New Mexico — Sue Lundgren
Sue Lundgren has been a key leader in the Las Cruces AARP Chapter, leading other chapter members in community service projects, such as Day of Service and visiting nursing homes. She also volunteers by assisting the Diabetes Association Cyclovia, the Dona Ana Arts Council with fundraising and as a docent, fundraising for the Free Wheelchair Mission and even gift wrapping for Habitat for Humanity. Through her commitment and service, she has involved many in these community service efforts.
New York — Samir Eskander
Samir Eskander began with Driver Safety as an instructor candidate in 2006. Less than two weeks later, he had achieved the instructor title. He has been teaching Driver Safety courses since then and through April 2012, had taught 208 courses and 4,334 participants. He has also quickly risen through the ranks of Driver Safety during his nearly six-year tenure, becoming a district coordinator, zone coordinator and deputy state coordinator.
North Carolina — Diana Hatch
Dee Hatch is a past state president of AARP North Carolina, leading the volunteer efforts in the state from 2005 to 2011. Prior to her role as president, she was a member of AARP North Carolina’s Executive Council. As a long-time volunteer, she has represented AARP in numerous capacities, including Cary Chapter president, key state legislative and congressional contact, and committee member for the N.C. Board of Nursing. She is currently cochair of the Center of Championing Nursing in America’s Regional Action Committee.
North Dakota — Robert Hesler
Bob Hesler has been an AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteer for more than 10 years. In addition, he serves on the board of directors for the Bismark/Burleigh County Senior Citizens Center, helps each fall with Medicare Part D education and enrollment as a senior health insurance counselor, and volunteers at his church and for other organizations. His nominator states: “Bob is serving as a role model in the good work he exhibits, which really encourages new volunteers to get involved.”
Ohio — Clifford S. Williams Jr.
Cliff Williams, founder and executive director of Our Family Home Center in East Cleveland, has been presented with the AARP Ohio 2012 Andrus Award for Community Service. One of 43 nominees, he was selected by a volunteer committee whose members were inspired by his commitment and drive to make life better for struggling families in the East Cleveland community.