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 AARP Chapter 2195 Newsletter

“To serve, not be served.”                                                          December 2017

                       President—Eloise Adams   2nd Vice-President—Cortez Bundley   Recording Secretary—Barbara

                               Zellner   Corresponding Secretary—Lemozine Riddick   Treasurer—Ray Coronado   

 

November Meeting

The main event of our November meeting was the election of our board members. Our new officers are: President—Eloise Adams, 1st Vice President—Donnie Alexander, 2nd Vice President—Juan Blanco, Recording Secretary—Fran Sereseres, Corresponding Secretary—Lemozine Riddick, Treasurer—Denise Gregg, and Membership Committee Chairperson—Denise Gregg.

 

December Meeting

Our December meeting is set to be a fun one. One important event will be the swearing in of our newly elected officers by our California Assembly Representative Tom Lackey, or a member of his staff. Their terms of office will begin January 1, 2018. We will also be discussing and voting on proposals to revise two points in the Standing Rules of our Chapter. One proposal is that our membership dues should be increased from $5 to $10, beginning January 1, 2019. Another proposal is that, instead of the current two-year terms our previous officers have served, the incoming officers (and those who follow) will be committing to one-year terms of office. After the business portion of the meeting, we will celebrate the holidays. Come join us!

Santa’s Wonderland

Santa is alive and well and will be in his sleigh, parked in the lobby of the Palmdale Playhouse on Thursday, December 14, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Attendees, young and old, may have their pictures taken with Santa. Admission is free, while a picture with Santa is $5 and includes a complimentary holiday photo frame pack. Complimentary refreshments will be available.

Hospitals & Family Caregiver Law

3)      The facility must provide the family caregiver The Hospital & Family Caregiver Law is a common sense solution to support family caregivers when their loved ones go into a hospital and as they transition home. In order to keep their relatives out of costly institutions, family caregivers are forced to manage medications, including administering intravenous fluids and injections—tasks for which they have received little or no training.

The four important provisions of the new law are:

1)      The name of the family caregiver is recorded when a loved one is admitted to a hospital.

2)      The family caregiver is notified if the loved one is to be discharged to another facility or back home.

an opportunity to engage in the discharge planning process and ask questions about the patient’s post hospital care needs.

4)      The facility must provide education and, when appropriate, instruction on the post hospital care—including medication management and proper use of medication delivery devices—that the family caregiver will perform at home.

Belated Happy Birthday Wishes and Apologies to November Birthday Celebrants!

Happy (Belated) Birthday to lucky members Eloise Adams, Donnie Alexander, Randi Bardeaux, Ray Coronado, Showan Dougrameji, Jim Harris, Randy Pimentel, Gail Robinson, Kiem Tan, Marva Todd and Sherry Williams who celebrated another year of life in November.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to lucky member Jozette Fortier who celebrates another year of life this month.

Quotable Quote

Writer John Leo once said, “The principal advantage of the non-parental lifestyle is that on Christmas Eve you need not be struck dumb by the three most terrifying words that the government allows to be printed on any product—“Some assembly required.”

Last Newsletter

This is the last newsletter I will be writing. Our AARP Chapter 2195 webpage is available for general and chapter AARP information at:  aarp.avcmall.com.

 


AARP Chapter 2195 Newsletter

“To serve, not be served.”                                                          November 2017

                       President—Eloise Adams   2nd Vice-President—Cortez Bundley   Recording Secretary—Barbara

                               Zellner   Corresponding Secretary—Lemozine Riddick   Treasurer—Ray Coronado   

 

Senior Expo

Our Chapter 2195 benefited greatly from having a booth at the recent Senior Expo. Not only were we able to spread the word that there is a local chapter of the AARP, but we were able to sign up two new members. Also, two previous members renewed their membership, and we collected $52 for the Hurricane Relief Fund. Two people bought AARP T-shirts for $5 each.

October Meeting

Our October meeting was spent talking about the Senior Expo and Eloise telling us about Antoine Cook’s teleconference. We collected a total of $212.17 for our Hurricane Fund, including the money we collected at the Senior Expo.

There are 36 AARP Chapters in California, according to Cook, and each chapter is under the AARP Foundation, not just AARP.

Eloise also let us know that former President Nneenah Frazier is doing well after undergoing surgery.

November Meeting

This November meeting is a very important one, as it is our annual meeting, during which we will take care of particular items of business. First, we will be voting on new officers for the coming year. Votes will be tallied at the meeting and the new officers will be announced. Their inauguration will be held at the December meeting.  We will also be electing a nominating committee to come up with candidates for the next election. Other things to be discussed at this meeting are whether we should change the term of offices from two years to one year, if we should raise our annual dues from $5 to $10, and if we should require officers to give an oral annual report in addition to the required written one.

Nominees for 2018 Offices

If anyone, not currently on the ballot, wishes to run for an office, let a board member know so that your name may be added.

The slate of nominees, submitted by our Nominating Committee, includes:

President                   Eloise Adams                              1st Vice President                             Donnie Alexander

2nd Vice President    Juan Blanco                                Recording Secretary                       Fran Sereseres

Treasurer                   Ray Coronado (Decline)          Corresponding Secretary              Lemozine Riddick

Membership Committee Chairperson                    Denise Gregg

 

Antelope Valley’s Mobil Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial  Wall

The Antelope Valley’s Memorial Viet Nam Veterans’ Wall will be put up November 5, at the Palmdale Amphitheater at Marie Kerr Park in West Palmdale. This is a miniaturized identical version of the actual wall in Washington, D.C. The wall will be accessible to the public twenty-four hours a day from 5:00 p.m. November 8, until November 13. A Veterans’ Day ceremony will take place at 11 a.m., November 11. A Candlelight Memorial Walk will start at 9 p.m., that evening. Admission is free to the park and to the events.

Volunteer Driver Mileage Reimbursement Program

The County of Los Angeles Workforce Development, Aging and Community Services has been granted funding to provide transportation programs. The Volunteer Driver Mileage Reimbursement Program allows eligible clients to select their own drivers to provide rides to almost anywhere within the program service area, and reimburses the drivers for their mileage. While there are no restrictions for applying, priority is given to those applicants at least 60 years of age or older and to those who are disabled. Clients may select anyone they choose (family member, friend, caregiver, etc.) and be driven to medical appointments, shopping destinations, senior centers or recreational centers within the service area. Applications may be requested via email at newfreedom@wdacs.lacounty.gov or completed through the New Freedom website at: http://newfreedom.lacounty.gov or you may call 1-888-863-7411. Mobility specialists are available Monday thru Friday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Condolences

Our heart-felt condolences go out to Jamal Dougrameji and Kawklab Alchalabi, who recently lost their son-in-law to an automobile accident. Jamal, who was in the car with his son-in-law, has recovered well enough to be released from the hospital.

Quotable Quote

Richard Branson once said, “My attitude has always been, if you fall flat on your face, at least you’re moving forward. All you have to do is get back up and try again.”

Wanted…A Newsletter Editor

After the December issue, I will no longer be writing the newsletter for our chapter. If anyone is interested in writing the newsletter, please speak to Eloise Adams or another member of the Board. I will be glad to answer any questions you have about putting out the newsletter.

 


AARP Chapter 2195 Newsletter

“To serve, not be served.”                                                           October 2017

                       President—Eloise Adams   2nd Vice-President—Cortez Bundley   Recording Secretary—Barbara

                               Zellner   Corresponding Secretary—Lemozine Riddick   Treasurer—Ray Coronado   

 

 

September Meeting

Our September meeting was an interesting and informative one, as our guest speaker Terrie Claypool, a New York Life Insurance Company agent, explained the advantages of maintaining long-term care insurance. Donna Hill, Field Representative for California Senator Scott Wilk, also came to our meeting to let us know our scholarship recipient, Melissa Valencia-Damian, was commended by Senator Wilk.

