Wednesday, December 7, 2016

President’s Corner

This time of year people think about making changes and resolutions in their lives. I like to include hopes and wishes that what I want will come true. Today I want to write about what wishes I have for our great organization called DMARSPA.
  1. Right now we have pledged to give two, one thousand dollar scholarships but I hope and dream for three or more.
  2. Our membership has grown, but I hope and dream that it continues to attract new members especially as we represent a collective voice for retirees and educators.
  3. There are several dedicated members who give their time to ensure that our group meets monthly with interesting speakers, good food and friendship. I hope and dream that others will step up to replace those who have been dedicated for such a long time.
  4. There are several members that for whatever reason, do not attend our monthly meeting. I hope and dream they know, they are extremely important and appreciated for their yearly dues.
  5. For all the volunteers, I hope you know just how much I appreciate you.
  6. Finally, my last hope and dream is to wish everyone good health, a positive outlook, joy in the little things, peace and love.
Justine Finley

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           Iowa Culture, Department of Cultural Affairs

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.