At yesterday's meeting, we were delighted to welcome a special visitor in our audience, Dr. Victoria Farrar-Myers, at-large member of Arlington City Council and SMU Political Science professor).
Drs. Gail Adorno and Noelle Fields (UTA School of Social Work) described three research projects related to local transportation (Arlington and Fort Worth) that they are conducting for certain grantors. They are researching the impact that lack of transportation has on our most vulnerable citizens which are mostly low-income elders and disabled persons who have no car and/or no longer drive. We hope when their studies are completed and reports are written/published, that they will come back to share what their research revealed.
Mona Bailey, Speaker Pro-tem of the Texas Silver-Haired Legislature (TSHL, website at http://www.txshl.org ), educated us about the advocacy that the TSHL does for every older resident of Texas at their own expense (no charge to any older citizen, no tax money, but if you would like to thank TSHL by making a donation, that is possible on their website at this link and I plan to make a small donation because I am so appreciative of what they do and know that it's critical that Texas' elected representatives be educated on the needs of elders http://www.txshl.org/foundation.cfm ). Donations are optional and if I remember correctly, Mona never suggested yesterday that members of Ambassadors make a donation (and she/her husband who also serves on TSHL will continue paying for their own expenses on the multiple trips made to Austin). Mona showed a book of 170 proposed bills/amendments for the 85th Texas Legislative session which opened today and she passed out a handout of her top eleven priorities for the current session (all of which are extremely important to elders). Lack of space prevents me from listing all of those here but I'm sure Mona would be glad to email you a copy if you email her at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Announcements made by Elva:
Elva Roy is the Lead Ambassador of the all-volunteer group "Ambassadors For Aging Well" which meets in Arlington, Texas.