October Meeting

Our October meeting will be held Thursday, October 26, instead of the third Thursday of the month, in order not to be in conflict with the High Desert Medical Senior Expo. This is an important meeting to attend as we will be discussing memberships’ goals for the new year, including ideas for fundraisers, such as having a 50/50 drawing at each meeting. Holding more raffles of donated items has also been suggested. Kiem Tan will be finalizing her list of those interested in holding an office, so that we may vote at the November meeting.

High Desert Senior Health Expo

The High Desert Medical Group’s Senior Health Expo will be held Thursday, October 19, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., at the Antelope Valley Fair Grounds. This year’s theme is “Empowering Change”.  Admission, parking and health screenings are free, while lunch and flu shots are free to those 62 years of age or older. Actress Rita Moreno will be this year’s celebrity guest.  Our AARP Chapter 2195 will have a booth at the fair.  Anyone interested in helping in the booth should notify Eloise Adams.

Nurse Advice Line

High Desert Medical Group has announced its new Nurse Advice Line. You may call for advice 24 hours a day at (800) 424-2273.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to Randy Pimentel, who celebrates another year of life this month.

Reminder

Our Chapter 2195 website is up and running at: aarp.avcmall.com. We encourage everyone—if he or she is able—to read the newsletter on the website (under Meetings), instead of receiving it through the mail. It is the same content online as it is on paper, and it will save the chapter money on printing and postage. If you do not have access to a personal computer, there are computers available for public use at the library and at Legacy Commons. Please let me know if you are willing to do this so I may remove your name from the mailing list.

 

 

Quotable Quote

Marcus Aurelius once said, “Very little is needed to make a happy life; it is all within yourself, in your way of thinking.”

Wanted…News…about you…about other seniors…about the community. We’d love to read your news in our newsletter! Deadline for news for the coming month is the last day of the previous month. Please contact Editor Lorraine Goldwater at (661) 285-3029 or by email at lgldwtr@yahoo.com.

 

 

 


AARP Chapter 2195 Newsletter

“To serve, not be served.”                                                           September 2017

                       President—Eloise Adams   2nd Vice-President—Cortez Bundley   Recording Secretary—Barbara

                               Zellner   Corresponding Secretary—Lemozine Riddick   Treasurer—Ray Coronado   

 

June Meeting

We were pleased to have our scholarship recipient, Melissa Valencia Damien, visit with us and share her plans. While she enrolled at Cal State Northridge and worked this summer teaching swimming at a local park, she will ultimately transfer to Cal State Long Beach. There, she will study Business Administration, with a focus on the Human Resources field.

We are still looking for volunteers to help staff our AARP booth at the High Desert Medical Fair, at the A.V. Fair Grounds, September 21. Please call Eloise Adams at (661) 723-3643 if you are able to donate an hour or two of your time.

 

September Meeting

Our September meeting will be held Thursday, September 21, at 1 p.m., at Legacy Commons. As the all-important November business meeting approaches, (when we will be voting in new officers and setting new goals,) now is when we need to find out who is interested in holding an office, what are our goals and how do we intend to reach them.

Vets 4 Veterans

Vets 4 Veterans will hold its 8th Annual Classic Auto and Motorcycle Show September 17, at Poncitlan Square, 38315  9th Street. The event will feature a Poker Run, live music, a craft fair, vendors and food. Admission is free.

Generations Art Competition and Reception

Celebrate the arts at this exhibit of works by local artists of all ages. This Generations Art Competition and Reception will be held September 22, from 6 to 9 p.m., at Legacy Commons and the Palmdale Playhouse. For more information, go to: www.PalmdalePlayhouse.com.

Volunteer

“Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.”—Unknown

This is the mantra of the Administrative Services Community Programs, 823 E. Ave. Q-9, Suite B. If you are interested in volunteering in your community, you may call (661) 267-5473 or go to engage@cityofpalmdale.org. Office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to Denise Gregg who celebrates another year of life this month. Also, belated Birthday Wishes go out to Juan Blanco, Lee Newton and Elena Pimentel, who celebrated their birthdays in July, and to Nancy Cutler, Dottie Nardone and Lemozine Riddick, who celebrated their big days in August.

Reminder

Our Chapter 2195 website is up and running at: aarp.avcmall.com. We encourage everyone—if he or she is able—to read the newsletter on the website (under Meetings), instead of receiving it through the mail. It is the same content online as it is on paper, and it will save the chapter money on printing and postage. If you do not have access to a personal computer, there are computers available for public use at the library and at Legacy Commons. Please let me know if you are willing to do this so I may remove your name from the mailing list.

Quotable Quote

Spanish filmmaker Luis Bunuel once said, “Age is something that doesn’t matter, unless you are a cheese.”

Wanted….News….about you….about other seniors….about the community. We’d love to read your news in our newsletter!  Deadline for news for the coming month is the last day of the previous month. Please contact Editor Lorraine Goldwater at (661) 285-3029 or by email at lgldwtr@yahoo.com.

 

 

 


AARP Chapter 2195 Newsletter

“To serve, not be served.”                                                           June 2017

                       President—Eloise Adams   2nd Vice-President—Cortez Bundley   Recording Secretary—Barbara

                               Zellner   Corresponding Secretary—Lemozine Riddick   Treasurer—Ray Coronado   

May Meeting

Our guest speaker at our May meeting was Steve Soiferman, who represents ClearCaptions, which is a firm offering amplified captioned telephones to those with serious hearing loss. Under Title IV of the American with Disabilities Act, these phones (and installation) are free to those certified by a professional as being hearing-impaired. For more information, you may call Steve at (818) 254-6965 or email him at steve.soiferman@clearcaptions.com.

Lemozine Riddick was the lucky winner of our special raffle of a new Hamilton Beach Deep Fryer, donated by Cortez Bundley. Our chapter made $55 on this raffle. We are, of course, looking for more items our members would like to donate to this fundraising project. If you have an item, or a suggestion, please let one of our board members know.

June Meeting

As we will not be meeting July or August, we are hoping to get as many members as possible to attend the June meeting. There are decisions to be made and plans to be set for the rest of the year. This year’s Senior Expo will be held October 19. We need to decide what materials we need for our booth and how we can attract more members, while we still have time to order the supplies. We would also like to get more input on fundraising activities. A volunteer is still needed to fill the position of 1st Vice-President.

Antelope Valley Seniors Network (AVSN)

The Antelope Valley Seniors Network is a local coalition of community-based organizations, agencies and residential communities devoted to helping the senior population. Bi-monthly meetings of the AVSN are held alternately at the Antelope Valley Senior Center and at Legacy Commons. One or more guest speakers discuss current legislation, timely events or topic of interest to seniors. The public is welcome to attend these free meetings.

Safety for Seniors

A presentation of Home Security and Personal Safety will be held Wednesday, Aug 2, at 9 a.m., at Legacy Commons. Hopefully, this will help our seniors be tougher targets for criminals and be less likely to become victims of crimes. For more information, you may call (661) 267-5170.

Nominating Committee

Our Nominating Committee, comprised of Kiem Tan and Elena Pimentel, will be looking for members willing to fill positions on our Board. We will be voting on their nominees at the November meeting, so that they may be installed in office at the December meeting. If you have any interest in helping our chapter in some capacity, please speak to Kiem or Elena. Our chapter needs Board Members in order to stay in operation.

Upcoming Events

“Music in the Park”—Hear great tunes from long-time local favorites, while enjoying a summer evening.

Bring a lawn chair and a picnic dinner.

Poncitlan Square                                                              Domenic Massari Park

June 15 & 29, July 13 & 27, August 10                       June 22, July 6 & 20, August 3 & 17

National Night Out—July 26—Domenic Massari Park

Features live music, rock climbing wall (bring the grandchildren), Dunk-a-Cop, and displays from Los Angeles County Sheriffs’ and Fire Departments.

