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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.
(Original article can be found HERE on the Daily Journal Website.)
The Social of Greenwood announces new Executive Director
The Social of Greenwood, formerly Greenwood Senior Center, has named Bob Goodrum as its new Executive Director. Goodrum comes to The Social of Greenwood with 25 years experience in not-for-profit leadership. He resides in Greenwood with his wife and two daughters. He has been a resident of Greenwood since 1976.
Prior to coming to serve as the Executive Director of The Social, Goodrum was the Chief Program Officer for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana. His professional career also includes serving as the Director of Development for Good New Mission and the Executive Director of Lighthouse Mission- both in Indianapolis. In addition to serving as the Mentor Services Director of Starfish Initiative, he also has experience as a teacher, coach, youth pastor and small business owner, as well as being a host of a weekly radio show.
Goodrum has been designated as “Best and Brightest” by Junior Achievement, is a certified volunteer administrator (CVA), a certified program manager and an ordained minister. He has served as the chairman of the shelter and day services committee for the Blueprint to End Homelessness, co-chair of the Homeward Bound Walk and board member for the Central Indiana Association of Volunteer Administrators (CIAVA) and Trusted Mentors.
He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies and a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from St. Paul Christian University.
“We are extremely excited about Bob accepting the position of Executive Director and the expertise he brings to the Social,” said Dean Jones, President of the Social’s Board of Directors. “We have a very bright future as we work together serving older adults in Greenwood and the surrounding area.”
The Social is holding a public reception welcoming Goodrum on Friday, March 23 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m at their facility. Attendance is free and everyone is invited to attend.
The Social of Greenwood has served those age 50 and above in Greenwood for 33 years providing resources, exercise classes, trips and social activities. The Social of Greenwood is located at 550 Polk St., Greenwood, IN and can be reached at 317- 882-4810.