With this column, my tenure as AARP's president comes to an end. The best part of these eight years of service on AARP's all-volunteer board, including the last two as chief volunteer spokesperson, has been the privilege of meeting so many of you.
You and your families are a constant reminder of why AARP is here and why the work we do together is essential.
Each of you has so much to contribute to strengthen our communities and build a better America. Your involvement will continue to be central to finding responsible, commonsense solutions to the challenges the nation faces — solutions that will keep the promise to seniors and secure benefits for generations of families in the years to come. We need you — your communities and the nation need you — to stay engaged. Always exercise your precious right to vote.
AARP is in this together with you, giving you the information and tools to make sure you have the best shot at a fair deal and a fighting chance.
To my AARP board colleagues and incoming board leaders — especially to the next AARP president, Jeannine English — I say thank you and best wishes.
Jeannine offers a wealth of experience, from chairing AARP's National Policy Council, to serving as volunteer president of AARP California, to many roles in California government. She is talented and dedicated to helping each of you live your best life with dignity and purpose.
Thank you for the honor and privilege of serving you and your families.
AARP National Officers
President Jeannine English, President-Elect Eric Schneidewind
AARP Board Officers
Board Chair Carol Raphael, Board Vice-Chair Ronald E. Daly, Sr.Secretary/Treasurer Joan Ruff
AARP Board of Directors
Gretchen Dahlen, Ronald E. Daly Sr., Beth Ellard,* Jeannine English, Annette Franqui, Catherine Alicia Georges, Jewell Hoover, Lloyd Johnson, Timothy Kelly, Doris Koo, Neal Lane, Barbara O'Connor, John Penn, Janet Porter, Diane Pratt, Carol Raphael, Joan Ruff, Libby Sartain, Eric Schneidewind, Fernando Torres-Gil, Edward Watson
*Seven people, listed in italics, join AARP's all-volunteer board this month. Their biographical information is at aarp.org/about-aarp/leadership. The officers and directors give their time to enhancing life for everyone 50-plus.
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