Thursday, August 25, 2016

President’s Corner August 2016

Dear Members and Website Visitors,
Summer 2016 is drawing to a close and I can hear the rumble of school buses off in the distance. I sit with my coffee and paper and think about those first weeks of school and all the excitement. I remember going back to school early in the summer to get started organizing my room. There was never enough time on the contract to get it all done. Every year there were new strategies to implement and professional development to help us stay current with educational trends. I enjoyed the time that I could learn new things and try them out.
Those days are gone but not the joy I have of learning new things and trying them out. I now have the opportunity to choose what I want to learn and try. There are so many offerings through Adult Education, Senior College, the YMCA, and a host of volunteer activities.
We strive to provide an educational and social opportunity when you come to a DMARSPA meeting. I always learn something and I continue to meet wonderful people.
I hope to see many of you this year as we begin a “new year” at DMARSPA.
Justine Finley

Saturday, August 20, 2016

It's Time to Pay Your IRSPA Dues!

IRSPA is the state-wide association that DMARSPA is affiliated with.  IRSPA provides access to Delta Dental insurance, Long Term Care with Home Health Benefits Insurance, Medicare Supplements with Prescription discount cards, Life Insurance and other benefit programs. 
IRSPA dues are $15 per year.  IRSPA dues are payable now for the 2016-2017 year.  You can pay your IRSPA dues by giving your check to Rosemary Hillman at the meeting  or by sending it to:
Rosemary Hillman
3311 Waco Ct.
Des Moines, IA 50321
Don't forget to turn in your volunteer hours if you haven't done so already.

2016-2017 Meetings

2016-2017 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  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 22, 2016      The Geology of Iowa
October 5-6, 2016        IRSPA State Meeting in Marshalltown
October 27, 2016         Grotesques and Gargoyles
November                    NO MEETING
December 8, 2016        Seasonal Music and Sing-a-long
January 26, 2017          Des Moines Police Department
February 23, 2017        Daniel Finney, Des Moines Register Columnist
March 23, 2017            On With Life
April 27, 2017              KCCI Stormchasing
May 25, 2017               Girl Scouts of America
June 22, 2017               Irish Dancers
July 27, 2017                Dorothy's House
August 24, 2017           Iowa Culture, Department of Cultural Affairs

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Getting The Word Out

DMARSPA members are distributing membership brochures to many of the public and private schools in the metro area.  If you know of someone who is recently retired or soon to retire, send an email with their address to and we will get a brochure to them.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Volunteer Hours

Don't forget to record your volunteer hours on the page in the back of your membership book.  Please separate hours donated on projects involving children and education from hours on other community service activities. You may count the hours you spend caring for other family members (grandchildren/parents) as youth and education hours. You may also count your travel time to and from your volunteer activities.

Why do we ask you to record your volunteer hours? This information is used by IRSPA to assist non-profit organizations in obtaining grants.

In 2015 IRSPA members contributed over 384,000 hours valued at more than $8,660,000.