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Pioneers of Moultrie and Colquitt County’s AARP chapter joined current members to celebrate the chapter’s 25th anniversary recently. Back row from left are Jim Lowry, Jim Soos, Anne Foster, J.B. Johnson, Mack A. Grier and Wilson Randell; and front row from left are David Pittman, Lela Garner, Julia Lastinger, Rautgunde Maule, Donna Amore, Carl Dasher, Jack Gordon, Barbara Barber and Bernice Randell.

The Moultrie Colquitt County AARP Chapter 4140 was recognized for 25 years of community service by the national AARP interest group located in Washington, DC.

AARP Chief Executive Officer Barry Rand mailed the local chapter a letter of appreciation and a plaque honoring the Moultrie Colquitt County chapter, its members and the community for their commitment to AARP and the organization’s motto: “To Serve. Not To Be Served.”

Founded in 1958, AARP provides advocacy, information and service for persons aged 50 and older.

The Moultrie Colquitt County chapter was first initiated in 1988 and hosted by Colquitt Regional Medical Center for many years, according to a press release from the local chapter.

“The chapter has held together through its strong membership and stable leadership,” the press release said. “Pioneers of the early years such as Lela Garner, Rautgunde Maule and Jim Lowry joined the current membership in Downtown Moultrie to remember and reflect on the years past in appreciation of this recognition.”

“Moultrie Colquitt County has been blessed for having such wonderful people who have given of themselves to help our county in our community services, drivers safety courses, advocacy and tax aides,” said Moultrie Chapter President Carl Dasher.

The local AARP chapter meets monthly on the second Tuesday.

For more information call 339-4379 or 985-9425 or email dashers@windstream.net.

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