AARP November Meeting … Paul Levine and Sharon Levine

The speaker at our Nov. 17, 2020, meeting will be Nancy Nelson, a Speakers Bureau Volunteer for Second Harvest of Silicon Valley, a role she has held for many years.  Nancy is a human resource consultant and started volunteering in the 1990s with Second Harvest when she organized Food and Fund Drives as an HR Director.  Nancy is passionate about eliminating hunger in our community and believes that, when individuals, community partners and corporations work together, we can make this vision a reality.

Nancy will speak about the face of hunger in Silicon Valley, statistics on the number and type of clients served, how Second Harvest distributes food through community partners and direct services, the critical role volunteers play in meeting the need for food, Second Harvest’s focus on nutrition, and how you can help.

We will email invitations on Monday, November 16, for members to Zoom or call-in on the 17th.

AARP October Meeting … Paul Levine and Sharon Levine

Our scheduled speaker for the October 20, 2020, meeting via Zoom is Ken Toren, Executive Director of the American Red Cross of Silicon Valley, who will talk to us about the mission of the Red Cross.  In the past, Ken has served in leadership positions for start-ups, private/public companies, and non-profits.  In the healthcare sector, Ken held important roles with REDmedic (Blue Cross), the Parkinson’s Institute, Cancer CAREpoint, and UCSF Global Health and Asthma Research.  In the for-profit sector, he was CEO and VP of several companies including LONMARK International (Adesto) and Onomy Labs (Xerox).  Ken’s non-profit experience includes executive staff roles at JCCs/Jewish Federations and Hope Services. Ken earned Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Pennsylvania State University and Temple University.  He lives in the Bay Area with his wife, children, and Rocky, the best Border Collie rescue dog ever.

We will email invitations on Monday, October 19, for members to Zoom or call-in on the 20th.

The opportunity prize will be a $25 gift card for Panera Bread – thanks to Linda Cumalat.

AARP September Meeting … Paul Levine

AARP September Meeting Paul Levine

The speakers for our September 15, 2020, meeting will be from the League of Women Voters (LWV) who will discuss the ballot issues in the upcoming November election.  LWV presenters will open a zoom meeting live and show a recording of the pros and cons of each ballot measure.

There are 12 state propositions, 3 county measures and 2 local measures for those living in our League’s coverage area.  In the presentations, they will address the pros and cons of the state ballot measures, pause after each measure for questions, and also highlight the county and local measures.

The LWV is a national, non-partisan, volunteer organization committed to voter engagement and education,  The LWV of Southwest Santa Clara Valley, which covers the cites of Campbell, Los Gatos, Monte Sereno, and Saratoga, will host a Zoom  Pro and Con webinar meeting with our AARP chapter  on Tuesday, September 15 at 10:00 AM.  Check-in will start at 9:50 AM.

Chapter members will receive an email on Monday, September 14, giving instructions for attending the meeting(s); 9 AM for the general meeting and 10 AM for the LWV-led meeting.

August Meeting … Paul Levine and Margaret Schieck

The scheduled speaker for our August 18 Zoom meeting is Belinda Sifford, Chair of the Access Advisors, a support group of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor).  She will discuss museum access in the time of Covid-19 and the 30th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

We will send email invitations to members on Monday, August 17.

AARP July Meeting … Paul Levine

Since the Campbell Community Center is not permitting large gatherings in July, we are planning to hold an online meeting using Zoom on Tuesday, July 21, at 10:00 AM.  Email and telephone Instructions will be provided prior to the meeting.

The entertainer for our meeting is magician Phil Ackerly.  Phil has created over 5,000 shows all over the country, including Off-Broadway and at Hollywood’s Magic Castle.

In 2019, he won Best Stage Magician in two separate competitions by the Oakland Magic Circle and the International Brotherhood of Magicians.  And every year he produces a fundraiser show for the South Bay Blue Star Moms, raising money to send care packages to the troops during the holiday season.

Phil Ackerly always presents a fun show, each one different and more amazing than the previous. We can’t wait to see what he has up his sleeves for us on July 21st.

Program … Paul Levine

The entertainer for the April 21 meeting was scheduled to be magician Phil Ackerly.  Phil has created over 5,000 shows all over the country, including Off-Broadway in New York City and at Hollywood’s famous, Magic Castle. 
In 2019, he won Best Stage Magician in two separate competitions by the Oakland Magic Circle and the International Brotherhood of Magicians.  And every year he produces a fundraiser show for the South Bay Blue Star Moms, raising money to send care packages to the troops during the holiday season.

Phil Ackerly always presents a fun show, each one different and more amazing than the previous. Since we will not be able to see him on April 21st you can see his work at http://www.makephilappear.com.

Program … Ken Schieck & Paul Levine

The speaker for our March 17 meeting will be Anne Karoly who will talk about the 2020 census and the need for a complete and accurate count for our community.  The Census determines our representation in Congress and determines how 675 billion dollars in federal funds are distributed to the states.  She will describe how we will be invited to participate in the Census, the ways we can each submit our own household’s questionnaire and will answer questions we may have.

Anne Karoly has worked for the U.S. Census Bureau since January 2019.  As a Partnership Specialist, she works with local organizations to raise awareness and encourage participation in the 2020 Census.  She is assigned to Santa Clara County to engage community organizations, networks and leaders on the importance of a complete and accurate population count.

A native Californian, she has returned after 23 years living on the East Coast.  She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in non-profits, senior programs, and faith-based organizations.  When not working, Anne enjoys being out-of-doors, reading and quilting.

Annual Luncheon

NO General Meeting This Month

In place of the general meeting, we will have our Annual Luncheon on January 21 at

Mama Mia’s Restaurant, 200 E. Hamilton Ave. & 3rd Street

NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR.  Lunch will be served at 11:30.  Your hosts will be Paddy Wray, Margaret Schieck, and Barbara Robinson.  Great way to start the New Year!  Hope to see you there.

Program … Paul Levine

We will be entertained by the Harpers Hall Ensemble.  Harpers Hall makes its home in the San Francisco South Bay Area and Central California Coast. 

Their purpose is to promote an appreciation of the folk harp, to cultivate its living musical tradition, and to preserve the fun and magic of the harp for members and for the general public.  Members range from beginning harp players to professional musicians.  They hold monthly gatherings at members’ homes or other locations during which they conduct mini-workshops, practice repertoire, share music with each other, and snack on treats that they bring to share.  In addition, they perform for festivals, host workshops and house concerts featuring traveling harpists, and hold annual harp retreats. 

They played for us last December: a performance that was greatly enjoyed by all.

Program … Shelly Schwartz and Paul Levine

Gracefully aging in-place:  most of us wish to remain in our homes as long as possible during our sunset years, but many of us will require outside assistance in order to fulfill that wish.  Learn what to expect when you hire someone to help you “age-in-place.”  What kinds of questions should you ask?  What type of help can you expect?  What is the cost and how to pay for it?

Speakers:  Markus Breitbach with Help and Care In-Home Care Services; Casey Fleming, Reverse Mortgage Specialist with C2 Financial; Ann Escobar, Financial Advisor with Waddell & Reed; and Debra Schwartz, Senior Real Estate Specialist with CSR Real Estate Services and panel moderator will provide insight and guidance into these questions about aging-in-place.  They are committed to helping seniors feel empowered to make informed decisions about aging with dignity.