Older Americans Month will be kicking off in May, but leading up to it, local nominations are currently being taken for the George A. Wright Memorial Award, which is given annually to individuals 60 and older who exhibit the high standards and dedication to their community, church, country, family and careers that George A. Wright lived.
Last year’s recipient was Holly Bailey Hall. According to Craig Sowell, director of the Tift County Recreation Department, any person or group may nominate an individual. To be eligible, the nominee must have reached his or her 60th birthday by the date of the award. Two letters of endorsement must accompany the required form that must be turned in to the department by 5:30 p.m. April 9.
The forms can be found on the TCRD Facebook page, www.tiftcounty.org (click on Recreation and then the Older American Month Activities tab) or contact the TCRD at 382-3262 to have a form e-mailed or faxed.
Because of his outstanding contributions as a citizen of Tift County, a perpetual memorial for Wright was established and awarded to those who exemplify the qualities that he exhibited. According to some information about the award, Wright’s many examples to the community included his contribution as a community service and civic leader, his Christian witness, his service as a dedicated patriotic American, his loving devotion to his family and his career as an outstanding businessman.
The document also states, “We all remember the positive influences he had on the Tiftarea and how he reached out and touched the lives of many others. In so many ways, he always made people feel glad that ‘George’ had come their way. All of those qualities led the people of Tift County to honor George A. Wright, posthumously, with the ‘Outstanding Senior Citizen of the Year’ award in 1981. That’s why the George A. Wright award has been established by those who knew him best and love him most.”
Citizens are encouraged to nominate those Tift Countians who most closely exemplify and perpetuate all that was good and noble about the life and times of Wright.
To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.