Oklahoman Earns National Recognition for Efforts to Help Older Americans

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Oklahoma rancher Phillip Klutts has received a national award for his effort to help older Americans. Experience Works, the nation's largest nonprofit training and employment organization for older workers, presented Klutts with the Cy Carpenter Award at a briefing on Capitol Hill as part of National Employ Older Workers Week (Sept. 21 - 25).

We are privileged to present our Board Chairman, Phillip Klutts, with the Cy Carpenter Award for distinguished service in creating employment and community service opportunities for older workers. His long-standing leadership has been a guiding force for Experience Works

Experience Works, the nation's largest nonprofit training and employment organization for older workers, today introduced Oklahoma rancher Phillip Klutts as the recipient of its 2009 Cy Carpenter Award. Experience Works honored Klutts during a briefing on Capitol Hill as part of National Employ Older Workers Week.

Named for Experience Works Board Member Emeritus Cy Carpenter, the award honors an individual whose leadership has improved the lives of low-income older Americans by fostering self-sufficiency and promoting community service as embodied in the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP). Experience Works implements the SCSEP in Oklahoma, 29 other states and Puerto Rico.

Klutts' lifetime of service has helped hundreds of thousands of older individuals improve their lives through work and meaningful contributions to their communities. He has been involved with Experience Works and its predecessor, Green Thumb, for nearly 30 years serving as board chairman since the mid-1990s.

"We are privileged to present our Board Chairman, Phillip Klutts, with the Cy Carpenter Award for distinguished service in creating employment and community service opportunities for older workers. His long-standing leadership has been a guiding force for Experience Works," said Cynthia Metzler, president and CEO of Experience Works.

In addition to his leadership with Experience Works, for many years Klutts has been a state and national advocate for other significant rural issues. He previously served on the Board of Directors and as President of the Oklahoma Farmers Union, Chairman of his local Rural Water District Board and President of the Oklahoma Rural Water Association. He currently serves as a board member of the Oklahoma Rural Water Association, the Oklahoma Rural Water Association Assurance Group, and the National Water Association.

Klutts currently farms and raises cattle in his home community of Okemah, Oklahoma. Farming and ranching has been a lifelong avocation throughout his 50-year career which includes over 30 years as a full-time professional engineer and almost 20 years as an insurance agent and an insurance company executive.

Married for 55 years, Klutts and his wife Josephine have two children, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

For more information about Experience Works' services available to older job seekers, host agencies or employers, please visit http://www.experienceworks.org or call 866-397-9757.

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