13 Mar Gordie Kotzin Honored
The Kinneret Council on Aging’s (KCOA) fourth annual 8 over 80 Honorary Dinner was held on Sunday, February 23, 2014. The event recognized individuals over the age of 80 who continue to contribute to the Jewish community through their volunteer and philanthropy efforts. One of this year’s honorees is our very own Gordie Kotzin!
Sons Steve and Kurt Kotzin nominated their father, Gordon Kotzin, 85. He was born in Rochester, N.Y. Kotzin operated a successful automotive business with his brother-in-law before retiring and moving to Florida in 1992. Kotzin, with his late wife Min, immediately began their relationship with Southwest Orlando Jewish Congregation (SOJC). His love of landscaping has him at SOJC taking care of the shrubs and grounds. Each year before the High Holidays he undertakes the task of detailing all of the beds, spreading mulch and planting fresh flowers. He volunteers on the Ritual committee; serves as an usher and helps with the pre-school. He is extremely generous to his family, friends, and even strangers- often working in the background in his quiet, unassuming way. He is an accomplished musician and still performs with a local Klezmer band. Kotzin works several days a week collecting parking tolls at the Orange County Convention Center.