Office for the Aging


Tompkins County Honorees

Robert "Bob" Spauling Robert "Bob" Spaulding has a vast repertoire of interests and his passions shine through in his volunteerism.

He has served as President of the Ithaca Board of Realtors, Treasurer of Brooktondale Community Center and editor of the Caroline Community Newsletter. Currently, Bob is the President of Caroline Seniors Inc. which operates Fountain Manor, 24 units of senior/disabled housing. He's been President of the Caroline Senior Unit for two years, and a volunteer ambulance driver for three years.

Last but certainly not least, Bob is the Vice President of Slaterville Fire Company, and Commissioner for Slaterville Fire District. In addition to these duties, and as an avid motorcyclist, he presents safety training to local motorcycle clubs. His countless hours of dedication represent hundreds of hours of service to our community and the Town of Caroline.

Bob started volunteering because he likes to be involved in his community. In his own words, "I'm a part of my community and it's a part of me."

His greatest reward from volunteering is contributing toward keeping it strong and healthy.

"Caroline is a super place to live. It's the best kept secret in Tompkins County," he said.

Visit NYSOFA's 2014 Senior Day page for a complete list of awardees.

Eunice and Richard Tabor Eunice and Richard Tabor are native to upstate New York: Eunice is from Watertown, and Richard, from Cooperstown. The two met while attending SUNY Geneseo, and will celebrate their 50th anniversary this June. Richard spent most of his career as an elementary school teacher at Marcellus Central School. Eunice attended seminary at age 52, becoming a United Methodist pastor and served in Madrid, Massena, and Ithaca.

Richard and Eunice Tabor have shared their energies with the community since arriving in 2007, creating an inviting place, with new bookcases and furniture, for children to experience literacy at the Ithaca Youth Bureau. His efforts include grant writing to purchase books, organizing, cataloging, and weekly oversight. He also volunteered at the Tompkins County Public Library and the Friends of TCPL Book Sale. At Loaves and Fishes, a free community meal site, he provided hospitality as an Advocate.

Eunice has led Bible Study and worship services at Longview senior housing for six years. She is a member of St. Paul's choir and hosts a card making workshop for creating valentines for people who are shut-in. She provides grief counseling and comfort care to many in the community. Together the Tabors volunteer at Rescue Mission's Court Street Place, Emergency Shelter and Food Pantry.

Eunice's volunteer work grew out of concern for the needs of others. Richard's volunteering increased when he retired. He says, "I like to give of myself to help other people and the community."

Eunice is rewarded when she sees how people feel when they are cared about and appreciated. Richard's greatest reward is seeing how his efforts have helped change people's lives.

Visit NYSOFA's 2014 Senior Day page for a complete list of awardees.