March 2016


Friday, April 28, 2017

Scholarships Awarded

DMARSPA awarded three $1500 scholarships this year.  Two of the recipients, Olivia Crane (left) and Gabriella Kramer (right) were honored at our April meeting.  Olivia is an education major at Iowa State University.  Some of her community educational activities are National Society for Collegiate Scholars, Project Linus, writing letters to WWII veterans and tutoring elementary students in reading and math.  She will be doing her student teaching next year in Italy. Olivia is a graduate of S.E. Polk High School.  Gabriella is also an education major at Iowa State University.  Some of her community activities include Boys and Girls Club, teaching sign language, teaching ELL elementary school students, and teaching vacation bible school. Gabriella is a graduate of Valley High School. The third recipient will be honored at our May meeting.

April 2017

President's Corner

April 2017

I love a good thunderstorm. There is a combined sense of awe and excitement when lightning is cracking across the sky and thunder bangs and rumbles almost throwing me out of my chair. My dog feared storms and would run to the basement while I would look out my front door and marvel at the power the storm created. I would watch the trees bending and the rain blow sideways. Sometimes pellets of hail would hit the windows or the lights would go out. I love a good storm because I am safe in my home and sheltered from the elements. 

There has never been a tornado in the city of Des Moines in my lifetime. I never have lived through or witnessed the effects of a tornado except on TV. Meanwhile there are those individuals who venture out into the storms to monitor the course and assess the possibility of tornado touchdowns and threats to human lives. I guess if I were in a car with 40 or more miles per hour wind and hail banging my windshield I would not be saying: “Oh how cool is this?” 

Our speaker this month told us how they continue to face the elements to keep the public informed during serious storms. How they go into a storm and stay safe. Who would want to do such a thing? Finally does the public realize that what they do is heroic? Think about their safety when the next serious storm moves our way.  Weather has changed in the last decade and it has not been as predictable as before. Maybe my dog is smarter than I am.
Thank you so much to all who contributed to the Food Bank of Iowa.We collected over $500.

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           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.