BEE A SPELLER Make no mistake: The AARP National Spelling Bee in Cheyenne, Wyoming, is the
place for super
spellers 50 and older. Last year’s
winner, Tony Johnson, conquered
uakari to take home first prize. This
year’s bee is August 11, but come
a day early for a free workshop on
Training the Grownup Brain (aarp
Rob, far left,
with Lee on
on May 3.
A CHAT WITH
THANK A VOLUN TEER
Volunteers 50 and up work hard to
make our world a better place. You
can nominate the best in your state
(tough choice, we know!) for an
AARP State Andrus Award for Com-
munity Service: Submit the form by
June 1 ( aarp.org/andrusaward).
day food drive, on May 12—you
just set out a bag of nonperish-
able foods near your mailbox.
Your letter carrier picks it up
to donate to a food bank. AARP
members, tell us by June 1
whether—or not—you partici-
pated, for a chance to win a
year of groceries (driveto
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. PARTICIPATION IN
THE FOOD DRIVE OR A PURCHASE WILL NOT
INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. LEGAL
RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES (AND DC),
WHO ARE AARP MEMBERS PRIOR TO 03/26/12.
VOID WHERE PROHIBI TED. Promotion ends
6/01/12. For Official Rules, prize descriptions, odds
disclosure, and methods of entry visit DrivetoEnd
Hunger.org/fillthebag. Prize value: $4,800. Sponsor:
AARP, 601 E Street NW, Washington, DC 20049.
FROM LEFT: ILLUSTRATIONS BY RYAN SNOOK; MICHAEL LEWIS
This is my last column before
I pass the baton of the AARP
presidency to the capable hands
of Robert Romasco. How quickly
these two years have gone by!
What I enjoyed most was meet-
ing AARP volunteers all across the
country—people who serve their
communities every day. I’ve been
amazed by their many successes,
working with our outstanding
state and national staffs.
PRESIDEN T W. Lee Hammond
PRESIDEN T-ELEC T Robert Romasco
BOARD CHAIR Phil Zarlengo
BOARD VICE-CHAIR Gail E. Aldrich
SECRETARY/ TREASURER A. James Forbes Jr.
CLASS OF 2012 Leobardo Estrada,
William J. Hall, Mara Mayor, Maeona
Mendelson, Robert Romasco, George
Rowan, Phil Zarlengo
CLASS OF 2014 Gail E. Aldrich, Allen
Douma, A. James Forbes Jr., Hubert H.
Humphrey III, Jacob Lozada, J. David
Nelson, Charles E. Reed
CLASS OF 2016 Jeannine English,
Catherine Georges, Barbara O’Connor,
John Penn, Diane Pratt, Carol Raphael,
HAVE A QUESTION
Write to Ask Rob, AARP, 601 E St. NW, Washington,
DC 20049, or e-mail