The Tribes Hill Iroquois Seniors began their Sept. 14 meeting at 10 a.m. with a social hour hosted by Beverly Fox, Barb Lampkin and Tony and Emily Scott.
President Meyers called the meeting to order and Chaplain Barb Furman led members in the opening prayer, pledge of allegiance and a reading entitled “September Gifts”.
President Meyers introduced our guest speaker, Heather Harder, from the Montgomery County Sheriffs Department DARE Program. DARE stands for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. She proceeded to inform us what she does in this program. This program is aimed at school age children to prevent drug and alcohol abuse, bullying and stress and ways to handle it. Ms. Harder goes out to schools in Montgomery County and teaches a 10-week course for 45 minutes per week to fifth, sixth and seventh graders. Each participant gets a workbook that they use in class. She also talked about the Project Life Saver Program. This is a program aimed at individuals with Alzheimer’s, dementia, autism or other mental disabilities. They distribute a wristband for the individual to wear on their wrist or ankle which has a transmitter in it. If the individual gets lost, the Sheriffs Department can easily find them. The initial cost is $100 for the wrist band with a yearly maintenance fee of $40, which includes battery replacement, done right in your home.
Roll was taken by Chaplain Barb Furman with 30 members plus a guest present.
President Meyers announced the birthdays for September: Janice Lewek, Sept. 16; Pat Schwartz, Sept. 16; Anita Bush, Sept. 19; Cindy Young, Sept. 19; Joel Szabo, Sept. 20; Tony Scott, Sept. 24; and Martha Hensel Sept. 29.
The treasurer’s report was read and will be filed for audit.
OFA — Barb Furman reported that the senior picnic will be held on Friday, Sept. 15, at the Fonda Fairgrounds.
Trip Committee — Pat Schwartz reported that the next scheduled trip is on Nov. 16 to Colonie Center with lunch at the Cracker Barrel.
Social Committee — President Meyers announced that the installation banquet is planned for Oct. 19 at noon at the Winners Circle Restaurant in Fonda. The Halloween Party is scheduled for Nov. 2 and the Christmas Party is Dec. 14 at noon at C.P.’s Restaurant in Hagaman.
Katherine Downing from the nominating committee, reported the officers for this year are: President Cheryl Meyers, Acting Vice President Barbara Furman, Treasurer Barb Lampkin, Secretary Barb Minch, Chaplain Barb Furman, Historian Elaine Hoyt, Trip Committee Pat Schwartz and Barb Lampkin. The proposed 2018 officers are President Cheryl Meyers, Vice President Beverly Fox, Treasurer Barb Lampkin, Secretary Barb Minch, Chaplain Barb Furman with Allan Taylor as back up, Trip Committee Barb Lampkin and Pat Schwartz, need a volunteer for historian.
The 50/50 raffle winners were Shirley Dado and Elaine Hoyt.
Show & Tell — A member shared a story regarding one of her medications that she is taking. She currently has CDPHP insurance and the medication is costing her $200 per month. When checking further into it she found out that she could get the medication for $70 per month instead of paying $200, Charlene Fonda also spoke about prescriptions coverage through Epic, which is an income based program.
Barb Lampkin & Pat Schwartz had funny readings.
Motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Allan Taylor and Elaine Hoyt.
Barbara Furman closed the meeting with a closing prayer.