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

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Joe and Debbie Woloszyn – Newsletter Editors






     Volume    27          No.  7  January 2020


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

Happy New Year everyone.  I hope your holidays were  joyful and Santa found you.  Can you believe it is 2020? 

Did anyone else’s mom tell them not to wish their time away, because the older you get the faster it goes. 

Once again my mother was on target.  Our Christmas Luncheon was wonderful and thank you to those who  

supported it.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE:  Starting in January 2020 when the chapter is selling tickets to a fundraising function, we no

longer can reserve tickets and have you pay the night of the function.  We have lost money on past functions because

tickets were put aside, the meal count included them, and they were a no show and did not offer to pay after the fact.

Upcoming programs for February, and March are tentatively: Southington Library and their Adult Programming the LEAF Program and SOCCA sharing their adult offerings. Exact meeting dates to come.


HEALTH: Darlene Steel 860-621-9283/Sharon Kupiec 860-770-1557

FLU SHOTS! FLU SHOTS! FLU SHOTS! Can’t remind everyone too many times.

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

January Membership program will have us playing BINGO.  The Board of Directors donated several prizes so come and have a relaxing afternoon.

CHRISTMAS GIVING: Chair: Doris McAdoo 860-628-5220

To all those members who so generously gave wonderful gifts to the 40 seniors who are in need, as chosen by Southington Community Services to receive them, we thank you for helping them to enjoy their Christmas.

We thank Doris for organizing, and collecting those gifts. Also, our thanks to Elaine Wayland for helping her to transport the gifts to SCS who are always grateful for everything we do as a Chapter for the less fortunate in our community. 

If I forgot anyone else that helped Doris and Elaine, I am sorry but thank you for volunteering.                                                             



Thank you to all who donated calendars. VA and local Convalescent Hospital residents were happy again this year to receive them for the New Year. Thank you Rachel for organizing this event.


Thank you cards went out to the merchants that so generously gave items to raffle; gift cards, gift baskets as well

as a special thank you to Dave Zoni for his participation. A big thank you to the members who went out to local

businesses to solicit gifts to raffle. A huge thank you to Phyllis Wade for all those thank yous. 

At our membership meetings our raffles and the 50/50 drawings are fun and bring in funds for our treasury, so be sure to buy your tickets and remember "you can't win if you don't play!"

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

 At our November meeting 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, 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 Sue for all you do!

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

We will be having a raffle. 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

Please see Young to get your tickets for the 50/50 Raffle at membership meeting.

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.

DONATE YOUR BOOKS: American Legion Auxiliary is now fundraising through donations of used books, CD’s, DVD’s, videos and audio books. Drop off your contributions at their local donation container to keep books out of the trash and help raise money for this group!

Drop off here anytime: Southington YMCA 29 High Street Southington, CT

For more information: Contact Got Books? (978)-327-7600

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. The entire $20.00 goes to our Chapter. Offer them for sale to others to raise money for our Chapter or buy one for yourself or someone you love. See Donna to purchase certificates for massages.


 Thanks to Ann Houle we all will have new name badges available at the January meeting. Please stop by and pick yours up.

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 sent a sympathy card to Gene Hilton on the passing of her husband, Charles.

For members who have been sick or in the hospital we hope you are recovered and well now. 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: Chair: Lucy Leach 860-628-8032

Lucy Leach will be our new Social Committee Chair. Thank you Lucy!! Since the sign up sheet did not go around at last meeting, the following has volunteered to bring in goodies, but as always, if you would like to bring something in, it will be greatly appreciated.

Sandwiches:  Marie Ayotte, Millie Gagnon, Ann Houle, Susan Lint and Barb McKay

Desserts:        Lee Burhoe, Carol Diana, Gloria Dube, Mary Dubicki, Pat Filinski, Judy Keller, Maria Perreault, Marge Steinnagel and 

                        Cheryl VanCor

NEWSLETTER: Chair: Joe and Debbie Woloszyn 916-204-8960      Email: [email protected]

We hope you enjoy reading our monthly Newsletters and find that they are informative. Please let us know if you have any suggestions that would improve it. Newsletters are (usually) available by the 3rd Tuesday of each month, one week before our membership meeting. 

These are also available on our website at: www.AVS4943.ORG.                                                        


No Board of Directors’ meetings for December 2019 or January 2020.

Marvin Choquette has agreed to audit our books.


Tuesday                  January 28, 2020            1:00pm                   Membership Meeting at Mary Our Queen Church Hall              

Wednesday             February 12, 2020          1:30pm                   Board of Directors’ Meeting at Calendar House

Tuesday                  February 25, 2020          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.


                                                        HAPPY 2020 NEW YEAR TO ALL!!