1. Announcements. Annalisa Lim from Cornerstone Assistance Network www.canetwork.org asked for volunteers for the RSVP Program (Retired Senior Volunteer Program), and focused on recruiting volunteers for the HOPE tutoring program in Arlington (other volunteer opportunities are available). Laurie Gagne, Activities Director at Arlington Villa nursing home asked for volunteers to help out with elders in various ways, including just being a friendly visitor. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Tips & Tricks. I showed a "board book" that I customized for my 2-year-old granddaughter called "When Your Daddy Was a Little Boy" (uploaded childhood photos/captions of "Daddy"). Good gift for grandchild or for baby shower. Cost is ~$25 + shipping. More info at http://bit.ly/25SOEST .
3. Today's speaker was me (Elva Roy) speaking about death & dying and options available since I have some expertise in this area from serving on the Board of Directors of Funeral Consumers Alliance of North Texas and it's subject of great interest to me.
Due to the distraction of the rainstorm which arose towards the end of our meeting, we ended a little bit early and didn't discuss the end-of-life documentation that everybody should execute (Advance Directive to Physician & Family, Medical Power of Attorney, Durable Power of Attorney, Last Will & Testament with possible riders for pets and/or social media accounts, discuss Transfer on Death Deed, etc.). We need to talk about this very important subject.
A couple of people wanted me to discuss the Body Farm (which is a fascinating subject that I learned about in the book "Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers" by Mary Roach (available on Amazon.com "used" for ~$2.54), and Veteran burial benefits (including spouse in national cemetery in Grand Prairie), etc.
Therefore, at the next Ambassadors' meeting on Monday, July 11, we will spend the first hour finishing up the topics we didn't get to yesterday.
Repeat of Information. Several people came up after the meeting to say they wished their spouse could hear all that we talked about today and asked whether I will be presenting the same material again somewhere anytime soon. Because of those requests, I decided for this one time to repeat the program we had today at the Afternoon Meeting (recapped above) at the next Evening Meeting at 6:00 pm at the Arlington West Police Service Center, 2060 W. Green Oaks, Arlington (near Arkansas Rd.). Normally, agendas for the Afternoon Meetings and the Evening Meetings do not overlap but an exception is being made so that people who want to hear yesterday's presentation again, with or without a spouse, can have the benefit of the information.
If you have any questions that you would like answered at either of the upcoming meetings (next afternoon meeting or next evening meeting), shoot me an email. I've had a couple of questions already since the meeting such as "What happens to an organ donor's body after the organs are harvested?" in addition to the questions asked of me after yesterday's meeting ended.
Elva Roy is the Lead Ambassador of the all-volunteer group "Ambassadors For Aging Well" which meets in Arlington, Texas.