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!
Elva Roy is the Lead Ambassador of the all-volunteer group "Ambassadors For Aging Well" which meets in Arlington, Texas.