2022 Board Member Elections

Final votes were taken and counted on Wednesday, May 25th 2022.

Counts were as follows

  1. Bill O’Field — 318 votes
  2. Harley Jefferies — 241 votes
  3. Janet Dotson — 238 votes
  4. Sandra Mossor — 230 votes
  5. Donna K. Stuart — 216 votes
  6. Ron Watson — 194 votes
  7. Joyce E. Rabanal — 173 votes
  8. Dianne Singleton — 152 votes
  9. Fran Lopez — 111 votes
  10. Gerry D. Barnhart — 89 votes

Top 5 were Bill O’Field, Harley Jefferies, Janet Dotson, Sandra Mossor, and Donna K. Stuart. They will fill the 5 open seats on the Harrison County Senior Citizens’ Center, Inc. Board of Directors. Congratulations to all who participated and thanks to all of the seniors who turned out to vote! (Results were posted on Facebook 5/26/22, sorry for the delay in getting them posted here.)

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2022 Board of Directors Election

Harrison County Senior Citizens’ Center, Inc.

Frequently Asked Questions

2022 Harrison County Senior Center Board of Directors Election Candidates5 Seats Available

Sandra Mossor – East View Satellite – Ballot Position: 1

I am a proud 1959 graduate of Victory High School and for many years served as a volunteer in the United Hospital Center’s gift shop and president of the Hospital Auxiliary. As a member of the Board, we have been agents of change using Zoom and call-in for the Board meetings and would like to continue to be agents of change as the center moves forward. I worked with the Executive Director and the Board to continue to provide essential services at the Center during its closure because of the Covid pandemic. If re-elected, I will continue to work with the Executive Director to fundraise and promote more programming aimed at keeping seniors active in our center for their mental and healthy well-being. I would appreciate your consideration and vote for my re-election to another three-year term on the Center’s Board of Directors.

Fran Lopez – Spelter Satellite – Ballot Position: 2

I would like to run for the Harrison County Senior Citizens Board of Directors. I have served on the board of directors with Harrison County Literacy Volunteers for seventeen years, the Quiet Dell craft co-op for one year, the H.C.S.C for one year previously. I also have served as the secretary/treasurer for H.C.S.C. bingo club. As such I have experience with fundraising and grant writing. I have a bachelor’s degree in home economics with a minor in food service management. I have also worked at WVU’s dining halls, as well as Julio’s restaurant and various other restaurants. I believe that my work and volunteer experience would be beneficial to the HCSC board. I have been an active member for ten years and care we very much for the center and the seniors it serves.

Janet Dotson – Shinnston Satellite – Ballot Position: 3

I have been a member of the Shinnston Satellite for over 20 years and am currently the satellite president.  After retiring from 35 years of teaching, I have dedicated myself to working for seniors.  I am a good listener for seniors and try to help any senior who confides in me.  I have been on the Board of Directors for many years and am very knowledgeable about how it operates.  I have been a Region 1 representative to the Area Agency on Aging Council in Wheeling.  Throughout my years on the board, I have always voted for what I felt was in the best interest of seniors.  I served on the board during the pandemic to help maintain services to seniors.  I am active in center activities.  I am a wife, a mother, a grand and great grandmother, but, most of all, I am a true senior citizen.

Donna K. Stuart – Center – Ballot Position: 4

As a lifelong resident of Harrison County, my roots run deep in the community. I graduated from RW High School, worked for the US Postal Service in Clarksburg and retired in 2013. I was hired as the HCSCC Transportation Manager and Assistant Director. Keeping my roots in the community, I am a Harrison Co. Parks & Recreation Enrichment Program Supervisor promoting socialization activities and supporting finding the cure for Alzheimer’s. I would like to continue to serve the seniors of Harrison County promoting effective policy in the areas of nutrition, transportation, card making classes, and day trip activities. I volunteer with the HCSCC ceramics group and Senior Nutrition Mission Program. I have supervised flower planting in the flower beds outside the Center. During COVID-19, I supported the Executive Director to keep HCSCC essential programs operating. Please vote for me.

Dianne Singleton – Spelter Satellite – Ballot Position: 5

To The Seniors of Harrison County: I am a senior citizen who has been involved with issues affecting Senior Citizens on both the county and state levels for the past ten years. I am a member of the Harrison County Senior Citizens and the Silver Haired Legislature. I have held many positions of leadership in the past and I continue to remain active in various organizations. I currently hold a paralegal certificate from West Virginia Parkersburg and have had experience dealing with multiple legal issues. The knowledge and understanding that I have gained while working on senior issues gives me a strong background with which to represent your wishes and concerns.  I will always endeavor to work for the good of the senior citizens of Harrison County, as well as the good of all the senior citizens of West Virginia.

