Maura Sparks receives state service award
Lt. Gov. Parson honors longtime Pierce City senior leader
Maura Sparks, who recently completed serving 15 years as president of Pierce City Senior Citizens Inc., has been honored by Missouri Lieutenant Governor Mike Parson for her service.
Parson presented Sparks with the Lieutenant Governor's Senior Service Award in Jefferson City. She also received a signed proclamation from the Missouri Senate from State Sen. David Sater, R-Cassville.
Sparks also served as volunteer administrator for the organization for 15 years. Following the tornado on May 4, 2003, Sparks participated on the steering committee planning and designing the present senior center building, which replaced the one destroyed by the storm.
Duties for the organization undertaken by Sparks have included seeking grants, organizing exercise classes, line dancing and bridge, as well as organizing volunteers for fundraising. She also served on the Lawrence County Council on Aging for 10 years, helping seniors that need help in their homes. At the time she joined, no one in the Pierce City area was receiving services. Sparks corrected that and helped institute new hiring practices and pay increases as well as training for aides providing housekeeping, respite care and good neighbor transportation, among other services.
Sparks resigned that board to take a position on the Lawrence County Senior Tax Board, which distributes property tax revenue to entities like the Council on Aging for services to seniors.
Sparks recently joined the Silver Hair Legislature in recommending legislation impacting seniors to the Missouri General Assembly. She is certified by AARP to teach safe driving courses to seniors. Sparks also serves on the Cox Monett Hospital board and is a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, where she is active on the Parish Council of Catholic Women.