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May 10
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Local Volunteer Honored

         Linda Siebe was selected for the 2017 AARP Chapter & REA Unit Community Service Award.  This national award was signed by the AARP Volunteer President, Eric J Schneidewind, and certified by the AARP Chief Executive Officer, Jo Ann Jenkins in Washington DC. The award recognizes how Linda Siebe has, through her service, enriched the lives of friends and neighbors and made her community a better place to live.  The coveted award was accompanied by a letter of congratulations, a…See More
Apr 22
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FREE Shredding Opportunity

     The Black Forest AARP Chapter, in conjunction with ElderWatch Colorado and the Black Forest Lutheran Church will provide a FREE opportunity for citizens to safely destroy personal documents on Saturday, June 10 from 9 AM to Noon in the parking lot of the Black Forest Lutheran Church, 12455 Black Forest Road. A professional shredding company will shred the documents on site.  All paper documents and cardboard containers will be recycled.  Metal ring binders and plastic bags or…See More
Apr 18
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Health and Inspiration

         The large assembly of Chapter 1100 members and guests were inspired by the interesting, informative, and fun content at the April meeting in Black Forest.  As usual, the meeting got off to a fast start with a delicious potluck lunch.         After lunch Linda Siebe was recognized for her exceptional service in the community over the past year.   Chapter Vice President, Patricia Dix, presented the letter of congratulations which was signed in Washington DC by the AARP Chief Executive…See More
Apr 13
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Tax Advice

         The January Black Forest AARP Chapter meeting featured Sherri Wells, a Senior Tax Consultant, who provided a great deal of good advice on tax-related questions.  Included was strategy for transferring property and finances to siblings or other individuals in forms that will minimize subsequent taxes.  Ms. Wells also answered many questions from the membership regarding the functions of estate lawyers, elder law specialists, wills, inheritance vs. gifting, and other related tax…See More
Jan 12
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Electaion of Officers for 2017

            The election of 2017 Chapter Officers was conducted at the December meeting of the Black Forest AARP Chapter #1100.  Those elected were, Charles Karlstrum, President; Patricia Dix, Vice President; Rita Fitzpatrick, Secretary; Linda Siebe, Assistant Secretary; and Shirley Karlstrum, Treasurer.  Board Members elected were: Lavonne Hidy, Howard Pease, and Don Dinwoodie (for 2017-2018), and Stan Beckner, Waldo Pendleton and Beverly Schaab (for 2017-2019. Nomination Committee members…See More
Dec 14, 2016
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Honoring the Veterans

         The November meeting of Black Forest AARP Chapter 1100 honored all veterans and the widows of veterans.  Those who are members and guests of the chapter at the meeting were especially identified.         The meeting also featured an update on Veteran’s Affairs by Mr. Carl McDaniel, a veteran from the El Paso Veteran’s Affairs Office.  Mr. McDaniel brought the chapter up to date on recent changes to veteran’s benefits and affairs and suggested that vets visit his office to review their…See More
Nov 18, 2016
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2016 Chapter Awards

         The AARP State Director, Bob Murphy and Jeremiah Mora, AARP Associate State Director-Community Outreach, from Denver, as well as other guests, were present at the September meeting of the Black Forest AARP Chapter #1100.          Each year, AARP honors an exceptional volunteer who is sharing his or her experience, talent and skills, to enrich the lives of his or her community members with the Andrus Award for Community Service.  Colorado Springs residents and members of the Black…See More
Sep 14, 2016
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Black Forest Festival Report

       Ray Rozak, a local AARP Chapter 1100 member, presided as the Master of Ceremonies at the annual Keeper of the Keys ceremony and dinner on 7 August at the Black Forest Community Club in Black Forest.  Over 60 Black Forest and area residents attended the dinner, ceremony, and evening of festivities.  As Master of Ceremonies Ray introduced then administered the Oath of Office to the 2016 winner, Leif Garrison.  The award of the Black Forest Keeper of the Keys is the annual kickoff for the13…See More
Aug 13, 2016
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Rita Fitzpatrick Honored

         The July meeting of the Black Forest AARP Chapter honored Rita Fitzpatrick.  Rita received the National AARP Chapter and REA Unit Community Service Award.  Presenting the award for AARP and the Black Forest Chapter was Chapter President, Charles Karlstrum, and Awards Committee Chairperson, Ted Lunacek.          The letter accompanying the award from AARP Headquarters in Washington DC, co-signed by Jeannine English, AARP President, and Jo Ann C. Jenkins, AARP Chief Executive Officer,…See More
Jul 13, 2016
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SHREDDING COMBATS HUNGER AND FIGHTS FRAUD

