Richard Tiemeyer a long-time Southeast Iowa community volunteer and advocate, has received the 2011 AARP Iowa Andrus Award for Community Service. AARP Iowa State President Tony Vola presented the Association’s highest award for service to Tiemeyer at a recognition event in Des Moines in December.
“This award acts as a symbol to members and the public that one person can make a significant difference for positive social change,” said Vola. “Richard is a great example of what can be accomplished by volunteering. His leadership, commitment and concern for others are an inspiration to us all. Iowans everywhere can be proud of Richard’s efforts to make a difference.”
A retired psychologist, Tiemeyer says his 40+ years of counseling and public speaking were a great warm up for his second act career as a full-time volunteer advocate for a number of organizations that help improve quality of life for Iowans. He has been actively involved with Iowa’s Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP), AARP, the Iowa Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP), Hope Haven, the Southeast Iowa Parkinson’s Support Group, the State of Iowa Dependent Adult Protective Advisory Council, and the Southeast Iowa Area Agency on Aging.
In recognition of his exemplary service, Tiemeyer has received a number of honors, including a national award from the Administration on Aging in 2006, SHIIP sponsor “Volunteer of the Year” in 2002, the Iowa Governor’s Volunteer Award in 2001 and recognition from the Iowa House of Representatives in 2007.
Tiemeyer says his volunteer work reflects his belief that everyone can learn to help themselves regardless of their age; that lifelong learning is an element of aging with dignity and purpose, and that protecting Medicare benefits is crucial to ensuring quality of life for all older Americans.”
The AARP Andrus Award for Community Service recognizes members and volunteers who, through volunteer service, are significantly enhancing the lives of individuals age 50 and over. In addition to Tiemeyer, AARP also acknowledged the volunteer service of eight volunteers from across the state including:
- Paul Anderson of Mt. Pleasant was recognized for more than 30 years’ volunteer service and contributions to the Midwest Old Settlers and Thresher’s Association.
- Luanne Baker of Webster City, a Hospice volunteer, for providing companionship, care and compassion for those who need comfort at the end of life.
- Shannon Giordano of Mason City, a retired Registered Nurse and member of the AARP Cerro Gordo Chapter, for her work with the Chapter and the Hawkeye Food Bank.
- Dixie Johnson of Denison, a member of the Elderbridge Area Agency on Aging Board, for service as a Resident Advocate for a local nursing home, a Red Cross blood donations volunteer recruiter, and a senior center volunteer.
- Pam Lilja of Waukee, an AARP Money Management Volunteer, for her service to five low-income and elderly disabled individuals with bill paying and financial assistance.
- Joe and Evie Nemec of West Des Moines, for their long-time volunteer service with LifeServe Blood Center of Iowa and with their church, hospital and townhome communities.
- Janice Nepple of Denison, chairperson and coordinator for the Denison Red Cross Bloodmobiles, for helping save lives by encouraging blood donation.