Handshakes and hugs

Warm greetings from University of Missouri Extension. 

We have a full schedule of spring meeting dates and hope to see you soon. Please consider this newsletter your V.I.P. invitation to any (or all!) Retiree and Friends meetings around the state. Of course you are welcome to invite a guest to join you, as well. 

Full details of spring meeting dates follow on the next page. Don’t forget to RSVP if one is needed. 

It’s never too early to get the fall meeting dates on your calendar too:

Oct. 1 — Gallatin
Oct. 7 — Nevada
Oct. 8 — Ozark
Oct. 16 — Sedalia
Oct. 23 — Jackson
Oct. 27 — Fall conference in Columbia
Nov. 5 — Online meeting 

Many thanks to the meeting coordinators: Leonard Ernsbarger, Owen Fox, Tom Hansen, Bryan Pfifer, Rick Sparks and Bob Teegarden.

Details for spring Retirees and Friends meetings

April 8 — Nevada meeting: 11:30 a.m. at the Nevada Senior Center, 301 N. Main, Nevada

Presentation: “Five Financial Documents Every Retiree Needs” by Family Financial Education Specialist Janet LaFon, a veteran of MU Extension for more than 30 years.
Lunch: Dutch treat
RSVP: No RSVP needed. Leonard Ernsbarger, meeting chair. 

April 9 — Ozark meeting: 11:30 a.m. at Bric’s Belgium Waffle House, 1882 W. James River Rd. (same exit as Lambert’s Restaurant), Ozark
For directions to restaurant, call 417-582-2600.

Presentation: “Five Financial Documents Every Retiree Needs” by Family Financial Education Specialist Janet LaFon.
Lunch: Dutch treat
RSVP: Sarah Grubaugh, Southwest Region office, at grubaughs@missouri.edu or 417-865-0707. Meeting chair: Tom Hansen.

April 17 — Sedalia meeting: 

11:30 a.m. at Best Western State Fair Inn, 3120 S. Limit, Sedalia 
For directions to restaurant, call 660-826-6100.

Presentation: “A Matter of Balance: Preventing Falls” by Nutrition and Health Education Specialist Megan Webb.
Lunch: Dutch treat
RSVP: Owen Fox, meeting chair, at twofoxes.mo@gmail.com or 660-826-3269 or by mail at 1402 S. Warren, Sedalia, MO 65301

April 21 — Online meeting: 10–11 a.m. To participate, all you need is a computer with an Internet connection.

Log in to this website between 9:30 and 10 a.m. on April 21: univmissouri.adobeconnect.com/r3z91pvcnym/  Type your first and last name in the guest log-in. Click on the box “enter room.” Make sure the volume on your computer speakers is turned up so you can hear. You can type questions and make comments into a chat box during the online meeting.

Presentation: “Quilts, Barns and Money” by Vivian Mason Anderson, family financial education specialist. Is this presentation about tourism, rural economic development, preserving historic barns or is it a quilt show? Yes; it’s all this.
RSVP: Registration is not required but is recommended so you will receive an email reminder of the meeting. Please email crawfordc@missouri.edu if you plan to participate.

April 22 — Columbia meeting: 11:30 a.m. in the Old Alumni Center conference room, 1105 Carrie Francke Dr., Columbia 
From Stadium Blvd., turn on to Carrie Francke Dr. Parking permits will be provided.

Presentation: Greetings and update from Vice Provost Michael Ouart, and “I’m Going to Tell You What I Think” by David Baker, assistant dean of agriculture extension.
Lunch: Dutch-treat lunch will cost $15.
RSVP: Register by April 15 to Cynthia Crawford at crawfordc@missouri.edu or 573-825-8778. Meeting chair: Bryan Pfifer.

April 24 — Jackson meeting: 10:30 a.m. at the Cape Girardeau County Extension Center, 684 W. Jackson Trail, Jackson

Presentation: “Putting the Gold in the Golden Years — What Research Tells Us Makes a Huge Difference” by Director of Donor Education Cynthia Crawford.
Lunch: Group moves to Delmonico’s Restaurant, 2951 Old Orchard Rd., Jackson, for a Dutch-treat buffet lunch. 
RSVP: No RSVP needed. Meeting chair: Rick Sparks.

May 6 — Gallatin meeting: 11:30 a.m. at Gallatin Lion’s Club, 801 W. Grand, Gallatin

Presentation: “When It Rains It Pours ­— How to Keep You and Yours Safer in Severe Weather” by Bev Maltsberger, community development specialist.
Lunch: Dutch treat
RSVP: Register by April 29 to Bob Teegarden, meeting chair, at teebob37@gmail.com or 660-425-5613.