MIAMI — On Sept. 17, Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara J. Jordan honored the Opa-locka Chapter of the AARP for winning the 2012 Florida Chapter of the Year Award.
The organization, which is headed by Connie Dupree, purchases books and school supplies for underprivileged children. Members also participate in health fairs, help monitor medications, plan for longterm care and help prevent identity theft for their members. “This chapter has risen and surpassed the expectations of AARP,” said Jordan. “They are an active group of seniors and clearly deserve this honor,”
The AARP was founded by Ethel Percy Andrus in 1958 to build a group of older residents who advocated on behalf of the members of the American Association of Retired Persons through local activism and legislation at the state and federal levels. Andrus’ motto was “We should seek to serve, not to be served.”
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FOR SEEKING TO SERVE: Miami-Dade County Commissioner Jordan presents members of the Opa-locka Chapter of the AARP with a congratulatory certificate for winning the Florida Chapter of the Year Award from AARP.