By MIKE HUGHES
ST. CLAIRSVILLE — It’s time again for the St. Clairsville Chapter No. 2994 of the American Association of Retired Persons’ Senior Showcase.
Scheduled for Thursday, July 29 at the J.B. Martin Center in town, this is an annual summer tradition, not only for 2994 members but also a drive for prospective new members to join.
‘‘We usually have anywhere between 20 and 30 new members each year,’’ said Jan Martin, president of Chapter 2994. ‘‘Last year I think between 17-21 of that total are still members.
‘‘And we usually have 50 percent attendance at our monthly meetings.’’
The event, dubbed ‘‘Red White and You: Savvy Senior Shopper Showcase & Health Fair” begins at 10 a.m.
There will be a craft fair, a bake sale, door prizes and additional goodies. Lunch will also be served.
Martin said a bevy of health screenings will be offered free of charge, including: bone density, blood pressure, vision, lung, feet, hearing and others.
The lunch is free for AARP members, prospective members and friends, but pre-registration is a must.
Reservations must be made on or before Friday by calling Jackie at (740) 695-3497.
Bill Demjan, an Ohio Advocacy Volunteer for AARP will be available to talk with attendees.
Jim Connor will be playing background music throughout the afternoon and Mark Statler will be the featured entertainer.
‘‘He’s definitely a drawing card,’’ Martin said. ‘‘And Jim will be playing music from our day for us to enjoy during the meeting.’’
Lunch will be served at 12:15 p.m. and Martin is attending all in attendance to bring in school supplies.
Chapter 2994 is observing ‘‘create the good’’ at the July meeting and is collecting supplies to donate to area needy school children for the upcoming instructional year.
‘‘Our No. 1 goal is service,’’ Martin said. ‘‘I feel that if we serve our people, our members, then they will go out and serve others.
‘‘We have two teachers and a nurse working on this project, figuring out what all supplies are needed and they will get them to the children after we’ve collected them.’’
Becoming a member of AARP has its advantages Martin explained.
From discounts at local and national vendors and to breaks on insurance, Martin feels “membership has its privileges.’’
She also explained that local members can receive discounted access to chamber of commerce activities.
Chapter 2994 is the local extension of the national organization. And locally, the name of the game is service.
In August members will travel to the Veterans Administration hospital in Clarksburg, W.Va. to help out. In September, Chapter 2994 members will assist at the food pantry, bringing food and supplies.
Members help out at nursing homes and assist at Belco. Previously, a trip to Chillicothe and took much needed items to veterans.
Martin also wanted to remind anyone considering joining that the age limit of being at least 55 is no longer an issue.
‘‘You no longer have have to be 55 to join,’’ she said. ‘‘We have a lot of camaraderie. You get to be with a lot of people each month.
Hughes may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org