Nominations will be accepted for Texas’ 2008 Outstanding Older Worker through June 1. An online nomination form or a printed nomination form can be accessed at www.experienceworks.org.

The Experience Works Prime Time Awards program is part of Experience Works’ national effort to raise awareness of the contributions made by older individuals and to break down barriers associated with the hiring of all older workers.

This year’s search is being sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care, an outstanding employer of older workers in 2006. Outstanding older workers from every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico will be honored in Washington, D.C., and in their home states for their contributions to the workforce and local communities.

Nominees or applicants must be 65 years of age or older, a resident of Texas,currently employed and working at least 20 hours each week for pay.

The honoree must be willing and able to travel to Washington, D.C., the week of Sept. 22-26 for the Prime Time Award events.

The visit will include meetings with congressional representatives, a tour of the city’s landmarks and the awards banquet and ceremony.

Honorees have an opportunity to meet, share their stories and celebrate their accomplishments. Family, friends or colleagues can send in a nomination or older workers can self-nominate.

Texas’ Outstanding Older Worker for 2007, 87-year-old Martha P. Moyer, RN, “learned to work and play hard” as a surgical nurse treating General Patton’s troops in field hospitals.

She left the Army in 1946 with the rank of captain and five Bronze Stars to her credit.

Becoming director of nursing at Westview Manor in 1966, Moyer has retired three times.

In 1989, she left but returned to open a new “special needs” wing. She retired in 1991, only to be rehired as an infection control and quality assurance nurse. More recently, Westview persuaded her to return to do patient discharge summaries.

Chosen by the McGregor Chamber of Commerce as the Outstanding Citizen of 1978 over almost 300 other nominees, Moyer was a founder of her town’s first volunteer emergency medical service.

She no longer rides along as an EMT, but still serves on the board of directors in addition to assisting with blood drives and remaining a lifetime member of the American Legion and active in her church.

The search for America’s Oldest Worker for 2008 is also under way, as is the search for outstanding employers of older workers.

Last year, 101-year-old Ray Jenkins, maintenance coordinator from Colchester, Vt., was named America’s Oldest Worker.

Experience Works is a national, nonprofit organization that provides training and employment services for mature workers. Established in 1965, Experience Works reaches more than 125,000 mature individuals in all 50 states and Puerto Rico each year.