Bonnie Klingler was surprised to learn she won the Outstanding Older Hoosier award Wednesday, March 20, at a Boone County Council on Aging meeting at Boone County Senior Services Inc. in Lebanon.
“Can’t you tell?” Klingler said, patting her red cheeks, after accepting the award. “It’s just good to be rewarded for doing something I enjoy so much.”
Klingler, of Zionsville, has been a longtime resident and volunteer in the county, said Rene Stanley, of the BCCOA, who presented the award. Klingler has been an active member of the Zionsville American Legion Auxiliary with her husband Joe for 21 years, and she has served many catfish dinners at the Whitestown post. She has been involved with the Smyrna Shrine Guild, Habitat for Humanity, the United Way Day of Caring, and the BCSSI Friendly Visitor Program for the past nine years. As a part of Friendly Visitors, Klingler made routine visits to more than 20 individuals and 30 veterans, bringing companionship and support to those who are alone.
Klingler also visits veterans each month at Zionsville Meadows. On Veterans Day, she recognizes each during a luncheon she coordinates with the American Legion. At Christmastime, the veterans receive a small gift of hankies and socks.
Stanley said Klingler finds time to take seniors to their doctor appointments and bridge club. She sometimes takes her senior friends to lunch or, if the weather is bad, she brings them a picnic lunch.
“Bonnie has touched many lives,” Stanley said.
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