Marietta resident Laurie Roland wins AARP Andrus Award

Debra Tyler-Horton, AARP Georgia State Director (L), Laurie Roland, Award Recipient (R)Debra Tyler-Horton, AARP Georgia State Director (L), Laurie Roland, Award Recipient (R) (Photo courtesy of AARP Georgia)
AARP Georgia has awarded the 2018 Andrus Award to Executive Councilmember and Marietta resident Laurie Roland.
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According to a press release from AARP Georgia, “The Andrus Award is given annually to those who embody the organization’s mission and dedicate themselves to the service and leadership of others.”
Executive Councilmember Myrtle Habersham said, “Laurie’s dedication and enthusiasm is contagious. Her knowledge of AARPs programs and ability to articulate the advantages to individuals and communities make you want to participate.”
“Laurie is one of those people who make you love your job even more. No matter the task, she gets it done with a smile on her face. She’s superwoman!” said AARP Georgia State Director Debra Tyler-Horton.
Laurie Roland (L) with her mother Ann McCown (R) (photo courtesy of AARP Georgia)

Laurie Roland (L) with her mother Ann McCown (R) (photo courtesy of AARP Georgia)

Roland has volunteered with the organization for seven years.  She is nearing her first full year on the Executive Council.  She is involved with the projects Caregiving, Livable Communities, and the Fraud Watch Network. She gives event support such as answering questions and making sure other volunteers are well prepared with materials.
She administers the Prepare to Care – Train the Trainer Workshop.
The news release announcing the award states:
Laurie has enlightened numerous volunteers in communities across the state. Laurie is an all-around superstar and AARP Georgia is proud to pay tribute to Laurie and her achievements.
“For me to volunteer here is a privilege and to be recognized at a state level for something I love doing is just awesome,” Laurie said.  Laurie also exclaimed that she is honored to have received the Andrus Award and to be so revered by her colleagues and peers.
Currently residing in Marietta, Ga., Laurie and her husband of 45 years, Luther, have two adult sons. Prior to her retirement, she was the Global IT Manager at Hewlett-Packard. In addition to volunteering with AARP, Laurie volunteers at her church, manages a household, and is the primary caregiver to her mother.
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Larry Felton Johnson
Larry Felton Johnson is the editor and publisher of the Cobb County Courier. He holds a degree in journalism from Georgia State University and enjoys exploring the county's trail and greenway network when he isn't covering county government meetings and court proceedings.

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