AARP Virginia Honors Warren Stewart with President’s Award; Introduces Melvin Evans as New State President

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AARP Virginia has presented Warren Stewart of Norfolk with the President’s Award for Community Service and introduced Melvin Evans of Windsor as the organization’s volunteer State President.   The President’s Award for Community Service is given to deserving individuals or groups chosen at the AARP State President’s discretion. Past recipients have included exceptional chapter presidents and community outreach, advocacy, and training volunteers who have furthered AARP’s socialimpact agenda. AARP Virginia State Director Jim Dau presented the 2016 awards to three …

Denise Coates is Honored with AARP’s Gordon Morton Award; Bob Blancato Receives President’s Award

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AARP Virginia has presented Denise Coates of Herndon with the 2016 Gordon Morton Award for Volunteer Service and Bob Blancato of Arlington with the President’s Award.   The Gordon Morton Award is given to an individual AARP volunteer who has made outstanding contributions to the work of AARP in a manner consistent with the dedication and quality of work modeled by Gordon Morton, an AARP volunteer who passed away in 2002. Coates serves as a Community Ambassador, Congressional District Liaison, …

AARP Virginia Honors Bill Lukhard with President’s Award; Recognizes Richmond North Chapter

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                AARP Virginia recognized Bill Lukhard of Richmond and the AARP Richmond North Chapter at its annual awards ceremony.     Lukhard received the President’s Award and AARP Richmond North Chapter #5356 was bestowed the Chapter Award on Dec. 1.   Lukhard, a long-time AARP Virginia volunteer, Executive Council member, and recipient of the 2008 Andrus Award for Community Service, graciously stepped in as Interim State President for the remaining months of 2016. …

AARP Virginia Awards Don Creamer of Blacksburg with the Distinguished Andrus Award

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BEARD CENTER ON AGING AND BLACKSBURG CHAPTER HONORED AARP Virginia has presented Don Creamer of Blacksburg with the highly distinguished Andrus Award for Community Service, and honored volunteers from across the state for their dedication to enhancing the quality of life for all as we age. AARP Virginia held its annual All-Volunteer Assembly in Richmond on Dec. 1, where volunteers were lauded at a banquet. The All-Volunteer Assembly honors AARP Virginia’s most dedicated volunteers. AARP Virginia volunteers provide outreach and …

Virginia Volunteers Support Take a Stand Campaign Effort at Fox News by Don Harmon

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With only a few days before the final Presidential debate, Northern Virginia AARP volunteers joined with AARP staff and volunteers from the national office and other states to ask Fox News, the debate sponsor, to question the presidential candidates for their positions on funding Social Security. The combined team included Virginia and Maryland volunteers, and members of AARP’s headquarters and state staffs.  Time until the last debate is short.  AARP conducted a high energy effort on Wednesday, October 14, to …

What Social Security Means to Lisa’s Family by Joyce Williams

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Lisa W., 52, is married with one daughter who is a senior in high school and planning to go to college next year.  Lisa began working at the age of 16 and has been paying into Social Security for the past 36 years.  She first worked in fast food in high school, waited tables in college, and managed restaurants for a time before settling into her current job as the Director of Marketing at a regional credit union. When asked …

What does Social Security Mean to YOUR Family?

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If nothing is done to improve Social Security, benefits will have to be reduced by about 25 percent.  We are encouraging the candidates to tell voters how they would make Social Security sustainable for future generations.  Tell us your story about what Social Security means to your family. Here’s how to do it:  answer the questions below by typing them out in a document or in the body of an email.  Email us the document with a photo of yourself (selfies are …

What Social Security Means to My Family by Bruce Smith

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Bruce Smith, 71 year old AARP member and activist from Woodbridge, Virginia   How has Social Security made a difference in your life? My dad died when I was just fifteen. My mom, a former secretary, went back to school to brush up on her skills and then went to work at a private night school training secretaries. She later found a job training office workers for the federal government, but her income wouldn’t have been enough to pay for …

From the Take A Stand Trenches by Lorraine Bratton

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Lorraine Bratton of Roanoke is a veteran AARP volunteer.  She has been active with the Take A Stand campaign, attending candidate events and representing Take A Stand at community activities.  This is her report from a recent campaign event she attended.   I attended the Donald Trump Rally at the Roanoke Civic Center. It was 97 degrees.  I waited one hour to get into the Center and five hours for Mr. Trump to speak.  I cannot stand that long; the …

AARP Virginia Hosts Vice Presidential Debate Watch Parties

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Voters will have only one opportunity to see the candidates for Vice President of the United States face off in a debate.  On Tuesday, Oct. 4 AARP Virginia is hosting debate watch parties in Richmond and Virginia Beach so that voters can have fun, enjoy snacks and discuss the debate with their peers. U.S. Senator Tim Kaine (D-Va.) will meet Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R) at Longwood University in Farmville, Va. on Tuesday. At the debate watch parties, attendees can …