September of 1975, at a Defensive Driving class, the idea of a South Austin
AARP Chapter was born when Mr. and Mrs. Dock Oliphant asked Mr. J.O. Musick
“When are we going to have our own Chapter in South Austin?”The correspondence that follows on
these pages shows some of the work that went into laying the foundation for the
South Austin Chapter of which we are now all so proud.
meeting was held at First Federal Savings and Loan Association at 2404 Taos on
September 30, 1975. Since there was only a small group initially, a future
organizational meeting was scheduled for October 30, 1975 at 2:00p.m. in the
Community Room of the Bank of Austin (now the Bank of America), 2501 S.
Congress, Austin, Texas.
B. Loessberg from San Antonio, Assistant to the AARP State Director, conducted
the meeting and 106 people signed the register.Ms. Loessberg explained the origins of
the AARP and what it stands for as well as the workings and programs it
conducts. The motto of the AARP is: “TO SERVE, NOT TO BE SERVED”.
To be an
officially sanctioned Chapter, four officers are needed: President;
Vice-President; Secretary and Treasurer.A motion was
made by Mrs. Angus McDonald to apply for incorporation. Mr. George Spiillman
made a motion that Charter membership be held open for three months, that is,
anyone joining during the first three months be considered a “Charter
Member”.The standards by-laws of
the AARP state that is a non-profit organization. Chapter meeting should be
held at least 8 months out of the year and a motion was made by Mrs. Harris
that 20 people constitute a quorum for a valid meeting. All motions carried.
officers from the Central Austin AARP Chapter 108 were present to
& Mrs. Noel P. Amstead,
J. O. Musick,
members of Chapter 108 were also present:
and Mrs. H.F. Adlam
and Mrs. Aubrey Chisolm
and Mrs. F.S. Newton
and Mrs. D.B. Oliphant
were also present and expressed interest in forming a South Austin AARP
and Mrs. A.D. Krause
and Mrs. W.B. Sharp
and Mrs. L.M. Slaughter
Also Mr. Lyle
Hamner and Mrs. Agnes Yeager of San Antonio were present.
officers were elected and dues were set at $2.00 each or $3.00 for husband and
wife.The meetings of the new
South Austin Chapter are to be held the third Wednesday of each month and the
first three months are to be open for the charter members.Much work went into planning this
meeting and the results were great.
After a break
for coffee and cookies, Mrs. Loessberg and Mrs. Yeager had to depart for San
Antonio and Mr. Amstead, presiding over the meeting, named the following
Newton, in charge of securing meeting place
and Mrs. L.M. Slaughter, Greeters
Sharp, Reissing, Krause and Oliphant volunteered to work the registration table
Mr. Newton went
to work immediately and secured a meeting place. The next meeting will be held
on October 30,1975 at 2:00 p.m. in the Community Room of the Bank of Austin,
2501 S. Congress Avenue.
officers for the initial regular meeting were nominated and elected:
Dock. B. Oliphant
Mrs. Bea McDonald
Mr. W.M. Sharp
The first REGULAR meeting of the new South Austin AARP
Chapter was held at the Salvation Army Community Center, 1001 Cumberland Drive
on November 19, 1975. Eighty-Five (85) people registered and fifty-nine (59)
joined the Chapter and paid their dues. The meeting was called to order by the
President, Dock B. Oliphant. The Invocation was given by the Vice-President,
Lee M. Slaughter, who also led the group in the pledge of allegiance to the flag.The minutes were taken and new business
was taken care of, such as the appointment of Ms. Pauline Mathis as Chairman of
the committee to plan the December program.President Oliphant announced that the December meeting would
be moved to the Colonial Inn Motel, 3909 South Congress due to a previous
booking on the third Wednesday at the Salvation Army site.
as well as Mr. Norman B. Avenell and his wife were also with us at this meeting
and Mr. Avenell gave a most interesting talk on things to do to assure the
success of the chapter and answered several questions from the floor.
invocation was given:
Our heavenly father,
we are grateful for this wonderful day and the privilege to meet with each
other to form this chapter.We ask
your divine guidance to lead us on the path of righteousness in all of our
undertakings. Bless us all and give each of us the desire and courage to do
what is called upon for us to do. These things we ask in thy Holy Name.
When the chapter was formed in 1975, 59 members joined.Membership shot up to 180 in 1976.We found no records for membership
between 1977 and 1982.In 1983
there were 43 members.There is no
explanation for the drop in membership.Where data exist, membership seemed to fluctuate from the low of 43 to a
high of 73 in 2005.Since 2005, it
has fluctuated between 64 and 69.
From 1975 until 1996, dues were $2.00 for individuals and
$3.00 for couples.In 1996 dues
were listed at $3.00.The first
year that those over age 85 were listed as exempt from payment of dues was
2000.In 2001 dues increased to
$5.00 with those over age 85 exempt.
