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Here is the schedule for monthly member meetings in 2017.
June 20 (Annual Picnic)
December TBA (Holiday Celebration Luncheon)
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If the Montgomery County Public Schools are closed on the day of a monthly public meeting, the event is cancelled.
If the Montgomery County Public Schools delay school opening for 1-2 hours, the event will be held.
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AARP Position on Affordable Care Act Spelled Out
Jo Ann C. Jenkins, CEO of AARP, sent a letter on Jan. 2 to each member of Congress, all AARP staff, and numerous AARP volunteer leaders. You can access it here. The letter provides details of AARP's position on the ACA, Medicare, Prescription Drugs, Private Insurace Market, and Medicaid and Long-Term Care and Supports.
See 2016 Chapter Events in Photos
Thanks to Board member Peter Magolda, you can view a photographic album of 2016 chapter events such as the Dr. Bill Thomas lecture, the 40th Anniversary Picnic, the Health and Wellness Fair, the White Barrel Social, and the Holiday Luncheon.
February 2017 Program Will Feature Railroading in the New River Valley
Mr. Bud Jefferies, official historian for the 611 Steam Excursion Program at the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke and owner of the Engles Farm in Radford, will share his extensive knowledge of “Railroading in the New River Valley” at the February 21 meeting of the chapter.
The coming of the railroads 1850s provided a boost to the to
development of southwestern Virginia and the New River Valley. Jefferies will highlight that development and the influence of railroads on the region. A rail line eventually came to Blacksburg and had a major impact on the community and the college in Blacksburg by connecting it to the outside world. While the influence of the rail connection to Blacksburg decreased in time, it nonetheless was instrumental in the building of the region and the university to their current form. History was made when the railroads came to Blacksburg and added interesting folklore to the area as well.
Mr. Jefferies is a graduate of Virginia Tech, a retired army Colonel, an author of books on railroading in the New River Valley, and a cattle rancher in Radford.
Chapter Meetings are Fun and Informative
The January meeting of the chapter included 40+ members and guests and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves. They also were instructed in the work of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley to nurture the Livibility Initiatives to implementation. Dr. Jessical Wirgau made the presentation and invited the full participation of our members in various initiatives. She will return in October to fully explain the Aging In Place initiative with her colleague Kim Thurlow.
John Hillison, Margaret Kates, Violet Drake, and Helen Matthews enjoyed the opportunity to visit with friends prior to the formal program.