Gerry Dorsey Barnhart – Spelter Satellite – Ballot Position: 6

I have recently retired with 29 years of service at Pratt & Whitney and would like to volunteer in the community. Serving the seniors has always been a goal of mine. As a senior myself, I believe I have skills to assist the center to grow for current and future generations.  We all need the center and its services. Would hope to watch the center to continue to grow in the future. Hoping I could learn and grow with center and offer new ideas, etc. I currently belong at the Spelter Satellite.  Knowing the main center is always available. The activities and services of the HCSC needs relayed to all eligible seniors of our county. I believe so many are unaware of said services. Seniors need help being heard in the county. I believe I am an honest person and would enjoy serving the seniors.

Ron Watson – Lost Creek Satellite – Ballot Position: 7

Why I would like to serve on the HCSC BODs: I have been a member of the HCSC since 1998 and have served on the BOD as the County Commission representative for 18 years of which I have served in various leadership positions including President.  In 2005 while serving as your President I was instrumental in establishing the Satellite President’s Council. If elected I will continue to be an advocate for Harrison County senior citizens issues.  I am committed to a better tomorrow and will never forget that I am serving for you. I have a Master’s Degree Public Administration and a Bachelors of Arts Degree in Secondary Education. In addition I have over 40 years of public service.  I am a veteran of the USAF and a retired Police Officer from Washington, DC. Your vote for me would be greatly appreciated.

Joyce E. Rabanal – Spelter Satellite – Ballot Position: 8

To The Seniors of Harrison County: I am a senior citizen who became involved with the Harrison County Senior Citizens after retiring from my 50+ year career as a registered nurse. I remain involved in the practice of nursing. I served on the Board of Health for over 20 years and I am currently President of the Parish Nurse Ministry at my church. I have held many positions of leadership in the past and I continue to remain active in various organizations. Having previously served on the board, my experience will allow me to represent you with knowledge and honesty. I believe your wishes and concerns should be heard and that the Board must work with you in addressing these issues. This is a relationship I strongly encourage and as a Board member would promote and endorse.

Bill O’Field – Marshville Satellite – Ballot Position: 9

I joined HCSCC in July 2015 after retiring from working in Washington, DC and moving back home to Harrison County. I ask for your vote for me to continue raising my voice on senior issues at the HCSCC Board, Belomar, Harrison County Commission, and Clarksburg and Bridgeport City Council meetings, at the WV Legislature, and US Congress. In 2016, I was appointed to the Board after serving on the Executive Director (ED) Search Committee when Beth Fitzgerald was hired. I have served in leadership positions bringing the HCSCC’s financial situation into positive standing and keeping it stable. Worked to raise awareness and donations for the cure to end Alzheimer’s. During the COVID-19 pandemic, I worked with the ED and the Board to keep essential services operational. I care about seniors and my work on the Board and the Center’s accomplishments during my tenure are my record. Please vote for me.

Harley Jeffries – Mt. Clare Satellite – Ballot Position: 10

I am a member of the Mt. Clare Satellite, born and raised in Harrison County. I started school at Mt. Clare Grade School and graduated from Bridgeport Senior High. My wife Ruth and I pastor Lighthouse Chapel in Clarksburg and I am Associate Broker at KRB Kaufman Properties in Bridgeport. We are Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus for Bridgeport Light Up the Night and Bridgeport Christmas Parade, Cubby’s Daycare, Bridgeport Police, and others as well as Christmas with Barbara Oldaker on the food box deliveries. I am a volunteer for Red Cross Blood Drives. As a Board Member, I worked with the Executive Director to continue to provide essential services at the Center during its closure because of the Covid pandemic. If re-elected, I will continue to work with fundraising, building memberships, and representing you and the Satellites. I would appreciate your consideration and vote for a three-year term of 2022-2025. 

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HCSCC Board of Directors Election 2022

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Q. Are members of one satellite able to vote at another location?

A. Yes. Everyone is a member of Harrison County Senior Center and may or may not have a satellite affiliation.  Voting times at satellites are just another location and opportunity for any member in good standing to vote, in addition to voting opportunities at the center.  You may have members not affiliated with your satellite showing up at your satellite location just during voting time.    

Q. Are we voting in April and May? 

A. Voting will ONLY take play in MAY 2022 at the dates, times and location listed on the voting schedule. It is expected that candidates will campaign during April. 

