Moses Baskin

SHINE Volunteer 1993 - 2012

Moses (Moe) Baskin received training in 1993 to serve as a SHINE (Serving Health Insurance Needs of Elders) volunteer counselor and later stepped into the role of Area Coordinator providing overall leadership for the Palm Beach/Treasure Coast SHINE program.  Moe dedicated 19 years of service to the SHINE program and was committed to assisting Medicare beneficiaries through one-on-one counseling as well as educating the public through presentations and attendance at health and wellness events.  He was recognized throughout his 19 years of service with many awards including national recognition by the Agency for Health Care Administration for his efforts and expertise.

Moe passed away on May 17, 2012 at the age of 93.  He was loved throughout the community by so many individuals including fellow SHINE volunteers, Agency staff and SHINE clients including those who returned annually for his guidance on Medicare Prescription Drug Coverage.  He was sought after to engage audiences throughout the community for his knowledge of Medicare.  He had a wonderful sense of humor and never missed an opportunity to make someone laugh or smile.

Jennifer Vander May, SHINE Project Director, had the opportunity to work alongside Moe for the past eleven years.  She spoke at Moe's local memorial service held on June 17th and shared this poem with attendees.

Moses Baskink, SHINE Volunteer

For 19 years he gave it his all

Not once deterring from the call

The call to counsel, educate and direct

For Moe there was no Medicare issue that he had not met

With vigor and wit he tackled each one

Until that day's work was finally done

His knowledge of Medicare impressed everyone

So awards he was given for the excellent job he had done

He led the SHINE volunteers with skill and determination

And always made sure to show his appreciation

Moe was soft spoken, gentle and caring

His time and dedication unselfish and willing

He will be missed by fellow volunteers, former clients and staff

But most of all by Harriet, his other half

They were a team, a terrific pair, Harriet and Moe lived and breathed Medicare

For off they would go when SHINE duties called

Whether to meet with a client or attend a health fair at the mall

Moe was special; no one can take his place

We are going to miss his presence and that grin on his face

Jennifer Vander May

SHINE Project Director


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