Active Retirement Association

ARA hikers at Northwood Meadows State Park


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Active Retirement Association

ARA - Expanding Your World

Currently Serving the Greater Seacoast Regions of NH and Maine

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  • Holiday Luncheon 2023 Irish Duo

    Holiday Luncheon 2023 Irish Duo -- photo by Susan Wagner

  • Holiday Luncheon 2023 Audience

    Holiday Luncheon 2023 Audience -- photo by Susan Wagner

  • North East Passage Program

    ARA members got a presentation by North East Passage of their programs and a chance to try out some adaptive sports equipment.

    Photo by Mary Ellen Siudut 

  • Odiorne Point State Park

    ARA Members enjoy an afternoon bird watching at Odiorne Point State Park  Photo by Janet Phelps.

  • Group food drive photo in front of car


    Kneeling: Gayle Hylen, Deborah Forster, Kathy Kowler. Standing left to right: Ismini George, Bruce Jolin, Fran Houlihan, Anne Marie Jones, Pat Pine, Bob Hylen, Henry Machri, Bill Mahoney, and Anne Kisil. ARA courtesy photo by member volunteer Cathy Schirmer.

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    Fall 2023 Picnic

  • ARA presentation

    Introduction to ARA presentation for Riverwoods residents by Debbi Forster, Kathy Kowler, and Janet Phelps

  • Bob Hylen giving Police Cheif David Kurz a certificate in front of the Durham Police logo

    ARA President Bob Hylen presents retiring Durham Police Chief David Kurz with ARA certificate of appreciation.

  • Doug and Katie

    Doug and Katie Wheeler are recipients of the 2020 UNH Age of Champions Inspiration Award

  • Carol Selsberg

    Congratulations to Carol Selsberg the 2022 Wildcat Inspirational Awardee

  • Bob hands Penny a certificate

    ARA President Bob Hylen presented Penny Drooker with ARA Volunteer Appreciation Award 2020 taken by Gayle Hylen

  • Ann Beattie gives a presentation
    Wonderous Isles of Shoals - Ann Beattie
  • Bikers in a line on a forested trail

    Cotton Valley Rail Trail, Wolfeboro by Ed Perkins 2019

  • Group photo of bicyclists

    Pedal Pushers By Sandy Rose

  • Group photo of the Stagecraft POD

    Stagecraft POD 2019

  • Group photo in front of ocean

    Walks and Hikes

  • Don Clark being honored at the 2016 Volunteer Gala

    Award Ceremony

  • Deidre Prescott and Bob Hylen

    Deidre Prescott and Bob Hylen

  • Black History Trail Tour

    ARA members enjoyed a guided tour on the Black History Trail in Portsmouth

  • Bob & Gayle Hylen

    Congratulations to Bob & Gayle Hylen 2023 recipients of the UNH Age of Champions Excellence in Volunteerism Award



The COVID-19 Pandemic and How ARA Continues to Adjust

We plan to continue our Fall programs and other activities in- person, and to Zoom for optional remote access.

However, we continue to be guided by the prevailing CDC Guidelines and will monitor the COVID situation for any impact on the Fall schedule.  Any further changes will be communicated to you via email.