“Relief Society Recognized for Service to Senior Sisters,” Ensign, Oct. 1992, 79–80
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has recognized the Relief Society for its one hundred fifty years of “continuing, outstanding service” to older women of the Church.
Dr. Joyce T. Berry, the U.S. Commissioner on Aging, presented an inscribed plaque to Relief Society general president Elaine L. Jack during a July 21 presentation ceremony. In her remarks, Dr. Berry encouraged Relief Society members to “join forces and reach out to all seniors who are at risk.
“I’m pleased to hear of the things you’re doing,” continued Dr. Berry, who said she presented the award on behalf of the Bush administration and senior citizens throughout the country.
After receiving the plaque, Sister Jack explained that programs in the Church—especially the visiting teaching program—provide older sisters with an opportunity to serve and to be served.
She also emphasized the importance of the service older women have given to their communities. Sister Jack said that these women are wonderful role models.
Nearly twenty people, including representatives from state agencies and organizations that work with senior citizens, attended the presentation, which was held in the Relief Society Building in Salt Lake City.