The PowerPoint used for the discussion tonight is available upon request from you to firstname.lastname@example.org The PowerPoint is pretty much self-explanatory and lists some interesting Arlington historical and other sites to visit, including a list of relatively unknown Arlington restaurants recommended by the Star-Telegram columnist, Bud Kennedy at the recent "Arlington on Tap" meeting hosted by O.K. Carter and Mark Joeckel. I tried to embed the PowerPoint into this Recap, but it "hung" and didn't load.
Announcements - Elva Roy
1:00 Ingrid and John Sullivan, Downsizing Experts, (and members of the Ambassadors group from the beginning) gave us a very interesting presentation on "downsizing" from a larger home than we might need into smaller living quarters. They defined for us some terms such as
Book suggestion. I mentioned a book on organizing and decluttering a home that I found helpful and which has sold millions of copies around the world, called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. If you search her name, you will see that she wrote a subsequent book and also there are YouTube videos about her methods of organizing. Highly recommended.
2:00 City Councilman Charlie Parker came to talk about Proposition 1 on the upcoming May 6 ballot to fund the construction of a new "active senior adult center" in Arlington to be located on the east side of west Green Oaks Blvd, just north of Arkansas Lane. The City owns a 36-acre tract of land at this location and the land not needed for the new Center will be leased to commercial developers with the lease fees expected to offset some of the maintenance and operating expense of the Center after construction. Charlie has been a tireless supporter of seniors in Arlington and has made sure that the City Council pays attention to its older residents who have given (and continue to give) much to this City (not only in taxes, but in untold thousands of volunteer labor hours). Charlie said that Arlington will have 80,000 seniors 65+ next year, and >100,000 who are 50+. And he said "Seniors deserve this new Center." I couldn't agree more. Thank you, Charlie!
Important - 3 Things: (1) Recycle Tour Date/Time; (2) FAQ Document for Proposition 1 (new active senior adult center) on May 6 ballot; (3) reminder of April 10 monthly meeting
1. Republic Recycle Tour Date is Friday, April 7, 10:30 am. The address is 6100 Elliott Reeder Rd, Fort Worth 76117. Twenty-three people expressed an interest in going but this date might not suit everyone. You can drive directly there or if you are interested in carpooling, we can meet in the vicinity of Interstate 30 at Fielder Road and go from there (let me know if you'd like to carpool or caravan). Republic has requested a head count, so please drop me an email if you expect to go. Also, it is not too late to RSVP even if you didn't do so before. Just drop me an email if you want to go at email@example.com .
2. FAQs available. The City of Arlington posted two FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) documents regarding the two propositions on the upcoming May 6 ballot. Proposition 1 is regarding the proposed new, world-class, stand-alone, age-qualified active senior adult center and a "FOR" vote on Prop 1 provides funding for the new center (please be sure to VOTE). On the FAQ, you will see the City's answer to the question "Will this raise my taxes?" And the City's answer is "No" as you can read for yourself. Proposition 2 regards the firefighter's request to be governed by State Civil Service. You can read both FAQ docs at this link http://www.arlington-tx.gov/news/2017/03/31/arlington-releases-faqs-may-2017-propositions/
3. Upcoming Ambassadors meeting. Our regular monthly afternoon Ambassadors meeting is on Monday, April 10, 1:00-3:00 pm, 700 E. Abram St., 1st floor Meeting Room (Tarrant County Sub-Courthouse). Our 1:00 speaker(s) will be John/Ingrid Sullivan, downsizing experts; and our 2:00 speaker will be City Councilman Charlie Parker who will speak about the proposed new active senior adult center. I look forward to seeing you at the meeting!
Elva Roy is the Lead Ambassador of the all-volunteer group "Ambassadors For Aging Well" which meets in Arlington, Texas.