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AARP elects officers, gives gifts

by Faye Pekar

The Carson Valley AARP, chapter #3683, held its annual meeting and final election and installation of officers on Dec. 7 at the Country Club Restaurant in Gardnerville.

AARP Nevada State President Wally Kurtz conducted the installation. New officers for 2001 are president, Marion Weissheimer; first vice president, Jerry Rasmussen; second vice president, Joel Laas; secretary, Marion Ross; treasurer, Donna Lee; board of directors for two years, Darrel Bricker, Francis Callahan and George Lee; board of directors for one year, Harlan Casebier, Vera Gesselman, Helen Laas and Shirley Wilson; and regional advisor for one year, Faye Pekar.

Members voted to donate money to the Douglas County Public Library, Carson Valley Community Food Closet, Carson Valley Museum and Cultural Center, the Douglas County Senior Center’s Meals on Wheels program and the City of Refuge.

The chapter also collected Christmas gifts for patients at Barton Skilled Nursing Facility in Gardnerville.

Many people ask, “What is an AARP chapter?” Chapters are non-government, non-partisan, non-profit community service organizations.

Chapters promote independence, dignity and accomplishment for older Americans at the community level. Members look at important needs and opportunities in their local areas and find ways to help.

Each AARP chapter is a vital communications link between local members and AARP national headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Chapters exemplify AARP’s motto: “To Serve, Not to be Served.” Through service activities, chapter members personify AARP in the community.

Everyone over the age of 50 is invited to join a chapter and get involved, making the community a better place to live, making new friends and having some fun. Joining a chapter is not all service. Members also make a difference, as AARP chapters are in the mainstream of vital national issues affecting the lives of all older Americans. Members receive state legislative alerts and can help influence policy decisions that will be felt for generations to come.

President Weissheimer predicts this will be an exciting year for the chapter.

Members of the National AARP and the public are invited to attend Carson Valley chapter meetings usually on the first Thursday of the month at 2 p.m at the senior center, 2300 Meadow Lane, Gardnerville. If the meetings are scheduled at a different time, members will be notified and changes will be noticed. For information, contact Weissheimer at 782-6010.