Blacksburg AARP Chapter #2613
Serving the New River Valley since 1976


This site is devoted to Blacksburg AARP and its mission "to serve, not to be served." Chapter history, governance, and public service activities are described on this site. Should you wish to join our efforts, an application for membership is included.

February Public Meeting Program Announced
The Febraury public meeting program will address activities, facilities, and attractions for seniors in the New River Valley. 
Kevin Byrd, AICP is the Executive Director of the New River Valley Planning District Commission.  In his capacity as Director he oversees a broad range of federal, state and local planning programs which include housing, transportation, environmental, economic development, land use planning and GIS services.  Mr. Byrd began working for the Commission in 2005 as a Regional Planner and was appointed as Executive Director in October 2009.  He has over 10 years of community development experience in the public sector at the town, county and regional levels of government along with private sector consulting experience.  He has a Masters degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Virginia Tech and Bachelor of Science degree from Appalachian State University.
National AARP Media Campaign Underway
See the announcement and first advertisement. Former President Leslye Bloom will coordinate the chapter's involvement in this very important initiative from National AARP.

Membership Renewal/Recruitment
If you have not yet renewed your membership dues, now is the time. The application is available on every newsletter and is available on the chapter website: While you are taking care of your own membership renewal, try to recruit others in the community to join us. We have an exciting year planned, designed to benefit you and your community. See a postcard to use in recruiting: Front, Back.
Community-Wide Conference Planned
The chapter has joined with six other community agencies and are planning a major conference on the topic LivingWell@50+ to be held September 8, 2015 at the Inn at Virginia Tech. Stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.
Chapter Awards 2014

Take a look at this program announcement. Our chapter again was the recipient of three major awards, two to the Chapter at large Advocacy and Education and one to Virgil Cook who received the Virginia AARP President's Award.
Senior Citizens Handbook

Do you have legal questions about social security, pensions, health care, medicaid, medicare, long-term care, assisted living facilities, reverse mortgages, and other similar questions. Check the Senior Citzens Handbook: Laws & Programs Affecting Senior Citizens in Virginia. This document is available at

Health and Wellness Fair 2014
The Blacksburg AARP/VCOM Health and Wellness Fair was successfully conducted on September 17. See poster of the event here. See additional pictures on the Chapter Activities page. See what VCOM had to say about the event in their latest magazine.


Minutes of Meetings of the Board of Directors Available Here

Current: January 2015

Recent minutes other than the most current are located on the Governance page. Previous  years minutes are located on the Archives page.

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