Nominate outstanding older worker

Nominate outstanding older worker Experience Works, the country's largest provider of mature-worker training and employment, is searching for South Dakota's outstanding older worker. For the eighth year, outstanding older workers from every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico; America's Oldest Worker, and outstanding employers of older workers, will be honored in Washington, DC, and in their home states. Experience WorksSM Prime Time Awards Program was created to highlight the valuable contributions that older workers are making in their communities and places of work.

South Dakota Experience Works is currently soliciting nominations from businesses and individuals. Applicants must be 65 years of age or older, a resident of South Dakota, currently employed, and working at least 20 hours each week for pay. Nominees must be willing and able to travel to Washington, DC, the week of Sept. 26, for the Experience Works Prime Time Awards Program events.

The visit will include meetings with congressional representatives, a tour of the city's landmarks, and the awards banquet and ceremony. Applicants who are part of a subsidized employment program funded by the local, state or national government are not eligible for this award.

Official nomination forms may be obtained from you local Experience Works representative or Experience Works, 120 South Indiana Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57103, phone 1-800-450-5627 or phone 605-332-7991. A nomination form can also be accessed online at www.experienceworks.org.

Entries may be turned in to your local Experience Works representative or mailed to Experience Works Prime Time Awards Program Prairie Lakes Region (MN/SD/ND), 2204 East Broadway, Bismarck, ND 57501-4930; or faxed to 701-258-8874 or e-mailed to: connie_mcbride@experienceworks.org. The deadline for nominations is May 15.

A search for America's Oldest Worker for 2005 is also under way. Last year, Ella Clarke Nuite, 100, owner and operator of a spring water distribution company from Hephzibah, GA, was the first female to be honored as America's Oldest Worker.

South Dakota's 2004 outstanding older worker was Verne Larson, 78, Rapid City, food service staff supervisor at the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center. Larson is a great example of someone who demonstrates the dedication, skills, and experience needed to succeed in today's workforce.

Experience Works is a national, nonprofit organization that for nearly 40 years has provided training and employment for mature workers. Established in 1965 as Green Thumb, and renamed Experience Works in 2002, the organization reaches more than 125,000 mature individuals in all 50 states and Puerto Rico each year.

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