Campbell Toy Program…Marilyn Clough

Here’s an opportunity to help brighten Christmas for Campbell area children, especially necessary for young families this difficult year.  Collection boxes will be available until Saturday, December 12, for toys, games, books, school supplies, art/craft supplies, balls, etc.  Most of our local shopping areas will have them.  Check for details before you go shopping (carefully, of course!).

Caregivers Count … Ken Schieck

  1. A free virtual conference for families and friends caring for a loved one
  2. By Aging Services Collaborative of Santa Clara County
  3. Co-sponsored by San Jose Regional AARP Office

Event Dates and Topics:

  • Sept 12:  Emotional Well-Being
  • Sept 19:  Paying for Care
  • Sept 26:  Technology Tools
  • Oct 3:      Reducing Stress & Dealing with Parents and Resistance

Registration Info at

Do you like to sing?

A free sing-along group meets on zoom Thursdays 7:30-9:00.  We used to meet in person at the Chai House.  We have a couple of songbooks to help us remember the words which you can order on Amazon if you like the group.  What we do is the leader is unmuted, and the rest of us sing along at home.  It’s less satisfying than being together but does give that boost that singing familiar music does for the soul.  If you are interested, please contact, and she will put you on the email list.  You can find Nancy’s phone number in the Dispatch if you prefer to call.

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

Meeting ID: 550 960 0865 

Password: showtime 

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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.

Thank you for your support.

Phil Ackerly


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.

President … Ken Schieck

A very happy and healthy New Year to all our members.  Among your New Year’s resolution, please provide Leona Fails a list of your volunteer hours for 2019 as soon as possible.

The month of January has some interesting celebrations:

January 1   — National Hangover Day

January 15 — National Bagel Day

January 29 — National Puzzle Day

On a serious note, additional historical dates:

January 1   — Betsy Ross birthday

January 2   — State of Georgia ratifies U.S. Constitution, 1788

January 6   — New Mexico admitted to the Union, 1912

January 9   — Richard Nixon born, Yorba Linda, CA, 1913

January 15 — Martin Luther King, Jr., born, 1929

January 18 — Ben Franklin born, 1706

January 22 — Lottie Williams of Tulsa, OK, first person to be hit by space debris, 1997

January 25 — First Winter Olympics games held, 1924

January 26 — Michigan admitted to the Union, 1837

January 29 — Kansas admitted to the Union, 1861

January 30 — Franklin Delano Roosevelt born, 1882

January 31 — Jackie Robinson born, 1919

Our chapter is still looking for someone to step up as head of a Public Relations committee, especially someone with a background in customer service and a deep knowledge of the local area.

Hope to see a lot of our members at the annual winter lunch on Tuesday, January 21, at Mama Mia’s.  Great conversation; great food.

Annual Luncheon

NO General Meeting This Month

In place of the general meeting, we will have our Annual Luncheon on January 21 at

Mama Mia’s Restaurant, 200 E. Hamilton Ave. & 3rd Street

NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR.  Lunch will be served at 11:30.  Your hosts will be Paddy Wray, Margaret Schieck, and Barbara Robinson.  Great way to start the New Year!  Hope to see you there.