AARP Chapter 829-Victoria hosts meets

Nov. 23, 2012 at 5:23 a.m.

The American Association of Retired Persons Chapter 829-Victoria met at 1 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Victoria County Senior Citizens center, 603 E. Murray St. Dr. Efren Diaz DeLeon, president, welcomed everyone to the meeting.

Chaplain Natalie Gilbert led the invocation followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the U.S. Flag and to the Texas Flag.

Dr. DeLeon introduced Hilda Ramirez, R.N. with Texas Home Health Care and Hospice. She spoke to the group on "Stress and the Holidays." As the holidays approach it is easy to become overwhelmed with all the demands on us.

She advised members to ask for help, learn to say no, take calm-down breaks, take a deep breath, get moving (exercise), be generous with ways other than money, and be kind to yourself. She also talked to the group on the results of a study of acetaminophen and ibuprofen and hearing loss.

Ofelin Guerra and Etta Mae Brewer were welcomed as new members of the chapter. Dr. DeLeon reminded members that dues for 2013 are now payable and are still $5 per year, per person.

Gayle Harvey, nominating committee, gave the nominating committee report. Nominated to serve in 2013 are Dr. Efren Diaz DeLeon, president; Betty Lott, vice president; Laddie Janda, treasurer; Yvonne Smith, secretary.

Dr. DeLeon called for nominations from the floor; there were none. Gloria Emens moved that the nominating committee report be accepted. Margaret Peoples seconded the motion; motion carried. Those on the nominating committee are Eunice Boyd, Gayle Harvey and Yvonne Smith.

"Happy Birthday" was sung to Dr. DeLeon, Margaret Peoples and Maria Alvarado for their October birthdays.

In the sunshine report, it was noted that Ann Carver and Eunice Boyd were ill. The National Night out event that the chapter took part in was reported to be a fun success. It was held in the Navarro side parking lot of the Victoria County Senior Citizens Center on Murray Street. Ice cream and cookies were served, and visits from personnel from the Victoria Police, Fire Department, EMS and the Probation Department were enjoyed.

The next meeting will be the last meeting for the year. It will be the annual Holiday Party to be held at 1 p.m. on Nov. 27. Members are to bring at least one Bingo prize and holiday refreshments to share.



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