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AARP Maryland State Newsletter - 2/22/13

AARP Maryland State Newsletter - 2/22/13

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AARP Maryland spends the week talking to Congress during State Lobby Week to discuss Chained CPI and Medicare, Harvest for the Hungry training held, and more.
AARP Maryland spends the week talking to Congress during State Lobby Week to discuss Chained CPI and Medicare, Harvest for the Hungry training held, and more.

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FROM OUR STATE DIRECTOR 
FEBRUARY 22, 2013VOLUME IIIISSUE 8
200 St. Paul Place Ste. 2510 | Baltimore, MD 21202 | phone 866.542.8163
AARP MARYLAND NEWSLETTER
Greetings:This week the team visited federallegislators in their home offices whileCongress is on recess to talk about theimportance of not cutting important andvital senior benefits including SocialSecurity and Medicare. My specialthanks for the volunteers who joined usto provide personal insights andperspectives on these matters. I alsohad the privilege of attending the Black History Month Celebration of BuffaloSoldiers where our own State President,Clarence Davis, served as Master of Ceremonies, and AARP Volunteer andChained CPI ad star Marvin Sakin washonored for his valiant military service.Great things are happening! Reach out if you want to get connected.-Hank 
 
 AARP Maryland Lobby Week!
Above: Tammy Bresnahan meets with
Joan D Kleinman,District Director for Congressman Chris Van Hollen.Below: Meetings with staff from the offices of Congressman John Delaney, Congressman Steny Hoyer,Senator Barbara Mikulski and Senator Ben Cardin.
 
 
FEBRUARY 22, 2013
AARP MARYLAND NEWSLETTER
Are you on Facebook? We are too. Like us on www.facebook.com/aarpmd  Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aarpmd 
 
AARP MD Volunteers Visit Politicians at Home Urging Congress to Block $129 Billion in Social
Security, Veterans’ Benefit Cuts
 
As Congress returned to their home districts this week they found AARP volunteers and staff on their doorsteps
fighting against the $129 billion in cuts to the Social Security COLA and veterans’ benefits that would occur if 
Chained CPI were adopted.
“Cuts to Social Security and veterans’ benefits through Chained CPI are no
 
small change,” said AARP ExecutiveVice President Nancy LeaMond. “The stealth change is a significant benefit cut that snowballs over time. The
adoption of chained CPI would take hundreds of billions of dollars out of the pockets of current and near retirees,working families, veterans and the disabled, as well as the local economies in which they live, in the next ten years
alone.”
 During these visits, volunteers and staff reiterated
AARP’s longstanding position against a Social Security COLA
Reduction (Chained CPI) as part of any budget deal.
AARP’s efforts against the Chained CPI and for a separate conversation with regard to Social Security will
continue when members of Congress return to Washington. For more information on Chained CPI contactTammy Bresnahan at tbresnahan@aarp.org or check out www.aarp.org/md.
AARP Suitland Chapter President Wilma Smith (far right) and Hank Greenberg (second from right)met with staff in Congresswoman Donna Edwards home office.
200 St. Paul Place Ste. 2510 | Baltimore, MD 21202 | phone 866.542.8163
AARP MD SPENDS THE WEEK TALKING TO CONGRESS
 
FEBRUARY 22, 2013
AARP MARYLAND NEWSLETTER
Are you on Facebook? We are too. Like us on www.facebook.com/aarpmd  Follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/aarpmd 
Nursing Home Safety Advocate Needed
AARP Maryland is looking for a volunteer to join anadvisory committee on nursing home safety issues inour state. We are currently interviewing potentialvolunteers for this position. If you have experience inLong Term Care and feel your knowledge could beput to good use, please contact Jen Holz at jholz@aarp.org. 
Nominations Open for Rachel Carson Sense of Wonder Contest 
Poetry, essay, photo, dance and songwriting contest entries from an intergenerational team of two ormore persons that are not the same age-- a youngperson and an older person
are now beingaccepted. Entries should express wonder about ournatural environment. Deadline is June 10. Contact Kathy Sykes at  aging.info@epa.gov or (202) 564- 3651 for more information.
Volunteer Advocates Needed to Work withGeneral Assembly on utility and caregiving issues
If interested,
 
contact Tammy Bresnahan at tbresnahan@aarp.org or call her at (410) 530-7285.
United Seniors of Maryland Rally on March 19 hasbeen
CANCELLED
for 2013
United Seniors of Maryland regrets to announce that,because of a series of unusual conditions, the Forumscheduled for March 19 has been canceled. Forinformation about how ticket and sponsorshippayments will be handled, contact USM's treasurer,Paul Bessel, at  besselpaulm@comcast.net. 
 African American Patriots Day Ceremony
 War Memorial Building event on February 23 at 11:00 am will include a wreath laying ceremony at the Monument to Black Soldiers in front of City Hall.Free and open to the public.
 
Successful Harvest for the Hungry VolunteerTraining Held in Laurel!
Jen Holz held two volunteer orientations for Harvestfor the Hunger (HFH) volunteers this week! Above,HFH founder Larry Adam highlights the history of the campaign. Jen still needs volunteers! Contacther at jholz@aarp.org.Mike Kulick talks with two Harvest for the Hungryvolunteers as they sign up for food collection shiftsat area Safeway Stores.
Tune in! State Director Hank Greenberg will be
on WBAL’s 11 TV Hi
ll program this Sunday,Feb. 24, at 11:30 am with Greg Ten Eyck of Safeway, talking about this great event!
200 St. Paul Place Ste. 2510 | Baltimore, MD 21202 | phone 866.542.8163
GIVE WHERE YOU LIVE: OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE THE COMMUNITY

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Tom Bass added this note
I noticed there were no congress members in the pictures of visits to their offices. Since Congress only works two or three days a week and they were on recess when the visits occured, I was wondering why they could not meet with AARP members. According to my doctor pharmaceutical lobbyists can meet with our congress people any time without an appointment.

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