The National AARP now allows St. Mary AARP Chapter 4435 to conduct tours as a non-profit resulting in members being able to travel low prices.
St. Mary AARP President Paul Vella explained each of the tours for 2012. They include a Branson Christmas trip Nov. 25 to 29 at $490 per person, double occupancy; Christmas lights trips to Lafayette and New Orleans; and a Nov. 8 Louisiana Mystery Tour that drew the largest response in bookings. Casino trips to Paragon and Hollywood in Bay St. Louis, Miss., were also well booked.
District Attorney Phil Haney was the meal sponsor for the meeting. He introduced his staff who then served the meal of meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad and bread cooked by AARP’s Pat Fryer and Mac McNemar.
Haney talked about current scams that threaten senior citizens.
Entertainment was by Les Danseurs de Bonne Terre of Houma.
In other AARP news:
—Nearly 50 door prizes were awarded to members that participate in St. Mary AARP classes and events.
—St. Mary Parish Council was thanked for the new handicapped bars in the restrooms, plus a 2-ton central air conditioner for the exercise room. AARP is also getting a giant pot that will allow cooking for 500 servings.
—The next St. Mary AARP meeting will be Nov. 5. Dr. Solet from Cardiovascular Institute of the South will be speaker.
—For the Nov. 5 meeting, Hargrave Funeral Home will sponsor the chicken and sausage gumbo and homemade potato salad. Sterling Fryou and McNemar will be chief cooks.