Many friends and family members of Hot Springs Village resident Warren Searls gathered recently at Unitarian Universalist Village Church honoring him as he received the prestigious Andrus Award for Community Service. The AARP, formerly American Association of Retired Persons, has more than 38 million members.
The organization was founded in 1958 by Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, a retired educator from California, and Leonard Davis, later founder of the Colonial Penn Group insurance companies. It was their desire and mission to enhance the quality of life for all as we age and to deliver value to members through information, advocacy and service, thus the creation of the Andrus Award for outstanding volunteerism.
AARP state offices honor those whose volunteer tributes, sharing their experience, talents and skills enriches the lives of others.
Thus, Warren Searls, for more than 40 years of volunteer service, was recognized. “I’m 83 years old and I don’t think of the past 40 years of volunteering was service, it was my way of giving back” said Searls. “I’m just one of over 300,000 volunteers in Arkansas and I’m happy to share this honor with them and I especially want to thank my family for their love and support.”
Along with congratulatory hugs and handshakes, the attendees enjoyed a scrumptious brunch and raising their mimosas, toasted the honoree.