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AARP reports on year
Members (l-r): Alberta Mullins, Louise Poole, Rhonda Davis and Mae Washington collect donations for the Liberty County Humane shelter.
Liberty County Chapter 5031 of AARP had its annual picnic Tuesday.
The celebration also began the annual hiatus from May until September. The chapter meets nine months out of the year, starting the fourth Tuesday in September and ending the fourth Tuesday in May.
The chapter had an exceptionally productive year.
In September 2006, helmed by Maxine Fallin who served wonderfully as our president, we were honored to welcome the Hinesville mayor’s wife, Linda Ratcliffe, who spoke passionately about her project; the Community Health Center. She also explained the avian flu and its dangers, the process of cross contamination of viruses, and the prevention and benefit of flu and pneumonia vaccines.
For October our guest speaker was Hinesville police officer Michael Trombley, who informed us about home burglaries and robberies of senior citizens at shopping malls and supermarkets. The appearance was so dynamic and well received we asked him back again in November. On his return, he not only continued his message, but also provided us with literature on how to protect our property and ourselves. Trombley then graciously volunteered to check each of our residences for security and properly working fire alarms.
December was dedicated to our annual Christmas party and the installation of officers.
In January 2007, with our new president, Dorothy Moseley, at the vanguard, we were noticeably imbued with vigor. Moseley is a native of Liberty County and has recently retired after 30 years of service at Glennville Elementary School. A graduate of Fort Valley State University, she was hired as a part-time teacher and librarian, and was soon promoted to media specialist, the position from which she retired. Her leadership skills are evidenced by the projects, suggestions and patience she exhibits.
In January, Moseley led a delegation of four board members to the AARP Volunteer Forum in Atlanta. Residing for three days at the Marriott Century, they received valuable information during the forum and had an enjoyable time. Moseley has been multitasking, doubling as president and program chair, managing to acquit herself quite well at both posts.
In February 2007, our guest speaker was Michael Burns, city president of Coastal Bank, accompanied by Branch Manager Pam Hanes. He was very entertaining, informing us on the issues of identity theft and about obtaining safety deposit boxes at his bank.
Our guest speaker in March was Meryl Watson from the Liberty County Humane Shelter, who gave a very moving, detailed account of the needs of abandoned animals. She portrayed the depth of the affection and care that is given to the animals in the shelter and informed about adoptions. Watson then graciously accepted the donations from our chapter.
On April 11 we hosted the AARP Regional 7 Team Meeting at the Western Sizzlin’ in Hinesville. About 27 AARP members from Hinesville, Savannah, Jesup, Waycross and Douglas were present. Betty Klein gave a hearty welcome as updates of region chapters were given. Pamela Roshell conducted an advocacy report and a discussion, followed by lunch.
Also in April, Deborah Dawson, RN, manager of Home Health Care in Long County, honored our chapter as guest speaker. She spoke of the benefits of exercise and good nutrition as well as a positive mental attitude for seniors.
We would like to thank all of our speakers for devoting their valuable time in addressing our meetings. Each was tremendously enjoyed and appreciated. Thanks again to Bill Goodwin of Kroger Supermarket and Fred Sabine of Food Lion Supermarket for their thoughtfulness. Finally, we would like to thank The Courier for its wonderful coverage of our installation luncheon and for all of its coverage throughout the year.
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