Flagler volunteers honored for SHINE training


Jeroline McCarthyJan. 16-17 was a time of training and recognition of achievement through awards. The paradigm shifts to 282 volunteers and staff gathered at SHINE’s annual training in Orlando and persons like Vivian Rowe and Carol Sarni bringing home “the gold.”

The duo was tasked with new changes in Medicare and health insurance. Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders (SHINE) is a statewide, volunteer program making accessible free Medicare and health insurance education, counseling and assistance to persons with Medicare, their families, and caregivers.

Carol Sarni, Joanne Hinkel, Janet Nickels and Vivian Rowe work for Flagler County Human Services in Palm Coast.
Carol Sarni, Joanne Hinkel, Janet Nickels and Vivian Rowe work for Flagler County Human Services in Palm Coast.

The Florida Department of Elder Affairs administers SHINE, funded by a grant from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the federal agency responsible for Medicare.

Shine Associate Leader Carol Sarni and Volunteer Counselor Vivian Rowe have risen to the occasion, winning the Flagler County award for “the highest percentage of eligible beneficiaries served.”

They scored recognition from the State of Florida, representing the counties with an urbanized cluster of 50,000 to 249,999 in a total population.

Sarni and Rowe make life easier since case managers cannot do it all. They’ve lightened the caseload for Senior Services Program Manager Joanne Hinkel and Human Services Program Manager Janet Nickels of Flagler County Human Services, 1000 Belle Terre Boulevard, Palm Coast.

The paradigm has a frame around non-bias assistance to clients regarding medical claims, bills and statements – an understanding of the Medicare appeals process – and referrals to other agencies.

Elders ages 60 and older are informed of the resources to free and discounted prescription drugs, and presentations to community groups can be provided regarding Medicare and health coverage. Information to services are also available offsite at Access Flagler First at the Flagler County Fairgrounds and the Wickline Center on S.R. A1A in Flagler Beach. Information on “Meals on Wheels” food stamps, and other services are also available.

To learn about elder services and the dates and time scheduled at the offsite locations, call Flagler County Human Services at 386-586-2324.

Pastor Edwin Coffie celebrates anniversary

Rev. Edwin Coffie
Rev. Edwin Coffie

Sending a shoutout to Pastor Edwin Coffie on his 15th pastoral anniversary at the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church of Palm Coast.

The celebratory theme on Sunday was “God’s Chosen Vessel For His Purpose and Direction.” And from Jeremiah 3:15, it was affirmed:  “…I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.”


As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.



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