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IRSPA ANNUAL MEETING COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA OCTOBER 6-7, 2010

Very special thanks go to the Council Bluffs Unit of IRSPA for hosting the 2010 IRSPA Annual Meeting last October. Council Bluffs president, Darlene Schwartzkopf and her unit are to be commended for the outstanding job they did hosting this meeting.

From the keynote speake , Hop Backus, AARP Ex- ecutive Vice President of State Operations from Wash- ington DC; Bruce Koeppl, State Director of Iowa AARP from Des Moines; Jerry Wiebel, Editor of “Our Iowa” magazine; Walt Galvin our own IPERS expert; Marzi Pac- cioni Shields, Area Vice President of the Nebraska, Iowa Arthritis Foundation; to AMBA District Manager Gary Di- vito; all were great speakers from which we all learned something that day.

A very moving memorial candlelight service was presented by Marge Swanson for Marian Downing and all other IRSPA members we have lost this past year.

The location for the Annual Meeting was again a wonderful place to hold the meeting with the Missouri River a few steps from the lobby of the hotel.

The Annual Meeting was very well attended and was one of the largest meetings IRSPA has held.

Thanks again to the Council Bluffs Unit for hosting this great meeting!

Watch the next newsletter for information on the 2011 Annual Meeting

MEMORIAL RECEIVED

IRSPA gratefully acknowledges a memorial received

I n R e m e m b r a n c e o f M a r i a n D o w n i n g From Arlene Dietrich, Dubuque.

ASSOCIATION MEMBERS BENEFITS ADVISORS (AMBA)

Astrum Hearing Solutions is one of the insur- ances available from AMBA. They have a new contact phone number and web address that we wanted to pass on to our IRSPA members.

Astrum has a nationwide network of certified, licensed, and credentialed hearing healthcare profes- sionals dedicated to providing substantial savings on a wide variety of hearing aids from multiple manufactur- ers. Astrum offers you a no-charge hearing evaluation, comprehensive warranty including loss or damage, a one-year supply of batteries, unlimited return visits for adjustment, cleaning and repair. Use benefit number RTA000063101 when calling 877-704-3374 or check for more information on www.astrumhearinginc.com/ amba.

Vendors are always updating their web informa- tion and we work to keep you informed ASAP.

Susan Lowry AMBA Regional Director of Association Relations

IRSPA OFFICERS

Co-Presidents: John & Beverly McCartney, 1416 20th Ave. N., Fort Dodge 50501 (515) 576-0234 - johnbev@frontiernet.net

President-Elect: Eileen Eckrich, 2130 S. 179th St., Omaha, NE 68130 (402) 691-7942

Secretary: Robert Swanson, 3221 Cheyenne Blvd., Sioux City 51104 (712) 252-1446 - rwswanson@cableone.net

Treasurer: Alice Gratias, 93 Granada Drive, Mason City, IA 50401 (641) 424-0255 - aagratias@netconx.net

Newsletter Editor: Dawn Rogers, 3703 Rohret Road, Iowa City 52246 (319) 339-0050 - dcrogers@avalon.net

Past President: Dawn Rogers, 3703 Rohret Road, Iowa City 52246 (319) 339-0050 - dcrogers@avalon.net

I thought I wanted a career turns out I just wanted a pay check!

HAS YOUR ADDRESS CHANGED???

Have you moved and your permanent

address changed in the last few months?

If so, please contact either Alice Gratias or Dawn Rogers ASAP so that we have your correct information and you will continue to receive the IRSPA Newsletter and other important information! IRSPA is charged $.50 for each newsletter that cannot be delivered because of an outdated/in- correct address!

NEXT NEWSLETTER DEADLINE IS FEBRUARY 11, 2011!!!

Please have all articles and pictures to Dawn Rogers, Newsletter Editor, 3703 Rohret Road, Iowa City, IA 52246 or e-mail to dcrogers@avalon.net.

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