Lifetime Achievement Award 2019 • Beth Hartman Maas
Beth was raised in Delaware, and after high school, attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she met her husband of 36 years, Lee. After graduating with her BS in Business Administration in 1983, Beth and Lee relocated to Memphis, Tennessee, where she earned her BS in Nursing from the University of Tennessee and MBA in Management from the University of Memphis in 1985. Her career began at Methodist Hospitals of Memphis as Evening Administrator. She also held positions as Assistant Director of Human Resources at Methodist Hospital of Oak Ridge, Director of Employee Relations at St. Mary’s in Knoxville and Practice Administrator in Birmingham, Michigan. After the birth of her son Ryan in 1993, her career focus became that of full-time mom. In 1995, Beth and her family settled into the Village of Florida. With the addition of daughter Savannah in 1996 and son Jeremy in 2002, the opportunities to volunteer were plentiful.
Beth has been a Cub Scout Leader, Girl Scout leader, Youth Soccer Coach, and chaired many PTA events including Breakfast with Santa, Teacher’s Luncheon, and Tricky Tray.
Beth remembers attending her first church service at the Florida Presbyterian Church in 1995. There was duct tape on the carpet, falling ceiling tiles, a kitchen aching for a redo, etc. Beth and Lee discussed afterwards how they could make a difference to the small congregation. One of the beautiful aspects of living in a quaint community is that small works have a big impact! After becoming a church elder and serving on session, Beth fundraised through church craft fairs and coordinated many renovation projects for the church. For fourteen years, she focused on fundraising, planning, design and construction to create a new home for the Florida Community Food Pantry. In May 2017, the dream of a new pantry became a reality. Beth expected to move onto other projects but as life would have it, she became volunteer director of the pantry which has been her most rewarding volunteer experience to date. The number of neighbors served has doubled, community engagement has been enhanced, and the volunteer staff has blossomed to 51. She was recently appointed to the Advisory Board at the Food Bank of the Hudson Valley.
“I am honored and touched to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, although it is confirmation that I am officially no longer middle aged! I am fortunate to have had two wonderful parents who modeled service to others as a key purpose of life and to have an understanding and helpful family supporting me. I have been blessed to volunteer with so many amazing, giving people in the Village of Florida. In reflection, I met many of my dearest friends through my involvement with the community. It truly does takes a village to make any program, project or event successful!”