Present: ViVi Hlavsa, Gloria Mirsky, Millie Meyer, Gloria Sender,
Shirley Bernard, Florence Staats, Marcia Clark, Jill Obrig, Mary Jones.
The origami workshop was a lot of fun. We began by making valentines,
which if glued, could later be filled with candies. First we used a test
sheet of colored paper and then graduated to origami paper. Next we
learned how to make a swan, which was done in 29 steps and involved peak and
valley folds. Many thanks, Jill!
ViVi reports that there is a request from two people in Saugerties to start
an SSIP. Since there are already a number of organizations in Saugerties that
cater to the elderly, this will require further discussion.
Looking back, we are reminded that ViVi, Florence and Gloria started
our SSIP 209 which grew to 5 SSIPs in the area. Recently, the Tri-County SSIP in
Fleischmans changed its name to Catskill Neighbors. Since their membership is
much more spread out than we are, they meet only once a month. Also they
have a procedure for becoming a volunteer, which requires an application and
training. Their President, Ralph Darmstadt, reports they have a website:
We should be alert to other communities
in the vicinity that would benefit from setting up a new SSIP.
Mary Jones gave the financial report. We have $2,027.43 in the
treasury. She will look into having SSIP advertised on the placemats at
The Freeman lists our Wednesday Mornings every Tuesday and we are also
listed in the Bluestone Press.
Gloria Mirsky reports that an organization called Neighbor to Neighbor has
been taken over by Office for the Aging, along with RSVP.
Jane Riley’s daughter, Peggy Watson, runs Angel Home Health Care
Agency. They wish to share donations that include a supply of Depends,
Walkers, Crutches, a commode chair, and a hi tech electric chair. Millie
reported there is an agency in New Paltz that may have similar supplies to
offer. Millie will see if they need any of these items. Meantime,
SSIP members should let ViVi know if they can use these
The Office for the Aging now has Mall Walking every week and offers Tai
Chi, help with taxes and lawyers. Gloria Mirsky will see if they
can offer a gardening workshop at the next meeting. Suggested
topic: techniques for container gardens and raised beds.
When Gloria Sender agreed to take over the job of Secretary, she was given
a round of applause.
Next meeting will be second Saturday on April 9th. We will
meet at Di Bella’s at 12:30 PM