By RICHARD F. BELISLE
Staff Writer, Waynesboro
WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Dr. Ethel Brindle, who turned 100 this spring, was given a standing ovation Monday by more than 200 members of the Waynesboro South Chapter No. 2977, American Association of Retired Persons, an organization she helped create 20 years ago.
Brindle was escorted to the podium by Marilyn McCarney, president of the 800-member AARP chapter, one of two in Waynesboro. The North chapter, organized earlier, has fewer members, McCarney said.
The South chapter held its first meeting on April 4, 1947, brought together by a steering committee headed by Brindle.
"She laid the foundation for the AARP organization locally," McCarney said. Brindle said she wished the chapter continued success.
Also recognized Monday was Evelyn Heefner, 88, who with her husband, Wilson Heefner, now deceased, were among the first officers of the newly formed chapter. Wilson Heefner was its first president and his wife the first secretary.