McMindes earns statewide AARP honor

Special to The Hays Daily News

WICHITA -- AARP Kansas Volunteer State President Evies Cranford and AARP Kansas Director Maren Turner announced the winners of AARP's top awards for volunteers, community partners and state legislators who work with and advocate on behalf of Kansans who are 50 and older. Winners of the awards were announced recently at a luncheon at Century II in Wichita.

AARP volunteer Eleanor McMindes, Hays, received the AARP Kansas Sonny Freeman Award for Advocacy Service. The Sonny Freeman Award recognizes outstanding AARP volunteers who are making powerful differences in their communities in ways that are consistent with AARP's mission, vision and strategic direction and that inspire others to service.

McMindes received the Sonny Freeman award for her leadership in coordinating and communicating AARP's advocacy agenda and issues in Hays and other areas of the state.

Senior spelling bee will be at state fair

HUTCHINSON -- AARP Kansas will sponsor the first senior spelling bee competition at the Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson this year.

Anyone who is 50 or older is eligible to enter the contest, which will be Sept. 13.

"We know that spelling competitions are something our members enjoy as evidenced by our national spelling bee held every year in Wyoming," said AARP Kansas Director Maren Turner. "We're excited to sponsor this event at our state fair, and we hope to have a great turnout."

The winner of the spelling competition will receive $100, and the second-place winner will receive $50.

Participants are encouraged to register for the spelling bee before Sept. 13 by emailing joy@kansasstatefair.com or calling (620) 669-3624. Admission to the spelling bee is free, however, participants will have to purchase a ticket to get in to the state fair.

There will be a written test prior to the oral competition. Both will be in the Encampment Building beginning at 9 a.m. Sept. 13.

For more information, visit www.aarp.org/ks.