Community Service

Community Service…Marilyn Clough

This month marks the beginning of Sacred Heart’s Pack-a-Back program which has always been supported by our chapter.  Keep this in mind as you shop and spy a good deal on school supplies such as pencils, pens, notebooks, backpacks (no blue or red), etc.  Ask for the manager of the store and tell him/her why you are buying these items. They will sometimes give you a teacher’s discount! At the end of August hundreds of packed bags are ready to help launch neighbor children into a successful school year.  We will be accepting donations (money and gift cards, too!) at our next summer meetings to help meet this community need.  As always, clothing and bedding are always welcome.

 Campbell Summer Concert Series 2017 
6:30  Thursdays Orchard City Green

6/22 Daze on the Green: Classic Rock Party Band
6/29 The Cocktail Monkeys: Dance Party Band
7/6   Steven Ybarra: Country Singer
7/13  Phil’n The Blanks: Rock Cover Band
7/20 The Houserockers: Rock and Roll Band
7/27 The Johnny Neri Band: Classic Rock’n Soul Dance
8/3   The Crocodiles: Mixture of Music Styles
8/10  Sage: Funk and Soul

For details:

2017 Vasona Park Vibrations
5-7 pm Saturdays in June & July

6/3     Celtic Heart: contemporary & traditional Irish/ American folk
6/10  Scott T. Miller & The Acoustic Porkshop Band: roots music; jump blues; country 6/17   Andre Thierry: alternative Creole sounds
6/24   Jessica Johnson: soul, R&B, and jazz
7/1    The Jones Gang: high-octane Americana
7/8     10th Avenue Band: Dixieland
7/15   Bean Creek: bluegrass
7/22   The DTs: eclectic power Folk, Americana+
7/29   Top Shelf Big Band: big band jazz


Legislative Report…Daniel Nnorth and Claudia Schott

The American Healthcare Act (AHCA) passed the House. This is not what we want. However, we have a second chance to get rid of it once and for all. There is a toll free number we can call to let our Senators know how we feel about this really bad proposition. 1-844-866-1425. In case you missed it from last month, here are the highlights as to why this is a bad bill:


 Age tax would let insurance companies charge 50-to-64-year-olds five times more for health coverage than anyone else

 Older Americans with conditions like cancer, diabetes and heart disease could have to pay more than $25,000 a year

 Weakens Medicare, leaving the door open for benefit cuts and Medicare vouchers

 Jeopardizes essential care for seniors, children and Americans with disabilities

 Does NOTHING to lower prescription drug prices while Americans continue to pay the highest drug prices in the world


 Provides $200 billion in tax breaks for drug, insurance and medical device companies

 Allows insurance companies to overcharge older Americans by thousands of dollars AARP is committed to working with both sides to pass legislation that will lower health insurance and prescription drug costs for all Americans, but a bad bill is a bad bill.

Instead of giving tax breaks to drug companies and boosting insurance company profits, Congress should be reducing skyrocketing health care and prescription drug costs, especially for older Americans. Please! Make sure to call and let Senators Feinstein and Harris know how you feel about this travesty of a bill! 1- 844-866-1425

There is a new bill on the California Legislative floor: AB 806, the Family Caregiver Tax Credit. This one is important for anyone making less than $75,000 individually or $150,000 jointly and is a family caregiver. This tax credit would be 50% of the net tax paid up to $1000.00 and is scheduled to start for the tax year starting January 1, 2018. If you’re interested in the whole verbiage, you can read about it right here:

Have a great summer and stay informed!

