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AARP Texas Names New State President

Posted on 12/21/2015 by | Texas | Comments

Charlene Hunter James, a long-time volunteer and community advocate in Houston, has been named AARP Texas state president. In collaboration with AARP Texas Director Bob Jackson, who announced James’ appointment, James will have the responsibility, starting Jan. 1, of leading the AARP Texas Executive Council for at least the next two years. She also will work with AARP staff and volunteers to establish strategic goals and objectives on a local level that are consistent with AARP’s national strategies. James, 64, …

Austin AARP Volunteer: Social Security Is Vital

Posted on 07/31/2015 by | Texas | Comments

AUSTIN, Texas – After three decades as an educator, Mary Ragland is drawing from two pensions and modest Social Security earnings to make ends meet in retirement. At 81 and retired for more than a decade, Ragland, a longtime AARP volunteer in Austin, lives frugally but occasionally taps into an IRA to treat herself to short excursions. She considers herself fortunate. “I have neighbors living here in my community who have only Social Security and not very much of that,” …

Promoting Conversations About An Age-Friendly Austin

Posted on 06/2/2015 by | Texas | Comments

Austin Mayor Steve Adler drew a smidgeon of laughter from a crowd of about 120 Central Texas AARP members when he told them that not everyone needs to give up their cars and ride city buses in HOV lanes. Rather, he said, just enough motorists should do so to speed up the lane he likes to drive. With a pinch of humor, Adler made a serious case to the AARP-member audience for staggered work hours and telecommuting, expanded transit and …

Colonel Randle Joins Texas Volunteer Leadership

Posted on 05/6/2015 by | Texas | Comments

By Vanessa Rodriguez Texas native and former U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter pilot Lawrence Randle has been named to the AARP Texas Executive Council, continuing his life-long commitment to volunteerism on behalf of AARP’s more than 2 million members in Texas. Born in the small town of Reagan, southeast of Waco, Randle is a retired colonel who served 34 years as both a reserve and active duty officer. From 1980 to 1984, his military assignments centered around UH-60 Black Hawk …

Community Renewal Is A Team Concept In Fort Worth

Posted on 04/22/2015 by | Texas | Comments

Just northeast of downtown Fort Worth, in a neighborhood of artists, professionals and working class residents, a cadre of AARP volunteers are collaborating with community leaders and residents to transform Six Points Urban Village in the Riverside District into a vibrant, walkable place. Named for its six-way intersection of three major streets, Six Points is one of 16 designated urban villages in Fort Worth. They’re small, dense – and sometimes long-neglected – pockets of the city that have been identified …

Getting To Know Austin’s new City Council

Posted on 04/17/2015 by | Texas | Comments

Having marked only their first 100 days in office, members of Austin’s first City Council under a new “10-1” system of government are in a honeymoon phase of getting to know one another and learning the city’s biggest issues. The City Council has spent the bulk of its time in orientation sessions and policy workshops, and Council members have purposefully postponed votes on many major decisions until they feel more settled. Austin’s elected leaders are still testing the strength of …