The following article was published in the Idaho State Journal on April 20, 2018:
POCATELLO — The AARP is delighted to recognize Ms. Rita Demopoulous Haggardt with the Community Service Award for all she has done in her community over the past years.
Her efforts have enriched the lives of friends and neighbors and made our community a better place to live.
Every year, as part of the National Volunteer Week, which falls on April 15 to 21, the AARP joins organizations and communities across the country in recognizing exemplary volunteers who serve their fellow citizens in countless ways every day.
The AARP owes much to our local chapter and the Retired Educator’s Association of Idaho volunteers, whose dedication and service make us a great organization.
The following is a list of Rita’s volunteer and organizations that she serves in:
Girl Scouts volunteer and NAACP member
Pocatello American Association of University Women, 1977 to present
League of Women Voters, various positions and committees
Zonta, many offices and Past president
Bannock Kiwanis Club, various offices
American legion Auxiliary, student essay committee chair
Pocatello Education Association, various offices and Past president
ISU College of Education student teacher adviser for 13 years
Fourth-grade teacher at Syringe Elementary for 32 years
Alpha Omicron Pi Society, current President
Southeast Idaho United Way, volunteer
Trinity Episcopal Church, various boards
Pocatello neighborhood Watch board, past President
Feeding the 5,000 campaign, executive board and past Chair
Pocatello Chiefs, chamber member and education committee
Delta Kappa Gamma, various office and state level
Southeast Idaho Retired Teachers, member and various committees
I Love ISU calling campaign, several years
Active Scholarship endowment, ISU College of Education