Harned Receives 2009 AARP Andrus Award
William Harned accepts the 2009 AARP Andrus Award from Phil Peters
The Andrus Award, named in honor of the late Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, who founded the National Retired Teachers Association, is presented to distinguished individuals whose achievements exemplify the contribution of older Americans to our national life.
Dr. Andrus believed that "age is not a defeat, but a victory; not a punishment, but a privilege." AARP's commitment to volunteer service can be traced back to the life and vision of founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus. Each year, AARP honors the legacy of Dr. Andrus with the AARP Andrus Award for Community Service, the most prestigious and visible volunteer award.
Bill Harned is a member of the Mt. Washington, KY AARP chapter. Mr. Harned has been active with AARP for more than a decade. He has participated as a three-term state president (from 2000-2007), a member of the executive council, and an active leader of his AARP chapter.
Mr. Harned's service has also included citizen advocacy on state and federal issues, educating consumers and protecting them from financial fraud, supporting retired educators, helping grandparents raising grandchildren, and fighting budget cuts to long-term care initiatives that support home and community-based services. His leadership is especially recognized in defending Medicare and Medicaid recipients. Recently, Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Mr. Harned to serve on the Kentucky Consumer Advisory Council.