AARP Offers Driving Refresher Class for Seniors in NEWPORT
The AARP refresher class for all licensed Oregon drivers will be held in Newport on September 10-11 (Monday – Tuesday) from 9 AM to Noon, both days at our new class location, Oregon Coast Community College in Newport. Room #47.
The new 6 hour class format is a change from the previous 8 hour course.
Seniors, age 55 and older, may receive a multi-year discount on their auto insurance after completing this 6 hour course. There are no tests.
Class size is limited, so reservations should be made. For reservations you can register at: RSVP — 1-541-574-2684. There is a fee of $14 (to cover supplies). If you are an AARP member there is a $2 member discount. The check should be made out to AARP.
Don Ashley – POB 1623 – Waldport, OR 97393 – (541) 563-3074
This familiar scene of “the passing of the check” by the Newport Rotary stands out because it’s helping to keep shut-in senior citizens in their own homes. Not only for their mental and social well-being but also for preventing them from having to live out their lives in nursing homes that often cost taxpayers $3,000 to $5,000 a month. For others it’s even more. A LOT more.
So, a big Newport Thank-You! to The Newport Rotary as they took some of the proceeds from their recent Christmas Dinner Fundraiser and put them in a $550 check to the local Meals on Wheels Program, which delivers hot meals to seniors in their homes. In addition, the program runs a senior “meal site” at the Newport Activity Center during the week for those who can get to the senior center but who find that there is always “too much month left at the end of their money.”
Meals on Wheels Manager Allison Keith thanked Rotary President Steve Brown for the critically needed funds, since all government safety net programs have been substantially reduced due to the country’s nearly four year recession.
Wheeler says her Council of Government’s Meals on Wheels Program does more than just deliver meals to needy seniors. The driver delivering those meals is sometimes the only person that a senior sees over the course of a week or month. She says drivers get to know them and can make sure that they’re okay. And if a problem comes up, whether with their homes, pets or themselves, the proper agency is notified so that it may provide immediate and compassionate assistance.
The Newport Rotary. Going strong since 1955, helping Newport area seniors keep going strong too.
The Newport Lions Club recently finished some heavy lifting in the “public service” department as they sponsored the Oregon Lions Mobile Health Screening Unit to the Newport area. The screening vehicle traveled to many local schools checking and screening the hearing and vision of over 16-hundred school children, finding that at least 180 of them should get follow-ups with their family doctors. The unit also participated in a public screening day as well as provided vital services during the recent Lincoln County Homeless Connect event where hearing, vision, glaucoma, blood pressure and diabetes issues were dealt with.
The Newport Lions want to express their deep appreciation for the many volunteers and sponsors who made the unit’s two-week visit to the Newport area possible.
The Kiwanis Club of Lincoln City luncheon speakers for October 2011 will be:
*Oct 6, North Lincoln Fire and rescue Chief Don Baker
*Oct 13, Bill Hall, Lincoln County Commissioner
*Oct 20, Jan Jackson, The Country Traveler On-line
*Oct 27, Steve Sparks, The Children’s Trust of Lincoln County.
The Kiwanis Club focuses on children’s issues including nutrition, health care, and scholarship support. Meetings are open to the public and guests are encouraged. Lincoln City Kiwanis meets at the Mist Restaurant at the Surftides Resort 2945 NW Jetty Ave, Lincoln City at 12:00noon on Thursdays.
For more information, please contact Pat Dunne at (541) 994-9472 or Mary Larkin at (541) 764-2366.