President’s Message…Margaret Schieck

I hope you all had wonderful December Holidays and are looking forward to a Happy, Healthy New Year.

There will be no General Meeting in January as we will be celebrating our 29th anniversary as a Chapter of AARP with a special luncheon at Jack’s Restaurant on Saratoga Avenue in Campbell.  For detailed information, please see Lynda Martinez’s January Holiday Luncheon message in the righthand column.

Thank you to the 14 members who came to the Home Church on December 11th to help sort toys and games.  I have never seen so many stuffed animals in one place in my life!  We will do this again next year.

On February 3rd, we will volunteer (with the Lions Club) at the VISTA Center for the Blind, 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. (morning coffee and lunch included).  The Center is located at 101 No. Bascom Avenue in San Jose.  Come to the back of the parking lot.  We have been exemplary as a Chapter in living up to the motto of AARP: “To Serve, Not Be Served.”

Speaking of service, I have received a Volunteer of the Year Award nomination form from National and look forward to hearing your recommendation for a nominee from our Chapter.  We have been able to give this award for the last 3 years to an outstanding volunteer from our Chapter and hope to continue the trend.  So far, I have heard from four people.  Please let me or another Board member know your thoughts. Remember, until given, the award is a secret.

We will resume our regular schedule of meetings on Tuesday, February 20th.  Hope to see you at the Luncheon and at the Lions’ VISTA event before then.