AARP Chapter 829Victoria hosts meeting

AARP Chapter 829-Victoria had its Jan. 29 meeting at the Victoria County Senior Citizens Center, 603 E. Murray St.

Dr. Efren Diaz DeLeon, president, welcomed everyone to the meeting. Gayle Harvy led the invocation followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag and the Texas flag.

DeLeon introduced the speaker for the day R.G. Duncan with Colonial Funeral Services on Red River Street.

Mr. Duncan spoke to the group about what to do when a loved one dies; papers that are necessary and items needed and advice on steps to be taken. He shared from his experience in this business the fact that the death of a loved one is a very difficult time. It is best to make your wishes known while you can and make as many plans that you can. He presented everyone with a booklet of helpful things to know when you are faced with the death of a loved one.

DeLeon told the group that the volunteers are now offering the AARP Tax Aide free income filing services every Friday and Monday at the Victoria County Senior Citizens center. This service is open to all elderly and low- to middle-income people. He said Grace Faulkner can answer any questions about this service.

Ann Carver and Pam Carver were welcomed back after Ann's surgery recovery. It was noted that Maria Alvarado and Eunice Boyd were ill. It was also reported that Gloria Davis' daughter had died.

Happy Birthday was sung to Rosa Benevides for her January birthday.

Reports were heard from Laddie Janda, treasurer, and Yvonne Smith, secretary.

DeLeon reminded members of Senior Day at the Capitol in Austin on Feb. 12.

The theme for this year is "Seniors - the Heart of Texas." Members were encouraged to write letters to their state senator and/or state representative and fax them if they could not attend.

After the meeting, refreshments were served during fellowship hour. The next meeting will be Feb. 26.