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 60 or older.
    (The Awards Committee has the discretion to award to a deserving individual under 60 years of age.)
  • Nominee should be a potential role model for successful aging through innovative contributions to society after 60.

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.

Applications for this award are currently open.
Deadline: February 10, 2023 at 11:59 PM EST.


Previous Award Winners

  • 2022 - Brian LeBlanc
  • 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