Adaptation and Community Service
February 2, 2013
Senior Advocates was the brain child of Jane Williamson, Lyn Bliss and
a few other seniors who love to write. They raised the question: “The
Advocate has a page for young people published by teens - The Teen
Advocates - who love to write... why not a page for Senior Advocates?”
was my pleasure to lend support and cooperation to the group to help
get them off the ground. The first Senior Advocate Page was published
on April 21, 2007.
“Over time the page and the group evolved.
Seniors began meeting regularly to formalize their approach to
providing content for the page. Lyn built the layout each week. The
program was so successful that two more avenues grew from it... they
began working with Teen Advocates and a successful monthly magazine,
Mature Times, was added to their offerings.
group’s community service didn’t stop there. It spawned another group -
the Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund, a separate 501c3 organization -
for the purpose of providing financial aid to aspiring public
communications students. While the scholarship program is a separate
entity, all Senior Advocates participate in fundraising projects
throughout the year. Over the first two years, one special
one-time/one-class $150 scholarship and six $1,000 scholarships were
“On November 17, 2009 the Senior Advocates voted to end
their association with the Advocate and to become associated with Ball
Publishing (now Brothers Publishing) and the Early Bird -- under their
new name “Senior Scribes.”
“Since then, the Scribes have written
a number of stories and features covering local events and people for
the Early Bird. Also featured is a special Senior Scribe page twice a
month. Not only have the talents of
a number of our members been showcased, but they have offered a
valuable service to Early Bird readers.
“That was nearly four
years ago. And just like everything else with “seasoned citizens,” time
has flown and we continue to enter new fields of endeavor.
Senior Scribes web site was the next step to reaching a larger group of
seniors than ever before. Lyn Bliss put extraordinary time and
effort into it and it offered a world of information – as well
as an additional writing outlet – to today’s seniors.
interest by our young writers has spawned yet another group, the Teen
Scribes. Seniors are working with these young people to help them
develop and expand their writing opportunities.
“Then, a little
over two years ago, a new opportunity presented itself. Thanks to a
donation to the Scribes, a new web hosting service suddenly
presented itself. The
question? What to do with it?
answer? County News Online ("CNO"), a
community news, sports and information service for Darke County readers
and a new source of fundraising for the Senior Scribes Scholarship
Fund. In 2011, thanks to the generous donations of CNO sponsors, $2,500
was raised for scholarships. In 2012, another $10,800 in scholarships
and education expenses was provided to college-bound teens.
hope you enjoy the group’s offerings... they are always "by seniors,
about seniors, and for seniors". We also hope
you will enjoy our offerings at County News Online. As sponsorships
change regularly, you will find the most current list of sponsors by
perusing the pages of CNO by clicking HERE
tell our sponsors “Thank You” for supporting scholarships for Darke
Editor Emeritus, The Daily Advocate
Editor, County News Online
is published by
The Senior Scribes Scholarship Fund
Bob Robinson, Editor
Lyn Bliss, Associate Editor
Amanda Olson, Assistant Editor
George Starks, Sports Editor
Dylan Knoop, Sports Photographer
Kurt Fritsch, Web Master