Ann Houle– Newsletter Editor



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                                                                                                  JANUARY 2023

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE: Pat Trenchard 203-915-2509


Happy new year to all. I hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday season. We are gearing up for the new year, with hopes, that we will be able to be back to normal. It was wonderful to see so many people at our holiday party. We heard so many good things, about the venue and the food, so I know many had a wonderful time. As the new year begins, we hope to get back to doing many of the things we did before as well as trying some new ventures. I hope to see everybody on the 24th.

Stay healthy and safe,


MEETINGS: are now being held at the Southington Police Department, 69 Lazy Lane.

CHRISTMAS PARTY: Everyone who attended had a great time and of course the food was enjoyed by all. Thank you to all those members who helped by selling tickets, soliciting businesses to donate and members who donated all those great items for the raffles, selling tickets for the raffles and bringing in that wonderful cake which was donated by our Chapter, made for a successful event. Having raffles is so much fun and everyone who won a prize seemed excited and happy.

RAFFLES: Chair: Sharon Kupiec 860-770-1557

Everyone loves the chance to win a prize, especially cash! Purchase tickets for our 50/50 RAFFLE and you could win 50% of the money collected from that drawing: 50% for you and 50% for our Chapter’s Treasury. GIFT ITEMS are great too. At our January 24th meeting we will have a raffle for a $25.00 gift card donated by Dunkin’ Donuts. Buy your tickets before meetings begin. Raffle tickets are 3 for $1.00 or  7 for $2.00.

PROGRAMS AND ENTERTAINMENT: Chair: Phyllis Wade 860-621-2754

Our speaker for our January 24th meeting will be Jamie Finkelstein from Beacon Retiree Benefits Group, LLC. She is a Medicare Plan specialist and will speak to us on Medicare 101.

COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS: Members to chair some of our committees are still needed. An organization doesn’t run by itself; please volunteer. This is your club! Being actively involved makes being a member much more fulfilling and fun than just being a bystander. Our former committee chairpersons will be happy to train you. My motto: “nothing is hard once you know how”. Committees that still need chairpersons will be announced at the next meeting. Those members who volunteer to chair or help on a committee are greatly appreciated.


“To serve and not be served” is our Chapter’s Motto. Helping others, especially our senior neighbors-in-need, is a wonderful way to share our blessings with others. Our Chapter and those Southington families who benefit from our help are thankful for your generosity. Neighbors helping neighbors is so rewarding.

WHITE SOCKS FOR OUR NEIGHBORS-IN-NEED: Chair: Shirley Mason 860-628-8970

The people, including families, who receive meals at Bread for Life, 31 Vermont Avenue, Southington, CT and those who go to SCS (Southington Community Services), 91 Norton St., Plantsville, CT for groceries and other much needed items; clothing, etc. could benefit from our donations of socks. This is a year-round need, not just in winter. Please donate new white socks, all sizes, for men, women and children. Bring them to our meetings.

SOUTHINGTON COMMUNITY SERVICES: Chair: Walter Jones 860-538-3473

Canned and packaged foods, personal care items, paper goods and supplies like dish soap are needed. These items become available at SCS for Southington residents-in-need. Grocery bags: plastic, paper, or totes for people to carry their groceries home are also needed. If you have any that you won’t be using, please bring them to our meetings instead of tossing them out. This is a “no cost to you” way to help others.

One box of grocery/food/personal care items, along with grocery bags, and “Christmas gifts for seniors” were collected at our December meeting and delivered to SCS by Walter.

BOX TOPS and LABELS: These items help get much needed supplies for our schools.

PULL-TABS: The Shriners use proceeds from these little items to obtain medical equipment for the Children’s Hospital. Ask your family and friends to save them and particularly anyone who has cats. All those little cat food cans have pull tabs. That’s 1 or 2 tabs per day per cat, it sure adds up. I’ll be taking tabs to the Shriners very soon, so if you have any please bring them to Ann Houle at our next meeting. Thank you to all the members who have brought in “tons” of tabs and box tops over the years. Well, maybe not tons, but right now I have almost 50 lbs. (Wow!) of tabs to deliver since the last time Chris Kwiat delivered tabs to the Shriners before Covid hit us.

NEWSLETTER: Chair: Ann Houle 860-307-0774

Our newsletter will be available for pick-up at the Calendar House and Southington Library. It can also be seen on our website The newest one each month is usually at these locations by the Tuesday of the week before our Membership Meetings. Please call me if you have any questions about our Newsletters or if you have any suggestions that could improve them. If you want to receive Newsletters by mail directly to your home you must supply me with stamped, self-addressed, legal-size envelopes.

RECRUIT ONE! As of January 14th, we have 39 active members. Prior to Covid 19 we had well over 100. To maintain a strong Chapter, we must keep our current members, bring back former members who have not yet renewed their membership, and recruit new people to join. To increase our membership we depend on you, our members, to invite family and friends to a meeting so they can enjoy time with us and consider joining. They must belong to National AARP to become a member. As a guest they are welcome to a meeting. Most visitors do join!

MEMBERSHIP: Chair: Ann Houle 860-307-0774

We are now accepting dues for 2023. Please look at your Chapter card. If your Chapter Expiration Date is not up to date you need to renew. Your National AARP membership card must be current. You may pay your dues ahead, up to the expiration date of your National membership. The annual dues is $10.00 as it was prior to the pandemic. Please arrive early to a meeting so we can renew your membership; have in hand the exact cash or your check (made out ahead to AARP Southington Chapter #4943), your National card and your Chapter card. You may renew by mail by sending your check (no cash), address label from your latest (National) AARP Magazine or AARP Bulletin, your Chapter card and a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: Ann Houle, 21 Wheeler Village Road, Southington, CT 06489.

SUNSHINE: Chair: Janet Ferracci-Carter 860-628-4491

If anyone of our members has been sick or in the hospital, we wish them well. Our sympathies go out to any member who lost a close family member. In the future a greeting card will be sent to those that I know about so please, let me know as soon as you hear of a member who is sick, in the hospital, has had the death of a close family member or a member who has passed away; a sympathy card will be sent to the member’s family.

SOCIAL COMMITTEE: Co-Chairs: Judy Keller, Margaret Lavorgna and Walter Jones

Thank you to these members who volunteered to provide refreshments for our January 24th meeting:

                       Sandwiches: Pat Bojarski and Rose Sukatski

                       Desserts: Judy Keller and Margaret Lavorgna


                       Tuesday       January 24, 2023   1:00pm   Membership Meeting at the Southington Police Dept.

                       Wednesday  February 8, 2023 1:00pm   Board of Directors’ meeting at the Calendar House

                       Tuesday       February 28, 2023  1:00pm   Membership Meeting at the Southington Police Dept.


If weather conditions cause us to cancel a meeting, you can stay informed by watching WFSB Channel 3 after 9:00am. 

Also, if Southington Schools are closed or close early, we will not meet.