Weiland named AARP state director

Weiland named AARP state director "Following a nationwide search, AARP South Dakota is pleased to announce the appointment of one of our native sons as state director," said Don Vogt, AARP South Dakota state president.

A native of Madison and a USD Alumnus, Rick Weiland recently agreed to lead the AARP South Dakota team.

With over 20 years of experience in the public sector as the regional director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and as state director for U.S. Sen. Tom Daschle, Weiland has held key positions for disaster recovery and prevention, as well as intergovernmental and tribal outreach.

"Rick has been a strong advocate for seniors throughout his adult life," said Vogt. "As S.D. AARP state president, I along with 87,000 AARP members, welcome his experience and leadership. We look forward to working with him in making a difference in the lives of South Dakotans all accross our state," Vogt said.

"I am excited to be part of such a vibrant organization," said Weiland. "With so many important issures affecting the people of our state, AARP has an opportunity to positively contribute to the public policy debate on health care reform and prescription drugs, Social Security solvency and long term care concerns of affordability and quality."

Weiland has developed a S.D. Bill of Rights which outlines fundamental principals ensuring that older adults have access to affordable quality healthcare including prescription drugs, a safe and secure retirement income that is defined and inflation protected, and adequate long-term care options that are affordable and available.

"I look forward to serving our South Dakota members as we work together to create a positive presence across the state," Weiland said.

AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan membership organization for people 50 and over. We provide information and resources; advocate on legislative, consumer, and legal issues; assist members to serve their communities; and offer a wide range of unique benefits, special products, and services for our members.

These benefits include AARP Webplace at www.aarp.org, the AARP lifestyle magazines, the monthly AARP Bulletin, and a Spanish-language newspaper, Segunda Juventud. Active in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, AARP celebrates the attitude that age is just a number and life is what you make it.

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