DSO Charlie Marten Memorial Award

The Charlie Marten Award was established in 2005 by a collaborative effort of the Division of Services for the Aging and the Delaware Senior Olympics. It honors Charlie Marten who after suffering from a stroke fought back to be able to walk again at Beach Day 2002. Charlie died in 2004 at the age of 66. The award honors an individual who demonstrates the following qualities:

  • inspires others by example.
  • Has a determined spirit to overcome personal challenges and great odds.
  • Works hard to turn obstacles into opportunities
  • Has courage to make changes to improve their quality of life.
Beth Meree

2007 Recipient - Beth Meree

Tom Maree accepting the Charlie Marten Award for his mother, Beth Maree.

Fifty years ago Beth was told by a doctor to “walk like your life depends on it” because long lines of osteoporosis in her background dictated that her life really did depend on it. She has walked 2-5 miles a day ever since. She has done the Heart Walk every year for 17 years having the highest sponsorship in Kent County for the last three years raising over $3,000 in 2007. Eight years ago, she was hit by an ambulance in Florence, Italy and although nothing was broken she experienced deep bruises and much painful therapy when she returned home. Two years ago she was blown down while walking by a freak gust of wind but after therapy was able to go on a mushing expedition across Svalbard camping on the cold glaciers. Beth just returned from one week in Patagonia and two weeks on an icebreaker in Antarctica to see the breeding Emperor Penguins. This 86 year old dynamo is an inspiration to all of us in the true spirit of Charlie Marten and DSO proudly honors her with its 2007 Charlie Marten Memorial Award.