The Payson Regional Medical Center's Senior Circle is kept on track by an outstanding corps of volunteers.
At a special program Feb. 9, those top volunteers were honored for their service. Sue Beckwith was named Volunteer of the Year.
Beckwith is not yet old enough to be a member of the group.
She has given her time to the Senior Circle for a year-and-a-half and during 2006 gave the most hours of all the volunteers. Beckwith started helping at the Senior Circle in July 2005. She came to the area for her health in 2000 and, as she started feeling better, she wanted to get out of the house and help others. Her condition did not allow her to take on full-time responsibilities, so Ramona Coppelli suggested the Senior Circle.
"The fellowship and friendship I've found here have been wonderful. They're family," she said.
Among the many tasks she has taken on for the Senior Circle are the many luncheons and special gatherings. She and a committee are responsible for making arrangements for the food donations. There are six to 15 people who serve on the luncheon committee, depending on the size of the event.
Beckwith recommends the Senior Circle to everyone.
"The fellowship is great, you get to meet wonderful people and there are terrific benefits," she said. "The benefits more than pay for the cost of membership even if you only use them once."
Those benefits include education and instruction on how to live a healthy life.
Both she and her husband, Steve, love working with the community's older population.
Her husband is involved with the transportation program at Rim Country Health and Retirement. They have one son, Anthony, and five grandchildren. Her parents also make their home in Payson.