President’s Message Margaret Schieck

Welcome to February, the shortest month of the year, which can often seem like the longest.  At least we have Valentine’s Day and President’s Day to look forward to celebrating!

In January, thirty-two members of Chapter 5151 enjoyed our 28th anniversary luncheon at Casa Lupe.  At that time, we were pleased to announce that members of our local chapter had amassed 4,606.75 hours of volunteer service to the community in 2022.  That is impressive!  Many thanks to all of you who volunteered in any capacity in 2022.  Let’s keep it up in 2023.  Remember to keep reporting your volunteer activity hours to Leona Fails.

For those of you who like to plan in advance, the next opportunity to accrue volunteer hours at a “glasses sorting” day, in co-operation with the Lions Club, will be on Saturday, March 4th, starting at 9:00 a.m.  The event takes place at the Vista Center on Bascom Ave.  It is actually fun to work with new people and across many generations.

Ken and I had the pleasure of attending the 2nd anniversary celebration of the founding of The Campbell Press, which took place at the Pruneyard Doubletree Hotel on January 21st.  We got to meet and chat with other contributors to the newspaper as well as members of the Chamber of Commerce.  We may even pick up some speakers from these contacts.

Remember that AARP tax preparation assistance starts on February 3rd at the Campbell Community Center in room C-35 on Tuesdays from 1:00 to 4:00 PM and on Fridays from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

Tune in to PBS Great Performances on February 17th at 9:00 PM to catch the AARP Movies for Grownups Awards.  You may get some good tips about films and performances that resonate well with older adults.

Hope to see you at the February 21st meeting.

Here we are at the beginning of a month that supposedly comes “in like a lion,” but it feels more like a polar bear this year!  It is also Women’s History Month, so the best advice seems to be to stay warm and comfortable and watch some of the outstanding Women’s History Programs on PBS.

Speaking of Lions, our speakers for March will be talking about the Campbell-West San Jose Lions Club’s donated glasses program.  Some of our members will again participate in the glasses sorting event on Saturday, March 4th from 9:00-1:00 at the VISTA center on Bascom Ave.  Lunch is provided.

On March 12th, don’t forget to set your clocks AHEAD one hour for Daylight Savings Time.  After all, you wouldn’t want to be late for our Chapter meeting on the 21st, not to mention any other exciting events you may want to attend.

On St. Patrick’s Day, Friday, March 17th, several of Chapter 5151’s members will be singing in the annual fund-raising concert for Next Door Solutions to Domestic Violence.  The concert will be held at the Campbell United Methodist Church on Winchester at 7:30 P.M.  Tickets are $25.00 at the door.  If you have never attended this concert before, you are in for a treat.  Several local choruses combine to put on a great show to support this organization.  There is always a wonderful “massed chorus” finale.

I hope you all have a Happy St. Patrick’s Day and that we’ll see you on the 21st at our general meeting.