Special Recognition Award: Henry Schinnagel
Henry Schinnagel has been a volunteer with AARP for more than 16 years, even longer than there has been a State Office. Not only did his work and the work of other long-time volunteers help establish AARP’s presence in Connecticut, but through his efforts, he has helped define what it means to be an AARP volunteer. Henry was nominated for this very special award by his fellow volunteers as a way to honor him for his unwavering commitment to AARP’s mission and vision, and the many activities and achievements he has led during his longstanding relationship with AARP.
Partner Program Volunteer of the Year: Vivian Kaplan
Vivian has been a member of AARP Experience Corps since 2009, tutoring students in literacy at Shepard Glen elementary school in Hamden where she spends 10-12 hours a week helping students in Kindergarten through grade 3 learn to read and write. Her commitment to her students is evident and they thrive from her support and encouragement.
Vivian also participates in numerous community events during the year, including used book fairs, where she helps children pick out just the right book for them. Her positive attitude and dedication have made her a tremendous asset to Experience Corps and a role model for others in her community.
Elected Officials Recognized for Leadership
In addition to thanking dedicated volunteers, AARP Connecticut recognized a number of state legislators for their leadership on issues of importance to older adults during the 2012 Legislative Session, including retiring State Senator Edith Prague, who was recognized with a Lifetime Public Service Award.
For pictures of the Volunteer Recognition Luncheon, visit the AARP CT Facebook page.