Inside: Jam Fest, It's My Money!, Music, and More


August/September 2019, Vol. XX, No 1


Annual Homemade Treats and Jamfest an Experience Like No Other

“I thought you just sold jam there”, said by a soon-to-be JamFest Goer! She now knows that the Council’s Homemade Treats and JamFest is a family-friendly event supporting Council programs and services, with live music, games & prizes, yummy refreshments, a Country Store with jam and other homemade and handcrafted items, silent auction baskets, and our ‘famous’ Cloud Race and the Homemade Treats Live Auction.

Wednesday, August 14th
4pm to 6:30pm
Xenia Community Center
1265 W. Second Street
(next to the Council’s Office)
Free for kids 12 and younger accompanied by an adult

The JamFest runs from 4:00pm to 6:30pm, but you can stop in any time that works with your busy schedule to support your Council. Local oldies band, Mack & the Rockets, returns to share their music and energy from 4 to 5pm. Our first Cloud Race competitors take the floor at 5pm to see who takes home the coveted trophy. And the grand finale—the Live Auction of mouth watering homemade cakes, pies, cookies, and jam baskets starts at 5:30pm with Auctioneer Lee Duteil and his trusty sidekick Ed Marrinan. Please invite a friend and join us!

Each part of the JamFest is terrific, but we are excited to have an added twist to this year’s spectacular Cloud Race. The spirited Paul Newman, Jr. will again provide our play-by-play for each race as we whittle the competitors from sixteen to the final two! Former Cloud Race Champions have been invited to defend their titles and four very special competitors have been secured ~ we are looking forward to seeing what they can do!

We encourage you to come out to cheer four Greene County Mayors who have accepted the Cloud Race challenge:
Pam Conine of Yellow Springs
Paul Keller of Fairborn
Sarah Mays of Xenia
Bob Stone of Beavercreek


It's Your Money: Properly Dispose of Your Old Mobile Device

Technology companies seem to introduce new mobile devices, such as smartphones, smart watches, and tablets, at a ridiculously fast pace. As a result, some people replace their mobile devices as frequently as every year. Regardless of how often you upgrade, it’s critical that you realize how much personal data is on your old device.

Mobile devices store a huge amount of personal data, including any or all of the following:
· Where you live, work, and places you visit (via mapping apps like Google Maps)
· The contact details for everyone in your address book
· Phone call history, including inbound, outbound, voicemail, and missed calls
· Texting or chat sessions within applications like secure chat, games, and social media
· Web browsing history
· Personal photos and videos
· Stored passwords and access to your private bank accounts, social media, or email
· Health related information such as heart rate, blood pressure, or exercise history

Regardless of how you dispose of your mobile device--trading it in, selling it, giving it away, or throwing it away (as a last resort), you need to be sure to first erase all sensitive information.

The only fool-proof way to ensure your data is securely removed from your device is to do a factory reset. The reset function varies among devices; you can go into settings on the mobile device and then use the search function to look for ‘reset’, or you can do a web browser search for how to factory reset your iPhone or Android phone. (If you are replacing your old phone with a new one, you should make sure all of your data is transferred to the new device before you reset the old one.)

If your old device won’t turn on, you won’t be able to do a reset. Don’t assume that since the device won’t turn on, your data can’t be accessed. Someone else might be able to revive your phone and then access the data. If you can’t turn on and reset your old device, try to physically destroy it (a hammer might be a viable option).

In addition to cleaning/resetting your old mobile phone, you also need to consider what to do with the phone’s SIM card. The SIM card is what a mobile device uses to make a cellular or data connection. If you are keeping your mobile phone number and moving to a new device, ask your phone service provider about transferring the SIM card to the new phone. If transferring is not possible, remove the SIM card from your old phone and physically destroy it to prevent someone else from reusing it to gain access to your information or accounts. Finally, some Android mobile phones have a removable memory card for additional storage. Make sure you remove this card before you dispose of the old device.

As always, if you have any questions about this information, or you need help, contact us at the Greene County Council on Aging, (937) 376-5486.


Medicare 101 - Why Attend?

