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.

Phil Ackerly Magic – Home Edition

Set the date on your calendars, smartwatches, and phones, Phil Ackerly’s Magic, Comedy & Fun will be up-close and on-line in his home studio on Sunday, May 3rd, at 5:30-6PM. 

Phil will present a 30-minute show free on Zoom and you are invited to join in the fun.  It’ll be the same fun and “wow” moments that you have enjoyed before, plus some some new magic that Phil’s been busy creating. 

You’ll need the link and password below to log on. 

Phil’s Zoom Show Link – May 3, 5:30PM

Phil Ackerly is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom show on May 3. 

Join Zoom Meeting 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5509600865?pwd=NVFtQXpDQ0dHZ25rT2swYkxXK2tKdz09

Meeting ID: 550 960 0865 

Password: showtime 

One tap mobile 

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+13462487799,,5509600865#,,#,776174# US (Houston) 

Dial by your location 

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Meeting ID: 550 960 0865 

Password: 776174 

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kec0nWZgoh 

I am going to be an author! I am in the middle of writing a book on magic for kids; ages 6-9 yrs, 18,000 words, 100+ pages, illustrated.  The book will be published by Rockridge Press and available in August online and at local bookstores across the country.  Stay tuned for updates as the book takes shape through the creative process.

I’ve been creating video content: Here’s a routine that I created at home using my phone and video editing software.  www.vimeo.com/makephilappear/diversity

Thank you for your support.

Phil Ackerly

www.makephilappear.com

408-781-6735

The most important thing we should be spreading right now is optimism, positivity and support.  Negativity as Zero R.O.I.

Magic & Comedy Dinner Theater will return soon.  Stay healthy, stay connected and stay positive. We are all in this together.

Restaurants Deliver: Home Meals for Seniors

Governor Newsom announced Friday, April 24, the launch of a first-in-the-nation “Restaurants Deliver: Home Meals for Seniors” partnership with counties, cities, and Tribes.

Restaurants Deliver has two purposes:

• Help older and other adults at high risk from COVID-19 to stay home and stay healthy by delivering three nutritious meals a day, and

• Provide essential economic stimulus to local businesses and workers struggling to stay afloat during the COVID crisis.

As the local programs get established in the next few days, more information will be provided on this page. In the meantime, here are resources that are available now:

• Enter your location into 211.org to find local services, such as nutrition, financial, health care, and housing assistance. Every community has an Aging and Adult Info Line to connect to aging and adult services: 1-800-510-2020.

• Visit the California Department of Aging’s COVID-19 page for a list of resources for older and other at-risk adults.

• Do you suspect someone is being neglected or abused? Call Adult Protective Services at 833-401-0832.

• Suspect fraud? AARP has a Fraud Watch Network Helpline: 877-908-3360.

• Concerned about someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s or their caregiver? Call the Alzheimer’s Association: 800-272-3900.

Reach out to California’s COVID-19 hotline for questions about coronavirus: 833-422-4255 (833-4CA-4ALL).”

The link to the state web site is: https://covid19.ca.gov/restaurants-deliver-home-meals-for-seniors/

President’s Message … Ken Schieck

Happy Valentine’s Day to everyone!  Even though our general meeting is on Tuesday, February 18, let’s wear red, pink, and lilac.

Scams against the elderly are common and nothing to laugh about; many seniors have been scammed out of money and even their life savings.  However, some scams are so poorly planned and thought out that they deserve ridicule.

One such is what I call the “IRS scam”; some of you are probably familiar with the female robot voice which says something to the effect that “the IRS has issued an outstanding warrant for your arrest.  If you do not report to the magistrate, you will be expired in four days.”  First of all, the scammer doesn’t seem to know that there are no magistrate courts in the U.S.; those exist in Great Britain.  Second of all, what does it mean to be expired?  Maybe the robot thinks we are all library cards or gift cards/coupons that are about to outlive their usefulness?  I wish I had a sports whistle to blow into the phone – but then there might be a real person behind the robot, and I don’t want to damage their eardrum.  Remember:  THE IRS WILL ONLY CONTACT YOU BY SNAIL MAIL.

Please consider attending Campbell Heritage Day on Monday, February 17 (day before our general meeting) at the Orchard City Banquet Hall (on the same grounds as our meeting room but right off Winchester); in years of continuous annual celebrations, this event is second only to the Rose Bowl.  Lunch catered by Mama Mia’s, and cost is $20.  For more info, go to Brown Paper Tickets at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4500884.

Program … Lynda Martinez & Paul Levine

The speaker for our February 18 meeting will be Ron Berube.  He has been a volunteer instructor-District Coordinator with the AARP Driver Safety Program for 8+ years and will talk to us about the benefits of being an AARP member in reference to what the AARP Smart Driver program has to offer not only to seniors but to everyone who is adventurous and brave enough to drive on California’s highways and byways.

Ron spent over 35 year in the banking industry, having last worked with the FDIC as a Mortgage Risk Analyst.  He is a graduate of St. Mary’s College (Moraga) and holds lifetime teaching credentials in the following areas of study:  Communications, Banking and Finance, and California Real Estate required classes for licensing. He is a California native and has been a San Jose resident since 1968.