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.

October meeting.

Our October meeting is on Oct. 27. The program is "Grotesques and Gargoyles" by Jan Fleming.  As usual we will be meeting at Forte Banquet and Conference Center. 615 3rd Street, South Door.  Our program will start at 10:30 followed by lunch at 11:30 and the business meeting at noon.  Please do not park in the spaces reserved for other tenants of the building.  Ask your caller about free off-street parking.

Coming up:
1.  There is no meeting in November.
2, Our December meeting is on December 8. The program will be a seasonal music sing-a-long with Dennis Wermersen.
3. The January meeting is January 26, 2017. The date in the membership book is incorrect.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

President's Corner

Once I retired I never realized I would be bombarded with the question, - So what are you doing in your retirement?
I stopped and thought for a moment because I wanted to answer with all this fabulous stuff like trips I have taken, or new hobbies, and amazing adventures.
The reality is, I do want my heart desires and I have stopped feeling guilty about it!
I have learned, from becoming a member of DMARSPA, that retirees are doing what their hearts desire, and by doing so, they are making a huge difference.
Some people want to preserve history before it is too late and make it their mission to share it with as many people as they can. Others want to become a part of the community by volunteering their time to good causes. DMARSPA gave over 7000 hours in volunteer hours this past year.
Finally, some people just want to regain what was once important to them before they were so busy working like exercise and overall health. We can reconnect with family and see old friends or lend a hand to our children and grandchildren.
So next time you are asked the question-What are you doing in retirement? Feel free to say “Whatever my heart desires.”
Justine Finley

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.