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Corneil named to AARP state council

Clarence Corneil, Dickinson, was recently appointed as the North Dakota Retired Teachers Association (NDRTA) representative to the North Dakota AARP Executive Council.

The appointment is to further build coordination and collaboration between the NDRA and the AARP state offices.

Corneil said the appointment is part of the national AARP's directive to have a retired teacher represented on each council.

He said the executive council's next meeting is Nov. 29-30 in Bismarck.

"Right now we're talking about legislation. One of the things would be home health care," he said.

He said health care providers have joined together to seek additional funding for home care.

"We're trying to get the state government to be more pro-active in that direction," he said.

Corneil is a retired teacher and elementary principal. His last position was as principal at Dickinson's Jefferson Elementary School. He is a member of the Slope Area Retired Teachers, a past state president of the NDRTA and a representative on the Teacher Fund for Retirement Board.

"Everything I do keeps leading from one thing to the next," he said. "It's an opportunity to help my fellow teachers, to give back."

"We're encouraging the involvement of retired teachers in AARP activities," he said.

He said the NDRTA is actually a division of AARP.

"If you belong to the National Retired Teachers Association, you belong to AARP," he said. "The whole purpose is to tell people AARP and NDRTA teachers are part of the same team."

He said 79,200 North Dakota citizens are registered as AARP members. The number represents 42 percent of the total eligible membership.

Since becoming involved in AARP, Corneil has learned more about the organization.

"They have wonderful goals to help change society in a positive way," he said. "Each state also has its own agenda of things directly affecting members in the state.

Rural health care and transportation are two examples of North Dakota's goals, he said.

AARP is an organization for anyone ages 50 and over. AARP serves as an advocate in Washington, D.C., and state government, representing concerns on issues like Medicare, Social Security and consumer safety.

As Corneil reaches out to retired teachers to participate in AARP, he said, "There's an active organization for them that can use their skills."