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Claggett wins AARP award

Alice Claggett, of Mitchell, receives the AARP 2012 Andrus Award from Dennis Eisnach, AARP South Dakota's volunteer state president. (Submitted photo)

Former Mitchell mayor Alice Claggett recently receive the 2012 Andrus Award for Outstanding Community Service from AARP South Dakota.

"Alice is a shining example of what many of us can only hope to accomplish in the next chapter of our lives," said Dennis Eisnach, AARP South Dakota's volunteer state president and former Andrus Award recipient. "Her endless energy and dedication to making life better for others is truly inspiring."

Claggett started the Mitchell Chapter of AARP in 1976 and has served as its president ever since. Claggett also taught the AARP driver safety course for more than 35 years. She has served as the health advocacy and community coordinator, regularly leads Mitchell's contingent to the annual AARP Lobby Day, has organized food and clothing drives and has taken time to recognize local fire and police departments with baskets of fruit and cookies.

As mayor of Mitchell for three terms, Claggett oversaw significant economic development in the area and was recognized with the "Excellence in Municipal Government Award." She continues to serve her community by making quilts for children staying at the safe house and making dresses out of pillow cases for children in Africa and Haiti.

"The Andrus Award for Community service is AARP's most prestigious award for community service," Eisnach said. "This award symbolizes an individual's power and ability to make a difference in the lives of others, and Alice is certainly deserving of this recognition. AARP thanks her for her contributions to her community, and her neighbors, and for inspiring others to volunteer."

The Andrus Award for Community Service is given each year to one volunteer in each state, in honor of AARP's Founder Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus.