Stoney Creek Inn & Conference Center in Columbia was the site of the 2014 Volunteer Recognition Luncheon. Nearly 70 volunteers from across the state traveled by bus and car to celebrate a spectacular year of AARP activities, events, and programs.
After checking in, volunteers were seated at themed tables and were instructed to create group presentations based on the theme. Creativity was at its height as volunteers performed skits, sang songs, and marched around the room in keeping with their themes.
Following a sumptuous lunch, volunteers vied for first, second and third place during a trivia game that covered the years 1950 and 1960, AARP through the ages, and bonus plays to identify company logos and television programs.
State Director Craig Eichelman served as emcee for the event and was joined by Regional Volunteer Director Jim Clemmons and AARP Missouri Volunteer State President Kathy Bond.
“This is one of my favorite occasions of the year,” Bond said, extolling the virtues of the volunteers and thanking them for a great year of service in their communities. “This is also a time of the year to take a big breath, let it out – and relax,” added Clemmons.
A special recognition was given to “retiring” Executive Council (EC) member Ilena Aslin for her years of service, guidance and leadership. “AARP is the best organization I’ve ever volunteered with, and I’ve volunteered for quite a few,” Aslin said. “It’s time to say farewell to the EC, but not to AARP.” Aslin received a standing ovation from volunteers and staff and vowed to remain active in the Bootheel of Missouri.