Family Movie Nights at Palmdale Ampitheater

“E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial”—July 14                        “Moana”—July 21

“Cars”—August 4                                                             “Beauty and the Beast”—August 11

Life Stories—Naomi Tanikawa

Sunday, May 14, 2017, the Antelope Valley Press printed a front page feature column, “Life Stories”, about our own member, Naomi Tanikawa, who has led a very interesting, productive and successful life. For those who missed seeing the article, a copy of it is included with this newsletter. Congratulations on all you have accomplished, Naomi.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to lucky members Cortez Bundley and Naomi Tanikawa who are celebrating another year of life this month.

Reminder

Chapter 2195 will not be holding meetings in July or August. Our next membership meeting, after June’s, will be September 21.

Quotable Quote

Winston Churchill once said, “We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

Wanted…News…about you…about other seniors…about the community. We’d love to read your news in our newsletter. Please contact Lorraine Goldwater at (661) 285-3029 or by email at lgldwtr@yahoo.com.

 

 

 


AARP CHAPTER 2195 NEWSLETTER

                  “To serve, not be served.”                                                                                                               May 2017

                       President—Eloise Adams   2nd Vice-President—Cortez Bundley   Recording Secretary—Barbara

                                   Zellner   Corresponding Secretary—Lemozine Riddick   Treasurer—Ray Coronado

 

April Meeting

Our April meeting was a very informative one, as Cortez Bundley explained many features of computers and how to protect ourselves against theft in this “virtual” world. Some interesting and useful points he made are:

*Place black tape over your computer camera, when not in use. Skype can be turned on remotely.

*Unplug your computer, when not in use, as it can be hacked into.

*An anti-virus program is a must. Run this manually every ten days, even though the program runs  automatically.

*Windows 10 is the last edition that will be put out. Updates to Windows 10 will continue as needed.

*Unplug your e-printer, when not in use. It can be made to go on-line remotely.

*Know that criminals don’t need your actual credit card—just your number.

*Change your credit card code frequently. Also, you may use as many digits as you want—not just four.

*When asked if you wish to use “credit” or “debt” for a purchase, use “credit”. It is a little safer.

President Eloise Adams pointed out that our chapter is still in need of a 1st Vice President and a few people to Chair some committees. Any member who wishes may attend a chapter board meeting, which is held every first Friday of the month at 9:15 a.m. at the Palmdale Community Church, 1051 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale. She also pointed out that we need donated door prizes and volunteers to bring refreshments to our meetings. Please speak to Denise Gregg is you have a door prize to donate.

May Meeting

Our speaker this month will be Steve Soiferman, a representative of ClearCaptions, which offers an amplified captioned telephone for those with hearing loss.

We will be holding a special raffle this month, which we were unable to do at last month’s meeting. Cortez Bundley has graciously donated a new Hamilton Beach Deep Fryer. Raffle tickets will be $5 each, with the proceeds going to our scholarship fund.

Kiem Tan has volunteered to bring refreshments to this meeting.

Cinco de Mayo

(excerpt from Keller-Williams Realty update)

Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that celebrates an against-the-odds and victorious battle the Mexican army won over the French, who invaded the east coast of Mexico near Veracruz in 1861 and pushed toward Mexico City, the capitol. The battle took place on May 5, 1862 near the town of Puebla. The French army had planned to make short work of the native defenders and move on to taking over the capital and the country, but did not reckon with the persistence of the people. Overwhelming force, superior resources and experience and strategy were undone by determined persistence.

President Calvin Coolidge stated, “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not: unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

Art as Healing—Veterans Therapy Group

Veterans 4 Veterans offers an Art as Healing Group with master artist Ramon Ramirez and Steve Ponting, a Vietnam combat veteran. The two-hour group meetings are offered at no cost to veterans and active duty military, and will take place every Tuesday at 9:00 a.m. in 10-week sessions. The Group will meet in the Youth Center at the Highland Church, located at 20th Street West and Rancho Vista Blvd. in Palmdale. Session 2 began May 2. Veteran or active duty military must have status verified with a DD214 or other form of military ID. For more information, call (661) 943-5100. Register on-line at www.avvets4veterans.org.

Tax Aid

Ray Coronado reports that 1,022 tax returns were completed during the 28 days his team of tax preparers worked. Congratulations on a job well done go to Eloise Adams, Donnie Alexander, Ray Coronado, Jim Harris, Dottie Nardone and Barbara Zellner.  Ray advises anyone who moves to be sure to change your address with the Post Office, particularly during tax season. Thieves could do much damage if they acquire your name and your social security number.

Scholarship

This year’s AARP Chapter 2195 scholarship will go to Quartz Hill High School’s graduating senior Melissa Valencia Damien. She will be awarded our $300 scholarship at her school assembly on May 24.

AARP Driver Safety Program

Chapter 2195 member Marcia Johnson was quoted in the April 2017 issue of the AARP Bulletin, after she took an AARP Smart Driver course.  This eight-hour course is split over two days and is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. An on-line version is offered to members for $19.95 and to non-members for $24.95. California law requires insurance companies to offer a discount to those 55 and older who have successfully completed a driver’s education course. To find an AARP Smart Driver course near you, go to aarp.org/drive or call (877) 346-3299.

Conversation Café—Communicating and Honoring Your Healthcare Wishes

This event will be held Saturday, June 3, from 10 a.m. until 12 noon, at Antelope Valley Partners for Health, 44226  10th St. West, Lancaster. Attendees will learn how to specify and communicate the type of medical treatment they want to receive. Topics to be discussed include advance directives and end-of-life care conversations with families and physicians. You are encouraged to bring family members. While there is no cost to attend, seating is limited, so register by May 31. A light lunch will be provided. Register on-line at https://goo.gl/KXvzFL, or call (818) 409-9229.

Auto Insurance Scam

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office has issued a “fraud alert” on people who claim to be auto insurance agents offering seniors discounted insurance rates, regardless of their blemished driving record. These people will usually plaster cars with flyers promising “cheap rates” or “Prior DUI? No problem!” When the senior calls the number on the advertisement, the so-called agent gives a convincing sales pitch. The caller, who starts paying the “insurance premiums” only finds out he has been scammed when he has an accident  and  learns he has no insurance. The District Attorney’s office offers three tips to help keep you from becoming a victim of this scam:

  1. Before you pay anything, get the first and last name of the person who is trying to sell you the insurance, as well as their insurance license number.
  2. Go to the California Department of Insurance website (www.insurance.ca.gov) where you can verify whether the person selling you the insurance is licensed to do so.
  3. Ask the “insurance agent” which insurance company will be providing the insurance coverage and call the company directly to verify.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday to lucky members Carl Banks and Marcia Johnson who are celebrating another year of life this month.

Get Well Wishes

Our ‘get well wishes’ go out to member Jamal Dougrameji for a speedy recovery from recent surgery.

Reminder

Our Chapter 2195 website is up and running at:  aarp.avcmall.com. Click on “Meetings” to read the newsletter. If you do not have access to a personal computer, there are computers available for public use at the library and at Legacy Commons. I will no longer be mailing the newsletter out, but I will have a few at the meetings. If this is still a problem for you, please let me know.

Quotable Quote

President Abraham Lincoln once said, “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.”

Wanted…News…about you…about other seniors…about the community. We’d love to read your news in our newsletter. Please contact Lorraine Goldwater at (661) 285-3029 or by email at lgldwtr@yahoo.com.


AARP CHAPTER 2195 NEWSLETTER

                  “To serve, not be served.”                                                                                                                       April 2017

                       President—Eloise Adams   2nd Vice-President—Cortez Bundley   Recording Secretary—Barbara

                                   Zellner   Corresponding Secretary—Lemozine Riddick   Treasurer—Ray Coronado

March Meeting

Our March meeting was a very interesting and powerful one. Two AARP representatives presented us with numerous ideas–not only on how to run the chapter in accordance with AARP policies–but how to add more members, more fundraisers and more fun to our chapter. AARP’s Associate State Director of Southern California Antoine Cook, from the Pasadena office, reminded us of our need to adhere to the directives laid down in the AARP Handbook, in order to preserve AARP’s reputation. Regional Liaison Alvetia E. Smith gave us many ideas for building membership, getting more members involved and for fund-raising for our special projects, such as our scholarship program. Mr. Cook also went over the history of AARP, which was started by a retired teacher in 1947. The first AARP Chapter—Chapter #0001—began in Arizona in 1948. He also pointed out that the organization no longer goes by American Association of Retired Persons because many members are still working. The organization goes by AARP only.

