Meeting…October 16 in Q80

Social Time 9:15 am Meeting 10 am.
Leave clean clothing, bedding and nonperishable food for Sacred Heart on the bench outside. Please do not bring garage sale type items for Sacred Heart. Please bring books to share. Place these items on the first table: donations for the troops, new and used greeting cards in the box; your volunteer hours in purple envelope.

Lunch after Meeting:

Best Taste (Chinese cuisine)

2360 S. Bascom Ave S.J. 408 377 7666

Program…Gene Lennon and Paddy Wray

Santa Clara Players’ Outreach Program will present this month’s program which will focus on humorous readings and vignettes. This wonderful group has been providing entertainment to organizations throughout Santa Clara County for 35 years. Two of the actors performing for us will also be in their upcoming play, Exit the Body, running from 10/26 thru 11/17 at the Triton Museum Hall. If you enjoy theater in a small, intimate setting, we highly recommend Santa Clara Players. They offer interesting plays, matinees and evenings, at a nominal fee three times a year. Check your computer for days and price.

We thank Liz Gibbons who, with the assistance of our member Barbara Robinson, spoke at the last minute about several measures on the November election ballot.  Our membership had some interesting insights and contributions, which made the program really meaningful.

MEMBERSHIP…Shelly Schwartz

Beginning this month, you can pay your 2019 Membership. As before, all member fees will include the monthly newsletter, The Dispatch. If you would like your Dispatch by regular mail, the membership fee is $17. If you would like to receive your Dispatch via e-mail, the fee is $14, giving you a $3 discount as we save on printing and mailing costs. If you bring in a new member, the membership fee they pay will be for 2019. The fee for the remainder of 2018 will be waived.

Legislative News…Daniel North and Claudia Schoff

AARP has a voter engagement campaign titled “Be the Difference. Vote”. If you haven’t already, please commit to voting on November 6th by signing our voters’ pledge and visit

https://action.aarp.org/site/SPageNavigator/2018_Voter_Pledge.html. We want to raise the voice and share the importance of the 50+ voter. We want voters to ask important questions to the candidates around issues impacting the 50+ community.

Before you cast your vote on Nov. 6, make sure you know where candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate and presidency stand on these three issues:

  1. How would you protect Social Security for today’s seniors and strengthen it for future generations?
  2. How would you put Medicare on stronger financial ground and protect today’s seniors and future retirees from the

    burden of rising health costs?

  3. How would you help Americans build a financial nest egg for their retirement?

Know your candidates! Candidates’ Websites:

Governor
Gavin Newsom (D) – http://www.gavinnewsom.com

John Cox (R) – http://johncoxforgovernor.com

Lt. Gov.
Edward Hernandez (D) – https://www.edhernandez4ca.com/

Eleni Kounalakis (D) – http://www.eleniforca.com

Senate
Dianne Feinstein (D) – https://feinsteinforca.com
Kevin de León (D) – https://www.kevindeleon.com

House
District 14
Cristina Osmeña (R) – https://www.osmenaforcongress.com/

Jackie Speier (D) – http://jackieforcongress.com/
District 15
Eric Swalwell (D) – http://www.swalwellforcongress.com

Rudy Peters (R) – https://www.rudypetersforcongress.com/
District 16
Elizabeth Heng (R) – https://elizabethheng.com/
Jim Costa (D) – http://www.jimcosta.com/
District 17
Ro Khanna (D) – http://www.rokhanna.com/
Ron Cohen (R) – http://www.roncohen4congress2018.com/
District 18
Anna Eshoo (D) – http://www.annaeshoo4congress.com/

Christine Russell (R) – No site
District 19
Justin Aguilera (R) – No site
Zoe Lofgren (D) – http://www.lofgrenforcongress.com

Don’t forget to pledge to vote on the AARP site and please vote! Make your voice heard.

