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2017 Harold Barnes Leader of the Year

At the end of the October 2017 SHINE Leadership Meeting, the Department of Elder Affairs was able to celebrate the contributions of more than 517 statewide volunteers.  The Florida Department of Elder Affairs' SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) Program announced Charles Franckle, Pasco-Pinellas County volunteer, as the award winner for the Harold Barnes Leader of the Year award.

Charles serves as a SHINE volunteer counselor and Local Coordinator for the Area Agency on Aging of Pasco-Pinellas, Inc. In addition to working one-on-one with his clients, Charles also serves as a local mentor, a member of Leadership, and was recognized by the department as an ideal candidate to serve as a statewide SHINE Trainer. In this training role, he has accepted the additional responsibility that comes along with being a SHINE Trainer, and has helped 100s of SHINE candidates around the entire State of Florida to understand complicated, complex, yet very necessary issues related to Medicare and SHINE volunteerism. Charles also serves as a “go to” by the SHINE Statewide Program Director, as a trusted subject matter expert for requested interviews with media outlets. One such interview included being shadowed by a reporter for a day and the final article reflected his patience, kindness and best of all, innate quality to be non-judgmental in providing just the facts so the client may decide what is best for them. Charles has a Ph.D. in Economics, first graduating with a Bachelors of Arts from the University of South Florida.

Additionally, SHINE is not the only local program that Charles provides leadership to. Charles served in various positions on the Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas County Board of Directors. He is donor to both the Habit for Humanity as well as the City of St. Petersburg Free Clinic. He has provided his financial expertise through the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), which offers free income tax preparations for low-income residents, and most recently he served as the Treasurer with the Friends of Pinellas Master Naturalist. To quote his nominator, “Understanding Charles’ intelligence and talent to explain the somewhat unexplainable, it is easy to see why our organization, as well as the Florida Department of Elder Affairs, benefits from his dedication to help others. He remains a tremendous asset to both our organizations, as well as those he serves voluntarily.”
This award is named for long-time SHINE volunteer, Harold Barnes, and recognizes members of volunteers leadership for their dedication to fellow volunteers and the program. Nominations can be submitted from anyone associated with the SHINE program. 

The qualities of Harold Barnes, considered for the award named in his honor, include:
  • Consideration of time spent as a SHINE Volunteer Leader;
  • Demonstration of the ability to go above and beyond, and dedication to growing the SHINE Program locally;  and
  • Demonstrated history of compassion for the clients and communities SHINE serves.

Charles Franckle, we thank you for your motivation, devotion, reliability and kindness.


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