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2010 Andrus Honoree Inspires Others to Serve

AARP Nebraska is honoring Crete resident Robert Courtney with the annual AARP Andrus Award for Community Service, the organization’s most prestigious and visible award for community service.

Courtney has been selected to receive the 2010 award which symbolizes an individual’s power to make a difference in the lives of others.

“Through his tireless community service and advocacy, Bob has championed efforts to better the day-to-day lives of low-income older Nebraskans and persons with disabilities,” said AARP Nebraska State President Sunny Andrews. “AARP is pleased to present him with this distinguished award to honor his many years of service in his community and across our state.”

A retired budget officer with the Nebraska Air National Guard, Courtney has served as AARP Nebraska’s statewide Volunteer Advocacy Coordinator since 2007and is an AARP Nebraska Executive Council member. He represents AARP on Nebraska’s Senior Medicare Patrol and the Nebraska Rural Transportation Coalition. His other leadership roles include serving on the Advisory Council to Aging Partners, the Saline County Eldercare advisory board and the City of Crete Board of Health.

As a volunteer leader, Courtney successfully brought about reforms in the state’s homestead exemption law to help keep thousands of older homeowners with limited incomes in their homes. His advocacy has enabled the state’s Area Agencies on Aging to continue and increase home-and community-based services for eligible older adults and improve the ability of older persons to obtain needed transportation services, especially in rural areas. And every year he devotes countless hours assisting seniors in his community with their homestead exemption applications and Medicare Part D enrollment options.

“This award recognizes that members and the public can all work together for positive social change,” Andrews said. “Bob exemplifies the spirit of volunteerism and the important contributions AARP volunteers make to their communities and the programs they serve.”

Each year, AARP honors an Andrus Award recipient in every state. Individuals, volunteer partners or couples are chosen from across the country for their ability to improve the communities in which they serve, inspire others to volunteer and enhance the lives of AARP members and prospective members.

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