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     In the year 1983, the state of North Carolina introduced a new statewide program called Senior Games.  This program empowered all the counties to form Senior Games organizations.  This program, for senior citizens 55 and older (men and women), was designed to promote fun, increase fitness, and promote fellowship on a county and statewide basis.


    In 1991, it took an abundance of intestinal fortitude along with a fierce passion from Guy Taylor (Macon County Recreation Director) to act as the first Coordinator and make an organization that could be sanctioned by the state.  With a lot of help from Dana Gibson and Bobby Hunt, all worked feverously to establish, and make viable, the first Senior Games in Macon County. The Officers of the Macon County Senior Games organization were put in place and they were; President Orin Robert Sloan, Vice President Don McBride, Secretary Rosemary Hepworth , and Treasurer Shirley Scott.  The Officers were highly motivated with so much interest shown by the local populous registering and supporting the newly found organization.  The first logo was designed by Cheri Anderson, a Junior at Franklin High School.  The First Annual Macon County Senior Games was scheduled during April 20 thru April 27, 1991.  Some first notable participants, sorry not all mentioned, made this years games remembered in history; Wayne Swank, Don and Elizabeth McBride, Bradley and Shirley Scott, Carol Scott, Eleanor Albertz, Rosemary Hepworth, Bette Sloan, Edgar Tippett, Ana Ward, Charles Irwin, Charles Babin, Orin Sloan, Grayce MacDonald, Bette Bronk, Thurman Pritchard, Ernest Zurburg, Fern Snyder, Mary and Everett Michell, and Joan Bohmann.  State Star Medal Winners were: Don McBride (Swimming and Track) , Elizabeth McBride (Swimming) and Wayne Swank Swimming, Track, Football) All in all, 47 participants played in the First Annual Macon County Senior Games.  At the North Carolina State Senior Games competition in Raleigh, Macon County sent 12 medal participants and brought home 10 state medals. The Recreation Department of Macon County was honored as the prime sponsor of the 1991 Senior Games and all were hopefull that would continue for years to come.  The 1991 Macon County Senior Games raised awareness of its benefit and improved well being of its participants earning Franklin’s finest sponsors, numbering one hundred and four.  That support and financial contributions to the Macon County Senior Games organization made the community a far better place to live.


    In 1992, the Second Annual Macon County Senior Games were dedicated in memory of Fern Snyder who passed on December 31, 1991 and the Games were held during May 9 thru 16, 1992. This year was the year that the participants elected the Macon County Senior Games first President.  Orin Robert Sloan, participant and medal winner in the First Annual Macon County Senior Games, graciously accepted the position.  Dana Gibson was in charge of a new fund raiser for the Senior Games and that was the First Annual Flea Market. Some new notable participants, sorry not all mentioned, made this years games remembered in history: Guy Taylor, Ethel Babin, Browne Allen, Richard Conk, and Fred Haller.  State Star Medal Winners were; Don McBride (Swimming and Track) and Charles Irwin (Swimming).  At the North Carolina State Senior Games competition in Raleigh, Macon County sent 34 medal participants who brought home 25 state medals.


     In 1993, the Third Annual Macon County Senior Games were strong. Guy Taylor continued at Coordinator.  Macon County Senior Games were played from May 8 thru 15, 1993.  Three new notable participants, sorry not all mentioned, made this years games remembered in history: Eva Haller, George Duley, and Betty Healey.  State Star Medal Winners were; Don McBride (Swimming and Track), Charles Irwin (Swimming) and George Duley (Track).  At the North Carolina State Senior Games competition in Raleigh, Macon County sent 23 medal winners who brought home 35 state medals.


    In 1994, the Fourth Annual Macon County Senior Games was alive and well.  It started on the 14th of May and ended on the 21st of May, 1994. Two new notable participants, sorry not all mentioned, made this years games remembered in history: Ken Bush and Don Downie. State Star Medal Winners were: George Duley (Track), Charles Irwin (Swimming) and Eva Haller (Swimming). Macon County Senior Games medal participants brought home 50 medals from Raleigh.


    In 1995, the Fifth Annual Macon County Senior Games ran from May 6 thru 13, 1995.  The year started out different by the organization electing the following Officers for the Macon County Senior Games; Ethel Babin as President (only the second President), Fred Haller as Vice President,  Eva Haller as Secretary/Treasurer, Dana Gibson as Games Coordinator and Bob Hunt as Events Manager.  Three new games were added this year; Badminton, Bridge, and Croquet.  Some new notable participants, sorry not all mentioned, made this years games remembered in history; Barbara Wing, Harold and Martha Rayborn, Edwina and Frank Hauversburk, and Jim Zilbauer. The Macon County Senior Games had an unbelievable 270 participants for this years local competition.  The Macon County Senior Games organization sent 57 medal winners to Raleigh.


