their quality of life.
Zion Memorial Foundation – Jerry is a board member who meets once a month with the foundation. They make decisions of who will receive some of the foundations funds which benefits our community by contributing financially to various non-profit organizations and groups to help with their activities and make our area a better place to live.
Buffalo Rotary – Jerry has served in the Rotary and held every office from President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.
Buffalo Hospital Board Member – Jerry had served for 10 years, on the board. He was also chairman for two of the terms he served and he contributed substantially to the development and growth of an outstanding community hospital.
Buffalo School Board – Jerry also served in the late 1960s as a Buffalo School Board member.
American Legion – Jerry was a member of the Buffalo American Legion.
Buffalo Days Parade – Jerry was at one time the co-coordinator of the special day in Buffalo Days.
Volunteer driver – Jerry volunteers to transport senior citizens and disabled people who need that ride to medical appointments in our area.
Merle Walters, who nominated Jerry, says, “He has been involved in volunteer activities in Wright County his entire adult life, and at age 85 is still an active volunteer as a “55 alive” instructor, meals on wheels driver and on the Zion Foundation Board, along with (serving as a) driver for people that need that transportation. He is, and has been, an exceptional and willing volunteer and contributor to the Wright County community.”