Conducted annually, the Hampton Roads VOLUNTEER Achievement Awards recognize the region’s most outstanding volunteers based on their length of service, initiative and impact on the community. These men, women and youth have inspiring stories that encourage others to serve. This year our volunteer Robert Fanning will be among the honorees at the 41st annual event on Wednesday, April 13 at the Founders Inn & Spa.
Robert (Bob) Fanning, age 85, volunteers 15 hours a week at the Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern Virginia chapter, for a total of more than 4, 000 hours since 2009. Bob is the most dedicated, conscientious volunteer any organization could ask for – he even comes into the office on snow days and holidays when the office is closed!
Bob has applied his problem-solving and analytical abilities to many tasks such as organizing the chapter library, making it easier for the public to access ; creating, editing, and printing a manual of local resources, which is distributed to more than 600 families annually throughout southeastern Virginia; and collecting constituent data and entering it in various databases and spreadsheets. An amateur photographer, Bob has ably recorded many chapter events and milestones.
But Bob is much more to our chapter than the sum of his technical skills. Bob’s wife Mary died of Alzheimer’s, which gives him the personal experience, compassion, and insight to provide wisdom to families dealing with the disease; he facilitates two monthly caregiver support groups and has told his story in person and on video to assist others navigating the same journey. Bob has taken an active part in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s for the past ten years, walking in memory of his wife and helping to raise funds to support research and programs.
Bob’s intelligence, kindness, and quick wit make him a valued part of our chapter family. He is a welcome part of chapter events and social occasions, and he is someone to whom staff members turn for support and counsel. Bob Fanning is a powerful role model for active, productive, engaged aging, and we are the richer for having him in our organization. We are so glad that he is being recognized and rewarded for his extraordinary dedication and service.
5:30 p.m. Cocktail reception, cash bar • 6:30 p.m. Awards ceremony and dinner
Tags: Alzheimer's Association, Southeastern Virginia Chapter, Volunteers, Walk to End Alzheimer's
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