ime AARP Indiana volunteer leader and Indianapolis resident Joe Everett has been selected as the organization’s next state president. This is the top volunteer leadership position for AARP Indiana – a nonprofit, nonpartisan social change organization with nearly 820,000 members statewide that advocates on issues critical to Hoosiers 50-plus and their families.
Joe has volunteered with AARP Indiana since 2007, upon the conclusion of his professional career as a public affairs specialist with the Social Security Administration. His extensive knowledge about Social Security has been utilized in his volunteer role in several ways, most recently as a speaker during AARP Indiana’s “Ready for Your Financial Future” events. Joe also served on the Executive Council – AARP Indiana’s volunteer leadership team - from 2008 to 2013, participated in the volunteer legislative team since 2008, led volunteer teams on critical campaigns surrounding healthcare reform and protecting Social Security and Medicare, and completed AARP’s Volunteer Leadership Institute last December.
“As part of his ‘what’s next’ in life, we are so fortunate to have Joe serve as our state president,” said AARP Indiana State Director June Lyle. “He brings enthusiasm and a real passion for AARP’s social welfare mission to the position.”
In partnership with the state director and in collaboration with other appropriate volunteers and staff, the state president positions AARP in the state to achieve the AARP vision, mission and strategic priorities. Joe’s responsibilities include: serving as the principal AARP volunteer spokesperson in the state and communicating AARP messages statewide; chairing the state Executive Council; helping to develop the framework for state strategic planning and coordination of AARP activities; building networks and community partnerships across the state with other organizations and key decision makers to further AARP goals; engaging diverse populations in all activities in the state; and, assisting in the recruitment of other volunteers.
“This volunteer leadership position is both comfortable and exciting for me,” said AARP Indiana State President Joe Everett. “It’s comfortable because I’m used to public speaking, have demonstrated leadership and team building abilities and have already worked with AARP Indiana in various capacities. And, it’s exciting because I get to speak about AARP’s mission to improve the lives of all Hoosiers as we age on a larger scale. In the words of AARP’s new CEO Jo Ann Jenkins, I’m ready to show how the 50-plus in Indiana are truly ‘disrupting aging’ on so many levels.”