Info Center PlaqueRepresentatives of the AARP New Mexico State Office and AARP Driver Safety will be honoring AARP New Mexico’s Albuquerque Information Center volunteers in April. In 2013, the Center had the most participants in Driver Safety courses held at the Center compared to all other AARP Information Centers and AARP State Offices that hosted classes. A plaque honoring this achievement will be presented at the April luncheon.

“AARP Driver Safety would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the AARP staff and volunteers that supported us in 2013 by hosting an AARP Driver Safety classroom course at their State Office or Information Center,” said Julie Lee, Vice President and National Director of AARP Driver Safety.  “Thank you for all that you have done to help older drivers feel safe and confident behind the wheel, and our streets and communities safer for all.”

Out of the seven AARP Information Centers and 11 State Offices that held Driver Safety courses, the AARP New Mexico Information Center had 266 participants with the AARP Information Centers in New Orleans, La., and Pueblo, Colo., coming in next with 241 and 201 participants respectively.

“We really appreciate AARP Driver Safety taking the time to acknowledge our Information Center volunteers,” said Gene Varela, AARP New Mexico State Director.  “At AARP we work very collaboratively with each other across program lines and even state lines, so it’s very rewarding when that work is recognized.”

“We at the State Office also want the Center’s volunteers to know how much we appreciate and value the work that they do. They are the often the ones dealing directly with our members and the public putting valuable information and services in the hands of people. For example, Driver Safety puts safer people behind the wheel. Connecting people with those courses may not seem like a lot but it benefits all of us,” Varela said.

For more information on the AARP Smart Driver Course visit or call 1-877-846-3299 to find a class near you. The classroom course is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. To take the course online the price is $17.95 for members and $21.95 for nonmembers. Drivers in New Mexico must be age 55 or older to take the course.

(Photo caption: AARP New Mexico State Director Gene Varela and Associate State Director for Community Outreach Gary Williams display the plaque that will awared to the AARP New Mexico Information Center volunteers in April.)