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Illinois – State Honors Retiree Leader Doris Clark

Honored - Charles D. Johnson, director of the Illinois Department on Aging, inducts Doris Clark, former president of AFSCME Retiree Chapter 31 — and former chair of the national AFSCME Retiree Council — into the Senior Hall of Fame.

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Honored - Charles D. Johnson, director of the Illinois Department on Aging, inducts Doris Clark, former president of AFSCME Retiree Chapter 31 — and former chair of the national AFSCME Retiree Council — into the Senior Hall of Fame. (Photo credit: J. Squires/Illinois Department on Aging)

 

Springfield, Illinois

Doris Clark, a 94-year-old advocate for the elderly who served as president of AFSCME Retiree Chapter 31 — and also chaired the AFSCME International Retiree Council — has been inducted into the Illinois Department on Aging Senior Hall of Fame.

Clark, whose activism within Council 31 blossomed after she retired as an Illinois state employee nearly two decades ago, was one of four persons entered last year into the department’s “Hall of Fame.”

Department on Aging Dir. Charles D. Johnson said Clark and her fellow inductees are “examples that we can each do something to improve our communities.”

Virginia Yates, current president of Chapter 31, which Clark helped found, described in her nomination letter how Clark fought for financial assistance, home care and more affordable energy for lower income seniors.

Council 31 retiree coordinator Maria Britton noted in the nomination form she submitted on Clark’s behalf: “It was amazing to many how this petite 5-foot grandmother can turn quickly into a pit bull if lawmakers don’t stand on the right side of issues important to older Illinoisans.”

Council 31 Exec. Dir. Henry Bayer, who is also an International vice president, added: “The passion and dedi-cation that Doris has brought to improving the lives of seniors is an inspiration to us all.”

During Clark’s tenure as vice chair and former chair of the International’s Retiree Council, national retiree membership grew dramatically — from less than 100,000 to the current roster of nearly 250,000 retiree members.