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Longtime RSVP representative retires

The representative of an organization serving area seniors recently announced her retirement.

Jan Lindsay of the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, (RSVP) stepped down April 30.

Lindsay held the position for more than 8 years.

RSVP helps homebound and low-income seniors remain independent by providing various programs allowing them to stay in their own homes with dignity, according to their mission statement.

Additionally, the program coordinates a volunteer network of seniors who provide support to community agencies, while addressing community needs through service.

At present, the program serves roughly 125 clients.

Lindsay said she decided to retire because it just seemed like the right time for her to move on.

She made sure to give credit to her 20-plus volunteers for all of the tireless worked they provided to the organization.

“I stayed as long as I did because of our volunteers,” she said. “They are wonderful and they make such a difference for people. They were so very good to work with.”

Chief among her duties Lindsay noted, involved organization and recruiting.

She would routinely visit area Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s support groups to inform seniors what types of services are available.

“Recruiting was a big part of it,” she said. “I was really fortunate that the turnover was so light because people stayed with me for years and that makes it so much easier. Recruiting was for clients most of the time to let people know what programs were available to them.”

Traveling, Lindsay said, was also part of her duties.

“I did go up to Tonopah once a month for three or four months and I was also going to Beatty and Amargosa Valley.”

Aside from her volunteers, Lindsay applauded the efforts of area media outlets during her time with RSVP.

“I want to give a huge thanks to the local media here in Pahrump,” she said. “Without the local media, you can’t get things done and you can’t get the word out to people. The local media makes a huge difference in this kind of work.”

Lindsay said she is now looking forward to some leisure time.

She recently purchased a membership at a local RV park.

“I am buying a fifth wheel and I’m going to do some traveling with my dog. I will certainly miss seeing my clients and working with the wonderful volunteers in the program. Nationally, I think if all of the volunteers stayed home for a month, this country would probably come to a complete halt.”

Replacing Lindsay is Laurie McCaslin, who recently assumed the position.

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