The Fulton County Board of Commissioners recently honored her contributions to the community by issuing a proclamation declaring June 19 to be Marjorie Hancock Appreciation Day.
Hancock said she was floored when she found out.
She said she was taken to the commissioner’s meeting on that date to find family and friends there, although she had no idea why.
“I was shocked and surprised,” she said.
Volunteering with the city of Palmetto, more specifically with the Palmetto neighborhood senior center, began in 1995 for Hancock, as a line dancing instructor.
“I taught [line dancing] two times a week,” she said. “I hadn’t done it before so I had to learn it as I went along. I agreed to teach the class because I enjoyed square dancing.”
She also organizes and directs the Pots and Pans kitchen band that plays for the Palmetto Senior Center and others on selected dates.
“I started organizing and directing the band in 1998,” she said. “We go to nursing homes, churches, senior groups and senior centers. We have a popcorn can for a drum, dried squash maracas and a fiddle made of out a foot tub.”
It is Hancock’s direct role in the memorial garden at the senior center, however, that has been the most impactful.
The memorial garden was seven years in the making, due to extensive fundraising coordinated by Hancock herself.
Patty Wiley, director of the Palmetto Senior Center, said without her, the garden would not have been possible.
“She has been the driving force in the completion of our memorial garden,” she said.
Commissioner William “Bill” Edwards agreed with that sentiment at the June 19 meeting when the proclamation was presented.
“One of her crown jewels is when they began to acknowledge those who had gone on to glory by putting their names on bricks along the walking trail to the garden,” he said.
What keeps Hancock active and involved in her community and has kept her so all these years is what she refers to as her “family” — the community and residents of Palmetto.
“We’re like a family,” she said. “We look after each other. This is the best description I can give of it.”