South Carolina — William H. Bold
For almost 20 years, Bill Bold has served as either a volunteer tax preparer or local coordinator for the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. He serves as an inspiration to all those he comes in contact with through his enthusiasm, knowledge, positive attitude and willingness to help others. At age 90, he goes out of his way to learn about technology and is not shy about installing new programs.
South Dakota — Alice Claggett
Alice Claggett started the Mitchell Chapter in 1976 and has served as its president ever since. She has taught Driver Safety courses for over 35 years. She leads the Mitchell group for the annual Lobby Day. She has always been a role model for those around her and always creates “a flock of followers” in whatever activity she takes part in.
Tennessee — Jan Kirk Wright
Jan Kirk Wright is a founder and president of “People Helping People Together.” A cooperative effort of community-based groups working together to help those in need, it has assisted more than 200 residents. The groups’ efforts have significantly affected the area’s crime rate. On the heels of a successful “People Helping People Day” last October, which involved more than 800 volunteers who improved the exterior of 82 houses throughout Columbia, Wright says, “We’re not just repairing houses, but changing lives.”
Texas — Ervin F. Rees
Ervin Rees, at age 88, continues a life of service. He served as president of the Alief AARP Chapter 3264 for 10 years, is the charter organization representative for Alief Boy Scout Troop 971, is active in the Alief historical society and cleans up in his community. In addition, every Sunday he is at Alief Community Church, where he has put in countless hours of service, including preparing the facility weekly.
Utah — Herta Teitelbaum
Herta Teitelbaum is a long-time volunteer at the ACLU of Utah. Throughout the year, she contacts high schools and community organizations around the state to publicize the scholarship and provide young people the opportunity to be recognized for their civil liberties activism. As a refugee advocate, she has offered invaluable cultural and logistical support to refugee families new to Utah. Her life as a community volunteer and leader embodies the best of what AARP stands for: using her experience, expertise and academic background to lead social change.