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January Business Meeting Minutes by Marcia Clark

  1. Colette Ruoff, spoke to us on Sage Talks, a non-profit that is partnering elders with songwriters.
  2. Mary Jones, Treasurer, reported that we have a balance of $1,771.40. That will be fine for this year, but next year we will be short if we continue spending $100 per month for yoga and $50 per month for Newsletter and Website.
  3. Report on President's Activities
    1. Taconic and Kingston branches invited ViVi to pleasant luncheon celebrations. Taconic now has around 30 members. Kingston, around 40 members, now has a website: Check it out. b) ViVi will be speaking about forming new branches in Palisades (at the invitation of Alice Gerard) on February 19 th and Nanuet (at the invitation of Jim Evers) sometime in the future.
    2. Other SSIP branches are realizing the need to involve more people in the organizational structure. Especially as this president ages, we will need new leadership. Beginning in our “new year,” April, these jobs should be taken over by others:
      1. Chris Hellen volunteered to do the mailing to those w/o email
      2. Lee Crummins volunteered to do the calling
      3. President and program chair still to be determined
      4. Secretary for Business Meetings still to be determined
      5. Please find a way to help keep us going!
  4. Discussion of Activites at the Marbletown Community Center:
    1. Game Day has been moved to the fourth Friday of the month, 1-3:30, beginning in February. Free. Bridge and UpWords.
    2. Yoga continues on Monday, 12:15 $5
    3. Free Marbletown Community Exercise, 11:30 every Friday except the first of the month. Friday early morning walks will begin again in the Spring.
  5. We congratulated Max for his work on the Newsletter and Website. It was suggested that he make the Service Providers page printable.
  6. Lee Crummins reported on Ulster Corp activities.
  7. The next Business Meeting will be held on Saturdeay, March 14 th at the High Falls Café on Stone Dock Road. ViVi have us all participate in a memoir writing session.

Food Matters Recap by Judy Deming

The subject of food has so many possibilities, and our speakers covered a lot:

  • Brooke Pickering-Cole introduced us to the exciting new Hudson Valley Farm Hub project, which will come to affect all of our local farmers and our local food.
  • Rachel Robinson told us about the diet, nutrition, and shopping services available to anyone, free of charge, at our supermarkets (She is at ShopRite). Who knew?
  • Margaret Gagnon , an expert in community resources, introduced us to the many services available to our population, regarding food and health.
  • And John Novi, entertaining and skilled chef at DePuy Canal House, is an example of how our local restaurants are making creative use of local foods and bring in the public with such plans as: grandparent/grandchild cooking classes.

We really had fun with this one, as we batted around ideas and worked out details. We've gotten lots of feedback and are already thinking about next year, which will be bigger and better. We hope that some of you will join us with your ideas and help.

Sit and Be Fit by Vivi Hlavsa

Vivi shares a good home excersize program she found on the WNYED channel.

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Sit and Be Fit is an award-winning exercise program for senior citizens and individuals with limited physical motion, that is available on video tapes and is distributed to public television stations (although not by the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)

It plays on the SWNYED channel at 3 PM on Monday through Friday.

Next Step Home by Vivi Hlavsa

Vivi shares information about Next Step Home, a new service of interest for our members.

Move Manager Specialists, Colleen Mountford and Tom Benton provide help for seniors looking to downsize either in their own home or moving to a new location. They specialize in helping clients with the emotional and physical aspects of the transition process.

Services they provide include:

  • Organizing
  • Creating a space that works better for you
  • Hiring and overseeing contractors
  • Packing and unpacking
  • Hiring and overseeing moving company
  • Sale, donation and/or disposal of unwanted goods

For a Free one hour consultation, call 845-594-5913.


Arctic Paintings by Marcia Clark

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Marcia Clark, Artic Paintings Feb 24 - March 21

Reception: Thursday, February 26, 5 to 8 PM

Marcia Clark’s new Arctic paintings reveal a world of tundra and ice, suggesting the metamorphosis of a landscape by brush stroke, movement and rhythm. Her odysseys to Greenland and Iceland year after year are layered with personal meaning. “I keep returning to the Arctic and am captivated by the beauty of what I see”, states the artist. “But what was once excitement, witnessing the extraordinary and new, now holds the poignancy of a moment captured that’s passing away”. Multi-panel paintings in oil and smaller paintings on canvas and aluminum formats explore the tundra fragmented into puddles and bits of ice with small cascades flowing over the rocks, reminders of accelerated seasonal changes melting ice fields and sea ice.

Marcia Clark has exhibited at venues that include the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Museum of the City of New York, the Hudson River Museum, the Albany Institute of History and Art where she has had two solo exhibitions, the SIM Gallery in Reykjavik and the Ilulissat Kunstmuseum. She has been a recipient of the Childe Hassam Award, a National Endowment of the Arts Artist in Residence grant, and has written for Smithsonian Magazine, retracing travels of Thomas Cole, first of the Hudson River School painters. Clark has a BFA degree in painting from Yale University and a MFA degree from SUNY New Paltz. This is her ninth exhibition at Blue Mountain Gallery.

Panel Discussion: Saturday March 14, 5 PM,
Seeing is Believing: Artists Confronting Climate Change,
Moderator: Martica Sawin
For further info: (646) 486-4730 / /

January Business Meeting

Our next SSIP 209 Business Meeting will be on:

Saturday, January 31st, 12 noon at Lydia's Country Deli.

We will have two guests reporting. One, Colette Ruoff, will open the meeting with an introduction to Sage Talks, a program which brings together songwriters and elders' stories.

Following lunch, Roy Capellaro will speak on:

The Healing Bridge: Secrets of the Skeleton.

Check out his website at

(Our previously announced program, Maiya Greaves demonstrating Pilates, will be held in the Spring.)

We may have already celebrated birthdays from one of these months, but let's do it again: December, January and February. Hope to see you there!

Friday Walking Group Temporarily Suspended

Friday Walking Group has been suspended during the coldest days. SSIP members are encouraged to join the Free exercise group at the Marbletown Community Center every Friday morning (except the first of the month) from 11:30 to 12:15. Good exercise; friendly group.

Chronic Disease Self-Management Program

Ulster County Office for the Aging is offerring free Living Healthy NY Workshops.

These workshops teach you the skills needed in the day to day management of any type of ongoing health condition, in order to maintain and/or increase an active and fulfilling lifestyle

Games Games

We're still meeting on the third Thursday, 2 PM, at the Marbletown Community Center. There's usually one table of bridge, one table of UpWords. Now we're looking for someone who can teach chess.

List Manager

Florence Staats will be our new List Manager starting in January. Many thanks, Barbel, for your two years of service! Remember to call our number--845-706-0182--if you need help or just someone to chat with.

We're Walking!

Friday mornings, 930, going north from the Leggett Road parking lot of the Rail Trail. Hope to see you there.

Movie Night

Every 2nd Sunday, 5 PM covered dish and movie at ViVi's house

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We'd love to hear them!

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