Opportunity Tickets

Opportunity Tickets…Barbara Robinson  June drawings at three for $1 are:

RED ROBIN  (Free Dessert w/purchase $5)
El Paseo de Saratoga
(Thanks to Angie Jaggars)
Free BBQ Sandwish W/purchase of
Large Drink
(Thanks to Marlene Hruby)
(Thanks to Mr. Hansen)

May winners were:

Café San Jose: Ron
Dickey’s BBQ: Norman Schwartz
Weekend Coffee Roasters: Nancy Franks
Campbell Express: Nancy Franks & Jane Seed

GPS And Thieves

GPS and Thieves
Someone had their car broken into while they were at a football game parked on the green which was adjacent to the football stadium and specially allotted to football fans.  Things stolen from the car included a garage door remote control, money and a GPS which had been prominently mounted on the dashboard.  When the victims got home, they found that their house had been ransacked and just about everything worth anything had been stolen.  The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house.  They then used the garage remote control to open the garage door and gain entry to the house.  The thieves knew the owners were at the football game, they knew what time the game was scheduled to finish and so they knew how much time they had to clean out the house.  It would appear that they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents.  Something to consider if you have a GPS – don’t put your home address in it… Put a nearby address (like a store or gas station) so you can still find your way home if you need to, but no one else would know where you live if your GPS were stolen.  The same thing holds true for airport parking (or actually anywhere). But there is still the car registration!

Program…Gene Lennon

Greg Hacker found his second career in the reverse mortgage industry, which has been his passion for twelve years now. He finds great satisfaction in his work with his clients, helping them to significantly change their lives with home equity release products that allow them to maintain their financial independence, keep their personal dignity, and enjoy peace of mind. Greg and his wife are such strong believers in the potential borrowing power of the HUD/FHA Home Equity Conversion Mortgage that they established their own growing HECM line of credit a few years ago. He will separate facts from fiction and describe the most common scenarios where a reverse mortgage makes the most sense as a financial planning tool.

JUNE 20 MEETING IN Q80 10:00 a.m.

Social Time 9:30 a.m.

Please bring books to share. Leave clean clothing and bedding and nonperishable food for Sacred Heart on the bench outside. Please do not bring garage-sale type items for Sacred Heart. Put new and used greeting cards in the box on the troop table. Bring your items for the GI’s into the meeting area. Put your volunteer hours in purple envelope at TROUP table.

Lunch after meeting:

Jack Holder’s Restaurant

3153 Meridian Ave, San Jose

(just north of Hillsdale) 408-613-2365


Greg Hacker, Certified Senior Advisor,

Home Equity Retirement

“Know the Truth About Reverse Mortgages”

Cybersecurity – American Dream…Rick Loek

A friend of mine posted or shared a story on Facebook of how a personal friend, let’s call her Carol, lost $50,000 in an email scam. Carol was buying her first home – the American Dream of homeownership. She was very excited. She had been saving for this her whole life. She was in escrow and about to close on the purchase. Carol received an email from the escrow person saying she needed to update the banking and routing information. Carol gladly complied. Seems that the banker or the escrow person’s email account had been hacked and Carol managed to transfer that life savings of $50,000 to the crooks. Her dream of homeownership was ruined, stolen from a crook! Never ever give personal financial information in email, never! Look at for more useful posts and resources.

President…Ken Schieck

Some important dates in June: June 6, 1944 (D-Day invasion of France (our member George DePold was a participant); June 12, 1924 (birthday of 41st president, George H.W. Bush); June 14 (flag day); June 18 (Father’s Day); June 21 (beginning of summer); June 25, 1876 (defeat of Gen. Custer at the Little Big Horn, Montana); June 25, 1950 (America’s entry into the Korean War).

Last month, someone misplaced a set of keys in Marilyn Clough’s egg carton basket. If they might be yours, please contact Marilyn at 408/377-6882.

Last week, I had lunch with Wendy Sinclair, president of the South San Francisco AARP chapter; she was impressed with our newsletter and layout of our general meeting agenda. I have invited her to attend our general meeting on June 20. Also, the AARP Bay Area regional HQ office is moving from San Francisco to San Jose, and I hope to have the regional administrator attend one of our meetings as well.

I will be participating in a state chapter call on June 21; if you have any ideas or concerns that you want to share with other chapters please let me know.

As I mentioned in my first letter in January or February, I am looking for someone who would like to write a history of this chapter; it would be printed in the neighborhood newspapers like the Campbell Express and the Campbell Reporter.

We hope to see our legislative chair Daniel Nnorth in July; he is still going through rehabilitation for his rotator cuff injury.