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7/23/2014 7:35:00 AM
Seniors stay active through volunteer positions
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Volunteer John Agan, right, and PV Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Marnie Uhl pack school supplies for new teachers.
Trib Photo/Briana Lonas
Volunteer John Agan, right, and PV Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Marnie Uhl pack school supplies for new teachers.
Trib Photo/Briana Lonas
Hertha Koole volunteers at the PV Public Library, and has for 30 years.
Trib Photo/Briana Lonas
Hertha Koole volunteers at the PV Public Library, and has for 30 years.

Briana Lonas

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics for 2013, seniors still contribute a healthy amount of hours outside of work.

On average in the nation, 28.2 percent of men and women ages 45 to 54 volunteer. Those 55 to 64 make up 26 percent and in the age bracket of 65 years and older, 24.1 make up the volunteer force.

On the local level, two Prescott Valley volunteers were caught out and about giving their time to the community.

John Agan began volunteering with the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce last October and has been giving his time ever since.

Agan has lived in Prescott Valley for 16 years and has been retired for 12 years.

His interest in volunteerism began in childhood.

"It's part of the way I was raised," Agan said.

Both parents instilled in him the importance of giving back to the community.

"The neat thing about Prescott Valley is there are a lot of volunteer opportunities. You can pick what interests you, whether it's with the town, school district, hospital or Trauma Intervention Program. You can do as much or as little as you want," Agan said.

Agan also is a member of the Prescott Valley Early Bird Lions Club as the past president and current treasurer, he serves on the board of directors for the Prescott Pops Symphony as well as treasurer, works with the Hungry Kids Project, the Optimist Club of Yavapai County, and is the finance committee chairman of the Prescott Valley United Methodist Church.

Hertha Koole has been volunteering at the Prescott Valley Public Library for more than 30 years.

The 85-year-old works the circulation desk and always finds something positive to say.

"My glass is always half full," Koole said.

Part of her charm, aside from a beautiful German accent, is her desire to share a part of herself with anyone who crosses her path.

"It's a nice time. I enjoy talking to different people and to get different ideas," she said.

Her secret to staying younger, longer is to keep a positive attitude.

"Focus on the positive. Tomorrow is another day, she said.

Recently, Koole received the Norm Pariseau Volunteer of the Year Award from the Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce.

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