Four years ago, the Athens Jaycees established a million dollar fund at the Athens County Foundation from the proceeds of the sale of Housing for Athens Senior Residents.

They honor the contributions of the senior leaders in Athens County with the Senior Leadership Award, and on Dec. 6 they recognized the leadership of Gary Goosman, mayor of Amesville, in promoting philanthropy and the welfare of seniors living in Athens County, according to a news release.

Goosman served as director of Senior Programs for the Corporation for Ohio Appalachian Development until his retirement in 2017. He also served as president and legislative chair of National Senior Corps Association, as well as president of the Ohio Association for Foster Grandparents and Senior Companion Directors.

He previously served as the Food Bank director in Cincinnati and administrator for the Cincinnati Waldorf School. He was president of the Rural Action Board of Directors and has served as president of the American Community Gardening Association and president of the Center for Creative Cooperation. In addition to serving as the mayor of Amesville, Gary operates a micro-business incubator in Amesville called ACRE (Amesville Community Resources for Entrepreneurs).

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