October 2017

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017

President’s Corner November 2017

Our group enjoyed an informative meeting about Fall Prevention with Kathy Mercuris and Michelle Brown from Des Moines University. The take away was that we need to practice balance exercises into our daily routine if we wish to remain mobile through our senior years.

Kathy shared reasons why seniors fall while Michelle had us practice exercises to increase balance. The Des Moines University provides classes to help with Fall Prevention which will begin in January.
We also installed our new President, Elaine Wilkinson. That means this will be my farewell letter to you.

I have been blessed to have been a leader to an amazing group of individuals who have a strong commitment to Education. We did not leave it at the door when we retired. Our desire is to support children in our community and prospective new educators going into the field. Many of our members continue to tutor, substitute teach or volunteer in our schools. I guess you could say “It is in our blood.”

I recently read in the Des Moines Register of two long standing events that will be closing their doors because there are no interested members willing to carry on the events as their officers age out. My concern is that we could also face this dilemma. I hope we will continue to attract new members willing to step in and carry this group for many years to come.

I wish all our web readers good health and happiness.
               Justine Finley

Thursday, August 31, 2017

2017-2018 Meetings

2017-18 Meetings
Monthly luncheons and programs are held at the Forte' Banquet and Conference Center, 615-3rd Street, Des Moines, on the fourth Thursday of each month.  There is no meeting in November and the December meeting is on the second Thursday.  The meal is catered by Baratta's and the cost is $13. For reservations and cancellations call Dee Fleischacker at 515-221-2759 or diana.fleischacker03@gmail.com.  Cancellations must be made by 10:00 pm on Monday of the week of a meeting or a charge will be mandatory.
Program is at 10:30 am.
Lunch is at 11:30 a.m.
Business Meeting is at 12:00 pm.      
If classes for the Des Moines Public Schools are cancelled for weather conditions on the day of a DMARSPA meeting, we will not meet.

September 28, 2017           Iowa Dept. of Cultural Affairs 
                                                          Jessica Runlett

October 4-5, 2017               IRSPA State Conference and Annual Meeting
Waterloo/Cedar Falls

October 26, 2017                Fall Prevention/Senior Health
Brianne Sanchez, Des Moines University
Pay IRSPA Dues

November – No Meeting

December 14, 2017            Harmony Central Sweet Adeline Chorus
                                                Gift Exchange
                                                Book donations to Storybook Project

January 25, 2018                The Honeybee Queen
                                                Carly Ray Vannoy

February 22, 2018              WACs and the Black Soldiers in the Military
                                                Jack Lufkin, Fort Des Moines Museum

March 22, 2018                    AARP Stay Fit: Preparing Your Home for Your Needs

April 26, 2018                      Cinco De Mayo
                                                Gary Thelen
                                                Food Bank of Iowa cash donations                    

May 24, 2018                        Highlights of the Des Moines Symphony
                                                Maestro Joseph Giunta
                                                DMARSPA dues are due

June 28, 2018                      What it takes to be an Author
                                                Kimberly Stuart
                                                Newly Retired School Personnel Recognition
                                                DMARSPA dues are due

July 26, 2018                       Des Moines Zoo

August 23, 2018                  Living History Farms: Past, Present and Future
                                                Jennie Deerr, VP of Marketing
                                                Officer Installation
                                                Turn in Volunteer Hours

Volunteer Hours Update

Here are the total volunteer hours reported by DMARSPA members for August 2016- August 2017:
Community- 2,868.5     Youth- 1,467.2     Unknown 132

Thank you for supporting your communities.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Scholarship Awarded to Nicolas Saluri

At our May meeting we awarded the third of the 2017 scholarships to Nicolas Saluri.  Nicolas is a junior at ISU majoring in Elementary Education with endorsements in reading and English as a Second Language.  Nicolas is a graduate of Johnston High School.  His activities include Boy Scouts, ISU Education Association, Future Teachers and Future Leaders Learning Community, Freshman Council-Social Justice Committee, ISU Band, tutoring at elementary schools, Ronald McDonald House, and as a religious education teacher at his church. 

Friday, April 28, 2017

Scholarships Awarded

DMARSPA awarded three $1500 scholarships this year.  Two of the recipients, Olivia Crane (left) and Gabriella Kramer (right) were honored at our April meeting.  Olivia is an education major at Iowa State University.  Some of her community educational activities are National Society for Collegiate Scholars, Project Linus, writing letters to WWII veterans and tutoring elementary students in reading and math.  She will be doing her student teaching next year in Italy. Olivia is a graduate of S.E. Polk High School.  Gabriella is also an education major at Iowa State University.  Some of her community activities include Boys and Girls Club, teaching sign language, teaching ELL elementary school students, and teaching vacation bible school. Gabriella is a graduate of Valley High School. The third recipient will be honored at our May meeting.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Volunteer Hours

IRSPA has reported the volunteer hours totals for 2015-2016.  The 5919 IRSPA members that volunteered reported a total of 413,291 hours for 2015-2016. At a national rate of $23.56 per hour this equals $9,737,135.30 in value, up by $515,104.40 from a year ago.   DMARSPA reported 917 hours for youth, 5,657 hours for community totaling 6,574 hours valued at $154,883.44. Remember to record meetings, social get-togethers and phone calls in addition to unpaid care-giving for children and adults. Let's try to increase those totals for next year.