The quality of life in the Eastman Community was been significantly enhanced by the volunteer service of John Larrabee. He is this year's AARP New Hampshire's prestigious Andrus Award winner.
John, his wife Deborah, and Leslie Moses - Eastman's Chief Community Living Officer arrive for the award ceremony. Carol, who nominated John for the award greets her fellow Eastmanites.
The ceremony was held on the campus of Saint Anselm's Institute of Politics in Manchester, NH.
Part of the Eastman entourage.
Leslie mingles at John's head table as additional guests arrive.
AARP's president Marc Boyd, the morning's emcee, discusses the program with Carol.
Marc works the crowd and points out the other guy with the white beard, John, sitting in the room.
Other volunteer awards are presented, but John Larrabee's introduction and award acceptance remarks are the main feature.
Marc offers background information about the Andrus Award's namesake, Ethel Andrus, the founder of AARP ...... plus a few one-liners.
The awards program.
Marc's witty remarks spark reaction.
John completes some last minute edits to his award acceptance comments.
Carol introduces John.
Anna is an accomplished member of the Eastman Youth Conservation Corps. The Corps, under John's leadership, completes a variety of community improvement projects.
All eyes and ears are on Carol as she outlines all the reasons why she nominated John for the Andrus Award and why he is most suited to received AARP's highest award for the State of New Hampshire.
Deborah appreciates the recognition John has received for his tireless dedication to the Eastman Community and other community organizations.
John relates how volunteerism, especially in intergenerational projects, and helping to improve the quality of life in community his resides in is part of the fabric of his life.
Leslie reflects on community benefits John has brought to Eastman.
John is also known for his own wonderful sense of humor.
Marc's closing comments.
The NH contingent (L to R): Lynn, Leslie, David, Carol, Susan Warren - Executive Director of the Fells Historic Estate in Sunapee where John is a dedicated volunteer - Deborah, and Anna.
After lunch and a morning of inspiration, the Eastman crew heads out.
Eastman's Chief Community Living Officer is all smiles.