Joe and Debbie Woloszyn – Newsletter Editors





Volume     28           No.   3    SEPTEMBER 2020


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

September 1, 2020

Dear Members,

I bring you to the boards and my wishes of well being and an update of what our local chapter is doing. 

Your Board of Directors met on August 19th to discuss how we go forward during the continued Covid 19 pandemic.  After much discussion, it was decided to put our chapter meeting on hold until March 2021.  The decision was based on the following: we will be meeting at the First Baptist Church when we reopen, the church is using Calendar House as a guide; at this juncture, Calendar House will reopen when Phase 3 is implemented; if an October meeting was doable, the winter months would be upon us; thereby, waiting until March 2021 when another letter will be mailed to you with another update. 

A second business item was to transition the presidency over to Patricia Tranchard 

(860-637-8433) effective September 1, 2020.  I have agreed to chair Membership.  The transfer of files etc.. will take place the week of September 7th.  I thank you for giving me the opportunity to serve you and know that change in leadership brings change in opportunities to grow.  Also, my appreciation to the Board and Committee chairs for their support. 

Pat sends a message to me regarding her new position.  Unfortunately, I am unable to retrieve it.  In essence, she is excited about the transition and is looking for support when the chapter can reopen.  She urges everyone to continue paying dues as your membership expires in December.  Membership renewals are the only source of income for our chapter at this time.  Please send to Sharon Kupiec, 25 Bristol Street, Apt. B, Southington, CT 06489.

Boscov's is still having the fundraiser this year.  It is different this year; you do not have to purchase a $5 ticket, just mention you are a member of Apple Valley Chapter #4943, Southington.  You will receive 20% off your total purchases and the chapter will receive 5%.  Also, the fundraiser has been extended to two days, October 14th and 15th from 9:00am to 9:00pm. 

Please stay safe and healthy, 


Sharon Kupiec

**Please disregard all items below this paragraph, it will be updated when we reopen.**

Upcoming : Programs for March, April and May are tentative:

The Singing Pastor; Southington Library and their Adult Programming; The LEAF Program and

SOCCA sharing their adult offerings. Exact meeting dates to come.

FEBRUARY IS HEART MONTH. Think about giving this most precious gift that is so very much needed and you could

actually save a life. You can call Red Cross at 1-800-733-2767 or on the internet at


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

Bread for Life Director, Donna Ayer, will be speaking about the Dementia program through Live Well.

WE APPRECIATE YOU: Janet Ferracci Carter

You have been a dedicated member of our Chapter; serving as Legislative Chair for many years. Your work in Hartford’s

AARP and reporting back any developments, concerns or things of interest to AARP here in Connecticut has truly

been informative and helpful. We are grateful to you for bringing us news about AARP. Thank you so much Janet!        

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

At our January meeting our members donations filled Three and a half (3 1/2) 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, 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 organizing this event.

WAYS AND MEANS: Chair: Christine Kwiat 860-747-8178

We will be having a raffle for Saint’s gift Card for $20. Tickets are: 3 for $1.00 or 7 for $2.00. You can’t win if you don’t play.

50/50 RAFFLE: Young Eng

Please see Young to get your tickets for the 50/50 Raffle at membership meeting.

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. Thank you Rachel for all you do for and with the Veterans!!

DONATE YOUR BOOKS: American Legion Auxiliary is now fundraising through donations of used books, CD’s, DVD’s, videos and audio books. Drop off your contributions at their local donation container to keep books out of the trash and help raise money for this group!

Drop off here anytime: Southington YMCA 29 High Street Southington, CT

For more information: Contact Got Books? (978)-327-7600

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.


Thanks to Ann Houle we all will have new name badges which were available at the January meeting. Please stop by and pick yours up if you haven’t done so.

MEMBERSHIP: Chair: Sharon Kupiec 860-770-1557

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:

Sharon Kupiec 25 Bristol Street, Apt. B, Southington, CT 06489.

SUNSHINE: Chair: Susan Lint 860-621-7268

We sent a sympathy card to Gail Chesanek’s family on her passing. We also sent Gene Kwiat and Marie Thelen Get Well cards and hope they are 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

The following has volunteered to bring in goodies, but as always, if you would like to bring something in, it will be greatly appreciated.

Also, if we can get help for Lucy to set up and take down would be wonderful!!

Sandwiches:  Gloria Lord, Darlene Steele, Rose Sukatski, Margaret Bruscino, Marie Davidow, Margaret Lavorgna,

                        and Debbie Woloszyn

Desserts:       Gene Stanhope, Rosemary Reeve, Judy Keller, Marie Sepiol, and Donna Wolicki

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.           


     A Board of Director’s meeting was held on February 12, 2020 at the Calendar House.

     Various activities for upcoming months were discussed.

     Sharon Kupiec stated she will be gone from February 22, 2020 and will return on March 13, 2020, so

     Barbara McKay will conduct the next Board Meeting on March 11, 2020.

     A motion was made and seconded:

     ** To donate monies ($300 each) to Southington Community Services and All Night Grad Party.



February 25, 2020


Membership Meeting at Mary Our Queen Church Hall


March 11, 2020


Board of Directors’ Meeting at Calendar House


March 24, 2020


Membership Meeting at Mary Our Queen Church Hall

CANCELLATION NOTICES: It is still Winter time so 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.