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Anita Parran


Anita is Associate State Director for Public Affairs and Managing Editor of the AARP Missouri Website/Blog and Editor of the monthly newsletter, State Line. Contact: or

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Independence volunteer joins VLI

Posted on 08/26/2014 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

Marvin Sands of Independence was recently selected to join the AARP Volunteer Leadership Institute (VLI). VLI is an intensive leadership training program that prepared participants (exceptional AARP volunteers nominated by their state or AARP volunteer program)( for new opportunities and responsibilities in support of AARP’s mission. During his tenure as an AARP volunteer, Sands has served on the state’s Executive Council. He is currently the Social Media lead volunteer; “Speak Out!” speakers bureau presenter; and bureau Presentation Coordinator. He is …

Andrus Award runner-up announced

Posted on 08/20/2014 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

AARP Missouri selected a First Runner-up for the Andrus Award for Community Service. Elizabeth “Liz” Fenner of Lexington will receive a $500 award that will be donated to her favorite charitable organization. The 80-year old retired teacher and mother of three and grandmother of two (who will follow in her footsteps as teachers) has a long history of community involvement. Here’s a short list of Fenner’s most recent community activities: Third term President of the Lexington Community Betterment Association Chair, …

Speakers Bureau volunteers ready to Speak Out!

Posted on 08/20/2014 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

AARP Missouri Speak Out! volunteers are ready to share information with their communities! Below are topics that are available to both internal AARP groups and community organizations, social groups, businesses, and educational entities. And these speakers are FREE! AARP speakers are available to groups of 20 or more and presentations are no more than 30 minutes in length, including Q&A. Typically, booklets, brochures, and other handouts are collateral to the presentations. Please allow four weeks advance notice should you wish …

AARP Missouri Andrus Award Winner Announced

Posted on 08/7/2014 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

Judy Sherry of Kansas City has been selected by AARP to receive the 2014 AARP Missouri Andrus Award for Community Service – the Association’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service. AARP Missouri selected her remarkable service which has greatly benefitted her community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers. Sherry is a 74 year-old grandmother who, with another grandmother in Kansas, founded the Missouri Kansas Chapter of Grandmothers Against Gun Violence (GAG) in September …

“Active Living” Topic of Meeting

Posted on 07/23/2014 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

AARP Senior Strategic Policy Advisor Jana Lynott was in the Kansas City area this week  as guest presenter at the Kansas City Regional Transit Alliance (KCRTA) monthly luncheon meeting. Lynott is on the Livable Communities Team in AARP’s Public Policy Institute (PPI). KCRTA collaborated with  KC Communities for All Ages to present the luncheon focus. Lynott’s presentation was “Active Living for All Ages: Creating Around Transit” and focused on the independence and mobility of older adults as well livable communities. …

Speak Out! topics available

Posted on 07/22/2014 by | AARP Missouri | Comments

The AARP Missouri volunteer speakers bureau, “Speak Out!” has a number of interesting presentations for audiences in select areas of Missouri. If you would like to have one of our volunteers address your group, send an online request form to: Please allow four weeks advance notice in requesting a speaker and your group must have a minimum of  20 individuals who will attend. If you have questions, please feel free to send an email to Topics Offered Keys …