    In 1996, the Sixth Annual Macon County Senior Games took place and the organization, for only the third time in its existence, named a new President, Fred Haller. His staff included; Vice President Frank Hauversburk, Treasurer Eva Haller, and Secretary Ann Bush.  Theresa Holbrooks was appointed Coordinator.  The Ambassador Program was used for the first time in the Macon County Senior Games organization to promote the local games and be the face of the organization. This year, the Macon County Senior Games organization sent the first two Ambassadors for training in Raleigh, Bob and Bette Sloan.

  

    In 1997, the Seventh Annual Macon County Senior Games took place on May 1 thru May 10, 1997.  Another Ambassador was named, Patti McClure.  Three new notable participants, sorry not all mentioned, made this years games remembered in history: Marc and Jan Sharp and Millie Honeycutt.


    In 1998, the Eighth Annual Macon County Senior Games were opened on April 29 and lasted thru May 9, 1998.  At the helm, Fred Haller functioned as President and Theresa Holbrooks was the Coordinator.  Two new Ambassadors were selected, Martha and Harold Rayborn.  Some new notable participants, sorry not all mentioned, made this years games remembered in history: Herb Lange, Charlie Honeycutt, Barbara Robeson, Tex Davis, Evelyn Bancroft, Roberta Hope, Rose Downie, Pat Zilbauer and Bob Coennen. The participants in the games numbered 163.  Macon County Senior Games sent 91 medal winners, taking away 104 state medals from Raleigh.


    In 1999, the Ninth Annual Macon County Senior Games took place on April 27 thru May 8, 1999.  This year new horseshoe pits were implemented, complements to the prime sponsor, Parks and Recreation Department.  The Officers elected to lead them to Raleigh were President Fred Haller, Vice President Frank Hauversburk, Treasurer Eva Haller, Secretary Ann Bush, and the new Coordinator, Stephanie Taylor.  Some new notable participants, sorry not all mentioned, made this years games remembered in history: Marjorie Maloof, JoAnn and Bob Tennant, Jim Hite, and Lonnie Shepardson.  Macon County Senior Games sent 79 medal winners to Raleigh returning with 123 state medals.



    In 2000, the Tenth Annual Macon County Senior Games lasted from April 24 through May 13, 2000.  Director Guy Taylor stepped down and Bob Hunt became the Director of Parks and Recreation.  Four new notable participants, sorry not all mentioned, made this years games remembered in history; Jack Blake, Hallie Davison, and Jane and Bill Parkins.  The local games group sent 64 medal winners to Raleigh who won 143 state medals.


    In 2001, April 23 thru May 12, were the dates of the Eleventh Annual Macon County Senior Games competition.  New Bocce courts at the Community Center were put in this year.  This year saw the return of Theresa Holbrooks as Coordinator.  Some honors were given out to individuals this year; Mary Mitchell was acknowledged as the participant with the most medals in one year, Ana Ward the eldest woman participant at 92, and Edgar Tippett oldest man participant at 93.  The list of Ambassadors grew this year by four to include Phil and Beverly Williams along with Evelyn and Ray Bancroft.  A few new notable participants, sorry if all are not mentioned, made this years games remembered in history: Vince West, Karen Campbell and Brenda Jacobs.  Total Senior Games participants numbered 176, of those, 78 medal winners went to Raleigh and 46 came home with state medals; 41 Gold, 40 Silver and 21 Bronze. In the National competition in Baton Rouge, LA this year, Millie Honeycutt won a Bronze Medal and her husband Charlie Honeycutt and his partner, Bob Tennant, won Gold.


      In 2002, the Twelfth Annual Macon County Games began on April 26 through May 13, 2002.  Some new notable participants, sorry not all mentioned, made this years games remembered in history: Vince West, Marline and Ron Mueller, Gail Lehman, and Sarah Wilkes.  Seventy four local medal winners traveled to Raleigh and forty eight brought back one hundred state medals; 35 Gold, 29 Silver and 36 Bronze.



    In 2003, the Thirteenth Annual Macon County Games celebrated their competition between May 1st and May 17th, 2003. Bocce became the newest game added to the list of events available for competition this year.  Fred Haller was appointed to the North Carolina State Senior Games board in Raleigh.  Beverly and Phil Williams became the newest of the Macon County Senior Games Ambassadors this year.


    In 2004, Macon County recorded two new Ambassadors and they were Ron and Marline Mueller.   Participants in the Fourteenth Annual Macon County Senior Games numbered two hundred twenty five, eighty eight of those being medal winners traveled to Raleigh and 54 won and brought back 120 state medals; 53 Gold, 35 Silver and 32 Bronze.  


