A. A. R. P. Rich Mountain Chapter 23
Mena Arkansas

Contact Information
Janelle Baldwin
870-389-6247
4331 Hwy 71 S, Hatfield, AR 71945
duzmags@alltel.net
President: Janelle Baldwin  (870) 389-6247
Vice President Roy Vaoil
Meeting Day 2nd Monday (Except July and August) for pot-luck lunch
Meeting Time 12:00 pm
Meeting Place Fellowship Hall
First Presbyterian Church
9th & Church Street
Mena, AR 71953
Membership Open

About AARP

Founded in 1958, AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization that helps people 50 and over improve the quality of their lives.

AARP has grown to 40 million members and has offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

As the nation’s largest membership organization for people 50+, AARP is leading a revolution in the way people view and live life after 50.

Vision, Mission, Motto

For more than 50 years, AARP has been serving its members and creating positive social change.

AARP’s mission is to enhance the quality of life for all as we age, leading positive social change and delivering value to members through information, advocacy and service.

We believe strongly in the principles of collective purpose, collective voice, and collective purchasing power, and these principles guide all organization efforts.

AARP works tirelessly to fulfill its vision: a society in which everyone ages with dignity and purpose, and in which AARP helps people fulfill their goals and dreams.

AARP speaks with one voice – united by a common motto: “To serve, not be served.”

History

Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, a retired high school principal, founded AARP in 1958. AARP evolved from the National Retired Teachers Association (NRTA), which Dr. Andrus had established in 1947 to promote her philosophy of productive aging, and in response to the need of retired teachers for health insurance.

At that time, private health insurance was virtually unavailable to older Americans; in fact, it was not until 1965 that the government enacted Medicare, which provides health benefits to persons over age 65. Dr. Andrus approached dozens of insurance companies until she found one willing to take the risk of insuring older persons. She then developed other benefits and programs, including a discount mail order pharmacy service.

Over the years NRTA heard from thousands of others who wanted to know how they could obtain insurance and other NRTA benefits without being retired teachers. After ten years, Dr. Andrus realized the time had come to create a new organization open to all Americans. Today, NRTA is a division within AARP.

In 1963, Dr. Andrus established an international presence for AARP by founding the Association of Retired Persons International (ARPI), with offices in Lausanne, Switzerland, and Washington, D.C. While ARPI disbanded in 1969, AARP has continued to develop networks and form coalitions within the worldwide aging community, promoting the well-being of older persons internationally through advocacy, education and service.

National Web Site:  AARP


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