Apple Valley- Southington Chapter #4943 of AARP, Inc.

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Joe and Debbie Woloszyn – Newsletter Editors






     Volume    27          No.  3   September 2019


President’s Message: Sharon Kupiec 860-770-1557

WELCOME BACK! I am hopeful, despite the heat and humidity, your summer was restful and pleasant. Your Officers, Board of Directors, and Committee Chairs has met and planned an exciting fall program. It’s time to get on board by good and regular membership meeting attendance, selling Boscov coupons, selling Pasta Dinner tickets, and attending our Annual Christmas Luncheon.

I look forward to working with one and all in meeting our mission statement We are here “To Serve, Not to Be Served!

HEALTH: Darlene Steele   860-621-9283

At our membership meeting, Darlene will discuss the vaccines needed for preventative care.

PROGRAMS AND ENTERTAINMENT: Board of Directors’ (Sharon Kupiec 860-770-1557)

For our September 24th meeting, we will be having Kelly Leppard, Director of the STEPS program here.


                                                             CHAPTER MEMBERSHIP MEETING: 09/24/19

6TH ANNUAL PASTA DINNER: Chair: Eldon Hafford 860-747-5476

Our Pasta Dinner this year will be held on Friday, October 25, 2019 at the First Baptist Church, 581 Meriden Avenue with continuous serving from 5:00pm-6:30pm.

David Zoni has agreed to croon us from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. See Ann Houle who will be selling tickets before our September 24th meeting begins and the cost is $12.00 for adults and $6.00 for school age children. Buy tickets for yourself, your family and friends. If you need tickets after the meeting, you may contact Ann Houle at 860-637-8370.

NOTE: Tickets will NOT be sold at the door.

BLOOD DRIVE: Phyllis Wade 860-302-1111

The Red Cross Blood drive will be; 10/17/19 at Mary Our Queen Church Hall from 1:30 pm to 6:30pm.

Volunteers are needed. Donating or volunteering is a kind gesture that can make you feel good while doing good.

Please see Phyllis if interested in helping in the canteen or at the sign-up desk.

SOUTHINGTON COMMUNITY SERVICES: Co-Chairs: Walter Jones 860-348-9201 - Christine Kwiat 860-747-8178 

 At our June meeting, which was held at the Orchards, our members donations filled Three (3) boxes of canned and packaged food, paper goods and personal care items and delivered to SCS. Please continue to bring your donations to our meetings.  The need for these items is great and for those recipients getting this extra help is a blessing and you will feel good by helping them.

GROCERY BAGS (plastic, paper or totes) are needed at SCS. Please bring any extra ones that you don’t need to our meetings for them. Also continue to collect BOX TOPS, LABELS or Points for Education and Pull-Tabs. Ask your family and friends to collect these for you. It doesn’t cost you a thing and really helps toward providing supplies for schools and equipment for the Shriners’ Children’s Hospital.

SOCKS ARE NEEDED: Chair: Sue Lint 860-621-7268

We will continue collecting new socks for the needy for men, women and children (all sizes). Please bring donations to our meetings. These will be donated to our local residents in need and will be distributed by SCS and Bread for Life.

Thank you to all that have donated so generously.

WAYS AND MEANS: Co-Chair: Christine Kwiat 860-747-8178 and Co-Chair: Darlene Steele 860-621-9283 

The raffle item will be a $25.00 gift certificate from Manor Inn. Tickets are: 3 for $1.00 or 7 for $2.00 You can’t win if you don’t play!!

50/50 RAFFLE: Young Eng 860-620-9770 

 If you like to win money, please see Young to purchase your raffle tickets. 50% of the monies received will go back into our General Fund and the other 50% will go to the lucky winner!!

BOSCOV’S SAVINGS PASS: Chair: Janet Ferracci-Carter 860-628-4491

The Boscov's kickoff ticket sale has begun.  If you purchase a $5.00 Friends Helping Friends pass you will receive:

1.  A 25% discount shopping pass for purchases made on Oct. 16, 2019. (Some restrictions apply).

2.  Free snacks throughout the store

3.  A chance to win gift cards ranging from $100.00 to $500.00 

4.  Free gift wrap for all occasions including Christmas

100% of all money collected from ticket sales go back to us: Southington Chapter AARP #4943, Inc. Your generosity

and support for this fundraiser will further allow us to give back to our community. I will challenge any AARP member

who sells 50 tickets. If you complete this challenge I will personally provide transportation to you and a friend, to and

from Boscov's, on Oct. 16, 2019. Call me, Janet Ferracci-Carter, at 860-628-4491 and I can deliver your tickets or see

me at our June luncheon and the September meeting.  Also, I will be selling tickets throughout the Summer.    

