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.
Sunday, October 16, 2016
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.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016
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.”
Saturday, August 27, 2016
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 email@example.com. 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