Committees

The Chapter’s activities are planned and organized by several key committees.  Membership in each committee is open to any member with an interest in that area.

Community Service Committee

       Purpose:  The Community Service Committee identifies community needs and develops projects to meet those needs. The projects benefit groups ranging from youth to seniors.

       Meeting Times & Location:  The committee meets on the first Tuesday of every month except July and August at 10:30 AM at the South Coastal Library.

       Contact:  Committee Chair: Kathy Lesperance, (302) 537-7845

Legislative/Environmental Committee

       Purpose:  The Legislative/Environmental Committee examines legislative and environmental issues affecting senior citizens residing in Delaware, particularly Sussex County. Members of the Legislative Committee are currently meeting virtually with the First State Action Team to respond to senior issues to move legislation in the General Assembly.  We foresee continuing our Annual Lobby Day in May meeting face to face with Sussex County Legislators to pass AARP sponsored legislation.

       Meeting Times & Location:  Due to COVID, The Legislative/Environmental Committee will not meet until the South Coastal Library is open for public meetings.

       Contact:  Committee Chair: Chuck Schonder, (703) 881-2491 or cschonder3@gmail.com

Scholarship Committee

       Purpose:  The purpose of the Scholarship Committee is to develop criteria for scholarships to be awarded by the Chapter and to select annual recipients.  The group is also responsible for planning and conducting fundraising activities to support the program.  Currently, the Committee offers two annual $1,500 scholarships to graduating seniors from Indian River High School in addition to four $1,000 annual scholarships to adult nursing students at Delaware Technical Community College in Georgetown and two $500 annual scholarships to any adult student at Del Tech.

       Meeting Times & Location:  The Committee meets at the call of the chair, approximately bi-monthly.  Dates, times, and locations of these meetings may be determined by contacting the Committee Co-Chair.

       Contact:  Committee Co-Chair: Ida Crist, idacrist@aol.com(302) 732-6336.

Tour Committee

       Purpose:  The purpose of the Tour Committee is to plan enjoyable, educational, and entertaining trips for the members of our Chapter. Trips are designed to offer a good value for participants, while still providing resources that allow the Committee to make contributions to organizations that are addressing critical community needs.

       Meeting Times & Location:  The committee meets every month except July and August.  The meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the month at 10:30 AM at the South Coastal Library.

       Contact: Committee Chair:  James Harding, jameshrdg@yahoo.com, (973) 903-1495.