Q. What are candidate essays? 

A. At the time of application, candidates submitted a 150-word maximum essay to highlight why he or she would like to be elected as a board member and how he or she would help to serve the Harrison County Seniors as a board member.  Those essays, as written by the candidate, are posted next to his or her picture on the candidate flyer. 

Q. What does it mean to be “a member in good standing?”

A. A member whose dues are current (paid) for the 10/1/2021 – 9/30/2022 session. Dues must be received at the senior center by the last business day of April 2022 (April 29, 2022) for that member to be included on the May 2022 Official Member Voting Roster. 

Q. It shows that you will only be at my satellite for one hour. What if people are still being processed to vote?

A. As in state and national elections, if you are “standing in line” when the polls close you are still able to vote.  If someone is coming to your location just to vote, they must arrive during that time frame.  If we are still processing members to vote, we will stay and complete the voting process for all eligible voters. 

Q. Will there be absentee ballots?

A. Yes. While there are many opportunities and locations in May for any member to vote, we recognize that there may be members that will be unable to visit a voting location during May for a variety of reasons. The absentee process is explained at the end of the Q and A.  

Q. What happens if I make a mistake on my ballot or decide not to vote?

A. If a voter makes a mistake and requires a replacement ballot, the original ballot will be marked as spoiled and placed in the ballot box.  The voter will be given a replacement ballot.  If the voter decides not to vote, that ballot will be marked spoiled and placed in the ballot box. 

Q. Is the ballot box secure?

A. Yes. The ballot box has a back lock for the large opening.  The election chair has the key to that lock.  The front slot opening will have a zip tie numbered tag system that is secured and witnessed when closed and opened. 

Q. What happens if I vote for more than five?

A. Ballots with more than 5 votes will be considered spoiled and will not be counted. 

Q. How will voting take place?

A. The poll workers will have the tagged ballot box, unstamped ballots, and the master list of eligible members.  It is helpful for members to have their current membership card ready, if possible, in case there is an issue.

The satellite president, designee, or a center member will verify that the seal is valid before the box is opened.  The seal will be numbered, and the previous witness signature will be beside the seal number on the list and their initials will be on the tag. 

Those members able to come to the table to sign the list and pick up a ballot may do so. Once the member signs, he or she will be given a stamped ballot.  The member may take the ballot, mark it, and return it to the ballot box.  Once those members are processed, any member that needs assistance will be processed. 

At the close of voting, the poll workers will request that a satellite officer or center member witness the sealing of the ballot box and sign the seal list and initial the seal. 

Q. How will absentee voting take place?

A. ABSENTEE BALLOT INFORMATION

HCSC understands that some members may be physically unable to vote in person at one of the voting locations. Satellite members may call their satellite president and request an absentee ballot.  Center members should call the center and speak with Beth or Nancy or leave their name and number and request. 

Absentee Ballots will be available by the beginning of May 2022.

Satellite presidents will be issued Absentee Ballots at the April 28th Presidents Council meeting. 

The requesting member should designate who will be responsible for delivering the ballot to them and returning the ballot to the satellite president or center.

The absentee ballot will have an inner security envelope for the completed ballot. That inner security envelope will remain unmarked.  The security envelope will be placed in an outer envelope that will require the absentee voter to print his or her name, telephone number, and satellite affiliation (if any) or center, and affix his or her signature. 

Absentee ballot envelopes will be placed in the ballot box.  All absentee ballots must be received by 1 pm on the last day of voting, May 25, 2022. 

When the ballot box is opened, the election team will take the absentee ballot envelopes and determine the member eligibility.  If a member is eligible, the inner unmarked security envelope with the ballot will be removed and set aside.  If a member is ineligible, the outer envelope will remain unopened and will be marked as spoiled.

Once all absentee ballot outer envelopes are processed, the remaining inner envelopes will be opened, and those ballots will be stamped and given to the vote counters to determine ballot eligibility. 

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If you have any additional questions, or need additional clarification, please do not hesitate to call the director at 203.623.6795, Ext. 103. 

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Adopt-A-Banner

Honor a Veteran

The Clarksburg Mayor’s Youth Council presents its “Adopt-A-Banner” program to honor area veterans who have served our country. Individuals interested in adopting a banner can do so in honor of a family member or friend, alive or deceased, that served in any branch of the military.

Banners will be printed and displayed throughout the downtown area beginning mid-June through July 4th and late October through Veteran’s Day. Once the banners are removed, they will be returned to the individual that purchased the banner.

Click for more info and the form to file.

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Activities & Services

An updated Flyer with our Activities and Services is now available here.

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Harrison County Senior Citizens’ Center, Inc.

March 24th, 2022 Board Meeting Agenda.

Click here for a PDF of the Meeting Agenda

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