Gary Wingo, second from left, receives the Windward Association of Retired Men (WARM) annual Founders Award from Paul Barrow, current year WARM coordinator, shown holding a plaque with the names of all award recipients to date. Wingo was cited for his extraordinary service to the organization and the community. Previous award winners Don Blaine, Tom Trace and Travis Mills look on. (click for larger version)
February 18, 2014ALPHARETTA, Ga. – The Windward Association of Retired Men (WARM) presented its annual Founders Award to Gary Wingo for his many years of extraordinary service to the organization and the community.
The award was presented Jan. 15 by Paul Barrow, WARM coordinator for the year, at the weekly breakfast meeting of the organization at the Annie's Italian Kitchen restaurant in Alpharetta.
"Gary Wingo has served our organization well for more than 15 years," said Barrow. "His leadership, enthusiasm and unfailing good humor has enriched the lives of all our members. Gary has initiated or led many of our social and community projects over the years. These include WARM's support for the annual Windward community July 4 celebration, the organization's golf activities and annual fishing trips. "
Wingo moved to Windward in 1983 and joined WARM following his retirement in 1997. During his career, he served as a high school distributive education coordinator in Roanoke, Va., as director of management training for Jewel Box Stores Corporation and subsequently as a manufacturer's representative for Baume and Mercier watch company of Geneva, Switzerland.
"Membership in WARM has been an enjoyable part of my retirement," Wingo said. "Its activities bond people together and help us become more involved in the community. It fills a need after the great responsibilities of a working career when one must transition to a different stage in life. It really is a great group of service-oriented men."
WARM is a voluntary association of current or past residents of Windward who are retired, or contemplating retirement someday. In addition to its civic and charitable contributions, group members participate in a wide variety of fellowship activities including such things as canoeing, biking and bowling, theater and dinner outings and trips to historical sites in Georgia. There are no dues, no officers and no age requirements, but the organization accomplishes a great deal for its members and the community.