March 2016


Wednesday, March 29, 2017

President's Corner

President’s Corner March 2017
Our program this month was Dr. David Demarest from On With Life. Brain study and rehabilitation is the focus of this facility that has served over 2,500 Iowans whose lives have been shattered by brain injuries. Our members asked many question about the difference between Dementia and Alzheimer's disease, and yes there is a difference. Do you remember that a stimulant would be prescribed for a person with ADHD? Why, when you think it would worsen the situation. The brain controls everything we do and we need to be aware that chemicals in our body affect how well it works. Can an infection or depression affect the brain? What is the Autism spectrum? So many questions and yet we do not have all the answers. Dr. Demarest shared that the same injury to the same part of the brain could have totally different results as far as recovery. I learned that I need to take care of my brain the same way I should care for my body with healthy foods and exercise but most importantly I need to stay happy and not let depression settle in. Depression and stress has a connection to dementia. Seniors need to be aware that as we get older we can get down about a lot of things but we need to continue to enjoy life now more than ever. So, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.”
Justine Finley

Friday, March 24, 2017

Notes from our March Meeting

1. Please continue to log your volunteer hours.
2. It's time to pay your dues for next year.  If you want to be included in the next Membership Book, pay your dues by June 22, 2017.
3. We are still looking for a Vice President.
4. We are still looking for a Head Cashier.
5. At our April meeting we will be collecting cash (or check) donations for the Food Bank of Iowa.
6. The spring meeting of IRSPA District 5 will be on Thursday, May 11, 2017, at the Marion County Extension Office, 201 N. Iowa Street in Knoxville. Registration at 8:30 a.m. Meal reservations are due to Lyle Sterling by May 1. You can contact him at or 641-208-6012.
7. In June we will welcome new retirees.  We will provide a free lunch to new retirees who attend the June meeting.
8.  Please inform Bill and Joelle when you move, change your email address, or change your phone number.  Just send them a note at

March 2017

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.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

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           Children and Families Urban Movement

Saturday, January 30, 2016

Getting The Word Out

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.