    In 2005, the Fifteenth Annual Macon County Senior Games took place during April 25th through May 14, 2005.  Officers this year included: President Fred Haller, Vice President Frank Hauversburk, Secretary Ann Bush, Treasurer Eva Haller, and Senior Games Coordinator Theresa Holbrooks.  Parks and Recreation Department Director was Seth Adams.  Vince and Mary West became Ambassadors to join thirteen others to be the largest Ambassador corps of any county in North Carolina.   One new notable participant, sorry not all mentioned, made this years games remembered in history: Mary West.  Macon County participants in the games numbered 215.  The Macon County sent 79 local medal winners to Raleigh who brought home 139 state medals; 41 Gold, 55 Silver, and 43 Bronze.  Gail Lehman led all state medal winners with 7.


    In 2006, the Sixteenth Annual Macon County Senior Games competition occurred during April 24th through May 13, 2006.  Mary West took the Chair for the Macon County Senior Games Flea Market, a primary fund raiser.  New Ambassadors were added to an elite corps by the names of Harold and Martha Rayborn.  One new notable participant, sorry not all mentioned, made this years games remembered in history: Fred Johnson.


    In 2007, the Seventeenth Annual Macon County Senior Games conducted their competitions during April 27th and May 19th.  Fred Haller became the North Carolina Senior Games Torch Bearer to open the games in Raleigh this year.  Four new notable participants, sorry not all mentioned, made this years games remembered in history: Don and Judy Wirth, Martha Stephens and JoAnn Roberts.


    In 2008, the Eighteenth Annual Macon County Senior Games set the game schedule for April 21 through May 10, 2008.  Officers were; President Fred Haller, Vice President and Coordinator Vince West, Treasurer Shirley Scott, Secretaries Mary West and Martha Rayborn. Fred Haller also served on the North Carolina State Senior Games board from 2003 until this year.  Two new notable participants, sorry not all mentioned, made this years games remembered in history: Mike and Nancy Falkenstein.  Macon County Senior Games gained two gems to put in the crown of Ambassadors by the names of Gail Lehman and MaryAnn Ingram for this year.


    In 2009, the Nineteenth Annual Macon County Senior Games played out between April 27 through May 16, 2009.  New Ambassadors selected for 2009 were Bruce and Kathy Webb.  Maxine Soucy and Leroy and Pat Miller were Ambassadors but the years they were appointed have been lost due to lack of documentation.


    In 2010, Tim Crabtree became the new Coordinator and assumed the duties.  Charlie and Millie Honeycutt were selected as torchbearers at the North Carolina State Senior Games.  Some new notable participants, sorry not all mentioned, made this years games remembered in history: Ron Moore, Jean and Jim White, and Sue and Fred Schultz.


    In 2011, the Twenty First Annual Macon County Senior Games conducted the competition during April 25th and May 14th, 2011.


    In 2012, the Twenty Second Annual Macon County Senior Games took place between April 23rd and May 19th, 2012.  Sarah Wilkenson took the reigns as Coordinator.


    In 2013, the Twenty Third Annual Macon County Senior Games occurred between April 22 and May 18, 2013.   They welcomed into the fold, a new Senior Games Coordinator, Frank Williams.  This year, the game of Cornhole was officially included in the games.  Two new notable participants, sorry not all mentioned, made this years games remembered in history: Mike and Karen Townsend.  The Macon County medal winners went to Raleigh and brought home 83 state medals; 29 Gold, 29 Silver and 25 Bronze.  Charlie Honeycutt alone won 6; 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 2 Bronze.


    In 2014, the Twenty Fourth Annual Macon County Senior Games


took place between April 28 and May 17, 2014.  A Senior Games Assistant Coordinator was appointed, Joe Holbrooks.  This year, Pickleball became the newest game to be added to the Senior Games menu of events.  The state also added a new age category to the already eight in existence, age 50-54.  Macon County Senior Games established a web site on line, www.mcseniorgames.org later changed to and currently is  www.maconcountyseniorgames.com.  Four new notable participants, sorry not all mentioned, made this years games remembered in history; John and Cindy Rodgers and Mike and Karen Smith.  The year was productive, 44 medal winners went to Raleigh  and collected 103 medals; 37 Gold, 36 Silver and 30 Bronze.  Macon County placed 5th in the state in medal winners.  Macon County’s matriarch, Mary Mitchell, collected the most individual state medals with 7, her last year with Macon County before moving out of state.


    In 2015, Macon County celebrated the Twenty Fifth Annual Macon County Senior Games as it kicked off on April 27 and lasted until May 16, 2015.  A new logo was designed by Steve Bullard for the 25th Annual celebration of the Macon County Senior Games organization.  Officers for this year were: President Fred Haller, Vice President Ron Moore, Treasurer Marline Mueller and Secretary Eva Haller.  Mike and Karen Townsend became the latest in the long list of invaluable Ambassadors.  The number of participants in the Games numbered 190.  This was the first Games where the commentary of the events and the pictures from those events were placed on the internet on our website the next day. This was done internally with a participant writer and four participant photographers.  An eighteen day labor of love.  A total of 757 medals were won by the participants this year.    




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