The February, 2019 Volunteer of the Month is Mary L. Brown. She was nominated by Rosemary Pope, the Executive Director of The Fourth District Seniors Resource Center. Mary is a very dynamic and energetic volunteer who just turned 89 years old last month! She has been volunteering for many different agencies (in addition to The Fourth District Center) for the past 15 plus years.
Currently, Mary serves in several volunteer roles at The Center, including being a Yoga instructor (for a VERY popular yoga class) as well as using her skills as a Registered Nurse to conduct monthly blood pressure monitoring checks. She is serious about her own health (and that of others) and she embodies this in her own lifestyle. Mary is a great role model of healthy living for us all.
At the age of 50, Mary was introduced to yoga and running. She became a member of the US Olympics Relay Team and in 1994 she ran, passing the Olympic torch, through San Diego. After retiring at the age of 65, she learned to swim and competed in triathlons. After that, Mary was a member of a cycling team who rode across America, from Irvine, CA to Savannah, GA. This trek took 9 days and a few hours!
In addition to her active pursuits, Mary also volunteers in several other capacities at The Fourth District Seniors Resource Center. She volunteers as a fundraiser for The Center as well as a speaker on their Speakers Bureau. As a speaker she goes out into the community and does Outreach to let the locals know about the resources that are available for them both through The Center and through other community agencies. Mary is also involved with volunteering at The Old Globe Theater workshops that are held at the Fourth District Center. She also serves as a hostess when The Old Globe puts on plays at The Center.
Mary had been doing all this volunteer service for others, for so many years, with little or no recognition (and with much humility). However, in 2017, the 79th Assembly District awarded Mary the “Outstanding Woman of the Year Award”. This award was well deserved, as Mary gives so much of herself and her time, to better the lives of others.