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AARP CO Kicks Off New Column, The Next Chapter

As 2011 comes to a close, we at AARP Colorado are offering this preview of the year to come inside a new column published on the 15 of each month that will take the place of the traditional Chapter Newsletter.

If we haven’t already met, I’m the communications director for AARP Colorado. I’ve been on the job a little more than a year, and I have a background as a reporter and editorial and commentary writer from a number of Colorado newspapers, including The Denver Post.

While I hope you’ll welcome me and join in this new endeavor, I want you to know that I work for you and believe this column belongs to you. Your feedback will be invaluable as we use this space to explore important topics, have fun and learn more about AARP and its members.

The AARP Colorado chapters serve as important and wonderful assets and one of the most visible ways to spread the AARP mission, which is to enhance the quality of life for all as we age, lead positive social change, and deliver value to members through advocacy, service, and information. But it’s no secret that some chapters are having difficulty recruiting new members.

And while I’ve also heard from some very vibrant chapter members who say their group is going stronger than ever, I’m sure you would agree that change is inevitable.

So as we all experience change, it is my pleasure to write this monthly column to alert you to the comings and goings of the chapters, chapter members, volunteers, staff and how our advocacy continues to zero in on the issues that are important to older adults in a new and different format.

In this column, you’ll see stories about people you haven’t met as well as profiles on your good friends. You will learn what other chapters are doing and what is working and not working for AARP Colorado as a whole. You will continue to contribute and I will be happy to report your successes. But it’s all going to be packaged here in a more concise manner with a certain ease that I hope will grab your attention, give you the information you need and the pleasure of reading something worthwhile.

So join us next month – Jan. 15 – as we kick off this column in 2012 and feature Bob Lanky, 80, a retired engineer, who is a bicyclist and tireless volunteer for such programs as AARP Tax-Aide and the AARP Bill Payer program.

Some of you may know Lanky from the Green Mountain Chapter. That chapter closed its doors a couple of years ago, Lanky has more in him to give, as you will discover in 2012.

Angela Cortez is Associate State Director Communications. Reach her at, or 303-764-5988.

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