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Meet the New AARP Arkansas State President

Many people don’t realize the depth and breadth of what AARP offers, and one of my top goals as AARP Arkansas’ new State President is to spread the word about the variety of AARP endeavors.

AARP is an organization that works on such a range of issues—hunger, consumer awareness, livable communities, retirement planning and protecting Social Security and Medicare, to name only some of them. And there are so many opportunities to make a difference by volunteering for AARP in your local community or on the state level.

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I ended my professional career in June 2009 as the Director of Programs at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute, University of Arkansas System, having joined the Institute at its inception in April 2005. Prior to that, I worked extensively in public policy, governmental and public relations, research and education. Working with AARP allows me to continue working with a team of people who are engaged in activities and causes in which I can believe.

My path to serving as State President is somewhat nontraditional. I am “new” to AARP in many ways. I anticipate some people saying of me: “What’s she doing being President of AARP Arkansas? I haven’t seen her around.” My viewpoint is that there really are no “rules” governing how one gets involved with AARP. The important factors in my opinion are commitment, dedication and a perspective that drives toward meaningful participation in a team effort that enables Arkansas to work toward achieving all elements of “One AARP.”

It really is a team effort. The phrase “We can’t do it without you” is somewhat overused and perhaps clichéd, but it truly is a cornerstone of AARP in Arkansas. Our volunteers and members from all over the state are critical to our success on behalf of those whose issues, concerns and causes we represent. AARP really is evolving and I’d like you to be a part of our efforts in Arkansas.

AARP is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all as we age and one priority of mine is to make Arkansans aware that there is much to be gained by getting involved with AARP not only after retirement but before one retires. AARP represents the interests of those 50+ and the fact is that a majority of our members, both nationally and in Arkansas, are still working. I’d love for more people to get involved with AARP in their fifties and early sixties and see what we have to offer and how they can help make a difference.

I look forward to serving as State President and am very much interested in your ideas on how AARP Arkansas can do better, involve more people and enhance our relevance. I encourage you to send an email to araarp@aarp.org to my attention and let me know what’s on your mind. I look forward to hearing from you!

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