AMERICAN LEGION AUXILIARY: Chair: Rachel Wache 860-621-0890

Please don’t forget our service men/women. Our donations of non-perishable food items, treats/snacks and comfort care items let them know that they are appreciated. Treats and toys (no canned dog food) for their service dogs is also a nice way of showing our support. 

Ask Rachel what they need and bring your donations to our meetings.

MASSAGES: Chair: Donna Wolicki 860-971-6039

Massages certificates are still available. The certificates are only $20.00 for a 60 minute massage which includes a brief exam by 

Dr. Daniel Ragozzine. (He took over practice due to Dr. Carol Grant’s retirement).

The entire $20.00 goes to our Chapter. See Donna to purchase certificates for massages.

MEMBERSHIP: Chair: Pat Trenchard 860-637-8433

We hope to bring in new members to our Chapter this year. We have a new program where you bring in a new member and you will receive your next membership year dues for half price!! This is a great incentive to increase our Chapter! We are already a great Chapter and we do amazing things for our community and our special charities but think how much more we could accomplish with a larger membership.

Remember our slogan “Recruit One”.

We will be collecting dues for membership renewals for 2020.

Please check your Chapter card to see if you have renewed for 2019. DUES must be paid to remain a member.

A membership committee member will be ready to process your renewal before the meeting. The requirements for becoming a new member or to renew your membership are:

1. A valid National AARP membership card or a mailing label from their current magazine or bulletin.

2. Your Apple Valley—Southington Chapter membership card.

3. Ten Dollars ($10.00) cash/check per person/per year. Make checks to: Southington Chapter #4943 of AARP, Inc. If you would like to renew your Chapter membership for more than one year you may renew up to the expiration date on your National card. You can mail your dues (check only – no cash), along with the mailing label from your current National magazine, your Chapter card and a self addressed, stamped envelope to:  Pat Trenchard, 716 Berry Patch Way Southington, CT 06489.

SUNSHINE: Chair: Susan Lint 860-621-7268

We are sorry that a card was not sent to you but we care and would have sent one had we known. Please call me or fill out the form that goes around at the meetings to let me know of any members who are sick, in the hospital, or death of a member or of a member who had a death of a “close” family member.

SOCIAL COMMITTEE: We are looking for volunteer/volunteers

Our Board of Directors will be providing refreshments at the 09/24/19 meeting. A sign-up sheet will be passed around for our 

October 22, 2019 meeting and as always, if you have not had a chance to bring something, please sign up.

SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER: Chair: Joe and Debbie Woloszyn 916-204-8960

All current members of Apple Valley—Southington Chapter #4943 of AARP, Inc. should have received this newsletter by 1st class mail along with our Proposed Budget 2019/2020, as well as well as the Slate of Officers, Board of Directors’, Finance Committee and Chairmen on Committees.

If anyone needs to get a hold of us, please email us at [email protected].

WE WILL VOTE: Please review the enclosed Proposed Budget for 2019/2020. We will vote to accept it at our September 24th membership meeting.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS’: The Board of Directors’ meeting was held on September 11, 2019.

The Board Members discussed our 25th Anniversary of Incorporation; future fundraisers; 2 vacancies needed (one for Social and one for Nominating) and June Picnic Luncheon at Camp Sloper (more discussion to come). Board Members agreed to hold our Christmas Party at Manor Inn on December 9, 2019 at 11:30am. The ticket price for this party to be announced.


Tuesday                   September 24, 2019 1:00pm                  Membership Meeting at Mary Our Queen Church Hall

Wednesday              October 9, 2019 1:30pm                         Board of Directors’ Meeting at the Calendar House

Wednesday              October 16, 2019                                    All Day Boscov’s Fundraiser 480 Lewis Street Meriden

Tuesday                   October 22, 2019 1:00pm                       Membership Meeting at Mary Our Queen Church Hall

CANCELLATION NOTICES: Fall and Winter are approaching. There could be times when bad weather causes dangerous road conditions on the day of one of our meetings. If that happens we may cancel that meeting. Watch WFSB Channel 3 from 9am to 12 noon and it will show under Southington AARP. Just a reminder, if Southington schools close, we will not have our meeting.


                                                    HOPE EVERYONE ENJOYED THEIR SUMMER