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Jen Martin is AARP Social Media manager for Create The Good, the AARP Foundation and Drive to End Hunger. Passions: Cheesy 80s music, food, my dog and the Baltimore Ravens

Out in the Field

This is a guest post by Philip L. Graitcer and the third in a five-part series about a group of dedicated Rotary volunteers helping to eradicate polio in Kaduna, Nigeria.   After a day of practice, everyone’s ready to get going. We’re prepared, and we’re dressed for long, hot days in the sun. One team member, Al Bonney, 63, from Traverse City, Michigan, particularly stands out. He looks like a fisherman without any water to fish in. He’s wearing a fishing vest, a fishing …

Saving One Baby at a Time

This is a guest post by Philip L. Graitcer and the second in a five-part series about a group of dedicated Rotary volunteers helping to eradicate polio in Kaduna, Nigeria.   Fomwan Maternity Hospital, Kaduna For most of the team, this is a new experience. They’ve never been in a developing country or given polio immunizations. Now, on our second day in Kaduna, they’re getting their sea legs – learning how to give polio immunizations in a maternity clinic, where 40 crying infants, held by their …

Italian Vacation? Let’s Help Eradicate Polio Instead

This is a guest post by Philip L. Graitcer and the first in a five-part series about a group of dedicated Rotary volunteers helping to eradicate polio in Kaduna, Nigeria.   They’re at a point in their lives where they could be playing with their grandchildren, working in the garden, or on a cruise, instead, these seniors are spending their leisure time eradicating polio in Nigeria. I’m meeting up with a 15-member polio immunization team – all Rotary International  club volunteers with …

Getting Back to Work at 50+ – Deborah’s Story

Deborah Salim, 62, had been living a quiet life in her mother’s home town of Conway, S.C., happy with her 15-year job in the record keeping office of the local community college and with the fact that four of her five children and their children were close by. Then came 2009, and for Deborah, like so many other 50-plus, the bottom dropped out of her world. She received a week’s notice from the college that budget cuts had eliminated her position. …

An Early Lead for Jeff Gordon Doesn’t Pan Out, but Drive to End Hunger Still Wins

What happens behind the scenes at a NASCAR race is just as important as what takes place on the track, and that was the case for four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon and the Drive to End Hunger #24 Chevrolet at this year’s Daytona 500, a history-making edition of NASCAR‘s biggest race. Jeff started second, behind Danica Patrick, the first woman not only to earn the coveted pole position but also to lead a lap at Daytona and to finish …

Superbowl Bound or Bust

“YOLO,” mom said to me last week after announcing that she and my father were going to the Superbowl in New Orleans. I held the phone in my hand in silence. “Are you serious?” I asked her. She laughed, “Yes.” Not only could I not believe that my mother said YOLO, short for you only live once, but that she and Dad (who put off back surgery for a week) were trekking it to New Orleans, on a bus for …