AARP Maine has announced that retired Orono resident, Carol Mower, is the winner of the 2012 Andrus Award named in honor of AARP’s founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. The Andrus Award celebrates and honors individuals who make a difference in the lives of others, and is the most prestigious and visible award AARP can present to an individual.
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Mower’s extraordinary public service activities truly embodies Dr. Andrus’ motto "To Serve, Not To be Served." Currently volunteering with several organizations, Mower says her desire to help others in the community began as a child in Waterville delivering library books to older neighbors. “Some days, I think I was born volunteering,” she says.
Mower is one of only 11 national recipients of The Administration on Aging’s “Outstanding Senior Volunteer” Award. As Activities Director for the AARP Penobscot chapter, she has introduced wonderful initiatives. With AARP Maine, Mower has served as a Fraud Fighter, Community Ambassador, and statewide has delivered an incredible 155 speeches on tax reform, Medicare, Social Security, health and financial security, and You've Earned a Say. Mower's record of service provides an excellent example of the difference volunteerism can make in the lives of others and the well-being of their community.
Mower was delighted to receive the Andrus award this year and in her usual, generous way, gave the credit to others. As she said recently in Maine Seniors, "Receiving the 2012 AARP Andrus Award for Volunteerism is a great honor. At the age of 81, I feel my volunteering is payback for all the advantages I have had over my lifetime. The biggest advantages were having wonderful parents and an excellent education. I am fortunate to have had not one, but two careers (education and sales), both working for good companies and with good people.” Mower also feels blessed to have three sons and two granddaughters.
AARP Maine celebrated Mower in grand style this month in Bangor with many of her friends and family members in attendance.
Carol Kontos, current AARP Maine State President, stated “The AARP Maine Andrus Award acts as a symbol to our members and to the public that we can all work together for positive social change. AARP has long valued the spirit of volunteerism and the important contributions AARP volunteers make to their communities, neighbors and the programs they serve. We are deeply proud to be presenting this year’s award to Carol Mower whose record of achievement, service and commitment provides an extraordinary example of one person making a significant difference in the lives of others.”
AARP has long valued the spirit of volunteerism and the important contributions AARP volunteers make to their communities, neighbors and the programs they serve. We always welcome new volunteers to serve in a variety of roles with AARP Maine and hope you will take a look at our website, or call our office at 1-866-554-5380 if you would like to join our volunteer team.