The local Foster Grandparent Program (FGP) recently held its 40th annual recognition luncheon at the Genetti Hotel and Conference Center in Wilkes-Barre. Keynote speaker was Susan Dinofrio, executive director, Child Development Council and member, FGP Advisory Council. The theme of this year's luncheon was ‘Foster Grandparents: Rare as Rubies.' Special awards were presented to individuals who have served for five, 10, 15 and 20 years. The program is recruiting new members. To apply, call Mary Lou Zerfoss or Kathy Dwyer at 822-1158 or 1-800-252-1512. Fifteen-year honorees at the luncheon, from left, first row: Regina Alesczyk, Leo Solomon Elementary School and Ruth Gabriel, Dan Flood Elementary School. Second row: Jean Pazgan, Nanticoke Area School District; Teresa Van Fossen, Wyoming Valley West School District; and Kathy Dwyer, coordinator, FGP.