AARP South Dakota congratulates the recipient of the 2010 Andrus Award for Outstanding Community service, LeRoy Bring, of Yankton, South Dakota.
“There are a tremendous number of good things happening in Yankton – and LeRoy’s fingerprints are on many of those projects,” said Leni Healy, AARP South Dakota associate state director for outreach and service. “He has the ability to look around his community, see what needs to be done and lead efforts to make it happen.”
As leader of the Lewis and Clark/Yankton AARP chapter, Bring inspires the group improve the lives of others and make a difference in big and small ways. Bring spearheaded projects to make homes accessible for the disabled, was instrumental in organizing candidate forums for local elections to help voters become more informed, and helped during efforts to repair local homes following severe storms.
Under Bring’s leadership in the past year the Lewis and Clark AARP Chapter has engaged in fundraising efforts to benefit a number of local organizations including the Boys and Girls Club, the local Senior Center. The group collected donations for the victims of the Haiti earthquakes. Bring and other chapter members spent countless hours volunteering to deliver Meals on Wheels, reading at Head Start, volunteering during Senior Games and Riverboat days, and baking pies for a Thanksgiving dinner for area needy families.
Healy added, “LeRoy’s enthusiasm to stay involved in the community is contagious, and he’s often the first to roll up his sleeves and dig into a project, and challenges others to get involved. LeRoy’s leadership and sprit of service has a positive and lasting impact on his community. He is truly deserving of recognition for his efforts and this award.”
About the Andrus Award
The Andrus Award for Community Service is given each year to one volunteer in each state, in honor of AARP’s Founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. The AARP Andrus Award for Community Service recognizes outstanding AARP volunteers and members who are making a powerful difference in their communities in ways that support AARP's mission, vision and strategic direction and that inspire others to volunteer.
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