Doris Brown and Dorothy Straun were honored by a crowd of nearly 100 at the AARP 2010 Recognition Ceremony and luncheon held on Saturday at Gertrude’s Restaurant. Doris Brown was named 2010 recipient of the coveted Andrus Award. Dorothy Straun was named 2010 Outstanding Chapter Member by AARP St. Croix Chapter 3167.
The Andrus Award is the association’s most prestigious and visible volunteer award for community service. It is named for AARP founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus who established the AARP in 1958. Denyce Singleton Sr., state director, made a presentation, “Telling Our Story,” which traced the AARP’s evolution and accomplishments both nationally and locally.
The award recognizes an individual’s power and ability to make a difference in the lives of others. “The award acts as a symbol to the public that we can all work together for positive social change,” said Singleton. “AARP has long valued the spirit of volunteerism and the important contributions volunteers make to their communities, neighbors, and the programs they serve.”
Doris Brown is a dedicated member of AARP Chapter No. 3167 and presently serves as public relations officer, AARP’s Community Outreach Team Leader and an AARP Friendly Visitor Volunteer at the Herbert Grigg Home for the Aged. The award reflects her present and past remarkable service and the impact she has had on the lives of others and on her community. Brown also volunteers for other organizations, including the Elmo Plaskett Little League West, Junior Calypsonians and after-school tutoring programs. Her work with the Department of Human Services’ Senior Medicare Patrol was also recognized by Annie Day Henry at the event.
Dorothy Straun is a board member for AARP Chapter 3167. She helped found the local organizations of the Certified Nurses Association and American Cancer Society; she serves as vice chair of the Frederiksted Credit Union, vice chair for the American Cancer Society and chairperson for Relay for Life; she was Health and Temperance Leader of the Faith SDA Church. She, too, was recognized by Annie Day Henry of the Department of Human Services for Senior Medicare Patrol work.