Friday, February 24, 2017
We just had another great meeting. The Register’s Metro Voice Columnist Daniel Finney was our speaker. I have such a respect for writers. It was fun to hear his responses to our questions about what it is like to be a columnist and taking a position on topics that are touchy and made for criticism. I was raised not to create waves and to make everyone happy. That was the polite thing to do. The world has changed. Columnists let us know that whether we like it or not, issues need to be raised and points of view need to be expressed. Freedom of the press is our democracy. It takes a lot of courage to express one’s opinions when you feel it is right and fair. Those who had the courage to speak up made history happen and human lives better. In the brief time we had Daniel Finney as our speaker, we were made to think about things in a different way, laugh about some of the things we say and do, and respect all humans for who they are. Daniel Finney would have been a great teacher.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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