            A free shredding opportunity at the Black Forest Lutheran Church took place on June 18.  Professional shredding operators shredded approximately 12,300 pounds of unneeded personal documents.  In addition, about 900 pounds of cardboard boxes were recycled.  The public’s participation in this annual event will hopefully reduce the chance of individuals being targeted by nefarious individuals who would try to harm them through a scam or by stealing their personal identity.          The…See More
Jun 18, 2016
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Lessons for the Wise

         Officer Bob Harris of the Colorado Springs Police Department captured full audience attention with his presentation on 7 June at the Black Forest AARP # 1100 Chapter meeting.  The focus of Officer Harris presentation was an open discussion with the membership on recent mail, email, and telephone scams and identification theft ploys that are currently making the rounds.  These include the recently popular bogus callers who claim to be from the Internal Revenue Service, those pretending…See More
Jun 8, 2016
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Serving in the Community

          Recent Black Forest AARP Chapter members engaged in Community Service members recently at a Salvation Army Fair on May 17, and the Senior Resource Council - Gazette Successful Aging Expo on June 4.         Several chapter members were present at the Second Annual Salvation Army Senior Services Fair in Colorado Springs.  These volunteers provided information and literature to attendees including subjects on Medicare/Medicaid Health Care Law and Drug Coverage, information on how to…See More
Jun 4, 2016
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Help Yourself & Your Community

         Fight Fraud – Shred Instead.  Help yourself by reducing the chance of your personal information falling into the hands of a nefarious scammer or identification thief and, at the same time, help your community by contributing to Black Forest Cares Food Pantry.         The Black Forest AARP Chapter, the AARP Foundation/ElderWatch, the Black Forest Lutheran Church, and the Mobile Record Shredders, will team up on June 18, from 9 AM to 12 Noon at the Black Forest Lutheran Church parking…See More
May 15, 2016
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Doing Community Service in an Age-Friendly Community

         Mayor John Suthers and the City Council officially accepted the designation of Colorado Springs as an AARP Age-Friendly Community on March 8, 2016 in a brief ceremony at the City Hall.  Roberto Rey, Colorado AARP Associate Director – Multicultural Outreach, at the May 11 meeting of the Black Forest AARP Chapter, discussed the implication of this designation.  Mr. Rey identified the Innovations in Aging Collaborative as the local organization to create a strategic plan for our community…See More
May 11, 2016
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Von Gunden Tax-Aide “Fellow”

         The AARP Foundation in Washington DC has awarded Donald Von Gunden the title of Tax-Aide Fellow for his distinguished service as a certified tax-aide volunteer.  He is only the fourth person in Colorado, and the only one in 2016, to receive this honor.          The esteemed title of Tax-Aide Fellow recognizes his long and distinguished service to the AARP Foundation Tax-Aide program.  To qualify the person must have served for more than 10 years as a certified counselor with at least…See More
May 10, 2016

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Utilities Conservation

Posted on May 10, 2017 at 7:12pm 0 Comments

         Ms. Erica Meyer, Community Outreach Coordinator for Mountain View Electric Association Inc., assisted by Kevin Holbrook and Sarah Schaefer, Communications Supervisor for MVEA, discussed alternatives that ordinary citizens can pursue to conserve power usage in and around their homes.  Erica presented an interesting video overview describinh where electrical power is obtained and how it gets to your residence.  She also outlined how energy conservation activities can significantly…

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We Want Your Old Tax Records

Posted on May 10, 2017 at 6:09pm 0 Comments

            Don’t forget the FREE shredding opportunity on June 10 from 9 AM to Noon at the Black Forest Lutheran Church, 12455 Black Forest Road.  This will be your annual opportunity to shred your old tax information and personal paper documents safely.  All of the professionally shredded material will be recycled in your presence.  Please, no plastic bags or 3-ring binders, as they will not shred.

         AARP ElderWatch, the Black Forest AARP Chapter 1100, and the Black Forest…

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Local Volunteer Honored

Posted on April 22, 2017 at 6:56pm 0 Comments

         Linda Siebe was selected for the 2017 AARP Chapter & REA Unit Community Service Award.  This national award was signed by the AARP Volunteer President, Eric J Schneidewind, and certified by the AARP Chief Executive Officer, Jo Ann Jenkins in Washington DC. The award recognizes how Linda Siebe has, through her service, enriched the lives of friends and neighbors and made her community a better place to live.  The coveted award was accompanied by a letter of congratulations, a…

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FREE Shredding Opportunity

Posted on April 18, 2017 at 12:14pm 0 Comments

     The Black Forest AARP Chapter, in conjunction with ElderWatch Colorado and the Black Forest Lutheran Church will provide a FREE opportunity for citizens to safely destroy personal documents on Saturday, June 10 from 9 AM to Noon in the parking lot of the Black Forest Lutheran Church, 12455 Black Forest Road. A professional shredding company will shred the documents on site.  All paper documents and cardboard containers will be recycled.  Metal ring binders and plastic bags or…

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