SGS Awards

Rhoda Jennings Distinguished Older Advocate Award

Criteria (Must be completed for all nominations)

  • Nominee must have demonstrated evidence of significant service to SGS.
  • Nominee must have demonstrated effective advocacy for and/or leadership among older adults in the Southern region.
  • Nominee may be identified through previous recognition by local, state and/or national groups, or by volunteer groups.
  • Nominee must be age 65 or older.
  • Nominee should be a potential role model for successful aging through innovative contributions to society after 65.

If the above criteria has been met and you have all necessary information and supporting documentation you can submit your nomination for this award by clicking on the button below and completing the nomination form.

Nominations for this award will open August 15, 2021, and close February 11, 2022 at 11:59 PM EST.
Awardees notified by March 31, 2022 (for purposes of arranging meeting attendance and guest invites)


Previous Award Winners

  • 2021 - Rita Chow
  • 2020 - Helen Mack
  • 2019 - Bob Blancato
  • 2018 - Althea Taylor-Jones
  • 2017 - Mary Bethel
  • 2016 - Richard W. Lindsay
  • 2015 - Bill Lamb
  • 2013 - Evelyn Newman
  • 2010 - Betty H. Wiser
  • 2009 - Austin Curry
  • 2008 - Mary M. MacKinnon
  • 2007 - Ann Johnson
  • 2006 - Wilson Wong
  • 2005 - Judy and Byron Thames
  • 2004 – David Levine
  • 2003 - Mary Ellen Cox
  • 2002 - Mary Casey
  • 2001 - Virginia Bell
  • 2000 - Dorothy Rose Crawford
  • 1999 - Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter
  • 1998 - Pauline Gore
  • 1997 - Stanley C. Walker
  • 1996 - Daisy L. Bates
  • 1995 - Florence L. Price
  • 1994 - Betty Friedan
  • 1993 - Georgia R. Duggins
  • 1991 - C. Colburn Hardy
  • 1990 - Margaret H. Jacks
  • 1989 - Eleanor Richardson
  • 1987 - Rhoda Jennings