(l to r) AARP State Director Greg Marchildon, AARP VT State President Jim Leddy-Andrus Award winner, and AARP National President Rob Romasco at award ceremony in South Burlington.

Leddy Receives AARP’s Highest Award

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Thursday October 31, 2013

Jim Leddy, AARP State President, has been named as the 2013 winner of the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service in Vermont. The award is named for AARP founder, Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, an educator and tireless advocate of community service and volunteerism.  Andrus coined the motto, “To Serve, Not to be Served,” which remains part of the AARP credo to this day. It is the Association’s most prestigious award.

A Vermont native, and South Burlington resident, with family throughout the state, Jim Leddy joined AARP as Vermont State President in 2008.  Leddy previously served eight years in the Vermont Senate where he chaired the Senate Health and Welfare Committee.  He was lead sponsor and a key player in Vermont’s enactment of one of the country’s most significant proposals on health care reform. He previously served as executive director of the HowardCenter for Human Service in Burlington from 1980 to 2000. Leddy also serves on AARP’s National Policy Council which is responsible for making annual public policy recommendations to the AARP Board of Directors. He chairs the health and long term care committee of the Council. A recognized authority on the subject, Jim continues to be active in the health care reform debate at both the state and federal levels.

“We have been extremely fortunate to have someone of Jim’s caliber and reputation as our state president,” said Greg Marchildon, state director at AARP Vermont. “He is known far and wide for his commitment to improving the lives of his fellow Vermonters – especially the most vulnerable among us. He clearly provides an excellent example of how volunteering can impact the lives of individuals and the well-being and vitality of a community.  Through his various activities and commitments to public service, Jim shows us day after day how one person’s passion can lead others to action for the good of many.   He truly embodies the spirit of the Andrus Award and his many accomplishments are a testament to the power of volunteerism.” 

The purpose of the Andrus Community Service Award is to recognize outstanding AARP volunteers and members who are making a powerful difference in their communities, in ways that are consistent with AARP’s mission and vision and that inspire others to service. 

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization with 130,000 members in Vermont and 39 million members nationally. Through a wide array of special benefits, services, and information resources, we help our members make important choices, reach their goals and dreams, and make the most of life after 50.