RSVP to honor 8 volunteers for 'Lifetime Achievement'

RSVP will celebrate 38 years of service in Oswego County with an invitation-only recognition luncheon Sept. 30 in Hewitt Union ballroom at SUNY Oswego.

Founded in 1973 as a unit of the Retired and Senior Volunteer Program, the SUNY Oswego-based organization will present eight RSVP volunteers with the President’s Lifetime Achievement Award for more than 4,000 hours each of service.

Many others among RSVP’s more than 500 volunteers active for as many as 29 years will be honored guests.

Volunteers will “Share Their Treasure,” with the help of a pirate theme. Invitees may dress for the theme and are asked to bring a non-perishable food item. The “HMS Bounty” will be in port to accept the food donations and redistribute them to the county’s 20 food pantries and food distribution sites.

A drawing at the luncheon will benefit Busy Knitters and Crocheters, a group whose members make knitwear for soldiers and veterans and their families at Fort Drum, the Veterans Administration Hospital and other deserving groups.

RSVP is part of a nationwide network of more than 700 projects under the Corporation for National and Community Service, dedicated to enabling people 55 and older to remain productive and to help themselves by helping others.

Local sponsors of RSVP, headquartered in Room 103 of Rich Hall, are SUNY Oswego and the United Way. Contact 312-2317 or for more information, to volunteer or to receive the free bimonthly publication Mature Living.

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(Posted: Sep 21, 2011)