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

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Joe and Debbie Woloszyn – Newsletter Editors






     Volume    27          No.  5  November 2019


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

It’s hard to believe that yet another year has passed. My mother told me when I sat in our kitchen wishing for time to pass so I could attend some function, “Don’t wish your life away, because the older you get the faster it goes”. I didn’t think too much about that until I retired. Thanksgiving is two days after our membership meeting and then Christmas is just a month away. Wow! Is everyone all shopped and wrapped? A rhetorical question obviously. On behalf of the Board of Directors and myself, wishing you all a thankful Thanksgiving, a grateful December holiday- however you personally celebrate- and a Healthy New Year.

Upcoming programs for January, February, and March are tentatively: Southington Library and their Adult Programming, the LEAF Program and SOCCA sharing their adult offerings. And of course, BINGO!!


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

Easterseals Center for Better Hearing has been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Bradley Henry Barnes & Leila Upson

Barnes Memorial Trust at the Main Street Community Foundation. The grant will provide qualifying residents

of Southington, Marion, Milldale, and Plantsville assistance with hearing technology.

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

For our membership meeting we will be having a couple of speakers: Dave Harrington will speak about Medicare Options and 

John DeMello will speak about our Veterans. If time allows after the speakers, we will be playing BINGO!


                                                                   Christmas Party

CHRISTMAS PARTY: Co-Chair: Sharon Kupiec 860-770-1557 and Co-Chair: Shirley Mason 860-628-8970.

Celebrate the holidays with your chapter friends at the Manor Inn Restaurant on Monday, December 9, 2019. After a brief membership meeting at 11:30am our Christmas Party Luncheon begins (12:00 to 3:00pm). The menu consists of: Tossed Salad, Top Sirloin, Roasted Chicken, Eggplant Parmesan, Oven Roasted Potatoes,

Vegetables Du Jour, Beverages and a Dessert. Guests are welcome but all tickets must be purchased in advance.

Luncheon Tickets are $25.00 each and can be purchased from Ann Houle 860-307-0774. 

As a special treat, The Humblebees will be performing. NOTE: NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD AT THE DOOR.


CHRISTMAS GIVING: Chair: Doris McAdoo 860-628-5220—We will need a couple of volunteers to help out as well!

Reminder: Members who accepted a paper ornament for gift giving to a “senior in need” must bring their gifts to the November 26, 2019 membership meeting. These gifts must be new and wrapped with the ornament securely attached. If you have more than one wrapped gift they must be tied together or put into a gift bag with the ornament secured to the bag. 

The paper ornament is the only way Southington Community Services can identify who is to receive the gifts.

Gifts will be delivered in time for Christmas. Giving anonymously makes the recipient and you happy!!

2020 CALENDARS: We need 2020 calendars brought to our next couple of membership meetings so we can fulfill our goal of providing calendars to VA and local Convalescent Hospital residents. Thank you in advance.


Pasta Dinner was a success. Good time had by all!! Dave kept us entertained with his crooning.

62 tickets were sold and we had a profit of $502.58. Rachel did a great job on the raffle prizes and the Key club members were very helpful. Just a note to let our members know that “Thank you” cards went out to all merchants who provided us with gift certificates and other prizes and to Dave Zoni for his participation as well.

What a great job to all that helped out with our 6th Annual Pasta Dinner. Thank you!!

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

 At our October meeting our members donations filled Two (2) 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 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!!

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. 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.

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 Get Well card to Patricia Bojarski, we hope she is feeling better. 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: Sharon Kupiec, Lori Penta and Debbie Woloszyn

Desserts: Marie Sepiol, Rachel Wache and Phyllis Wade.

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 NEWSLETTER FOR DECEMBER*

BOARD OF DIRECTORS’: The Board of Directors’ meeting was held on November 13, 2019.

Marvin Choquette has agreed to audit our books. BOD stated we will have no Board of Directors’ meeting

or Newsletter for December.


Tuesday                   November 26, 2019    1:00pm                       Membership Meeting at Mary Our Queen Church Hall

Wednesday             January 8, 2020          1:30pm                        Board of Directors’ Meeting at Calendar House

Tuesday                  January 28, 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 Thanksgiving!