Classie Green of Pine Bluff received the 2017 Andrus State Award for Community Service during the AARP Arkansas’ annual Volunteer Summit.
“The Andrus Award is AARP’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award for community service,” according to a news release. “The award recognizes outstanding individuals who made their communities better in ways that are consistent with AARP’s mission, vision and commitment to volunteer service, and who inspire others to volunteer.”
Green received the award at the summit held Oct. 10-11 at Little Rock. Also, Herman Satterfield of Russellville received AARP Arkansas’ 2017 Distinguished Service Award. AARP’s State Volunteer President Charlie Wagener presented the awards.
“This year’s Andrus Award recipient, Classie Green, has a distinguished and impressive legacy of accomplishment as a volunteer leader,” according to the release. “She retired from nursing after 40 years and is involved in diverse community activities such as the American Red Cross and the local NAACP chapter; serves as coordinator of activities and programs in nursing homes and assisted living facilities and also gives her time to the county fair and Pine Bluff Expo.”
Green exemplifies what it means to do for others who can’t do for themselves because of certain limitations, according to the release.
“She enhances the dignity of aging. … Classie’s achievements indicate a willingness to take a chance on doing something positive. She has a ‘Bring it on’ attitude — ‘We can work something out. Hit the ground running. We shall overcome.’ Her leadership in AARP Chapter 323 has encouraged many persons to become (chapter) members. The cognizance of outlining and organizing gives a feeling of wanting to belong — consistent with the principles of AARP,” according to the release.
AARP Arkansas created the Distinguished Service Award given to the nominee who is runner-up for the Andrus Award.
Satterfield, this year’s Distinguished Service Award winner, began work with the Senior Companion Volunteer Program in 1992, at the age of 71. In Satterfield’s 25 years of service, he has assisted more than 30 elderly and disabled clients to remain in their homes.
“He spent 811 hours in the last year dedicated to volunteering as a senior companion and he is looking to break that record this year,” according to the nomination form. “All of his current clients are younger than he is.”
“Mr. Satterfield has spent his entire life in service to others. He never misses a meeting, never misses an assignment and is never late with paperwork. At 95 years old, he is one of the hardest workers we have in our program. … He changes the lives of his clients every day by teaching them that they are important members of our community and are worthy of love and support,” the form said.
Other nominees for the Andrus Award this year were: Shirley Blankenship of Horseshoe Bend, Rhonda Brooks of Monticello, Jeff Carr of Little Rock, Johnetta Crumbly of Widener, Gayle Gilbert of Hot Springs Village, Ruby Morrow of Marvell, Gary Nichols of Hot Springs, Warren Searls of Hot Springs Village, Hazel Sheets of Cabot, Horace Smith of Van Buren, Dick Suits and Johnnie Wood of Hackett and Jerry Yates of Bald Knob.
More information about AARP Arkansas activities and the key role of volunteers is available at www.aarp.org/ar or Facebook at www.aarp.org/AARPArkansas and Twitter @ARAARP .