Fun was the fare of the day when AARP Missouri volunteers from across the state convened for the Annual Volunteer Recognition luncheon at Columbia’s Stoney Creek Inn on Nov. 13. From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., volunteers played casino-style game that allowed both novices and those experienced in Black Jack, craps, poker, and roulette to take chances on winning play money that could be bartered for unique prizes.
Regional Volunteer Director Jim Clemmons and AARP Missouri Volunteer State President Kathy Bond extended greetings and gratitude to those volunteers who so selflessly shared their time, expertise, and enthusiasm in their communities during the year. Special recognition was given to 2012 Missouri Andrus Award for Community Service Bob Sanders, and Franklin Walker and Dick Bossch, who are concluding their term of service on the AARP Missouri Executive Council.
After luncheon was served, Bond, Clemmons, and staff presented AARP blankets – wrapped in red glittery ribbon – to volunteers in thanks for their year of service to the organization. Staff distributed special door prizes to ticket holders and the flowers from each table were additional treats for lucky volunteer guests.
Dick Bossch sent an email that said it all: “What a great AARP recognition luncheon you gave to volunteers. It was most enjoyable and we know a lot of work and planning went into the preparations. Thanks to all the staff.”
Associate State Directors for Community Outreach Diane Hall and Sheila Holm planned the event, and State Operations Associate Sue Cerny managed the luncheon logistics. Thanks to all!