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AARP Virginia Honors Volunteers

Virginia has awarded Dr. Carl McDaniels of Blacksburg the Andrus Award for Community Service, the organization’s highest volunteer honor. In addition, four other volunteers, two AARP chapters and a statewide organization were honored for service to the community.

See Also: Andrus Award Named After AARP Founder

“By awarding the Andrus Award, we celebrate the memory of AARP’s founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus,” said AARP Virginia State Director Bill Kallio. “The AARP Andrus Award pays tribute to individuals whose work and achievements reflect AARP’s vision of bringing lifetimes of experience and leadership to serve all generations.”

The awards were presented at a banquet in Charlottesville Nov. 15.

McDaniels, 81, most recently served as a professor of education and program area leader in counselor education with Virginia Tech’s College of Education. His volunteer work with AARP has made him known as the chief advocate for older people in the Blacksburg area. He has served as a leader of the Blacksburg AARP Chapter, leading the chapter’s efforts to collaborate with community organizations that serve seniors. His major contribution in 2011 was support of a chapter health and wellness fair in collaboration with the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine. The medical school and the chapter have held several joint ventures to benefit the community. The health fair has raised funds to establish the AARP Chapter Gerontology Scholarship.

Other awards presented include:

The President’s Awards for Community Service: Presented by AARP Virginia State President Warren Stewart, The President’s Awards for Community Service are given to deserving individuals or groups chosen at the AARP State President’s discretion. This year’s winners are:

  • Margaret ‘Peggy’ Friedenberg of Richmond, State Advocacy Specialist, for outstanding service on behalf of AARP members during the Virginia General Assembly.
    Bobby Horne of Yorktown, Community Coordinator, who represents AARP VA on the Williamsburg-based Senior Services Coalition Steering Committee and the Hampton Roads Coalition of Agencies and serves as president of the Southeastern Virginia Council of AARP Chapters.
  • Sally Anna Stapleton of Blacksburg, Create The Good Organizer, for her outstanding community work with the Blacksburg AARP Chapter, notably working with chapter members to staff four food drive collection sites. This strategy netted over 5,000 pounds of food to support Drive to End Hunger.

Chapter of the Year Award: Recognizes chapters that demonstrate effective leadership, have followed AARP guidelines in developing strong chapter organization and have advanced the mission and purpose of AARP programs that reach out to the broader community.

  • SW Roanoke Chapter # 4652, Clyde Skeen, President. Highlights of activities and accomplishments include Day of Service at the Roanoke Rescue Mission, North Cross Recreation Club Health Fair, Hollings Road Baptist Church Health Fair, sponsorship of Driver Safety Class and regular chapter meetings and informational programs.
  • Blacksburg Chapter #2613, John Hillison, President. Highlights of activities and accomplishments include sponsorship of public forum on the future of Social Security, AARP / Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine Health Fair, AARP United Blacksburg Summer Solstice 5K Race, regular state legislative activity and advocacy by chapter members, Food Collection for the AARP Statewide Community Food Drive / Drive to End Hunger, establishment of a scholarship for Gerontology with the Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, regular chapter meetings and informational programs.

Chapter Newsletter of the Year Award: recognizes chapters that enhance awareness of AARP’s mission and purpose in the community by producing quality chapter newsletters. Newsletters are evaluated in three main categories: content, design and creativity.

  • Blacksburg Chapter # 2613: President John Hillison; Newsletter Editor Edd Sewell.

Community Organization of the Year Award: recognizes an organization/agency that has made outstanding contributions to the work of AARP by collaborating with AARP volunteers and staff to enhance the quality of life for members of the community.

  • Virginia’s Office on Volunteerism and Community Service: In 2011, OVCS was instrumental in helping us reach a new record of food donations for the annual AARP Virginia Community Food Drive. Because of this effort, AmeriCorps program sites contributed over 26,000 pounds of food to this year’s total.

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