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Jackie Storrs: 2024 AARP Virginia Gordon Morton Award for Community Service

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L-R AARP Virginia Associate State Director Carl Hamiel, Jackie Storrs, AARP Virginia Executive Council member Claudia Eckels.
Karen Taylor Davis

Jackie Storrs is an exemplary asset to AARP Virginia as a volunteer. Her dedication, enthusiasm, and leadership shine through in every aspect of her involvement. Storrs actively engages with the community through various initiatives such as leading walking groups and participating in virtual line dancing classes. Her commitment to these activities and many others, regardless of weather conditions, demonstrates her reliability and dedication.

Henrico resident Storrs effectively promotes AARP mission and programs, attracting new volunteers and participants. Her interactions and enthusiasm have inspired others to join her team, showcasing her ability to advocate for causes she believes in. Her involvement goes beyond participation; she takes on leadership roles and additional responsibilities willingly. Serving on the AARP Virginia Executive Council and training new community ambassadors demonstrates her leadership qualities and willingness to contribute in meaningful ways.

Storrs fosters collaboration with local chapters and other organizations, leveraging her connections to expand outreach and impact. Her ability to network and build partnerships enhances the effectiveness of AARP. Overall, her positive attitude, initiative, and dedication make her a valuable team member. Her contributions have not only increased attendance and volunteer engagement but also elevated the profile and effectiveness of AARP's programs and mission.

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L-R AARP Virginia Associate State Director Carl Hamiel, AARP Richmond North Chapter President Mary Clark, 2024 AARP Gordon Morton Award recipient Jackie Storrs.
Karen Taylor Davis

The Gordon Morton Award for Community Service is named for Gordon Morton, who served as the first president of the Kempsville Chapter, and served a four-year term as AARP Director for Virginia before there was a state office or staff in the Commonwealth.

Morton was best known for his long, active service with AARP. Known as “Mr. AARP” he also served as AARP area consultant, district director and in his late days of volunteerism as a community outreach specialist. He was awarded the Virginia AARP Community Spirit Award in 1998 and numerous other chapter awards. Morton served on the Virginia Beach Mayor’s Commission on Aging for 14 years, was a founding member of the Virginia Beach Task Force on Aging, and worked with other groups to address the issues of aging. Mayor Meyera Oberndorf proclaimed June 18, 1997 as “Gordon M. Morton Day” in Virginia Beach, citing his contributions to development of the TRIAD Program for seniors in Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Chesapeake and numerous other accomplishments. On June 21, 2002, he was presented the Jefferson Cup Award by the Mayor’s Commission On Aging for “Exceptional Accomplishments in Service to Senior Citizens.” He passed away Sept. 13, 2002.

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