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Jefferson County Retired School Personnel; Arc of Jefferson & Nearby Counties

Jun 09, 2014


The Jefferson County Unit of the Iowa Retired School Personnel met May 28 at SunnyBrook for a luncheon and meeting.

The guest speaker was Joan Nydle, who is the family care specialist with Milestones Area Agency on Aging, formerly known as Seneca.

Nydle emphasized the importance of senior citizens getting prepared while they are still in charge and getting their wishes and instructions down in writing. She also recommended shredding papers that should not fall into the wrong hands.

Nydle said the Milestones Area Agency needs volunteers to talk to senior groups about Medicare and fraud. Anyone interested in doing this can contact the Ottumwa office.

The June meeting will be June 25 at the Faith United Methodist Church. The program will be the Rhythm Rockers.




The board of directors of The Arc of Jefferson & Nearby Counties met recently at the Fairfield First United Methodist Church to finalize plans for participation in the Jefferson County Fair and other business as usual.

President Brian Simmons presided over the meeting.

Kathy Henry will schedule workers for the booths at the county fair being held June 25-29. Darlene Vorhies is acquiring silent auction items again, with assistance from Sheila and Scott Clements, David and Julie Glueck, Mary Sue Hoaglin, Linda Hinshaw, Brian Simmons and Jeannine Simmons. The Arc will raffle a 39-inch flat screen TV, with tickets being sold at the fair.

Henry read a thank-you from Camp Courageous for the recent donation, and thank-you’s from three Van Buren High School students for the graduation card and check, and from Lisa Doak for supporting her son all these years.

In other business, Barb Withrow reported the following donations received prior to May 29: Peggy Rogers, MidWestOne Bank (for Special Olympics Team Fairfield), Mary Fleig, Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 2271 Auxiliary, and the following specifically for camperships — American Pest Control, Bob’s Automotive, Fairfield Dental Clinic, Gamrath-Doyle & Associates, Lori’s Decorating & Consulting, Paintline Inc., Peak Performance, Raymond Funeral Home, Schaus-Vorhies Contracting, Schaus-Vorhies Kleaning and Schaus-Vorhies Manufacturing. Walmart Foundation through Scott Clements and their employee volunteer program also donated. Others having donated since May 29 will be listed following the upcoming annual meeting.

Gary and Kathy Henry donated the cost of printing new local Arc brochures. Withrow also reported The Arc 990 tax return has been completed and filed, and mileage plus other expenses involved with local athletes participating in State Special Olympics Games has been disbursed.

Brian Simmons, Special Olympics coach, reported he will accompany Ronnie Withrow Saturday through June 21 to participate in the National Special Olympics competition in power lifting with Team Iowa, being held in New Jersey. Withrow has sold many T-shirts to help raise funds for the team and recently held a fundraiser at Foursquare Church to help with his personal expenses.

Mary Sue Hoaglin reported Micah Harris from Fairfield High School and Nick Stiles from Van Buren High School received The Arc Susan Presley scholarships. Both recipients have been invited to attend The Arc’s annual general membership meeting at 7 p.m. June 19 at the Fairfield Public Library.

Election of officers and directors for the coming year beginning July 1 will take place at the annual general membership meeting. Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting.

The next meeting of The Arc Board of Directors will be at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 25 on the second-floor of First United Methodist Church.


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