Tag Archives: Volunteers

Volunteer Spotlight: Joyce Tribble

27 Feb


Joyce Tribble walked into the Norfolk office one day in 2011 and asked if we ever needed volunteers in the office. Joyce’s husband, Sonny, had Alzheimer’s and had died a little more than a year before she came in. Joyce soon became a dependable weekly volunteer at the front desk, answering the phone, filing, putting together mailings, and performing other clerical duties with good humor and care. When she started volunteering with the Association, Joyce didn’t own any purple clothing or jewelry. Soon, however, she began adding pieces to her wardrobe, and whenever she volunteered she would wear one of her purple tops or some of her purple rings and bracelets. Joyce had worked as a bookkeeper for years, and she loved counting money, so she volunteered every year to help count money in the office after the largest Walk to End Alzheimer’s events. A member of the Sherry’s Strutters team for the Virginia Beach Walk for three years, Joyce actively participated in fundraising activities, including selling car raffle tickets, and she proudly wore the Walk t-shirts that she earned.

When Joyce was diagnosed with cancer in late 2015, she took a short break from volunteering, but she returned in 2016 and adjusted her volunteer schedule to accommodate her treatments. Sadly, Joyce became too ill to volunteer in November, and she died on December 21, 2016 at age 79. Joyce is greatly missed by all of us at the Southeastern Virginia chapter, and we will long remember the joy and love she brought to our office.


Volunteer Spotlight: Theresa Davis

14 Oct


Theresa has a long history with the Association – over 25 years.  She was one of the Chapter’s first executive directors, advocating and providing support for those with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers during the infancy of Alzheimer’s awareness.  When she decided to pursue a different career path in the health profession, she continued to be a dedicated volunteer, fundraiser, and champion for those we serve.  In fact, Theresa was recognized in 2004 as an Outstanding Volunteer.  For over the past 16 years, she has dedicated her time to being a support group co-facilitator in Norfolk, helping families cope with the daily challenges of the disease.  Her commitment to the mission of the Association is ever evident and steadfast.


Volunteer Hampton Roads honors ALZSEVA Volunteer

23 Mar

Conducted annually, the Hampton Roads VOLUNTEER Achievement Awards recognize the region’s most outstanding volunteers based on their length of service, initiative and impact on the community.  These men, women and youth have inspiring stories that encourage others to serve. This year our volunteer Robert Fanning will be among the honorees at the 41st annual event on Wednesday, April 13 at the Founders Inn & Spa.


Robert Fanning seen here in a t-shirt given to him by our staff for his 85th Birthday

Robert (Bob) Fanning, age 85, volunteers 15 hours a week at the Alzheimer’s Association Southeastern Virginia chapter, for a total of more than 4,000 hours since 2009. Bob is the most dedicated, conscientious volunteer any organization could ask for – he even comes into the office on snow days and holidays when the office is closed!

Bob has applied his problem-solving and analytical abilities to many tasks such as organizing the chapter library, making it easier for the public to access ; creating, editing, and printing a manual of local resources, which is distributed to more than 600 families annually throughout southeastern Virginia; and collecting constituent data and entering it in various databases and spreadsheets. An amateur photographer, Bob has ably recorded many chapter events and milestones.

But Bob is much more to our chapter than the sum of his technical skills. Bob’s wife Mary died of Alzheimer’s, which gives him the personal experience, compassion, and insight to provide wisdom to families dealing with the disease; he facilitates two monthly caregiver support groups and has told his story in person and on video to assist others navigating the same journey. Bob has taken an active part in the Walk to End Alzheimer’s for the past ten years, walking in memory of his wife and helping to raise funds to support research and programs.

Bob’s intelligence, kindness, and quick wit make him a valued part of our chapter family. He is a welcome part of chapter events and social occasions, and he is someone to whom staff members turn for support and counsel. Bob Fanning is a powerful role model for active, productive, engaged aging, and we are the richer for having him in our organization. We are so glad that he is being recognized and rewarded for his extraordinary dedication and service.

If you would like to join in the celebration at the 41st Annual Hampton Roads VOLUNTEER Achievement Awards – Purchase Tickets Here

Wednesday April 13, 2016 at The Founders Inn & Spa
5:30 p.m. Cocktail reception, cash bar • 6:30 p.m. Awards ceremony and dinner
Tickets $50.00