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.

Committee Chairs

Community Service – Kathy Lesperance 302-537-7845

Legislative/Environmental – Vacant  Contact: Ted Spickler 302-927-0050 or Mary Louise Embrey 240-863-1338

Membership – Dottie Rieck 302-539-2654

Scholarship – Scholarship – Ida Crist 302-732-6336 Shirley Price 302-236-7046

Tours – Jim Harding 302-537-5206

Web Coordinator – Frances Hart 703-801-7216

Chorus – Ann Jaeger 302-645-8023

Hostess/Luncheon – Roberta Shoff 302-539-6952 and Anna Woodrum 302-537-0826

Newsletter – Donna Spickler 302-296-6903

Sunshine – Joan Wolf 302-541-0513

50/50 – Joan Wolf 302-541-0513 and Velma (Cookie) Butts 302-541-9264

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: To Be Determined. Contact: Ted Spickler 302-927-0050

 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 Advocacy 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

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 $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors from Indian River High School. It also awards six $500 scholarships to adult students at Delaware Technical Community College in Georgetown, three in the fall semester and three in the spring semester. Each semester, two of the scholarships go to nursing students and one to a non-nursing student.

       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,, (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,, 302-537-5206.