By Chelsae Gill-James
AARP Georgia Advocacy Intern
AARP State Presidents converged in Washington, D.C. this month for AARP’s 2015 State President Orientation. The recently appointed AARP Georgia State President, Joe Dukes was in attendance with 17 newly inducted presidents as well as incumbents from every state. Each State President was accompanied by their respective State Director and Regional Volunteer Director.
The goals of this orientation were to reinforce the value and need for a strong State President and State Director partnership, for the presidents to deepen their understanding of AARP’s priorities, as well as the association’s available resources. In a favorable stride to ensure that each president, new and seasoned, and their director met the goals set forth for the orientation, each participated in an informative session, “The Power of Partnership,” where AARP’s CEO Jo Ann Jenkins and AARP’s Executive Vice President & Chief Communications and Marketing Officer, Martha Boudreau, presented at the gathering.