Shelton resident Byron Peterson has been honored as the 2013 Volunteer Specialist of the Year by AARP Connecticut.

The award recognizes an AARP community-level volunteer who has made outstanding contributions toward achieving AARP’s mission and vision in the state.

“Byron is a thoughtful and engaging ambassador for AARP who is always informed on the issues and has used his strong community ties to help advance AARP’s mission in the community,” said Nora Duncan, AARP Connecticut state director. “His willingness to fight on the issues that matter to members and their families, take on numerous responsibilities and always go above and beyond the call of duty, has helped to improve the lives of people age 50 and older in our state.”

About Byron Peterson

Peterson, a former vice president of human relations at Branson Ultrasonics Corporation in Danbury, is a current member of the AARP Connecticut Executive Council, an all-volunteer body that helps advise and set priorities for the state office. In addition, he is active in the local AARP Shelton Chapter where he serves as  Legislative Liaison.

Peterson began volunteering with AARP in the fall of 2012, and has quickly become an active and valuable member of the AARP Volunteer Advocacy Leadership Council, where he supports the legislative and advocacy efforts of AARP at the community, state, and federal level to help improve the quality of life for older people, a press release said.

He meets regularly with local elected leaders and has provided testimony at the State Capitol on AARP-supported issues related to aging and utilities.

Peterson also was active in AARP Connecticut’s voter education efforts during the 2012 election season, contacting legislators to solicit responses for AARP’s Voter Guide, and helping to organize a 4th Congressional District Candidate Forum in Bridgeport.

An AARP event in Shelton

Jay and Hilkka Bhandary will present their travel experiences in China during the local AARP Chapter 3240 meeting, Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 1:30 p.m.

The Shelton residents will show slides of the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Xian (home of the Terra-Cotta Warriors) the mighty Yangtze River and the modern city of Shanghai, at the presentation at the Shelton Senior Center, 81 Wheeler St.

Guests are invited. Call Jim Kelly at 203-925-1200 or visit

Upcoming AARP trips: Vincent Talarico at Grand Oak Villa, Sept. 25; Teresa McClean singing music of Celine Dion, Connie Francis and Whitney Houston at Log Cabin, Oct. 20. Call Marilyn at 203-922-0494 or 203-925-0565.