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Eastern Colorado Plainsman
Hugo, Colorado
April 17, 1980     Eastern Colorado Plainsman
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PAGE 16 EASTERN COLORADO PLAINSMAN h A national organization, 12 million members strong, has formed its first chapter in rural east-central Colorado. The Lincoln County chapter of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), with 33 charter members, has held Its first meeting in Hugo, and promises to be a dynamic addition in service to the com- munity. Founded in 1958 by Dr. Eth- el Percy Andrus in Washing- ton, D.C., the organization's motto is "To serve, not to be served." The association seeks to satisfy the mind and heart, helping older people create new patterns of. inde- pendence, purpose and dig- nity; it makes available to its members concrete, tangible answers to pressing, everyday needs. AARP has been a trailblazer in developing innovations and breakthroughs for the benefit of the elderly. of the elderly: AARP members are eligible to receive prescription drugs through the mail, or over the counter, through the Retired Persons Pharmacy Service centers, formed to combat the high prices of prescriptions, and the inconvenience of ob- taining prescriptions by older persons. Other projects and accom- plishments conceived by AARP include employment aid for the elderly; legal coun- sel services; Driverplan Plus, automobile insurance which is not cancellable for reason of age alone; consumer as- sistance; health education and general education; Wid- owed Persons Service; tax counseling; community-level service to Individuals and in- stitutions (providing transpor- tation to the elderly, providing companionship and entertain- ment for shut-ins in institu- tions, as examples); legisla- tive advocacy and lobbying, both on state and national lev- els (older person abuse and reducing the cost of utilities for elderly persons are exam- ples of current issues); and gerontology research. Involvement with nursing homes makes up a large part of AARP's activities. In Den- ver, for instance, AARP mem- bers take cookies to nursing homes, and put on programs for the residents. There is a Watermelon Day, when mem- bers take all the watermelons they can load up and distrib- ute them to the nursing homes. This type. of service is al- ready being provided by the RSVP (Retired Seniors Volun- teer Program) in the area, but the new Lincoln County chap- ter sees no conflict between the two organization,s but, rather, as an opportunity for two complementary bodies to work together toward a com- mon goal, to accomplish that much more for the good of the community. Helping lonely people, find- ing them and drawing them in, is another function that the association serves, according to the group's organizers. The Lincoln County chapter was started through the ef- forts of Hugo's Alice Hotland and the assistant state dir- ector from Denver, Nlna Eas- on. The two women have been friends for many years and, one day, after some discus- sion, they decided to see If an AARP chapter might be able to be started in Lincoln Coun- ty. '~Ne've had a real good res- ponse," Holland says, noting that the group has 33 mem- bers after two meetings. The formation of the Lincoln County group makes it the 89th chapter in the state, ad- ding to over 13,000 members. The new chapter has elect- ed officers and committee chairpersons: Alice Holland, president; AI Mann, vice pres- ident; Lela Sellon, secretary; Miriam Derry, treasurer, while directors are Marge Ruff, Jen- nie Summers and Wilbur Weeder. Committee chairpersons are Marge Ruff, legislative; Ocie Emarlne, public rela- tions; AI Mann, program; An- na Bernard, membership; Ava Orrell, community service; and Franklin Pearson was ap- pointed historian of the chap- ter. Meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of every month, at 2 p.m., at the Se- nior Citizens Center in Hugo. Coverage Now Don't wait until a fire strikes to find that your pres( nt policy is inadequate. Let us update yours now. now open Thursday 9adm. to 4p.m. EASTERN COLORADO PLAINSMAN Hugo Agent Don Monasmith Auto-CJfe nn.D and 8mlnms STAll Jrthl Burlington 346-86O2 The next scheduled meeting is April 22. Nina Eason will again be present at the meet- ing, as she has on the pre- vious two occasions, and will explain the association's goals and functions, answer- ing all questions. Eason says her geographic area covers all the region in east-central Colorado, east- ward, as far as Burlington, and she would like to see new chapters formed in that re- gion. Residents of Klt Cheyenne and Elbert oul ties, and surrounding ames, who would be Intem~ed in starting chaptera in tMir eom- munitles can call Eason in Denver, at 934-9190. ,pme, 190 C ave Limon 775-2338 ,! 1st Come 1st Twine In . Due to cost of interest Till May1,1980 will Y oee O Turco Lawn Fertil izer grills . Pickup "n moi Pickup tool LIMON c~op. EXCHANGE Corner of N. Hwy 71 8, Main, Limon Phone 775-2236 O ;e$