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AARP seeks volunteer award nominees

AARP North Dakota is seeking nominations for its 2011 Andrus Award for Community Service, which honors those individuals who share their experience, talent, and skills to enrich the lives of their community members.

"Volunteerism is clearly a new way of looking at retirement for older Americans. Many are finding that they want to remain active and involved and that volunteerism fulfills this need and the desire to help others," AARP volunteer state president Rodger Wetzel, Bismarck, said. "Through this recognition, AARP encourages members and prospective members to use their skills as a way to remain active as well as make a difference in their community."

The screening of nominees will be performed by AARP North Dakota. Nominees must be 50 years or older, and the achievements, accomplishments, or service on which the nomination is based must have been performed on a volunteer basis, without pay, and reflect AARP's vision and mission. Couples or partners who perform service together are eligible; however, teams are not eligible.

The application deadline is June 1. For complete eligibility requirements and a nomination form, e-mail Marlowe Kro, AARP North Dakota, at, or call 701-355-3643 or 866-554-5383. Nominations can also be made online at

Last year, AARP recognized 52 outstanding individuals from around the country, including Curtis Talley from Lansford, N.D. AARP will announce this year's award recipient in September.

The award honors the legacy of Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, who founded AARP more than 50 years ago.