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Changing of the Guard

The change of the calendar brings a change in volunteer leadership for AARP South Dakota. Volunteer state president Patrick Gross has completed a six-year term, and long-time AARP volunteer and AARP National Policy Council member Dennis Eisnach of Pierre, South Dakota has been appointed to serve as the next volunteer state president.

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“We’re grateful for the time and talents Pat has shared with AARP South Dakota members over the past several years,” said Sarah Jennings, state director for AARP South Dakota. “We thank Pat for his commitment to South Dakota seniors and his work as an advocate to protect their interests.”

“It was an honor working with and for AARP members in South Dakota,” said Gross. “During my time as volunteer state president, we’ve made great strides for South Dakota seniors in health care and consumer issues. I also take great pride in the work our volunteers do in their communities to improve the lives of others.”

“There’s still much to accomplish. I know I’m leaving the organization in good hands and I’m confident in the abilities of newly appointed state president, Dennis Eisnach, to continue the momentum on a number of key issues,” said Gross.

Eisnach brings a wealth of experience to his new role as AARP South Dakota volunteer state president. Eisnach has served on the AARP South Dakota Executive Council, including serving as the interim state president. Eisnach also has wide range of professional experiences including public service. Eisnach served as Superintendent of the South Dakota Highway Patrol, was elected to public office as a member of the South Dakota Public Utilities Commission and the Mayor of Pierre, SD.

“Dennis brings a passion and enthusiasm to the role of volunteer state president that will have a tremendous impact on our members in South Dakota,” said Jennings. “We’re so pleased Dennis is willing to share his knowledge, experience and energy with the AARP South Dakota staff and volunteers.

“I look forward to serving AARP members in South Dakota,” said Eisnach. “Issues such as affordable utilities, transportation concerns, and health care concerns are critical to South Dakotans of all ages. I truly believe AARP is the organization to address these issues in a way that truly reflects the needs and unique challenges of the diverse aging population in our rural state. I welcome the opportunity to work alongside AARP volunteers to truly make a difference.”

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