April Meeting

Our April meeting is one you won’t want to miss. April is National Volunteer Month. This is your chance to become more involve with our Chapter. Currently, the 1st Vice President position is vacant. If you are willing to step up and help steer our chapter, please let a member of the board know. Also, if you are interested in becoming more involved with our group, we are looking for members and chairpersons for Publicity and Community committees. Any Chapter 2195 member is welcome to attend a Chapter Board meeting. Board meetings are held at 9:00 a.m., every first Friday of the month, at the Palmdale Community Church, 1051 E. Palmdale Blvd., Palmdale.

The recipient of our chapter’s scholarship fund will be announced at this meeting. A student from Quartz Hill High School and one from Highland High School have met the qualifications our Scholarship Committee has required.

We will be holding a special raffle at this meeting. Cortez Bundley has graciously donated a new Hamilton Beach Deep Fryer. Raffle tickets will be $5 each, with the proceeds going to our scholarship fund.

Older Adult Summit

Los Angeles’ First Annual Older Adult Summit will be held Wednesday, April 12, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels, 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles. Adults 55 or older, or their caregivers, who need information and referral resources regarding older adult services and programs may register at (877) 926-8300 or at https://aarp.cvent.com/LAOlderAdultSummit2017.

Immigration information

The Antelope Valley Senior Center is now offering immigration information and referrals the first Friday of every month, from 9 a.m. until 12 noon. Monthly one-on-one appointments are available by calling (661) 726-4400.

ARTown FUSION

The City of Palmdale is offering a unique opportunity for artists of all ages to display their work to the public, while networking with other artists. The ARTown FUSION will be held in conjunction with the Palmdale City Library Book Festival at Legacy Commons on Saturday, April 29, from 12 noon until 3 p.m. Those interested in participating should submit a completed application to the City of Palmdale by April 12.

Antelope Valley Senior Center

Besides a variety of classes offered daily, the Antelope Valley Senior Center has many services available by appointment, including Bet Tzedek Legal Services, Braille Institute, AARP Driver Safety Classes, Case Management, Veterans Affairs, Immigration Services and Loyola Mediation/Conflict Resolution. For these services, call (661) 726-4400.

Pillars of Civilization (contributed by Jamal Dougrameji)

Mesopotamia allowed man for the first time to rise above the level of mere subsistence, giving him the time to think and the resources to develop creatively. The institutions and techniques that resulted have become major tools of civilization—altered in detail, but never in basic concept. It was in Sumer that systems of trade and a merchant class evolved. It was there, too, that the first practical system of writing developed, initially so that business accounts could be kept. It was the Sumerians who devised the first wheeled vehicle, the written code of law, the bicameral legislature and government by elected rulers. The Sumerians were truly the pillars of civilization.

Quotable Quote

Sophia Loren once said, “There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.”

Wanted…News…about you…about other seniors…about the community. We’d love to read your news in our newsletter. Please contact Lorraine Goldwater at (661) 285-3029 or by email at lgldwtr@yahoo.com.

 

 


AARP Chapter 2195 Newsletter

                “To serve, not be served.”                                                                                       March 2017

President—Eloise Adams   2nd Vice-President—Cortez Bundley   Recording Secretary—

Barbara Zellner   Corresponding Secretary—Lemozine Riddick   Treasurer—Ray Coronado

 

February Meeting

February’s meeting was particularly interesting because we had two of our chapter members speak to us on subjects about which they are particularly knowledgable. Naomi Tanikawa, a retired nurse and current instructor of a Legacy Commons class on handling diabetes, spoke on awareness of early signs of a heart attack (see below). Lemozine Riddick, who is the daughter of a share-cropper, spoke on Black history.

March Meeting

Our March meeting will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, March 16, at Legacy Commons. We will be honored to have Antoine Cook, AARP Associate State Director, Community, and Ms. Alvetia Smith, AARP Chapter Advisory CAT Regional Volunteer Liaison for the Mega Region, at this meeting.  We will also be conducting a 50/50 drawing at this meeting, and we are hoping members will be able to come up with more ideas for future fundraisers.

Warning Signs of an Impending Heart Attack (Contributed by Naomi Tanikawa)

Chest Discomfort—Most heart attacks involve discomfort or pain in the center of the chest. It could last more than a few minutes, or it might go away and come back again. It can feel like an uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.

Discomfort—Sometimes pain or discomfort is felt in other areas of the upper body, such as in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw or stomach.

Shortness of Breath—This symptom can occur with or without the chest or upper body discomfort.

Other Signs—These may include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea or light-headedness.

If you experience any of these signs—and, particularly, if you experience more than one of them—call 911 immediately. Remember, time is critical, and it will take a while for emergency personnel to get to you after you call.

PrepareSeniors—Disaster Preparedness Education for Individuals

Antelope Valley Senior Network will be hosting a disaster preparedness event Tuesday, March 14, from 2:00—2:30 p.m., at Legacy Commons. The American Red Cross will be there to make sure you are as prepared as you can possibly be for potential disasters and other emergencies. They will be talking about three actions everyone can take to help make a difference: Get a kit, make a plan and be informed. If you are unable to make this event, another PrepareSeniors event will take place in May at the Antelope Valley Senior Center in Lancaster. For more information about emergency preparedness, visit www.RedCross.org or www.PrepareSoCal.org.

Moms House Senior Praise Dance Class

This dance group now meets at a new time—3—4:30 p.m., every Tuesday, at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, Lancaster, in room 101, which is also new to the group. Anyone wishing to join may call Donna Hill at (661) 529-2985, or email her at DonnaHill@MomsHouseAV.org.

 

 

Community Health Fair

Antelope Valley Hospital is staging a Health Fair April 1, at the Antelope Valley Hospital Community Resource Center, 44151 15th Street West, Lancaster. All events are free and include such things as health screening, entertainment, healthy cooking demonstrations, fitness classes and more.

Veterans Affairs Assistance

The County of Los Angeles Department of Military and Veterans Affairs has an office at 335 East Avenue K-10, Lancaster, open Monday through Friday, operated by Veterans Service Officer Keith Niesen. This office is there to provide assistance to veterans, their dependents and survivors in obtaining benefits provided by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the State of California Department of Veterans Affairs and the Los Angeles Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The phone number there is (661) 974-8841. A representative is at the Antelope Valley Senior Center on Tuesdays only. The number to call there is (661) 726-4410.

Fraud Alert—Tourist Visa Scam

In the Tourist Visa Scam, unsuspecting seniors seeking information about travel destinations are lured onto bogus websites offering supposedly-necessary documents for a fee. Once payment information is entered, travelers receive confirmation emails and official-looking paperwork, then arrive at their vacation spot and learn a visa is not required. Here are three tips to help avoid falling prey to this scheme: l) Use official government websites which end with .gov, not .com or .net; 2) Use the portal created for Americans traveling abroad—http://bit.ly/2ma8mW7; 3)  Always verify visa requirements at the destination country’s official website.

Membership Dues

Membership dues of $5 should have been received by Membership Chairman Denise Gregg by January 1st, but many members have not yet paid. Please make sure you are up to date on your dues.

Tax Aid Program

This year’s Tax Aid Program is currently running until April 14, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Palmdale Community Church, 1051 E. Palmdale Blvd. There is no charge for this service, which is open to all ages. The person having taxes done must be present and provide legal identification (California driver’s license or social security card) for himself or herself and for a spouse. Taxes are filed electronically and person will be given a copy.

