Older Persons Action Group annual meeting is Nov. 30

Senior Voice wins awards

Older Persons Action Group, Inc. will hold its annual membership meeting Nov. 30 in Anchorage, in the conference room at Access Alaska, 1217 E. 10th Ave. The board business meeting starts at 11 a.m., followed immediately by the membership meeting. Refreshments will be served, RSVP requested. Call 276-1059 or 1-800-478-1059 to RSVP or for more information.

Senior Voice wins awards

Senior Voice has been recognized again for excellence, winning five awards recently in the annual contest sponsored by the North American Mature Publishers Association (NAMPA), a nationwide network of publishers focusing on boomer and senior readers. Senior Voice won a first place award for monthly contributor Kenneth Kirk’s legal advice column; first for correspondent Dimitra Lavrakas’ travel writing (Lavrakas is a former Senior Voice assistant editor); and both first and second place in the feature profiles category and a first place in the feature writing category for long-time contributor Dianne Barske. The latter two writers have won awards in the past for their work, including the Mature Media Awards earlier this year.

Contest entries were judged by faculty at the School of Journalism, University of Missouri, in Columbia, Missouri, who gave awards in categories based on the circulation size of the publication. Senior Voice entries competed in Division A, for circulations below 25,000.

“In any category there could have been no winners if the judges did not the think work merited any,” noted Senior Voice Editor David Washburn. “These were not participation trophies.”

Senior Voice is a publication of Older Persons Action Group, Inc., an Alaska nonprofit organization that serves Alaska seniors and their families. OPAG has been publishing Senior Voice for 40 years and is partially funded by a grant administered through the Alaska Dept. of Health and Social Services.

Washburn accepted award certificates during a ceremony at the annual NAMPA conference in Oakwood, Illinois, in late September.

“I am blessed to be able to collaborate with talented, passionate writers who have loyally contributed to Senior Voice for many years,” Washburn said, adding, “our staff continues working to improve and we expect even better things to come.”