AARP/RTA honors Ainslie

Community Service Volunteer ... Kay Ainslie, left, has earned the title of Community Service Volunteer of the Year for 2008. Representing the AARP (formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons) and Retired Teachers of America, Marcia West presented the honor to Ainslie during the AARP/RTA monthly meeting.

The monthly AARP (formerly known as American Association of Retired Persons) and Retired Teachers Association meeting at the Bad River Senior Citizens' Center on March 31 had over 40 people in attendance.

Kay Ainslie has been recognized as Community Service Volunteer of the Year for 2008. The list of activities and responsibilities in Ainslie's life is highlighted with her being a mother and grandmother who opened her home to other students over the years. She has volunteered her time and dedication to the school, her church, the senior center, nursing home, Relay For Life, Community Betterment Committee, Friends of the Library, Philip Women's Club, Legion Auxiliary, Philip Area AARP/RTA, Haakon County Transportation, Red Hats of the 50s, Philip swimming pool and over 35 years to the Girls Scouts. Ainslie was nominated for SD Dakota Woman. Ainslie was also nominated for the statewide 2009 Andrus Award, named after the founder of both AARP and RTA.

A new public address system has been installed at the senior center. The local chapter of AARP/RTA contributed $200 for the system. The SD-AARP had donated $300 for activity involvement to promote AARP/RTA and community services issues, and the local chapter donated $100 of this to the Community Betterment Committee and $200 to the senior center public address system.

There are nine AARP chapters and 22 RTA units in South Dakota. The chapter covering the Philip area invites members and potential members from the surrounding communities to attend the meetings and look into membership benefits. The Philip area AARP/RTA meets at 6:00 p.m. at the Bad River Senior Citizens Center on the last Tuesday of each month.