Six retired social workers were honored for their contributions to the profession in a luncheon today at the Doubletree Hotel in Augusta.
Betty Frank, Mary Lou Reynolds, Edythe Dimond, Ernestine Thompson, Pat Fitzgerald and Ellis Rece will be honored by the Augusta chapter of the National Association of Social Workers.
"This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to honor the social workers in our area who demonstrated excellence in their field over a stellar career," said Jeanette Cummings, the chairwoman for the Social Work Pioneer Awards.
Frank will receive the advocacy award for her political involvement and leadership role working with groups including the CSRA Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council, the League of Women Voters and the Mental Health Association.
Reynolds, who served as the director of the Augusta chapter of the American Red Cross, will receive the administration award for her 28 years of service in social work.
Dimond will receive the community service award for her work with various human resources organizations.
The education award will go to Thompson, who helped establish the undergraduate social work internship program at Augusta State University and its bachelor of social work degree program.
Fitzgerald, a former director of Richmond County's Department of Family & Children Services, will receive the government award.
Rece will receive the health-care award for her work as an educator, administrator, hospice social worker, clinician, clinical supervisor and as board member for various nonprofit organizations.
Speakers will include Savannah Mayor Otis Johnson, who holds a doctorate in social work.