President…Ken Schieck

First of all, I wish a very happy and prosperous 2019 to all of you;; some of us had a very prosperous 2018, others just want to forget about the past year and get on with the new one. To all the members who joined (or returned to) our chapter in 2018, I offer a big “thank you.” Please consider lending your talents to the activities that will be planned this year.

Below is a letter from our vice-president, Gene Lennon, who will be moving in a different direction for the time being. Perhaps you can fill his position.

Dear Campbell Area AARP Chapter 5151 members,

Many of you may be wondering why I have not been attending the monthly meetings and fulfilling my obligation as Vice President/Program Director. In the past few months, I have experienced some major lifestyle changes that have prevented me from completing my requirements of the position.

I am truly sorry for my inability to fully serve you as was expected of me, but hope you did appreciate what programs I was able to secure during my time as V.P.

You voted me into the position with expectations of my ability to provide educational, entertaining, and informative programs for a period of 2 years and I was going to extend for another, but things changed. Life is unpredictable and sometimes alters the course we choose.

I have enjoyed meeting all of you and helping to bring value to the Chapter and would not hesitate to volunteer once again if things should change. As of now, I am unable to attend the monthly meetings and participate in the Board of Director meetings which are to guide, direct, implement and administer policies that benefit the chapter.

Please give your support to the board and to Paddy Wray for helping me complete that which I cannot. Her contributions to this chapter are immeasurable and should not go unrecognized, respected and appreciated. With all my heart, I thank you for the opportunity to serve you.

Gene Lennon V.P. Campbell Area AARP Chapter 5151

Tuesday, January 15, In Q80

Social Time 9:15 am Meeting 10:00 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.

Program… Paddy Wray and Ken Schieck

Our speaker for the general meeting this month will be Antoine Cook, AARP Associate State Director, focused on Volunteer Engagement and Management in the local community. He began working for AARP in July 2006 and is responsible for developing and managing relationships with various AARP programs, such as: Smart Driver, Tax Aide, Chapters and more. Mr. Cook also sponsors conference calls in which California chapters of AARP share information. The program topic will be the relationship between the California state office and the local chapters.

Membership…Shelly Schwartz

Happy New Year to Everyone!

And, of course, I’d also like to hear from all who have not yet paid your 2019 Membership dues.

Check the Dispatch for the Membership Application, complete the form, and follow the directions to send me a check for your annual dues.


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Executive Board Meeting: Wesley Manor Dining Room – Second Tuesday of each month at 10:00 a.m.

Chapter Meeting: Campbell Community Center Room Q80 – Third Tuesday of each month at 9:15 a.m.

Treasure Chest…Jan Delucci

As you make room for your new things, give your unwanted things to the Treasure Chest.
Did you know the Pier 1 store in the Westfield Valley Shopping Mall is closing their doors? This is just for this location. Everything is 20 to 30 percent off.

Community Service…Marilyn Clough and Leona Fails

While transferring our Community Service chair responsibilities and with the beginning of a new year, we encourage you to continue “To serve, not be served.” Please use the purple envelope to report your volunteer hours. Meanwhile, enjoy the incredible story of an amazing young artist at the attached link –

Parental Guidance? — Oh, Oh!

A teacher asked little Johnny if he knew the numbers 1 to 10 well. “Yes! Of course! My pop taught me, even more than 10!”
“Good. What comes after three?”
“Four,” answered the boy.

“What comes after six?”
“Very good,” said the teacher. “Your dad did a good job. Now, what comes after ten?” “A jack!”