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Local AARP chapter votes to dissolve

By BOB HANSEN - bhansen@newsexaminer.com

As expected, members of the local AARP chapter have voted to disband it.

Whitewater Valley Chapter 5025 voted almost unanimously to disband the chapter, said Robert Campbell, the treasurer and last remaining chapter officer. He said the nine members at a meeting on Monday were unanimous. A couple of the eight members who responded by mail had voted to keep the chapter going. The chapter has about 60 total members.

Campbell is putting together a letter to notify AARP’s national office that the chapter is dissolving. The chapter will continue meeting awhile longer, until the dissolution process is complete, he said. Meetings are at 1 p.m. on the first Monday each month at the Fayette Senior Center, 417 N. Grand Ave.

Campbell has been active with AARP since local people started forming a chapter in 1993. The group received its charter from AARP in May 1995 and Campbell has been an officer nearly all the time since. Other officers resigned in the past few years. No one had stepped forward to fill those positions.

AARP was formerly the American Association of Retired Persons. Anyone over 50 years old may join. It is the largest advocacy group for older Americans.

The AARP state president, Joseph Everett of Indianapolis, said many local AARP chapters have disappeared in the past several years. Rather than having local chapters, AARP Indiana and AARP in other states organize groups around specific issues, such as caregiving, nutrition and financial well-being.

“It’s less formal than a chapter,” he said.

AARP Indiana also tries to provide resources to local senior citizen organizations. He said the state group might reach out to the Fayette Senior Center and offer assistance or resources for local projects. The Senior Center and the local AARP chapter have partnered on the Senior Citizen Day at the Fayette County Free Fair.