Reminder

Our Chapter 2195 website is up and running at:  aarp.avcmall.com. Click on ”Meetings” to read the newsletter. If you do not have access to a personal computer, there are computers available for public use at the library and at Legacy Commons. I will no longer be mailing the newsletter out, but I will have a few at the meetings. If this is a problem for you, please let me know.

Quotable Quote

Helen Keller once said, “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt within the heart.”  (Contributed by Jamal Dougrameji)

Wanted…News…about you…about other seniors…about the community. We’d love to read your news in our newsletter. Please contact Lorraine Goldwater at (661) 285-3029 or by email at lgldwtr@yahoo.com.

 

 


AARP Chapter 2195 Newsletter

                “To serve, not be served.”                                                                                       February 2017

President—Eloise Adams   2nd Vice-President—Cortez Bundley   Recording Secretary—

Barbara Zellner   Corresponding Secretary—Lemozine Riddick   Treasurer—Ray Coronado

January Meeting

January’s meeting was simply a party in honor of our Chapter President Nneenah Frazier, who is moving out of the area. Many of Nneenah’s colleagues were there to remind us of the valuable representation Nneenah has provided our community. Russ Williams, from Assemblyman Tom Lackey’s office, and Juan Blanco were also there to acknowledge her accomplishments. Elena and Randy Pimentel brought in a singing group to entertain us, while Eloise Adams, who will take Nneenah’s place as our president, provided refreshments, including a beautiful cake. Nneenah’s new address is: 825 E. Palomar St. #309, Chula Vista, CA 91911-6980. She requested this be included as she would love to remain in touch with friends. Best wishes to Nneenah in her new surroundings.

February Meeting

Our February meeting will be held Thursday, February 16, at 1:00 p.m., at Legacy Commons. This meeting is an important one, as we will be discussing plans for the year. We are hoping the membership can come up with more ideas to generate money, particularly for our scholarship program. We will, of course, accept and encourage donations, also.

Membership Dues

Membership dues of $5 should have been received by Membership Chairman Denise Gregg by January 1st, but many members have not yet paid. Please make sure you are up-to-date on your dues.

Tax Aid Program

This year’s Tax Aid Program is currently running until April 14, every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Palmdale Community Church, 1051 E. Palmdale Blvd. There is no charge for this service, which is open to all ages. The person having taxes done must be present and provide legal identifica-tion (California driver’s license or social security card) for himself or herself and for a spouse. Taxes are filed electronically and person will be given a copy.

Upcoming Events

 Eat Smart, Live Strong      February 9, 17 & 23  10—11 a.m.  Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster.

Enjoy fun and lively activities with other older adults. Talk about easy ways to make smart food choices and exercise more. Learn how you can Eat Smart and Live Strong. Contact Angela Bagmanian.

Friendship Dance   February 14, 1:30—4:00 p.m.  Antelope Valley Senior Center

Pick up free tickets beginning Tuesday, February 7, at front office. Dance will include appetizers and a raffle.

Antelope Valley Veterans Outreach Committee’s “Welcome Home!”   February 18, 8 a.m.—2 p.m., Grace Chapel, 44648 N. 15th St. West

This one-day event will offer a variety of special programs and services specifically designed to help veterans who are having difficulties live as self-sufficiently and independently as possible. All veterans and their families are welcome. For more information, contact Steve Baker at Grace Resource Center, (661) 940-5272.

Empowered Bingo    Every 3rd Friday of the month, 1—3:30 p.m., Senior Wellness & Enrichment Center, 43779 N. 15th St. W., Lancaster. Event is free, but please RSVP at (661) 951-3050.

Tax-Related Identity Theft and Tax Scams   Tuesday, February 28, 1—2:30 p.m., Antelope Valley Senior Center

A representative of Bet Tzedek will speak on the financial consequences of tax scams and identity theft, including theft of tax benefits, frozen or delayed refunds, assessment of additional taxes, levies, liens and problems with other government benefits as a result of theft. Attendees will learn what he or she needs to do to protect against tax-related identity theft and other tax scams.

Scams Targeting Southern California Edison (SCE) Customers   SCE is advising customers to be aware of utility impostors claiming to be with SCE and demanding immediate payment to avoid disconnection of service.  

SCE customers should be aware of these points:

  • SCE will never call and demand immediate payment with the threat of service disconnection.
  • An SCE employee will never ask for money in person.
  • Never reveal personal information, including your SCE account number, to anyone.
  • If someone calls and requests you leave your residence at a specific time for a utility-related cause, call the police. This could be a burglary attempt set up by the caller.
  • Be suspicious of anyone who arrives at your house without an appointment asking to check an appliance, wiring or suggesting that there may be some other electrical problem inside your residence. In most cases, appointments are scheduled with our customers.
  • SCE employees always have their SCE ID badge displayed on their person for customers to see. Also, you may always contact the customer service department at (800) 655-4555 to confirm the nature of the visit.

SCE customers who suspect a call to be fraudulent should ask for the caller’s name, department and business phone number. Customers should terminate the call and report the incident immediately to the sheriffs and SCE at (800) 655-4555.

Reminder

Our Chapter 2195 website is up and running at:  aarp.avcmall.com. Click on “Meetings” to read the newsletter. If you do not have access to a personal computer, there are computers available for public use at the library and at Legacy Commons. I will no longer be mailing the newsletter out, but I will have a few at the meetings. If this is a problem for you, please let me know.

Quotable Quote

Actress Reba McEntire once said, “To succeed in life, you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.”

Wanted…News…about you…about other seniors…about the community. We’d love to read your news in our newsletter. Please contact Lorraine Goldwater at (661) 285-3029 or by email at lgldwtr@yahoo.com.


AARP Chapter 2195 Newsletter
                    “To serve, not be served.”                                                                                  January 2017
President—Eloise Adams   2nd Vice-President—Cortez Bundley   Recording Secretary—
Barbara Zellner   Corresponding Secretary—Margaret Graf   Treasurer—Ray Coronado
December Meeting
December’s meeting was a casual one, during which we discussed some issues in an open-forum style, while nibbling Christmas treats. Our thanks to all those who contributed to the delicious fare. One issue our chapter President Nneenah Frazier brought up is that she will be moving out of the Antelope Valley sometime this month and, therefore, will turn our Chapter 2195 gavel over to our Vice-President Eloise Adams, who will become our president for the rest of Nneenah’s term. While we will all miss Nneenah’s excellent leadership, we know our chapter will be on the right path with Eloise at the helm.
Eloise Adams reported that she has been meeting with people to find out more about fundraising excursions. She learned that it is usually $900 for a bus that holds 50 to 54 people. There is an excursion that goes to Fantasy Springs Casino, in Indio, which gives each participant $45 in chips at destination. There is also the Chumash Casino, in Santa Ynez, north of Santa Barbara, which offers $25 in chips to its riders. For non-gamblers, there is a shuttle to and from Solvang, available from the casino. The membership voted to continue researching an excursion fundraiser. Suggestions for future fundraisers are always wanted.
January Meeting
Our January meeting will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, January 19, 2017, at Legacy Commons.   
Tax Aid Program
This year’s Tax Aid volunteers will begin training Monday, January 9, and continue, five days a week, for three weeks. The Tax Aid Program will run Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., from February 1 until April 14, at the Palmdale Community Church, 1051 E. Palmdale Blvd. There is no charge for this service, which is open to all ages. The person having taxes done must be present and provide legal identification (California driver’s license or social security card) for himself or herself and for a spouse. Taxes are filed electronically and person will be given a copy.
Ellison John Transitional Care Center
The Ellison John Transitional Care Center is now open at 43830 10th St. West, Lancaster. This facility is designed to meet the needs for short-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing services.  The Care Center will be Medicare certified and equipped to provide a full range of post-acute medical and rehabilitation services. For more information, you may email: info@theellisjohntcc.com.
Coffee with a Cop
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Palmdale Station is offering citizens a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the Deputies in your neighborhood the first Friday of the month, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., at McDonald’s, 131 E. Palmdale Blvd. For further information about this free coffee and conversation opportunity you may contact Community Relations Deputy Jodi Wolfe at (661) 272-2520 or Deputy Ray Wilson at (661) 272-2478.
Water Rate Assistance
Palmdale Water District is offering seniors aged 62 and older, veterans and low income families up to 50% off their monthly service fee. Households must have a meter that is 1” or less and be enrolled in either the Southern California Edison or Southern California Gas Company CARE program. For more information, go to their website at: palmdalewater.org.
 
