Phillips honored at Central Crossing event

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Pictured are Glenn and Cathy Phillips, who were instrumental in establishing the Central Crossing Senior Center in Shell Knob and helping it develop into the successful and popular organization it is today in the Shell Knob and surrounding communities. Contributed photo

On Saturday, Aug.13, the community gathered at the Shell Knob Central Crossing Senior Center to honor couple Glenn and Cathy Phillips for their contributions to the center.

The Phillips were instrumental in founding, establishing and growing the senior center and its parent, Shell Knob Seniors, Inc. (SKSI) into the phenomenal success it is today, said Jeff Harp, chief publicity officer for the center.

It is through their efforts and those of an army of volunteers whom they inspired, that created the successful facility and the services it offers from the ground up, from what was once nothing more than grazing land.

The event was well attended and numerous speakers were present. The following individuals offered their personal recollections on what the Phillips' contributions meant to them personally and to the community.

Jerry Arnold is the current Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Shell Knob Seniors Inc. (SKSI), which includes Central Crossing Senior Center (CCSC), is a friend of Glenn Phillips, and Emceed the event.

Sanford Garland. Sandy and Arlene are close friends and Sandy is a former board member of SKSI.
Dorothy Knowles is a retired CEO of what was once known as Southwest Missouri Office on Aging and now known as Senior Age, Inc.
Richard Nierman was one of the five original founders of the senior center and SKSI.
Richard Meyer is a former board member and past president of the Senior Age Board, and the Barry County Tax Board.
Ron Clark is a friend of the Phillips and former board member. Clark built the computer room at the center and is now on the advisory board of Senior Age.

During the event, several members of the audience expressed their gratitude to the Phillips and presented the following gifts: 
Starr Kohler, the current CEO of Senior Age who has worked closely with Glenn for several years. Kohler presented a beautiful plaque and framed artwork depicting the "Five Horsemen" - signifying the original five founders of SKSI.
Jeff Harp, chief publicity officer of SKSI, read the poem entitled, "A Farewell to Glenn," then presented a plaque to the Phillips Cathy with the poem inscribed on it.
Maggie Pelzl, secretary of SKSI, presented a statuary gift for the couple's garden at their new home in Lenexa, Kan.

Glenn Phillips also spoke at the event, expressing his thanks to God, family and friends with a heart warming and inspirational message.

On behalf of all attending and those who wished to attend, but couldn't, attendees thanked the Phillips and wished them joy and good health in their new home and future endeavors.