Passing of Marlene Hruby

Remembering Marlene Hruby … Marilyn Clough

Sadly, we mark the passing of Marlene Hruby on May 14, 2020.  Details can be found through the Lima Family Santa Clara Mortuary on the internet (some details below).  Marlene and her husband, Ron, were such valuable members of our chapter that it’s hard to know where to begin.  Along with raising two sons and two daughters, they were active in many professional, educational, and community organizations.  When younger, they hiked all over central California and supported local nature conservation activities.  Marlene worked for Westinghouse as an administrative assistant for many years.

After retiring, Marlene was not only the editor of our Dispatch, she also edited another organization’s newsletter, for over a decade. She was president of our chapter for two years shortly after Ron’s death, and also served on our Tours and Nominating committees, among other chapter activities.

Marlene and Ron never missed a theatrical presentation in our area.  What a performance by both of them!  They will be missed by many in our community.

Service Information provided by Ronda Hruby, Marlene’s Daughter … via Rick Loek

A small graveside service, due to Santa Clara County restrictions (ten attendees only), is planned for Marlene. The funeral will be at NOON on Friday, June 5, at Mission City Memorial Park in Santa Clara. Flowers may be sent to Lima Family Mortuary by the afternoon prior preferred, or by 9 a.m. Friday. https://www.dignitymemorial.com/…/lima-family-santa-cl…/2461

Marlene’s grandson, Nicholas Xydes, is investigating a live broadcast for those not able to attend in person (likely to be Facebook live) as most members of her family do use Facebook.

President … Ken Schieck

National AARP is sharing current COVID-19 information every Thursday at 10:00 a.m. PDT.  The phone # is 855-274-9507.

Our membership has voted NOT to have a general meeting on May 19.

Many thanks to Thelma Bridges and her telephone committee who were able to contact 88 of our members; 52 voted not to have a meeting either through teleconference or Zoom. If the shelter in place order still forbids meetings of 50 or more in June, we will have to consider one of these 21st century means of communications to keep bonding with our members, a bond which has given our chapter the vibe and warmth that it has!

If you have not received a weekly copy of the California Connections Weekly Brief, or the Covid-19 information card, please let me know, and I will make sure you get it.

A reminder: Santa Clara County has kept Shelter in Place for another month, presumably ending on May 31; counties (and the state) make decisions like this based on the following criteria:

• The ability to monitor and protect our communities through testing, contact tracing, isolating, and supporting those who are positive or exposed.

• The ability to prevent infection in people who are at risk for more severe COVID-19.

• The ability of the hospital and health systems to handle surges.

• The ability to develop therapeutics to meet the demand.

• The ability for businesses, schools, and childcare facilities to support physical distancing, and

• The ability to determine when to reinstitute measures, such as the stay-at-home orders, if necessary.

A big thanks to our member, Liz Gibbons, for providing this information.

Legislative News … Daniel Nnorth and Claudia Schott

While Congress has been working, the state legislature went into recess about a month ago.  They are supposed to come back in early May.  There will be a big shortfall in revenues here in California, meaning that we may have a budget deficit.  Because of the COVID pandemic, the focus for the legislature will be on COVID response, retaining current funding in the state budget (not increases) and preparation for wildfire season.

President Trump signed a reauthorization of The Older Americans Act on Wednesday, April 22nd.  This law provides much needed money for programs like meals on wheels and family caregiver support.

With all that said, advocacy is continuing in a virtual manner.  If you are so inclined, you can take the following actions:

Federal Representative:

  • Thank your member of Congress and Senators (Harris and Feinstein) for passing the Older Americans Act & CARES Act (The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act).  You can do this by calling their local offices.

State Senator & Assembly Member:

  • Ask your local Senator and Assembly Member to support our Paid Leave Act.  We are requesting broader terms than what we shared in February because it includes both Paid Sick Leave AND Paid Family Leave.  The Families-First Coronavirus Response Act, that President Trump signed back in March, has gaps that need to be filled; and this ask to Governor Newsom, would take care of that, ensuring that all workers are entitled to job-protected leave and wage-replacement benefits to weather this unprecedented crisis.

With 1,156,278 confirmed COVID-19 cases, nearly 170,201 people in America have reported full recoveries from COVID-19.  Even so, the US hits a grim milestone:  Almost 70,000 people have died of COVID-19, and the global pandemic shows few signs of slowing as pressure mounts to reopen parts of our economy.

Support is building among Republicans for reopening the economy sooner rather than later, but not all GOP lawmakers are on the same page.  Many believe we may be better off waiting another month, giving the scientists enough time to come up with vaccines and antivirals.  And while some governors are already chomping at the bit to open up early, others, like the governor from New Mexico, are looking at May 15th or later, before lifting the lockdown.

Nominating Committee … Margaret Schieck

It is important to fill the following positions as soon as possible:

  • Nominating Committee Chair
  • Treasure Chest Coordinator
  • Lunch Coordinator
  • Social Coordinator (for annual lunch)
  • Public Relations Coordinator
  • President, for 2021 — Note:  If a replacement for Ken is not identified by September, we will not need to fill the other positions; there will not be a Chapter 5151.

Please contact a committee, or a board member with your ideas.

Why I like Retirement … Angie Jaggers

Question: How many days in a week?  Answer: 6 Saturdays, 1 Sunday.

Question: When is a retiree’s bedtime?  Answer: Two hours after falling asleep on the couch.

Question: How many retirees does it take to change a light bulb?  Answer: One, but it might take all day.

Question: What’s the biggest gripe of retirees?  Answer: There is not enough time to get everything done.

Question: Why don’t retirees mind being called Seniors?  Answer: The term comes with a 10% discount.

Question: Among retirees, what is considered formal attire?  Answer: Tied shoes.