Councilmember Heather Hutt, 3rd from right, installed the AARP Greater L.A. Chapter officers on March 10. From left are Erma Bernard, Bette Isiaka, Lora Ary, Cheryl Lacey and Mary Evans. (Cora J. Fossett/L.A. Sentinel)

L.A. resident Lora Ary is the new president of the Greater Los Angeles AARP Chapter #5117.  Ary and the chapter’s new officers were installed on March 10, during the group’s monthly meeting held in the LADWP community room located on Crenshaw Blvd in South L.A.  Nearly 100 members witnessed the ceremony conducted by Councilmember Heather Hutt.

Active in AARP for more than 20 years, Ary brings executive management skills and extensive AARP involvement to the position. Over the last decade, she chaired the chapter’s Programs committee and Advisory Team.

From 2019 to 2023, she was elected to terms as chapter secretary and interim vice president. Previously, she served as chapter president from 2005 to 2013 while simultaneously assigned as state volunteer for the AARP State Office in Pasadena. She also applied and received an AARP grant to purchase marketing supplies for the chapter.

Her other achievements included enlisting members to join her in hosting information booths at health fairs, food drives and other events held throughout the community.  She also encouraged members to donate their time and talents to Tom Bradley Magnet Elementary School, the Annual State Science Fair, and the initial public viewing of the Endeavor Spaceship at the California Science Center.

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“I’m excited to serve again as president of our chapter,” Ary said. “One of my main goals is to develop activities that will help us to assist the homeless in a volunteer capacity.”  She also plans to invite a variety of guest speakers to address the membership.

“Our meeting are great opportunities to educate our members on different subjects and topics. During my earlier tenure as president, we had many notable speakers such as then-Congresswoman Karen Bass, who made a presentation covering Social Security, health care, Medicare and voting rights,” recalled Ary.

In addition to AARP activities, Ary directs the Senior Adult Ministry at Brookins-Kirkland Community AME Church led by Pastor Mary S. Minor. In addition, she describes herself as “an avid golfer.”

AARP membership is open to anyone age 50 or above and Ary urges interested people to attend the meetings, which are open to the public. The Greater Los Angeles Chapter meets the second Friday of the month at 1 p.m., at LADWP Building, 4030 Crenshaw Blvd., in Los Angeles.