Beckley's Business: A Celebration of Service to Seniors

... An album of a few memorable moments from Jack Beckley's 23 years as Executive Director of the Melrose Council on Aging

from SilverStringers

6/2003 At Jim Driscoll's Melrose Mirror Award Program, Jack tells the SilverStringers of the plans to renovate the basement of Milano Senior Center.

7/2008 Jack presents a Certificate of Appreciation to a volunteer during the annual Volunteer Appreciation Program

3/2011 At Milano Center lobby, Council on Aging Chairperson Eileen Olsen and Jack Beckley discuss the Melrose Friends of the Aging Giving Tree display on the wall behind them.

1/2010 Jack discusses his job at the Milano Senior Center with SilverStringer Ed Boyd (not pictured here).

10/2002 Recognition of the Senior Pilot Program: COA Executive Director Jack Beckley, Secretary of Elder Affairs, Melrose Mayor Rob Dolan, MA State Rep. Mike Festa, Dan O'Leary, Executive Director of Mystic Valley Elder Services.

7/2007 July 2007 The Melrose Rotary Club recently installed two automatic door openers on the Milano Senior Centerís front entrance doors.  The door openers were long on the Centerís wish list for easy access but, until now, their high cost prevented installation.  Pictured (L-R) are: former Mayor Jim Milano, Mayor Rob Dolan, Rotary President Millie Rich, COA Executive Director Jack Beckley, Rotary past President Phil Ogren, Roger Rexrode of In & Out Pedestrian Doors, Inc., and Rotary Club members John McCarron, Steve Buker, Ron Seaboyer, and Neil Collins.  Seated is Marjorie Enos, one of the many senior center regulars who will especially appreciate the door openers.

The Melrose Board of Aldermen honored Beckley with a resolution that states - "During his tenure, Jack has influenced and improved the lives of the city's elder citizens by providing programs and activities at the Milano Center," the resolution reads. "Over the course of his career, Jack's accomplishments include successful grant writing and fundraising resulting in awards and donations used to preserve and expand the Milano Senior Center, enhance essential services, and support outreach and transportation programs."

Presented by Ward 3 Alderman Frank Wright, the resolution noted that Beckley is also a founder of The Bridge: A School/Community Partnership and has volunteers for many city organizations: the Melrose Recycling Committee, the Affordable Housing Task Force and the Master Plan Committee.

Ward 5 Alderman Gail Infurna said that she's periodically at the Milano Center and sees that "the warmth and excitement that Jack brings to those seniors is really very nice."

Ward 7 Alderman Bill Forbes noted "of course, he's (Beckley) a Ward 7 resident" and that Beckley had a "very difficult job" meeting the various needs of seniors in Melrose.

Jack is a board member and past president of Mystic Valley Elder Services and past president and secretary of the Melrose Chamber of Commerce.

April 1, 2011

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