Opportunity Tickets…Barbara Robinson

October drawings at three for $1 are:

SAM’s BBQ Restaurant

$25 Gift Card

1111 S. Bascom Ave, SJ (Thanks to Libby Harbour)

HABIT BURGER GRILL

Free Charburger w/Cheese OR Equal Value Item 2000 S. Bascom Ave (Thx to Angie Jaggars)

Campbell Express

ONE FREE subscription 408-374-9700 ** (Thanks to Stephon Hansen)

September winners were:

The BLUE DOOR Restaurant

$25 Gift Card @ Westgate

Paddy Wray

BURGER LOUNGE Restaurant

$15 Value N.E. Pruneyard

James Kosevich

?? MYSTERY PRIZE ?? FROSTY MUG
Jeanne Ulrich

Nominating Committee…Jan Deluchi

We need you to volunteer to fill a very important position in

our Chapter, Community Service. Scared Heart is a Charitable Organization, to which we donate items you give for the needy, donation of backpacks & school supplies every year and other projects during the year.

If you do not volunteer now to help our Chapter, the Board of Directors will need to decide what action to take for 2019 . PLEASE CALL me and say I will help. Jan 408-379-7587

The Cynical Philosopher:

♦ 3,237 people got married last year, not to cause any trouble but shouldn’t that be an even number?

♦ Today a man knocked on my door and asked for a small donation towards the local swimming pool. I gave him a glass of water.

♦ I want to die peacefully in my sleep, like my grandfather. Not screaming and yelling like the passengers in his car.

♦ I find it ironic that the colors red, white, and blue stand for freedom until they are flashing behind you.

♦ When wearing a bikini, women reveal 90% of their body… men are so polite they only look at the covered parts.

♦ A recent study has found that women who carry a little extra weight live longer than the men who mention it.

♦ Relationships are a lot like algebra. Have you ever looked at your X and wondered Y?

♦ America is a country which produces citizens who will cross the ocean to fight for democracy but won’t cross the street to vote.

♦ You know that tingly little feeling you get when you like someone? That’s your common sense leaving your body.

♦ Did you know that dolphins are so smart that within a few weeks of captivity, they can train people to stand on the very edge of the pool and throw them fish?

♦ My therapist says I have a preoccupation with vengeance. We’ll see about that.

♦ I think my neighbor is stalking me as she’s been googling my name on her computer. I saw it through my telescope last night.

♦ Money talks…but all mine ever says is good-bye.

♦ You’re not fat, you’re just…easier to see.

♦ If you think nobody cares whether you’re alive, try missing a couple of payments.

♦ I can’t understand why women are okay that JC Penny has an older women’s clothing line named “Sag Harbor.”

♦ Denny’s has a slogan, “If it’s your birthday, the meal is on us.” If you’re in Denny’s and it’s your birthday, your life sucks!

Legislative News…Daniel North and Claudia Schott

The House Ways and Means Committee said it would continue exploring ways to reduce regulations in Medicare, after issuing a report last week on its conversations with health care providers. “The Medicare program has reached the threshold where the regulatory burdens placed on health care providers are now coming at the expense of patient care — we cannot allow this to continue,” Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Peter Roskam of Illinois said. Although light on specifics, the report highlighted areas where providers indicated they need more flexibility, including in anti-kickback laws, conditions of participation for hospitals, and administrative tasks such as billing and data reporting.

Of particular concern to both the committee and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is the so-called Stark law, which limits how and when physicians can refer patients to other entities in which they share a financial interest. The law is widely considered outdated as the industry shifts to value-based care, which requires close financial relationships between various providers.

“The Committee’s work is not complete,” the Ways and Means report stated. “The health care landscape is constantly changing, which will require policymakers to continuously weigh the impacts to the provider community, and most important of all, the impact on patient care.”

Here’s hoping this easing of regulations happens soon enough that we may all get better and faster access to decent patient care!

Opportunity Tickets…Barbara Robinson

September drawings at three for $1 are:

THE BLUE DOOR RESTAURANT

Westgate Shopping Center $25 Gift Card

(Thanks to Veronica Phillips)

BURGER LOUNGE RESTAURANT

North East Pruneyard

Free Entrée w/ purchase of One $15

(Thanks to Barbara Robinson)

?? MYSTERY PRIZE ??

Take a Chance—Anyone Can Use and Enjoy

(Thanks to Barbara Robinson)

CAMPBELL EXPRESS 408-374-9700

One Free subscription

(Thanks to Stephon Hansen)

August winners were:

SAM’s B B Q

$25 Gift Card

Joan Moeller

HABIT BURGER GRILL

Free Charburger w/cheese/ or Equal Value

David More

CAMPBELL EXPRESS

Nancy Tupperman