Reminder
Our Chapter 2195 website is up and running at:  aarp.avcmall.com. Click on “Meetings” to read the newsletter. If you do not have access to a personal computer, there are computers available for public use at the library and at Legacy Commons. I will no longer be mailing the newsletter out, but I will have a few at the meetings. If this is a problem for you, please let me know.
Quotable Quote
Comedian Phyllis Diller once said, “I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.”
Wanted…News…about you…about other seniors…about the community. We’d love to read your news in our newsletter! Deadline for news for the coming month is the last day of the previous month. Please contact Editor Lorraine Goldwater at (661) 285-3029 or by email at lgldwtr@yahoo.com.
 

AARP Chapter 2195 Newsletter

“To serve, not be served.”                                                           December 2016

 

President— Eloise Adams  –   2nd Vice-President— Cortez Bundley  Recording

Secretary—Barbara Zellner   Corresponding Secretary—Margaret Graf   Treasurer—Ray Coronado

December Meeting

December’s meeting was a casual one, during which we discussed some issues in an open-forum style, while nibbling Christmas treats. Our thanks to all those who contributed to the delicious fare. One issue our chapter President Nneenah Frazier brought up is that she will be moving out of the Antelope Valley sometime this month and, therefore, will turn our Chapter 2195 gavel over to our Vice-President Eloise Adams, who will become our president for the rest of Nneenah’s term. While we will all miss Nneenah’s excellent leadership, we know our chapter will be on the right path with Eloise at the helm.

Eloise Adams reported that she has been meeting with people to find out more about fundraising excursions. She learned that it is usually $900 for a bus that holds 50 to 54 people. There is an excursion that goes to Fantasy Springs Casino, in Indio, which gives each participant $45 in chips at destination. There is also the Chumash Casino, in Santa Ynez, north of Santa Barbara, which offers $25 in chips to its riders. For non-gamblers, there is a shuttle to and from Solvang, available from the casino. The membership voted to continue researching an excursion fundraiser. Suggestions for future fundraisers are always wanted.

January Meeting

Our January meeting will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, January 19, 2017, at Legacy Commons.

Tax Aid Program

This year’s Tax Aid volunteers will begin training Monday, January 9, and continue, five days a week, for three weeks. The Tax Aid Program will run Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., from February 1 until April 14, at the Palmdale Community Church, 1051 E. Palmdale Blvd. There is no charge for this service, which is open to all ages. The person having taxes done must be present and provide legal identification (California driver’s license or social security card) for himself or herself and for a spouse. Taxes are filed electronically and person will be given a copy.

Ellison John Transitional Care Center

The Ellison John Transitional Care Center is now open at 43830 10th St. West, Lancaster. This facility is designed to meet the needs for short-term rehabilitation and skilled nursing services.  The Care Center will be Medicare certified and equipped to provide a full range of post-acute medical and rehabilitation services. For more information, you may email: info@theellisjohntcc.com.

Coffee with a Cop

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Palmdale Station is offering citizens a chance to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know the Deputies in your neighborhood the first Friday of the month, from 9 to 10:30 a.m., at McDonald’s, 131 E. Palmdale Blvd. For further information about this free coffee and conversation opportunity you may contact Community Relations Deputy Jodi Wolfe at (661) 272-2520 or Deputy Ray Wilson at (661) 272-2478.

Water Rate Assistance

Palmdale Water District is offering seniors aged 62 and older, veterans and low income families up to 50% off their monthly service fee. Households must have a meter that is 1” or less and be enrolled in either the Southern California Edison or Southern California Gas Company CARE program. For more information, go to their website at: palmdalewater.org.

 

Reminder

Our Chapter 2195 website is up and running at:  aarp.avcmall.com. Click on “Meetings” to read the newsletter. If you do not have access to a personal computer, there are computers available for public use at the library and at Legacy Commons. I will no longer be mailing the newsletter out, but I will have a few at the meetings. If this is a problem for you, please let me know.

Quotable Quote

Comedian Phyllis Diller once said, “I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.”

Wanted…News…about you…about other seniors…about the community. We’d love to read your news in our newsletter! Deadline for news for the coming month is the last day of the previous month. Please contact Editor Lorraine Goldwater at (661) 285-3029 or by email at lgldwtr@yahoo.com.

 


AARP Chapter 2195 Newsletter

“To serve, not be served.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      December 2016

President—Nneenah Frazier   Vice-President—Eloise Adams   2nd Vice-President— Cortez Bundley  Recording

Secretary—Barbara Zellner   Corresponding Secretary—Margaret Graf   Treasurer—Ray Coronado

 

November Meeting

Our November meeting was a very informative one. Health Insurance Agent Janet Pierson spoke to us about health insurance changes happening in the Antelope Valley. She told us Health Care Partners insurance is leaving this valley and going to Santa Clarita. According to Ms. Pierson, Humana HMO is also leaving. She suggested people check with their insurance companies and doctors to learn if there are any changes that will affect them.

Our members then spent some time discussing fundraising possibilities, such as recycling ink cartridges or bus trips to San Manuel or Las Vegas. Ray Coronado suggested it would be nice if our Corresponding Secretary Margaret Graf sent congratulatory cards to our local newly-elected officials. It was also suggested that we let the Antelope Valley Transit Authority know that more stops are needed along the established routes.

December Meeting

Our December meeting will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, December 15, when we will be celebrating the holidays with an open forum. What would you like to discuss? What stories do you have to tell? Have ideas about fundraisers for our chapter? Be sure to come and enjoy the holiday spirit with your AARP friends.

Legacy Commons Christmas Party

Legacy Commons will hold its annual Christmas Party on Friday, December 16, from 2—4 p.m.

California Senior Legislature

The California Senior Legislature adjourned its 36th Annual Legislative Session recently and announced the top ten state legislative proposals and top four federal proposals that are priorities for 2016.

Top Ten State Legislative Proposals

  • AP5: Labeling of Prescription Drugs—Would require physicians and surgeons to include purpose of medication on prescription labels.
  • SP4: Financial Support of CSL—Would require DMV to issue special license plates to provide funding.
  • AP18: Alzheimer’s Day Care Resource Centers—to fund Alzheimer’s Day Care Resource Center Programs.
  • SP1: Alzheimer Research Funding—Would allocate $10 million per year for next three years to fund non-pharmacological Alzheimer research.
  • Tenancy: Extended Notice Period—Would allow seniors and individuals with disabilities the option to extend the vacate notice period up to 6 months in order to relocate.
  • AP19: Medi-Cal Long-Term Care Personal Needs Allowance—Would increase personal needs allowance from $35 to $80 per month and annually adjust personal needs allowance by some percentage of the Customer Price Index.
  • AP16: Mobil Home Residency Rights—Would authorize any homeowner to share mobile home with one guest and delete requirement of written treatment plan by a physician.
  • AP7: Identify Theft—Would create a 2-year sentence enhancement for conviction of a crime against a person 65 years or older and results in a financial loss of $25,000.
  • AP20: Personal Income Tax Credit:  Caregivers—Would allow an eligible caregiver a credit against personal income taxes proposed for a taxable year equal to 30% of qualified expenses.
  • Unit Pricing—Would require the Department of Food and Agriculture to create a standard format for product pricing available to consumers.

