Dyserts named AARP Volunteer of the Year

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Charles and Betty Dysert of Canfield were named 2018 AARP Volunteer of the Year on April 9. The Dyserts are members of the Canfield AARP Chapter 3104.

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Neighbors | Abby Slanker.Charles and Betty Dysert of Canfield were named 2018 AARP Volunteer of the Year. Shirley Griffin (left), president of Canfield AARP Chapter 3104, presented the Dyserts with their honor at the chapter’s monthly meeting on April 9.

By ABBY SLANKER

neighbors@vindy.com

Charles and Betty Dysert of Canfield were named 2018 AARP Volunteer of the Year.

Shirley Griffin, president of Canfield AARP Chapter 3104, presented the Dyserts with their honor at the chapter’s monthly meeting on April 9.

“April is Volunteer Appreciation month, and it is my honor to recognize Charles and Betty Dysert as the 2018 AARP Volunteer of the Year. Some of the Chuck and Betty’s volunteering includes helping hand out food at Operation Blessing the third Thursday of each month. Betty also has handled the Operation Blessing registration for 10 years and they help approximately 150 people a month. They have also helped with Canfield’s blood drive since 1985. Betty also provides refreshments for the blood drive. Of all the charitable functions in Canfield, Chuck and Betty seem to have their fingers in them one way or another,” Griffin said.

The Dyserts are also very involved in the Lord of Life Church.

“I do the bulletins and newsletters for our church, Lord of Life. I am also the historian of the church and serve as treasurer of my women’s group. Chuck and I are always there to do whatever they need done. They call Chuck to take care of lots of things and he does whatever they need,” Betty said.

Griffin nominated the Dyserts to the National AARP, with the blessing of the chapter’s board. The Dyserts have been members of AARP for 35 years.

“It was a unanimous decision of the board,” Griffin said.

Betty said she was surprised by the award.

“It’s a big surprise. I didn’t expect it. I love to volunteer and love helping others. It feels good doing what needs to be done,” Betty said.

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