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Message to Margot: We’ll Miss You

Isn’t it appropriate that the first National Volunteer Director for AARP comes from the Volunteer State?

Margot Seay, who has served as AARP Tennessee’s state president for the past six years, began her two-year term in July and already is traveling the country in her new role – providing advice and leadership for the Office of Volunteerism and Service.

See also: Volunteer Opportunites with AARP

More than 50 representatives of AARP volunteer programs (including Tax Aide, Driver Safety, chapters, states and the National Retired Teachers Association) applied for the position.

Margot had served as the highest-ranking AARP Tennessee volunteer since 2006, playing a significant role in the enactment of a law that transformed the way long-term care services are offered in the state. She began her volunteer connection to AARP in 2001 as a regional leader in the Tri-Cities area of the state.

Although AARP Tennessee’s staff and volunteers will greatly miss Margot’s counsel, energy and passion, we are excited to share her with the rest of the nation.

However, her departure leaves a huge hole for our team and for nearly 670,000 AARP members in this state. And we want to begin filling it as soon as possible.
So we are seeking applications for the state president position and we’re also looking for folks to join our executive council of volunteer leaders.

The Executive Council, headed by the State President, serves as an advisory body to the Tennessee staff and its members represent AARP throughout the state for various media, speaking, and volunteer opportunities.

AARP Tennessee is excited to have two fantastic volunteers step up to new leadership roles already this summer.

Debbie Pare’ of Mt. Juliet and Stan Peppenhorst of Memphis are filling the executive council seats left open by the departure of long-time leaders Jane Fabian of Nashville and John Strong of Millington.

Debbie came to AARP’s attention through her volunteer work as the Director for the Senior Citizens Awareness Network (SCAN) with the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office. She was a finalist for the state’s highest volunteer award. Debbie also serves on the Greater Nashville Regional Council on Aging and Disability advisory board and the Wilson County Community Help Center board of trustees.

Stan is a volunteer legislative activist on AARP’s advocacy team and has worked in political advocacy for over 20 years. Stan has been president of several political clubs in Shelby County and a member of the Tennessee Government Affairs Committee for the American Chemical Society. He taught physics and chemistry for 35 years, and is currently an independent Science Education Consultant, a Science Content Review Panelist for ACT, Inc., and reviewer of middle and high school texts.

If you would like to join Debbie, Stan and the other volunteer leaders in our Volunteer State, please

submit applications to Michelle Wisner at by 5 p.m. CDT on Friday, August 24th. Please clearly indicate your application for either the State President position or the Executive Council Member position, or both.

You can learn more at the AARP Tennessee web site.

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