Top Four Federal Proposals

  • AFP1Labeling of Prescription Drugs—Would require medications to include, on the label, the purpose for which it was prescribed.
  • Social Security Burial Benefits—Would raise Social Security Burial amount to $495.
  • Veterans Pension Benefits—Would require the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to ensure that each veteran receives full pension benefits and, upon death, become the property of the estate.
  • Durable Medical Equipment—Grab Bars—Would request the Federal Government adopt appropriate regulations to add grab bars to the list of durable medical equipment.

Helpful Hints (from Arthritis Today)

Joint Pain Relief—Apricots have high levels of magnesium, which may ease arthritis pain.

Protect knees and spine—Sweet potatoes are full of vitamin C and beta-carotene, two nutrients linked to a reduced risk of knee and spine osteoarthritis.

Heal Wounds Faster—Pumpkin seeds, with their high zinc content, promote healing and help repair and regenerate tissue faster, whether from a scraped knee or a surgical cut.

Water (contributed by Dr. Jamal Dougrameji)

Water is the essence of life—a fact well documented. California is still in the midst of the worst drought in state history. From a linguistic point of view, here is a list of words that can be created by rearranging the letters in ‘water’:

Art       ate       awe     ear       eat       era       rat       rate     raw      ret       tar       tare     taw      tea            tear     war      ware    wart     wear    wet

Reminder

Our Chapter 2195 website is up and running at: aarp.avcmall.com. The newsletter (under Meetings) is the same content on line as it is on mailed copies. If you do not have access to a personal computer, there are computers available for public use at the library and at Legacy Commons. Beginning in January, we will no longer be mailing copies of the newsletter out, but will have a few at the meetings. If this is a problem for you, please let me know.

Quotable Quote

Former President Ronald Reagan once said, “You know, by the time you reach my age, you’ve made plenty of mistakes if you’ve lived your life properly.”

Wanted…New…about you…about other seniors…about the community. We’d love to read your news in our newsletter! Deadline for news for the coming month is the last day of the previous month. Please contact Editor Lorraine Goldwater at (661) 285-3029 or by email at lgldwtr@yahoo.com.


AARP Chapter 2195 Newsletter

“To serve, not be served.”                                                           November 2016

President—Nneenah Frazier  Vice-President—Eloise Adams  2nd Vice-President—Cortez Bundley  Recording Secretary—  Barbara Zellner  Corresponding Secretary—Margaret Graf  Treasurer—Ray Coronado

October Meeting

Because so many members were attending the Senior Expo, our meeting was a small one, with only nine members in attendance. Still, it was a very interesting and informative meeting with our Parlimentarian Cortez Bundley explaining the finer points of parliamentary procedure. Juan Blanco passed out Palmdale City Council District maps to make our members aware of which District they live in and who the candidates are for each district. Our October 50/50 raffle drew $30, which was split with raffle winner Eloise Adams. Dorothea Nardone graciously brought cookies for a refreshment and donated an adorable Halloween Basket door prize.

November Meeting

November’s meeting will be a special one because we will have a speaker from the Veterans Home. After that, we will be looking for members’ suggestions for more fundraisers. We will also be discussing plans for a fun holiday meeting in December, which could include an inexpensive gift exchange for those who want to participate, or a holiday-snack pot luck. Bring your ideas to the meeting.

Veterans Day

A,V.’s Mobile Vietnam Memorial Wall will be reassembled at Marie Kerr Park, 2723 Rancho Vista Blvd., and will be available for viewing at any hour, from Thursday, November 10 at 5 p.m. through Tuesday, November 15 at 8 a.m. There will be a Veterans Day Opening Ceremony Celebration Friday, November 11, at 11 a.m. A Candlelight Memorial Walk, honoring Gold Star families and AV 76 will be held Saturday, November 12, at 9 p.m. Gold Star Family Recognition will take place Sunday, November 13, at 2 p.m. Taps will be played nightly at 10 p.m.

On Veterans Day, November 11, many chain restaurants in the Antelope Valley are offering free or discounted food to retired veterans and currently active military personnel who present military ID proof of service. Knottâs Berry Farm celebrates Berry Farm Military Tribute Days November 1—18 and again November 28th. ”December 16. During these periods, active, retired or veteran U.S. military personnel may receive free admission for themselves and one guest.

Senior Expo

This year’s Senior Expo was a fun and successful one for our Chapter 2195. We were able to sign five people up to join our group, while we got the word out of our existence to dozens of potential members.

The title Senior of the Year was awarded to Fran Sereseres.

Bingo Fundraisers

Unfortunately, we will not be able to hold our scheduled fundraisers at Angel Bingo Hall as they are now in the process of moving to a new location.

Los Angeles County Area Agency on Aging

The Los Angeles County Area Agency on Aging is offering free informational materials on older adult and family caregiver services Tuesday, November 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Antelope Valley Senior Center, 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. You are invited to share your concerns and comments on Older Americans Act Programs and Older Californians Act Programs. The agency requests local input to help understand the needs of older adults and be able to plan for the future.

Sierra Medical Group Senior Prom

The Sierra Medical Group will hold its annual Senior Prom Tuesday, November 15, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the University of Antelope Valley, 44055 N. Sierra Highway, Lancaster. The event will include dinner, dancing, raffle prizes and more. Although there is no charge for this event, attendees are asked to RSVP to (661) 273-7346 by Tuesday, November 8. Masquerade masks are optional.

Medicare Seminar

An informational Medicare seminar to learn more about 2017 plan options is being held Thursday, November 17, at 9 a.m., at the Antelope Valley Senior Center. Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period runs from October 15 to December 7, the only period of time when you can switch providers. Complimentary pies are being offered to those who attend. Seating is limited, so you may reserve your seat and your pie by calling (866) 722-4296.

Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County (NLSLA)

The NLSLA offers free legal help for homeowners and tenants the first and third Tuesdays at a Tumbleweed neighborhood home at 1129 E. Ave. R-4, Palmdale. From 9 to 10 a.m. they offer coffee and a Know Your Rights workshop. From 10 a.m. to 12 noon, they offer legal consultations, so that you may speak directly with an advocate about your situation. For more information call (800) 433-6251 or go to AntelopeValley@NLSLA.org.

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to Eloise Adams, Ray Coronado and Jim Harris, who celebrate their birthdays this month.

Reminder

Our Chapter 2195 website is up and running at:  aarp.avcmall.com. We encourage everyone—if he or she is able—to read the newsletter on the website (under meetings), to save our chapter money on printing and postage. While the content is the same on line as it is on mailed copies, some events scheduled early in the month will already have happened before the mailed newsletters reach our members.  If you do not have access to a personal computer, there are computers available for public use at the library and at Legacy Commons. Please let me know if you are willing to do this, so I may remove your name from the mailing list.

Quotable Quote

Comedian Buddy Hackett once said, “As a child, my family’s menu consisted of two choices–take it or leave it.”

Wanted¦News¦about you¦about other seniors¦about the community. We’d love to read your news in our newsletter! Deadline for news for the coming month is the last day of the previous month. Please contact Editor Lorraine Goldwater at (661) 285-3029 or by email at lgldwtr@yahoo.com.


AARP Chapter 2195 Newsletter

“To serve, not be served.”                      October, 2016

 

President—Nneenah Frazier  Vice-President—Eloise Adams  2nd Vice-President—Cortez Bundley  Recording Secretary—  Barbara Zellner  Corresponding Secretary—Margaret Graf  Treasurer—Ray Coronado

 

September Meeting

We enjoyed a near-record crowd at our September meeting, with 14 guests in attendance, as well as our regular members. Our speakers for the meeting had to postpone their talks until October. We are still looking for more volunteers for our Bingo fundraisers, scheduled for November 12 and December 1. The elaborate Lakers Basket, put together by Denise Gregg, and Lakers afghan donated by Dorothea Nardone were won by Jim Harris.

October Meeting

Our October meeting should be very interesting, as we have two speakers lined up. California Highway Patrol Public Information Officer Gil Hernandez will speak on subjects of concern to our membership, while our Parlimentarian Cortez Bundley will go over the finer points of parliamentary procedure.

