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Message from Margot: Nominate your Neighbor

Do you know someone who is enriching your community? Someone who is making a difference in the lives of older Tennesseans?

AARP wants to recognize them. We are seeking nominations for the 2011 AARP Tennessee Andrus Award for Community Service.

The award honors AARP founder Ethel Percy Andrus, whose motto “to serve, not to be served” continues to shape our work more than 50 years after she founded this association to help older Americans age with dignity and purpose.

The 2011 Tennessee Andrus award will recognize unique individuals who have demonstrated the power to make it better in their communities in ways that are consistent with AARP’s mission, vision and commitment to volunteer service, and who inspire others to volunteer.

What’s exciting to me is that this year – for the first time – we have opened up the call for nominations to any volunteer in the state who is age 50 or older – not just AARP members!

We know that many Tennesseans are doing amazing things to help their communities and serving as an inspiration to others.

Many of them are among the hundreds of AARP volunteers who help folks with their taxes, teach safe driving skills, fight hunger, advocate on behalf of 50+ Tennesseans and so on.

Still others are individuals who saw a need in the community and committed themselves to filling it.

So if you know someone who, through volunteer service, is significantly enhancing the lives of individuals age 50 and older, please submit a nomination by June 3.

Nomination forms are available from Stacy Pennington at the AARP Tennessee state office (615-726-5116) or online, or by calling 1-888-OUR AARP (1-888-687-2277).

To become involved with AARP in your community, contact us via email at We are growing our teams statewide and recruiting leadership volunteers in several areas. Because we recognize the value of your time, we reimburse mileage as well as other business-related expenses.

To learn more about what we’re doing, visit with us on Facebook, Twitter and our state web page.
I look forward to hearing from and meeting more of my wonderful Tennessee neighbors, who are helping enhance the quality of life for all of us as we age.

Margot Seay, who lives in Kingsport, is AARP Tennessee’s highest-ranking volunteer.

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