When in-person events were impossible during the pandemic, AARP volunteer Suba Saty got to work. He found new ways to keep older residents engaged in lifelong learning through virtual programs.
He created Tuesday Explorers, 20 multimedia presentations (so far) from insightful speakers on topics ranging from Civil War archeology to the role of African-American women in the workforce during World War II.
AARP Virginia State President Joyce Williams credits Suba with growing and expanding educational programs and named him one of the 2021 AARP Virginia President’s Award recipients.
“With his signature initiative and drive, he seeks out potential speakers, invites them to participate, and helps run their national live webinars,” said Amber Sultane, AARP Virginia State Director for Community Outreach. “He shows unusual energy and can be counted on to help where needed.”
Suba also played a key role in Boomers and Beyond Academy, which has been one of AARP Virginia’s most successful programs. He helped run this program for five years, coordinating resources and speakers with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at George Mason University (OLLI Mason).
This multi-day educational program highlighted AARP’s volunteer work in areas such as brain health, long-term care, social security, medicare, the art of aging, and fraud protection.
Suba’s organizational skills date back to his military career. He spent nine years in the US Air Force on active duty, 16 years in the active reserve, and 15 years in various civilian jobs with the Department of Defense. At the time of his retirement, he was athletic director of fitness at Andrews Air Force Base.
“I like working on logistics, involving people, coordinating with people, coordinating with the host organization,” Suba said. “It’s a challenge, but I really like it.”
Suba’s motivation and skills continue to be a strong asset to AARP’s community service mission.
The AARP Virginia President’s Award is given to a small number of AARP Virginia volunteers selected by State President Joyce Williams for their significant contributions to the work of AARP Virginia over the past year.