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Learn more about The Social of Greenwood from this highlight published in the Indianapolis Business Journal December 2012.
Life of service: Award honors former senior center leader
By RYAN TRARES
Daily Journal staff writer
July 05, 2012
When the Greenwood Senior Center opened more than 30 years ago, it met in a small converted home with three rooms to work in.
The organization had 12 members and served more as a social club for older adults in the area to gather. The center couldn’t offer assistance with health care, transportation or meal programs.
Betty Davis took over as its first executive director working with next to nothing — a small budget, no staff and little idea what a senior center should be.
Since then, she’s transformed the center into a clearinghouse for senior community needs, such as help with living wills, grief support groups and exercise programs.
The 79-year-old Greenwood resident has dedicated her career to making life better and more manageable for Johnson County’s older adults. An award honoring senior volunteers has been named after her, and Greenwood Mayor Mark Myers declared June 28 “Betty Davis Day” for her work.
“You find yourself counseling with them. I don’t solve their problems for them, I just help them to find the solutions,” Davis said. “That’s not something I’m hired to do, it’s just something that comes with the job.”
Davis was recognized during a surprise ceremony of the Johnson County Council on Aging. During what was supposed to be a regular meeting of the council hosted at the Social of Greenwood, she was called up next to Myers and given a plaque.
The two have a longtime connection. Myers’ father, Larry, was mayor of Greenwood when the senior center was founded in 1979. His mother served on the board of the Greenwood Senior Center.
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