Regional volunteer briefings will be scheduled in every region of Arkansas throughout 2013 to give volunteers a chance to meet with each other and staff from the state office. The first briefings of the year are tentatively scheduled for Fayetteville and Conway; watch this site ( www.aarp.org/ar ) for upcoming details.
Every volunteer is welcome at these briefings, including Driver Safety, Tax-Aide, and Arkansas Retired Teachers Association (ARTA) Unit and AARP Chapter Members. Lunch is always included, because nothing works up an appetite quite as effectively as volunteering for AARP. Each briefing covers a range of topics and interests.
During the most recent briefing, in December 2012, we discussed major trends in volunteerism, which will continue to be a theme at 2013 briefings. The inspiration for our discussions is taken from an influential, but easy-to-read book titled The New Breed: Understanding and Equipping the 21st Century Volunteer, by Jonathan and Thomas McKee (Group, 2012).