President…Ken Schieck

This month I must pass on the sad news that both Daphne

and George Depold died recently; they were members of AARP until about 4 years ago, and they were living recently in an assisted-living facility in Santa Clara. George was a participant in the D-Day offensive and was well known in the local veteran community. George had close ties to many local veterans’ organizations: our American Legion post, the San Jose Veterans Center, and The Olive Tree (Campbell’s Veterans Memorial Foundation). George started our troop support effort in 2006, mailing care packages to troops in Afghanistan and Iraq before this activity became a chapter project. He served on our board of directors for many years and was responsible for getting us involved in the Moffett Field gift wrap extravaganza. George had two bricks in his honor at the Campbell Veterans Memorial Foundation and they have an 8 x 8 paver in place to honor him as their first ‘veteran of the year.’ He was also an honorary chaplain for the organization. In addition, George was the troops chairperson, and he was in charge of the AARP Christmas wrap with the sheriff. Daphne was involved in the Campbell Seniors Caring Hearts Club. They make little hats and blankets for babies in the hospitals. George and Daphne met during World War II while he was in the Army stationed in England. Daphne came to our country with him as a war bride, was a member of the local war brides association, and a leader and expert knitter in our Community Center’s Busy Hands/Caring Hearts group. Their involvement in so many activities is a true example of what “Community Service” is all about. We can all try to follow in their footsteps. The Foundation will let us know after their Oct. 5 meeting how they plan to honor him.

AARP has a voter engagement campaign titled ‘BE THE DIFFERENCE VOTE’. If you haven’t already, please commit to voting on Nov.6th by signing our voters’ pledge and visit _Voter_Pledge.html

The county of Santa Clara is looking for election officers; volunteer stipends range from $115 to $200. For more information, go to the county home page VOTE ON TUESDAY, NOV.6



The way to keep our chapter going is to volunteer. Please consider a position in Community Service, Public Relations and Assistant Treasurer.

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 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:

Gavin Newsom (D) –

John Cox (R) –

Lt. Gov.
Edward Hernandez (D) –

Eleni Kounalakis (D) –

Dianne Feinstein (D) –
Kevin de León (D) –

District 14
Cristina Osmeña (R) –

Jackie Speier (D) –
District 15
Eric Swalwell (D) –

Rudy Peters (R) –
District 16
Elizabeth Heng (R) –
Jim Costa (D) –
District 17
Ro Khanna (D) –
Ron Cohen (R) –
District 18
Anna Eshoo (D) –

Christine Russell (R) – No site
District 19
Justin Aguilera (R) – No site
Zoe Lofgren (D) –

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)


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


$15 Value N.E. Pruneyard

James Kosevich

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