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Kansas Citian Wins Coveted AARP Missouri Andrus Award

Sidney McCarther of Kansas City has been selected by AARPto receive Missouri’s 2011 AARP State Andrus Award for Community Service, the Association’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award for community service. The AARP State Andrus Award for Community Service recognizes individuals who, through volunteer service, are significantly enhancing the lives of individuals age 50 and older.

AARP Missouri selected McCarther for his remarkable service and for the impact he’s had on the lives of others and on his community. He was nominated by AARP Missouri Executive Council member Ilena Aslin and 2010 Andrus Award honoree Hazel Boarders. McCarther was lauded for his strong leadership of Congressional District Teams 5 and 6, serving as Regional Diversity & Inclusion Facilitator, and representing members and the AARP organization on advocacy issues.

“Sidney is proficient in delegating to others – letting them carry out the task with minimal oversight,” said Ilena Aslin. “He works effectively with the AARP state staff team in supporting AARP’s vision and mission.” Added Borders, “He gives lavishly of his time and has made himself available to carry out any task whenever he is asked.”

In addition to McCarther’s AARP volunteer activities he serves as an officer of the Central High School Alumni Education Foundation This organization, in partnership with the University of Missouri-Kansas City, provides financial support and helps students earn up to 12 college credits while attending high school.

The award will be formally presented to McCarther at a luncheon ceremony in Kansas City on Sept. 12, 2011. McCarther will invite family, friends and others to help celebrate the honor.

“AARP has long valued the work of our volunteers,” said Craig Eichelman, AARP Missouri state director. “We acknowledge the spirit of volunteerism and the important contributions volunteers make to their communities, neighbors, and the programs they serve.”

Recipients across the nation were chosen for their ability to enhance the lives of individuals age 50 and older, improve the community in or for which the work was performed, and inspire others to volunteer.

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