News of Recent and Planned Events
View a gallery of photos of recent chapter acitivities here: http://adlogam.smugmug.com/Organizations/AARP/n-49pk5B.
In partnership with several community organizations, AARP Blacksburg Chapter was able to bring Dr. Bill Thomas to Blacksburg to here is presentation, "Disrupting Aging." In his lecture to 250 persons in attendance, he argued for the disruption to the current ideas of aging and presented his concept of Elderhood as a better way of thinking about senior years.
Fundraising For LLI
AARP Blacksburg Chapter and the Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) at Virginia Tech formed a partnership in 2016 that enables the chapter to provide selected banking service to LLI when appropriate. A fundraising event at the White Barrel Winery in Christiansburg provided the occasion for launching this inistiative.
The chapter now is able to communicate with any member of the chapter with an active email address. We use the MailChimp service and periodic messages are sent to alert members to important information such when the next issue of the newsletter is available online and to announcement community events open to chapter members.
Any member with an email address is eligible for this service. Be sure that firstname.lastname@example.org is in your address or contact file on your computer. Questions? Write to Don Creamer at email@example.com.
Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. (DBI) is an organization that actively promotes activities and events in the town of Blacksburg. AARP Blacksburg Chapter joined the organization in 2016 and is represented by Wendy Baldwin at their meetings. They use their mediums of communition to promote chapter events when news is submitted to them in a timely manner.
Dr. Bill Thomas Presented the Idea of Elderhood to Blacksburg
Use of MailChimp
We Now Are Members of Downtown Blacksburg, Inc.
News of recent chapter activities is display here. These activities describe the variety of events in which AARP Blacksburg Chapter is involved.
The chapter's involement with the Community Foundation of the New River Valley led to the establishment of a formal liaison with the NRV TimeBank. Val Coluni is the representative from the chapter the TimeBank Board of Directors and has been active in helping to launch this important new initiative in the community and now is working to involve chapoter members directly in TimeBank activities.
Two major awards from AARP Virginia were presented to AARP Blacksburg Chapter at the 2016 All Volunteer Banquet in Richmond, Virginia. Don Creamer was awarded the Ethel Andrus Award and the chapter received the Chapter Education Award for its LivingWell@50+ conference, the Disrupting Aging Lecture by Dr. Bill Thomas, and the 2016 Health and Wellness Fair.
Chapter Members Visit Representative Morgan
Blacksburg AARP Chapter members had a private meeting with our 9th district congressman in February. The meeting, scheduled for 30 minutes, lasted nearly an hour. The purpose was primarily to advocate for and explain AARP's position on the continuation of Medicare. National AARP Board member Bob Blancato and Associate State AARP VA Director Peter Goldin participated along with chapter members. Ben reports the meeting was open, substantive and productive. L to R: Ben Crawford, Bob Blancato, Nola Elliott, Congressman Morgan Griffith, Peter Goldin, Ryan Martin.