June 1978 marked the beginning of what was to become a successful and innovative non-profit, Bay Aging, when Allyn Gemerek pioneered the development of an organization in response to the pressing need for supportive services for frail older citizens in the Middle Peninsula and Northern Neck. Mr. Gemerek then served as the Founder and President of Bay Aging for the next 35 years until his retirement in 2011. Within that period of time Gemerek navigated a fledgling organization that had a few essential services for seniors into a strong, widely recognized organization that now offers a large, diverse menu of services for people of all ages.
Today, Allyn Gemerek was recognized by the Bay Aging Board of Directors and staff for his contributions which generated invaluable services for older adults, people with disabilities and caregivers in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula. Current Bay Aging President and CEO Kathy Vesley-Massey said, “Allyn’s vision enabled Bay Aging to offer numerous solutions for older adults and their caregivers such as housing, Meals on Wheels, care management, adult day care, assistive devices, caregiver support, personal assistant, volunteer opportunities, environmental support, in-home care, and public transportation.” Mrs. Vesley-Massey continues, “Allyn Gemerek laid the foundation and helped create a strong, vital, relevant organization that continues to respond to the vision of delivering services people need to live independently for as long as possible.”
Mr. Gemerek received a Bay Aging Board Resolution in recognition and appreciation of distinguished service. A plaque, which will be mounted at Daffodil Gardens senior apartment community, was also presented to Mr. Gemerek for his numerous contributions for the elderly.