Issue: 5

May 2020
MASWA Virtual Meeting Invitation
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Please join us Thursday, May 28th for our May membership meeting.  Jay Haapala, Associate State Director - Community Engagement AARP Minnesota will be presenting Protecting Seniors from Fraud During the COVID-19 Crisis.

MASWA is happy to be sponsoring the meeting this month and all in attendance will be eligible for a $25 gift card!  We will be meeting virtually again this month and directions for joining the meeting can be viewed below.  Please join us at 2:45 for some virtual networking via the chat box.

MeetingMembership Meeting Details

Minneapolis Area Senior Workers Association  Monthly Membership Meeting

Thursday, May 28th
2:45pm - 3:00pm Networking via Chat
3:00pm - 4:00pm Presentation

Protecting Seniors from Fraud During the COVID-19 Crisis
Presented by  Jay Haapala,
Associate State Director - Community Engagement | AARP Minnesota

The COVID-19 pandemic and response have presented a dangerous mix of conditions that make all of us more vulnerable to fraud and have caused financial scammers to mobilize.  Fear, uncertainty and isolation are widespread and the influx of cash in the form of economic relief payments create a "perfect storm".  Along with many agencies and organizations, AARP is providing information and resources to help people navigate this crisis in safety, health, and financial security.
AARP's Fraud Watch Network continues to be a trustworthy resource for current information about scams during this time. Jay Haapala leads the program here in Minnesota and will share the latest information so we can protect ourselves and share with loved ones and community members.

  • Learn about new scams during the time of COVID-19
  • Gain an understanding of how "old scams" have new power in uncertain times
  • Focus on consumer protections that eliminate liability for financial losses
Instructions for Joining the Webex Meeting:

Use your PC to click on the link, enter the meeting ID
Use your phone to dial in using the toll free number provided  
Please use either your PC or phone for audio, but NOT both....

Meeting Number (access code): 126 100 2260
Meeting Password: 69CiDUqQRR6 ( 69243877 from phones & video systems)

Join by Phone

Tap to call in from a mobile device (attendees only)
+1-408-418-9388 United States Toll

Certificates of Attendance (CEU) will be available.

PresidentPresident's Note
Given the course of the last few months and long weeks, we need some good news. I am so happy to announce that now memberships will be from the time you join and go for one year from the date you join! That's good news and a very good reason to join.
Until now, when you joined, your membership would last a calendar year which meant that if you joined in the middle of the year your membership would expire at the end of the year. Now it will expire one year from when you begin your membership! It is a good time to reach out to colleagues and other professionals to let them know that they are welcome to join and be part of this long-time professional organization bent on educating those who work with seniors.
In light of the current health situation, we still want to be able to add value and offer education to our members and guests. Last month, we began Virtual Membership meetings. We had a great speaker yet apologize for the sound quality. That issue was remedied and our next Virtual Meeting will be more audible. Thank you for your patience. This month would have been our Spring Fete formerly known as The Spring Luncheon. We are planning something different for this event so please watch for an announcement. In the meantime, we will still get together virtually on May 28 and give you some time to Network through the CHAT function in the virtual meeting. It has been working very well.
Please take some time to plan to do something for yourself. Self-care is also important especially now. Whether you feel stress or not, it probably exists. Here are some things you can do for yourself. These are simple yet effective things to do:
  1. Move your body - Take a walk even if it is just around the block.
  2. Eat well - Try to eat fresh foods and drink plenty of water.
  3. Get good sleep - Make this a priority, no matter what.
  4. Get creative with social connections - While practicing social distancing, we still need human interaction.
  5. Find ways to think positively - Look around for a reason to smile or to give thanks.
May you have the courage to continue to strive forward. You are important in this and you are needed and greatly appreciated! We WILL get through this, together. Thank you for being a member and again, please join us for our Virtual Membership Meeting, May 28. It will be worthwhile!

Georgene Connelly
MASWA Board President
Minneapolis Area Seniors Workers Association
P.O. Box 26630
Minneapolis, MN 55426