Longtime Randolph community leader Paul Meoni was awarded the 2022 AARP Andrus Award for Community Service in Randolph Thursday, November 10.
Friends and family helped AARP Massachusetts honor Meoni at a special luncheon at Lombardi’s in Randolph.
The Andrus Award is AARP’s most prestigious and visible state volunteer award for community service.
“I am honored to recognize Paul Meoni as the recipient of the AARP Massachusetts 2022 Andrus Award,” said Mike Festa, AARP Massachusetts State Director. “In keeping with Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus’ legacy of service, Paul exhibited leadership, service, passion and a can-do attitude that has helped not only the people of Randolph but surrounding communities as well.”
AARP Massachusetts selected Meoni for his generous service which has benefited the community, supported AARP’s vision and mission, and inspired other volunteers.
"I am deeply grateful to the leadership at AARP for this honor that you have bestowed upon me" said Meoni "Yes, I have been involved in many projects, boards and initiatives over the past 20 years; but most of my accomplishments would not have materialized if it were not for the hardworking, dedicated individuals who have assisted me along the way.
At the event, Paul was also given a special commendation by Rep Bill Driscoll Jr, MA State Rep for Milton & Randolph's 7th Norfolk District.
Paul Meoni has been active in town government for years serving as a Town Councilor, School Committee member and on the Randolph Resiliency Committee.
His involvement in the community does not end there. He is highly active at the Randolph Community Partnership, an adult education
organization that offers English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and high school equivalency (HSE) classes. He chairs the board of directors there. He also serves on the board of South Shore Stars, a nonprofit that focuses on early childhood development on the South Shore. Meoni is active in his church, Randolph’s First Congregational Church, and the Randolph Community Band. Paul does not just play the flute there; he is the president of the organization.
It was during the Height of the COVID-19 Pandemic the town of Randolph saw first-hand Paul’s work on the Medical Reserve Corps and Randolph Neighbor Brigade. Paul clocked hundreds of hours
assisting people at Randolph’s covid-19 regional testing and vaccination site. Paul was always energetic and ready to help with a smile. He donned a mask and ran up and down the street facing lines of cars, all sick or in need of help. In the winter he climbed through snowbanks and donned his winter weather gear to do the same job – assisting the public in getting the health services they needed.
“Paul, with an already demonstrated record of distinguished contributions to the Randolph community, with extraordinary kindness, commitment, and compassion, you did not allow a pandemic to alter your resolve to be your brother’s keeper…..making sure residents of Randolph and its surrounding communities had the health services they needed to survive. said Sandra Harris
As part of the award, AARP Massachusetts donated $2500 on behalf of Paul Meoni to Randolph Community Partnership, Inc.
Recipients across the nation were chosen for their ability to enhance the lives of AARP members and prospective members, improve the community in or for which the work was performed, and inspire
others to volunteer.
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