AARP Oklahoma State Director: Thank You Marjorie & Barney

Posted on 12/1/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Volunteering On behalf of the more than 400,000 AARP members in Oklahoma, I would like to take this opportunity to publicly applaud AARP State President Marjorie Lyons and Executive Council Member Barney Allen who will complete their terms at the end of 2014. Over the past six years, Marjorie and Barney have been champions on issues affecting older Oklahomans, including protecting nursing home residents and veterans and advocating for affordable utilities. Most recently, they worked to help make Oklahoma the first …

Violet McClanahan Named 2014 Oklahoma Andrus Award Winner

Posted on 11/7/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Volunteering Violet McClanahan, a retired special education teacher from Bessie, has been named the recipient of the 2014 Oklahoma Andrus Award for Community Service. The award was presented at the 2014 AARP Oklahoma Volunteer Celebration recently held in Oklahoma City. Named after AARP Founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, the Andrus Award is the highest honor given to a volunteer by AARP. Violet spent many hours displaying kindness and compassion to her students. She accompanied them to the State Special Olympics and …

Make a Nomination for 2014 Andrus Award for Community Service

Posted on 04/10/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Volunteering Nominations are being accepted for the 2014 Andrus Award for Community Service now through June 1st. The Andrus Award, which is named after AARP founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, is the association’s most prestigious volunteer tribute that recognizes outstanding individuals who are sharing their experience, talents and skills to enrich the lives of others. Previous Andrus Award winners in Oklahoma include: Phyllis Crosswell (2013);  Linda Johnson Huggins (2012); Gladys Jordan Lytle (2011); Dr. John Edwards (2010); Dr. Gerald Gustafson (2009); …

Oklahoma Volunteer Nominated for National Community Service Award

Posted on 04/10/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Volunteering Long-time AARP Oklahoma volunteer Gerrie Cordes, who currently serves as vice president of the Custer County Chapter, was nominated for AARP’s annual Chapter and Unit Community Service Award. The award is given on behalf of AARP and NRTA (National Retired Teacher’s Association) to a person providing the most outstanding service to the community through a chapter or unit-sponsored service project in 2013. Gerrie will receive a pin commemorating her nomination for this prestigious award. She has previously served as president …

AARP Foundation Tax-Aide Will Provide Free Tax Assistance & Preparation Beginning in February

Posted on 01/31/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Volunteering By DICK MITCHELL AARP Tax Aide Volunteer  AARP Foundation is again providing free tax assistance and preparation for taxpayers with low to moderate income through the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program. AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, in its 45thyear, is the nation’s largest free tax assistance and preparation service, giving special attention those 60 and older.  You do not need to be a member of AARP or a retiree to use this free service.  Last year, 362 Oklahoma AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped …

Honoring, Helping & Protecting Indian Elders

Posted on 01/28/2014 by | AARP Oklahoma | Comments

Volunteering   By DR. JOHN EDWARDS Former Governor, Absentee Shawnee Tribe AARP Oklahoma Executive Council According to Native American tradition, leaders should always look seven generations behind and seven generations ahead when making decisions. It’s a way of making sure that our past is always connected to our future. What can we learn from the past? As Indian people we are taught the ways of our people through stories, song and language. We know the value of respecting and honoring our …