The first meeting was held at the Salvation Army Community
Center.In 1976, meetings were
held at the Colonial Inn at 3909 South IH 35.In 1983 meetings here held at the South Austin Recreation
Center.Beginning in 1991 meeting
location was Dittmar Recreation Center.In 1995, the chapter began meeting at its current location, South Austin
Senior Activity Center at 3911 Manchaca Road.
Officers and Board Members
No records have been found for the years 1978, 1979, 1980,
With the exception of the year 2000, when the office of
president was vacant, and there were 2 vice-presidents, a full set of officers
was elected each year. There is no record of the names of board members for the
years 1995, 1998, and 1999.From 3
to 5 board members are listed for all other years for which records exist.
Community Service Activities
From the beginning of the chapter, members collected and
distributed toys, canned goods and other items for those in need, and often
volunteered their time for various community activities.In 1986, the chapter held their first
“Christmas in July” party for people residing in local care centers or nursing
homes.This activity has continued
for over 20 years, sometimes under the name of “Everybody’s Birthday Party”
or“A Victorian Tea Party.”In 2001 the number and variety of
community service activities increased significantly.Whether this is a result of better record keeping, or an
actual increase is unknown.
The one program that has occurred every year for which there
are records is the December luncheon or potluck. Amazingly for the over 20
years for which there are records, an average of 10.62 programs per year were
provided!The predominant reason
for not having a program was that the speaker cancelled or didn’t show up.There have been no speaker
cancellations since 2000.The
programs have been varied and fall into the following broad categories:
Information about Austin/Texas/History:51
Safety/Crime Control for seniors: 28
Services for Aging Adults: 22
AARP Initiatives: 12
End of Life Issues: 12
We found financial records for only 5 of the first 10 years
of the chapter’s organization.Beginning in 1983, treasury balances for each year were found.The following table shows the average
balance in the chapter treasury from 1975 to the present.
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The lowest recorded balance of $51.60 occurred in 2000.
The highest recorded balance of $1200.21 occurred in 2008.
The first year the balance in the treasury exceeded $500 was
The first year the balance in the treasury exceeded $1000
Charitable Contributions from the Treasury
The first recorded charitable contributions from the
treasury were made in 1983.From
1983 until 2008, a total of $2842.54 in contributions was made from the chapter
In 1996, the first contribution of $50 to the Fan Drive for
the Elderly occurred.Since 2000,
the Chapter has made an annual contribution of $50 to the Fan Drive for the
In 1997, the first contributions of $50 each were made to
Blue Santa and Brown Santa.Beginning in 1999, with the exception of 2003, $50 each has been
contributed annually to Blue Santa and Brown Santa.
The first contribution to the Capital Area Food Bank was
made in 2001.Contributions to the
Food Bank were made in 2006, 2007, & 2008.
The first recorded fundraiser was in 1993 when a bake sale
was held.Proceeds were$100.
In 1998 a Pass the Hat Fund Raiser was held for a memorial
to the Senior Food Program in memory of Frances Dungan.Proceeds were $230.
In 2002 a fundraiser was held to benefit Faith United
Methodist Church program for multidisabled, deaf persons.Proceeds were not recorded.
In 2003 a book sale was held.Proceeds were not recorded.
In 2008 the Chapter held a raffle of prizes contributed by
members.Net proceeds were
Andrus Award Nominees
The AARP Andrus Award is
named in honor of Dr. Ethel Percy Andrus, who founded AARP. Dr. Andrus was a
dynamic woman who recognized the value of older people. Her pioneering efforts
to enrich and improve the quality of life for older Americans have prompted
millions to emulate her philosophy: To serve, not to be served.
Records show that the chapter nominated individuals
for the Andrus Award three times:
2002:Eloise Harriss-Teas and Barney Fero
2003:Bill Althenn and Ray Vaughn
Thomas and Ray Vaughn
AARP Community Service Award
This award honors the service of
an individual chapter member who has contributed to the chapter’s overall
success in their community.
Records show the following
1994:John Conrado and Bill Althenn
2000:John Conrado (Southern Region Winner)
2004: Prissy Phillips
2006: Ray Vaughn
2007: Pat Thomas
2008: Ed Gonzales and Margaret
Other Awards Noted in records
In 1995 Flossie John received
the Senior Volunteer Award
In 1998 John Conrado received an
In 2000 Bette Morgan received an
Records of the hours members
volunteered for AARP and the community began in 1992.Except for 2004, when no records were found, volunteer hours
reported by chapter members totaled an amazing 40,799.75!
The average number of volunteer
hours reported for the years 1992-1999 was 1352.75
The average number of volunteer
hours reported for the years 2000-2008 was 3747.28
The lowest number of volunteer
hours reported was in 1995 with 921 hours reported.
The highest number of volunteer
hours reported was in 2005 with 4558 hours reported.