Photo: Chris Stevens From left, Joan Wernecke, Gary Wernecke, Virginia Krawiec and Dorothy Workman were recognized Thursday at the Gwinnett AARP Chapter 2714 meeting for more than 20 years of membership within the organization.
LAWRENCEVILLE -- AARP prides itself on providing opportunities for adults ages 50 and over.
On Thursday, the Gwinnett AARP Chapter 2714 recognized four of its members for their long-standing commitments to the organization, recognizing them during a meeting held at the Gwinnett Delmar Gardens.
Gary and Joan Wernecke of Loganville, Virginia Krawiec of Lawrenceville and Dorothy Workman of Norcross were all recognized for their commitment to the organization for more than 20 years.
Not only had each been heavily involved in the organization, they also held various volunteer roles.
"I originally got involved with AARP as a way to get acquainted with people with the same goals as me," Gary Wernecke said. "I've been able to do so much with the organization."
Wernecke recalled a time soon after signing up in 1993 when the state director, who was a volunteer, volunteered him for a job.
"He called me up and said he needed me to do something at the state convention," Wernecke said. "He didn't ask me if I wanted to do it, just said he appreciated me doing it and then hung up the phone.
"I made it through it with a lot of success. Since then, my desire has been that our chapter continues to grow and support the community."
Wife Joan wasn't as welcoming to AARP in the beginning.
"I wanted to take the recruiter's card and shove it down his throat at first," she said. "But I realized that this is an organization that was protecting what senior citizens have worked their entire lives for."
Krawiec and Workman both said they joined because the meeting location was close to where they live.
Both said they got a lot of enjoyment out of the activities the group has done, in addition to supporting them when there were questions.
"It's a great organization and something I'm very thankful for," Workman said.