Antelope Valley Senior Center Renovation

The City of Lancaster and Los Angeles County officials have announced an upcoming renovation project to expand and refurbish the Antelope Valley Senior Center, located at 777 W. Jackman St., Lancaster. The $1.5 million project is being funded by L.A. County, with the construction and design of the project being overseen by the City of Lancaster. The renovation project will add 3,000 more square feet of space, as well as upgrades throughout the existing building.

Avoid Financial Fraud

Members of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office Elder Abuse Section, White Collar Crime Division, will be on hand at 1:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 11, at the Antelope Valley Senior Center. They will be offering tips to help seniors recognize types of abuse, some common scams and prevention tips. They will also be sharing information on contacts and resources.

Medicare’s Annual Enrollment

Medicare’s annual enrollment period runs from October 15 to December 7. This is the period during which you may switch health plans. An informational Medicare seminar to learn more about the 2017 plans available will be held at 9:00 a.m., Thursday, October 13, at the Antelope Valley Senior Center.

Flu Shots

Sierra Medical Group is offering flu shots to people age 65 and older at the Antelope Valley Senior Center from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, October 14, and Friday, October 21. Participants are asked to RSVP in the office or by calling (661) 273-7346.

Senior Expo

The Senior Expo, presented by High Desert Medical Group & Heritage Health Care for the 26th year, will be held Thursday, October 20, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Antelope Valley Fair Grounds. The theme this year is “The Game of Life” and will feature host Peter Marshall playing a simulated “Let’s Make a Deal”. The Expo offers a variety of free advantages, such as health screenings, flu shots (62+), entertainment, lunch (62+), vendor booths, bingo, giveaways and, of course, free admission and parking. Wear a costume and bring random items for a better chance to play “Let’s Make a Deal.” Also, we are requested to bring canned goods to be donated to Grace Resource.

We are very excited that two of our members have been nominated this year for “Senior of the Year”—Kiem Tan and Naomi Tanakawa. We wish them both well.

Los Angeles County PrepareAthon!

Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich is behind this Disaster Preparedness Resource Fair to be held at the Antelope Valley Senior Center from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m., October 25. There will be presentations from various Los Angeles County Departments, as well as information booths. The information and materials will help people in our district prepare for emergencies and disasters. For more information, you may call (661) 726-4400. If you require additional accommodations, call (213) 738-2681

Six Pillars of Self-Esteem  (contributed by Jamal Dougrameji)

By Nathaniel Branden

  1. Living consciously—respecting facts, paying attention to what needs attention, and being open to information (even if critical.)
  2. Self-acceptance—taking responsibility for your thoughts, feelings and actions.
  3. Self-responsibility—the avoidance of blaming other people or circumstances for your choices and actions.
  4. Self-assertive—standing up for who you are.
  5. Living purposely—choosing and pursuing goals.
  6. Personal integrity—telling the truth, honoring commitments and being fair with others.

Happy Birthday

Happy Birthday to Randy Pimentel, who celebrates his birthday this month. Also,  belated Happy Birthday wishes to Kawkab’s and Jamal’s daughter Baan and their granddaughter Dina, who celebrated their birthdays in September.

Thank you!

Again, we wish to thank Teresa and Ray Coronado for contributing wonderful refreshments at our meetings.

Reminder

Our Chapter 2195 website is up and running at:  aarp.avcmall.com. We encourage everyone—if he or she is able—to read the newsletter on the website (under Meetings), instead of receiving it through the mail. It is the same content online as it is on paper, and it will save the chapter money on printing and postage. If you do not have access to a personal computer, there are computers available for public use at the library and at Legacy Commons. Please let me know if you are willing to do this, so I may remove your name from the mailing list.

Quotable Quote

Actress Lucille Ball once said, “I’d rather regret the things I’ve done, than regret the things I haven’t done.”

Wanted…News…about you…about other seniors…about the community. We’d love to read your news in our newsletter! Deadline for news for the coming month is the last day of the previous month. Please contact Editor Lorraine Goldwater at (661) 285-3029 or by email at lgldwtr@yahoo.com.


AARP Chapter 2195 Newsletter

“To serve, not be served.”                                                           September 2016

President—Nneenah Frazier  Vice-President—Eloise Adams  2nd Vice-President—Cortez Bundley  Recording Secretary—  Barbara Zellner  Corresponding Secretary—Margaret Graf  Treasurer—Ray Coronado

June Meeting

Our June meeting focused on chapter business, such as discussing the telephone conference calls from national and state AARP offices. We also talked about the need for more volunteers for the December bingo fundraiser.

Our parlimentarian Cortez Bundley agreed to take over the position of 2nd Vice President, as Mary Berryman is no longer able to serve.

The membership voted to discontinue renting a post office box for the chapter. Bank statements will now go directly to our treasurer, Ray Coronado.

September Meeting

Our September meeting will be held at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, September 15, at Legacy Commons. This promises to be a very interesting meeting as we will have two speakers, each giving us information about a different field of interest. California Highway Patrol (CHP) Public Information Officer Gil Hernandez will talk about the CHP, while Angel Hall Manager Shane Gaitley will give us more information on how the bingo hall works.

This is also a meeting to look forward to because we will be raffling off a fantastic L.A. Lakers Basket, prepared by Denise Gregg. Some of the items this basket includes are a Lakers’ Official Yearbook 2015-2016, a Lakers’ jersey (#42 Wilkes) and a Lakers Insulated lunch bag. The basket also includes a beautiful afghan, in Lakers’ colors, donated by Dorothea Nardone. A picture of the basket appears on our website. Raffle tickets will be sold at the meeting for $5.00 per ticket.

If you would really like to volunteer, but don’t have the time or energy, we have the perfect answer. Our Board of Directors is looking for a few members to call a number of members each month to remind them of the upcoming meeting. The more volunteers we can get to do this, the fewer numbers each will have to call. Hopefully, we’ll have more members at our meetings, and you will have done a good deed for our chapter. Please let a member of the board know if you are willing to do this.

Walk-In Clinic

Palmdale’s South Antelope Valley Emergency Services (SAVES) is holding a walk-in clinic Thursday, September 15, from 1—4 p.m., at 1002 E. Ave. Q-12. For more information, call (800) 477-5977.

Exhibit Reception Event

Legacy Commons and Palmdale Playhouse are hosting an Exhibit Reception Event Friday, September 23, from 6 to 9 p.m.This event will feature live musical entertainment, beverages and light snacks. The winner of the Generations Juried Art Competition will be announced and prizes will be awarded at Palmdale Playhouse at 7:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. Attendees may view local art and meet the artists. The exhibits will be on display through Monday, November 7.

In Sympathy

Our deepest sympathy goes out to our Corresponding Secretary Margaret Graf, whose husband, member Don Graf, passed away this summer. We also send Margaret our best wishes for a speedy recovery from her broken arm.

 

Happy Birthday!

Belated Happy Birthday wishes to Elena Pimentel, Jamal Dougrameji and Lee Newton who celebrated their birthdays in July and, also, to Mary Berryman and Dorthea Nardone, who celebrated their birthdays in August. This month, we wish Happy Birthday to Jeff Goldwater.

Reminder

Our Chapter 2195 website is up and running at: aarp.avcmall.com. We encourage everyone—if he or she is able—to read the newsletter on the website (under Meetings), instead of receiving it through the mail. It is the same content online as it is on paper, and it will save the chapter money on printing and postage. If you do not have access to a personal computer, there are computers available for public use at the library and at Legacy Commons. Please let me know if you are willing to do this, so I may remove your name from the mailing list.

Quotable Quote

Bette Midler once said, “I bear no grudges. I have a mind that retains nothing.”

Wanted…News…about you…about other seniors…about the community. We’d love to read your news in our newsletter! Deadline for news for the coming month is the last day of the previous month. Please contact Editor Lorraine Goldwater at(661) 285-3029 or by email at lgldwtr@yahoo.com.