Ms. Jessica Lemann, Associate Director for Outreach and Advocacy, and Amanda Fredriksen, Associate State Director of Advocacy, with the AARP State office in Austin will be providing a current status report on a number of topics such as, Community Team activities, state and federal level major legislative initiatives and activities of interest and potential impact tour Chapter members in our community. She and her staff monitor these matters so as better provide a support network for the local level chapter activities across the state.
Tommi Ferguson, Capital City Village, and Stephanie Braddock, Drive a Senior South Austin, presented the July program on transportation and volunteer oppotunities for seniors.
Jordan a representative of Capital Metro help AARP members file for a bus pass.
Members enjoyed a great buffet of picnic foods.
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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