Every May, Jacksonville joins cities across the nation to observe Older Americans Month, recognizing the many contributions that senior citizens make in our communities. The successes we enjoy today are built upon the strong foundation these amazing citizens helped build.
Recently, I had a chance to show my appreciation during my quarterly proclamation ceremony where I presented the Older Americans Month proclamation and recognized a dedicated lady who has made considerable contributions to our city.
88-year-old Katie Davis has spent nearly 60 years serving the citizens of Jacksonville. She worked for the City of Jacksonville for 32 years in the Child Services Department and the Pine Forest Recreation Center. After retirement, she went to work for the Jacksonville Suns (now the Jumbo Shrimp) before joining events security company S.A.F.E. Management to work events at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena. This is where I often run into her, where she ensures my guests and I are following facility rules. To honor her years of service to our community, I presented her with her own proclamation during the ceremony.
View the Katie Davis recognition proclamation
This Older Americans Month the City is encouraging citizens to recognize the contributions of seniors like Katie Davis by submitting personal messages of gratitude with this online form. Messages will be delivered to the City’s 20 local senior centers.
Other proclamations presented at the Quarterly Proclamation Ceremony on May 7: