OWLSF MEETING JUNE 25: PROTECTING SOCIAL SECURITY and MEDICARE

Learn the status of Social Security and Medicare, including important issues listed below.  Find out how you can help shape the future of these crucial government services for older Americans.

Social Security needs updating to:

  • Increase benefits and eliminate inequities
  • Ensure a firm financial future by increasing FICA for workers with incomes exceeding $400,000.

Medicare’s Direct Contracting (now called ACO Reach) threatens to privatize this essential public service, resulting in:

  • Allowing private investors to buy medical practices serving Medicare patients, keeping Medicare dollars for corporations
  • Incentivizing profits and thereby shrinking services
  • Pushing people off Medicare without their knowledge— making it difficult to get back in.

SPEAKER: We are pleased to welcome back Jodi Reed, Executive Director of California Alliance for Retired Americans (CARA).

Zoom video and call-in Meeting

Saturday, June 25, 2022—11 AM to 12:15

Zoom link to follow

For more information call (415) 712-1695     email: info@owlsf.org

OWLSF MEETING MAY 28: STRENGHTEN AND STRETCH

Getting Back to Basics for an Active Summer!

Coach Kyra returns to OWL for a much-needed session to wake up our bodies, increase our endurance, and sharpen our awareness of safe and mindful movement

    • Workout for our entire bodies
    • Gentle exercises done sitting or standing
    • Exercises and stretches for daily and at-home use
    • No special equipment or abilities needed!

Coach Kyra is a well-known exercise trainer and coach who regularly works with the Community Living Campaign and other San Francisco senior facilities, helping older people stay fit and active according to their individual abilities.

Zoom video and call-in Meeting

Saturday, May 28, 2022—11 AM to 12:15

Zoom link to follow

OWLSF MEETING APRIL 23: YOUR INTERNET SECURITY

YOUR INTERNET SECURITY:

Avoiding Risks to Your Data and to Your Mind

A presentation by Danielle Deibler

Saturday, April 23, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Safety on the internet is an issue that affects us all.

It is important to know how to protect:

  • Your information
  • Yourself, from internet-based predators and
  • Yourself, from internet-driven financial scams

All of which can affect your emotional well-being and mental health.

Danielle is the co-founder and CEO of MarvelousAI, a natural language technology startup to expose bias and misinformation in online media; she leads threat intelligence at global nonprofit Quad9; and has decades in internet security, networking, software engineering, machine learning, and artificial intelligence technologies.

Look for your Zoom link or telephone call-in information via email.

OWLSF MEETING MARCH 26: OLDER WOMEN AND EMPLOYMENT

Ensuring that women have opportunities to work as they age has always been part of OWL’s mission!

Learn about the Felton Institute’s SCSEP & Tech Squad

& Community Living Campaign’s SF ReServe program,  

providing services, training and work placement

for older adults and people with disabilities

  • Amy Yu, Director of the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), run locally by the Felton Institute, will describe this nationwide collaboration between the National Council on Aging and the Department of Labor
  • Edith Yamanoha, from Felton Institute’s Senior Division, will teach us about the Institute’s Tech Squad Program
  • Susan Pedrick will talk about SF ReServe, a project of San Francisco’s Community Living Campaign, which sponsors her work as OWLSF’s Office Administrator

Saturday, March 26, 2022, 11AM to 12:30 PM

Note:  The first 15 minutes of the meeting will be devoted to nominations for the OWLSF Board.  Also, look for the OWLSF Survey in the mail soon!

Zoom Link and telephone information to be provided

For more information call (415) 712-1695                                       Email: info@owlsf.org

OWLSF MEETING FEBRUARY 26: WHAT’S NEW WITH THE CORONA VIRUS

WHAT’S NEW WITH THE CORONA VIRUS:

Now and Looking to the Future 

A Presentation by Dr. Anna Chodos

Saturday, Feb. 26, 2022, 11AM to 12:30 PM

  • What’s happening now and how can we stay safe at this stage of the pandemic?
  • What can we expect in the future?
  • What have we learned from the pandemic that will keep us healthy and prepared for the next public health crisis?
  • Q & A period to follow

Dr. Chodos is an Associate Professor of Medicine at UCSF and is board certified in Geriatrics.  She has a special interest in community health and how people can stay healthy at homes and in their communities.  Dr. Chodos attended medical and public health schools at Harvard University.

NOTE:  Nominations for the OWL Board will be taken at the beginning of the meeting, starting at 11  AM and ending at 11:15  AM.  Elections will be on March 26 at the start of the regularly scheduled membership meeting.

CALL OR EMAIL TO REQUEST ZOOM INFO

TIME TO ELECT NEW OWLSF BOARD MEMBERS–WITH YOUR HELP

OCCASIONAL PIECE – February 2022

GUIDE FOR NOMINATING AND ELECTING OWL 2022 BOARD MEMBERS.

Serving on the OWL Board is a fun and stimulating experience of real community. OWL needs new Board members to give their wisdom to the Board. There are 7 returning Board members. The current Board wants to be sure all Members understand the Election process and are urged to participate. Those for whom we have email addresses will receive this online.  All others via snail mail.

RESPONSIBILITIES FOR INDIVIDUAL BOARD MEMBERS

  • ATTEND monthly Board meetings either in person or via Zoom.
  • PARTICIPATE in 1 OWL Committee – usually a monthly meeting with perhaps some tasks for which person volunteers – might chair a committee.
  • IDENTIFY topic for OWL ALERTS for one month of each year, put in reasonable shape and send to OWLSF Office Administrator for formatting and sending out.
  • ASSUME responsibility for one or more monthly meetings according to topic chosen by the Board. This is often done by working with someone else.

NOMINATING PEOPLE FOR BOARD MEMBERSHIP

  • BE SURE ANYONE YOU NOMINATE is willing to serve on the Board.
  • DO nominate yourself if you wish.
  • EMAIL YOUR NOMINEES to Betty Traynor: btraynor@att.net, or
  • PHONE the OWL number: (415) 712-1695.

DEADLINE for Nominations is Feb 28th, 2022. List of nominees will be sent to all members after that.  Others can be nominated from the floor on 3/26/22. ELECTION OF BOARD MEMBERS will be held at the very beginning of the March meeting on March 26th, 2022.  Up to 8 people may be elected.

JANUARY 22: OWLSF ANNUAL PLANNING MEETING

Join OWL-SF for our

2022 Planning Meeting

The Future of OWL-SF
Saturday, January 22nd
11:00 am to 12:30 pm

Call (415) 712-1695 or email info@owlsf.org for Zoom info

We need people to step up and help lead us into the future,
to keep our mission relevant,
and continue to make our organization one that uniquely serves
midlife and older women.

*Join us to plan for 2022 and beyond
*Share your thinking and commitment to our work
for midlife and older women

OWLSF HOLIDAY PARTY DECEMBER 18

Complimentary catered lunch including

delicious vegetarian & vegan choices and no-host wine bar

Book swap

Saturday, December 18, 11:30 AM– 1:00 PM

Jannah Restaurant  at  1775 Fulton Street, at Masonic

Muni 5 and 43; validated parking at Lucky’s, across the street

One guest per member welcome      Wheelchair accessible

RSVP by Wednesday, December 8th

415-712-1695                info@owlsf.org

 

 

NOVEMBER 20: THE HUMAN FACE OF IMMIGRATION

Come learn about the current state of issues, legislation and resources
impacting people from other countries who hope to live in the U.S.

OWLSF again welcomes knowledgeable and dynamic presenter
Rev. Deborah Lee
Executive Director of the Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity,
speaking about:

          ♦    Demographics of immigration: The Immigrants and why they immigrate
          ♦    Legal Issues of Immigration: Asylum, Deportation, and DACA
          ♦    Resources for Immigrants: Federal, State, and Local
          ♦    Actions we can take

Rev. Deborah Lee has worked at the intersection of faith and social justice for over 25 years in community organizing and advocacy connecting issues of race, gender, economic justice and immigrant rights. Her work has been recognized as innovative and impactful, with many awards, including the United Nation’s Association of the East Bay and East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy.

To llisten to an audio recording of the meeting, go to:
https://1drv.ms/v/s!BOcjC88eJNeggZMC4ZUNbY4rFemxUQ?e=Me6JcV

OCTOBER 23: TURNING STREETS INTO WALKWAYS

A Panel Discussion of the Pros & Cons of Banning Cars on JFK Drive and the Great Highway

skip the first 15 minutes!

  • Why is this important?
  • Who benefits? Who loses out?
  • How do MUNI, Recreation and Parks Dept. and other agencies fit in?
  • Does this affect access to public spaces for older people and the disabled?

The panel:

Gordon Mar, San Francisco Supervisor, District 4
Serena Unger, Urban, Rural, Regional Strategies Planning Consultant
Karen Berniker, Logistics and Planning Department, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Sarah Jones, Director of SFMTA Planning Sub-division, SFMTA

Join us to hear all sides of the issue on street closure

Ask Questions!
Join in the Debate!

Zoom Meeting plus telephone call-in

Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021—11 AM to 12:15

For more information, call: (415) 712-1695, or email info@owlsf.org

 

SEPTEMBER 25 LOOKING AFTER OUR MENTAL HEALTH

The Pandemic and Beyond:

Looking After our Mental Health

A Presentation by Dr. Patrick Arbore, EdD.

Institute on Aging

  • Taking stock of the effects of this historic pandemic
  • Coping with the resulting changes, losses and emotions
  • Opportunities for learning and growth

Dr. Abore is a nationally recognized expert in the field of mental health and aging.  He has devoted his life to increasing awareness of isolation, loneliness, and depression in older adults.

Zoom video and call-in Meeting

Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021—11 AM to 12:15

The meeting was recorded and can be viewed by clicking the link and entering the passcode below

Passcode: ?@!Eh=V6

 

OWL AUGUST LUNCHEON HAS BEEN CANCELLED

Dear OWL Members,
 
In an August 2nd meeting, the OWL Board of Directors made the reluctant decision to cancel our luncheon. When the meeting adjourned, I put on the TV news and found it full of information and warnings about the increase in infections of COVID-19 as the delta variant spreads.  It appears that we made the correct decision.
 
A while back (I do not remember exactly when), we had a wonderful time gathering at the Jannah restaurant which had made a special arrangement for us. Eating, talking, laughing together, enjoying the delicious Middle Eastern food served by an amiable waitstaff, being entertained by two women singing original compositions, all in an attractive setting made us eager to return.  Alas, it is not to be right now.  We hope for a later date for this delightful time together.
 
The Board members urge everyone to patronize this local business which has been so willing to be supportive of OWL.  Call Jannah to order pick up or delivery or stop by to eat in their lovely backyard space (a parklet but not on the street). You can also order online at orderjannah.com.
 
Jannah Restaurant
1775 Fulton at Masonic
415 567 4400
Glenda Hope for your OWL Board

Seasoned Voices: Telling Our Stories, Sharing Our Insights on June 26, 2021, 11 AM to Noon

Women’s voices are important in today’s world.  Voices of older women are especially significant for their perspective on decades lived, and lessons learned.  Writing a memoir is one vehicle for telling stories documenting the history and societal change we have been a part of creating!  Join OWL for a presentation on this unique form of getting voices of older women out into the world.

Program includes:

  • E. Eastman, writer, teacher, and memoir coach, who will talk about what a memoir is, its many forms, how to get started, and how to keep your project focused and engaging.
  • OWL member Melanie Grossman has just published her memoir, Crossing Bayou Teche.  She will share her own process in creating a memoir and new understandings gained, followed by selected readings.
  • Q&A period to follow.

Zoom Meeting link with telephone access will be sent prior to the meeting

VIRTUAL Legacy Film Festival on Aging MAY 24-31 2021

The 10th Legacy Film Festival on Aging, May 24-31, 2021 – the only international screen event exploring life in the world of new aging – will take viewers from Australia to Sweden, from Hungary to Cuba and across the US with over 25 feature-length and short indie films. The festival will screen online, reaching audiences across the nation and the globe.

See legacyfilmfestivalonaging.org for details.

CARA Presents: FABULOUS FRIDAY FORUMS at NOON

February 5th February 19th March 5th

CARA is planning a series of FORUMS on Fridays, beginning on Feb. 5th at NOON PST to engage our members and friends on the key issues we will be working on over the next year. Some of these FORUMS will be policy focused, some more performance oriented, and some skills-building. All of these forums will be held at NOON PST and will be held via ZOOM and Teleconference. All events will have an organizing focus and share opportunities to TAKE ACTION. And each one will have some element of fun and surprise.

You must register in advance for these events. You can register for one, two, or all of them. You will be sent a link for the Forum upon registration. We are proud to announce the first 3 Fabulous Forums. Register here https://californiaalliance.org/3473-2/