NH Senior NewsNovember 11. 2012 7:15PM
MANCHESTER - AARP New Hampshire honored nearly 75 volunteers at a celebratory luncheon last week.
The most prestigious volunteer award, the Andrus Award for Community Service, was presented to Roland Stoodley of Charlestown, an AARP volunteer and community leader.
The award, named after AARP's founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, recognizes "outstanding AARP volunteers who are making a powerful difference in their communities in ways that are consistent with AARP's mission, vision and strategic direction."
Stoodley came to AARP in 1995, and after his first year of volunteering, was appointed state coordinator of the AARP/VOTE committee. Two terms as AARP New Hampshire state president was next, followed by three terms as regional volunteer director and volunteer executive director of the New Hampshire Retired Educators Association.
"Roland is like a gift that keeps on giving and giving," said AARP New Hampshire state President Fred Kocher. "He is passionate about people and brings that passion, leadership, energy and commitment to his volunteer endeavors. AARP is just one of the many organizations that has benefited from Roland's volunteer service."
Stoodley has been active in his community, including holding leadership positions in Rotary, Chambers of Commerce, educational organizations, United Way and local government. He's now serving as secretary-treasurer for the New Hampshire Korean War Veterans Association. He and his wife, Barb, a registered nurse, were volunteers on a humanitarian mission to Honduras.
Others honored at the volunteer recognition were:
Andrus Award finalists: Ralph Appleby, Rochester; Eva Cheever, Milford; Kaye Heffernan, Nashua; Herman Kimball, Meredith; Harold Moldoff, Rye Beach; and Judy Sisson, Unity.
Advocacy Volunteer of the Year: Bob Denz, South Sutton.
Community Partner of the Year: New Hampshire Institute of Politics & Political Library.
Driver Safety Volunteer of the Year: Bob Kennelly, Meredith.
Retired Educator of the Year: Judie Caci, Melvin Village.
Tax Aide Volunteer of the Year: David Minsk, Lebanon.
Special recognition also went to Ollie Lafond of Bow, who stepped down after six years as state coordinator of the AARP Driver Safety program, which is designed to help drivers brush up on their driving skills.
Lead volunteer AARP fraud fighter Harold Moldoff of Rye Beach congratulated his team of fraud fighters on winning a Volunteer Service Award at Volunteer NH's 2012 Spirit of New Hampshire Awards. Fourteen volunteers travel the state, educating Granite Staters on how to stay safe from frauds and scams.
Plymouth center offers Thanksgiving celebration
PLYMOUTH - Plymouth Regional Senior Center, 8 Depot St., will celebrate Thanksgiving Thursday with a feast and live entertainment.
A brunch with entertainment by singer and guitarist Mary Robertson is planned at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21.
Senior Bowling League members will gather at a table reserved for bowlers during lunch Thursday, Nov. 29, then head to Funspot in Laconia, where they hope to bowl every week (except for snow days and vacation weeks) until spring. Seniors can bowl one, two or three strings. The cost for three strings is $11 and includes shoes. If the senior center can drives bowlers, the cost is $5; otherwise bowlers will carpool.
NARFE chapter to meet Thursday in Manchester
MANCHESTER - The National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association Chapter 408 will have a business meeting at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at American Legion Sweeney Post 2.
Guest speaker Germano Martins, the community relations manager for the N.H. Department of of Health and Human Services, will speak about programs and services from the department and other agencies that can be beneficial to seniors.
The chapter would welcome all federal employees who would like to become members, whether retired or still employed, to the meeting.
MAREA taking reservations for Christmas luncheon
MANCHESTER - The Manchester Area Retired Educators Association will host its annual Christmas social and luncheon Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the Manchester Country Club in Bedford.
A social hour is planned at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at noon. Many door prizes and gifts will be drawn after lunch.
Reservations must be made and paid for by Wednesday, Nov. 21, and no cancellations will be accepted after that date. Seating capacity is limited.
Donations also will be collected for veterans at the VA Medical Center.
Any retired educator or support staff member who has taught in or lives in the Manchester area is invited to attend and to become a member.
For more information, call Joe at 622-2285.
Diabetic shoe clinic covered by Medicare
MANCHESTER - A shoe clinic for diabetics on Medicare is planned Wednesday at the William Cashin Senior Center, 151 Douglas St.
Medicare will pay for one pair of therapeutic shoes, plus inserts, each calendar year. At the clinic, seniors can pick a shoe style and get measured for shoes. For an appointment, call 828-6762. Seniors should bring their Medicare and insurance information, plus their doctor's name, address and phone number.