AARP FWN CT Peer Educator
Richard Bright and his wife Pat are residents of Seymour, CT, they have lived there for 32 years. He is currently an Advocacy Volunteer for AARP Connecticut.
Before his retirement in 2010 he was plant manager for The New York Graphic Society Publishing Group, in Norwalk, CT. NYGS is a leading publisher of fine art and contemporary art reproductions on both art paper and canvas. His duties encompassed operations management / color integrity / and publishing of support materials.
Prior to his tenure at NYGS he was a sales executive for Gateway Graphics, a Connecticut based graphic design and printing company serving many of the major businesses and organizations in Connecticut. He was also the Plant Superintendent for Southern New England Typographic Service of Hamden, CT. His responsibilities included production management as well as design and layout of text books and forms.
During his busy work schedule he found time and great pleasure as an Assistant Scout Master for Boy Scout Troop 65 of Seymour, a position he held for 12 years. Rich was also a merit badge counselor for the Housatonic Boy Scout Council. He guided the efforts of the scouts in obtaining, merit badges in Camping, Cooking, Graphic Arts, Communications, Citizenship in the Community, Nation & World.
During his time as ASM he enjoyed the camping, campfire cooking, hiking, canoeing but found great satisfaction in helping many young men attain the rank of Eagle Scout including both of his sons who are Eagle Scouts.
Retirement gave him the opportunity to work for Meals-On-Wheels, and helping as a election poll worker in his home town. In February of 2014 he and his wife Pat joined AARP Connecticut as Advocacy Volunteers. They are members of the AARP Advocacy team which actively supports the legislative agenda of the organization.
Over the past year the Brights have become peer-to-peer counselors, traveling around the state making presentations of the AARP Fraud Watch Network The Con Artists Playbook to civic organizations and seniors citizen group. Rich is looking forward to continue to volunteer, and help senior citizens live with dignity as we age.