Lilliana, a mother of three children, came to the US as an undocumented child, with her mother. She is now a citizen and very active in her community. She is with JOLT, an immigrant rights organization. She has spoken to many civic groups around Austin explaining the process and problems facing immigrants trying to become documented and citizens. She has been especially active with DACA recipients.
At our program on May 16 Rebecca Craig and Karen Hill provided information on Adult Protective Services, a state agency that provides help for people over 65 and disabled individuals.
Rusty Cribbs of Texercise presented our April program with a phamplet on exercise and some exercises for members to try.
Mary Ragland, Cinde Weatherby and Elaine Benton at the September 20 meeting
The September program was be a presentede by Cinde Weatherby, President of the Austin Area League of Women Voters. The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government and influences public policy through education and advocacy. She provided updated information on recent changes to the voter id law, current issues being researched by the LWV-AA, and an upcoming conference they are hosting that will address the Austin Mayor’s Task Force on Systemic Racism.
Please click on the document below for a look at an interesting report on voting in Texas and Austin.
Tim Morstead and Blake Hutson of the advocacy staff from Texas AARP provided a legislative update at our June 21 meeting.
At Chapter 2426 meeting featured two speakers on finance.
Kris Raab, Communication Workers of America,
spoke on income inequality
Sue Castle spoke on Bitcoins.
Austin Pets Alive volunteer, Stephanie Chaumont, and speaker, Terry Ross, with dog, Baxter, who is waiting to be adopted.
The speaker at our April 19 meeting, Terry Ross, talked about Austin Pets Alive and the volunteers who help make Austin the largest No Kill city in the United States. Members brought to bring canned wet food for the puppies and kittens.
For more information on how to volunteer, adopt or foster a dog or cat:
Chapter 2426 Officers Elected for 2017
President: Pete Skalnik
Vice President: Elaine Benton
Secretary: Ed Gonzales
Assistant Secretary: Marilyn Totten
Treasurer: Barbara Fetonte
Assistant Treasurer: Caryn Gulas
Nominating Committee Chair: Ray Vaughn
Board of Directors (in addition to officers):
Mary Ragland, Al Prewitt, Barbara Kaiser
Chapter 2426 member Pat Thomas was honored by representative Ann Kitchens at the October meeting for her work to create Roll and Stroll. She was presented with a proclamation of December 5, 2016 as Austin Roll and Stroll day!!
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