Your Council presents Medicare 101: An Overview of Medicare Benefits at least every other month in the Xenia and Beavercreek offices. This educational session is also presented when invited by other community organizations and as schedules permit. They are well-attended, with some individuals returning for a second session. More importantly, these sessions are critical in helping hundreds of individuals access medical and prescription drug coverage in a timely and informed manner.

The target population for these sessions, although anyone is welcome to attend, are those three to six months out from signing up for Medicare. The purpose of the session is to provide an opportunity to better understand the enrollment process and timing, costs, coverage and options. Some who attend walk away with a sense of relief and affirmation that they are on the right track. Others walk away knowing that they have more to learn and what they may have assumed is not accurate. And pretty much everyone walks away knowing that they can attend another session and/or contact the Council for additional help.

The next Medicare 101 is Wednesday, August 21st from 3:30pm to 5:00pm at the Council’s Xenia office. If you would like to attend, please contact the Council at 376-5486 or

Health insurance, including Medicare, is complicated and very few of us know all that we should. It is overwhelming and, without question, very confusing. Having an objective and knowledgeable Council team member to learn from and turn to before and after Medicare enrollment is invaluable and we encourage you to allow us to be of support.

Music and the Brain

The next Music and the Brain program is:

Thursday, September 26th

Xenia Community Center
1265 W. Second Street
(next to the Council’s office)

We continue to promote the benefits music has on our brains, including those with memory challenges and dementia. Our theme is A Musical Road Trip and you can count on an enjoyable and brain-flexing time with a wonderful group of travelers! There is no cost to participate but reservations are appreciated in order to plan for set-up, materials and brain-healthy refreshments. Brochures are available at the senior centers, Council offices, and on the Council’s website. You can also request a brochure by contacting the Council at 937-376-5486 or

Fall Prevention Awareness

According to the Ohio Department of Aging, one in three older Ohioans will fall this year. Falls continue to be the leading cause of emergency room visits, hospital stays, and deaths for seniors, but we are hoping to reduce these numbers, at least in Greene County. September is Fall Prevention Awareness Month. We invite you to participate in programs and activities promoting fall prevention and help keep us strong, safe and upright, including Tai Chi and most any fitness and balance class! And if your organization/group would like to have a speaker on fall prevention, please contact the Council at 937-376-5486 or .


It's My Money! My Stuff! My Life!

The fall It’s My Money! My Stuff! My Life! is set and the brochure will be available mid-August. This program brings together local professionals with expertise in legal, financial, and long term care issues. Many who come are learning about some of the topics for the first time, while others use the course as a refresher. As one of our recent participants shared, “I can’t believe how much I didn’t know. This was the best class I have ever attended.”

It runs for five Tuesdays, October 1st thru the 29th, from 6pm—8:30pm, at the Xenia Community Center (next to the Council’s office). The cost is $40 per household and includes handouts and heavy refreshments. To request the brochure, please contact the Council at 376-5486 or


Changing of the Guard

The Council’s Annual Luncheon Meeting was held June 18th and members, guests, volunteers, and staff came together to share in the accomplishments of 2018. Remarks were offered by Membership Chairperson Karen Wolford and Board Member Jeff Eyrich, the 2018 Annual Report was presented and elections were held.

Theresa Busher, Anne Kertesz, and Ruth Paulus were elected to the Membership Advisory Council. Jonathan Hebrank, Mike McGrath and Barbara Vandecreek were re-elected to the Board of Directors.

The 2019—2020 Board officers were elected at the July 9th Board meeting:

President          ~ Mike McGrath
Vice-President ~ Becca Shelley
Treasurer          ~ Jonathan Hebrank
Secretary          ~ Becky Schatzberg


Donor Spotlight

Please join us in thanking these generous donors who shared a gift since the last newsletter. All donations are set aside to be used for future services/programs.

In Memory Of:
Sue Vuckovich
John E. Wright

John & Melanie Brammer         
Jeanette Johannes
Lauren Myers                        
Frieda Parks
Amazon Smile Foundation
First Energy Service Co
Synergy Building Systems
United Way of Greater Dayton

GCCOA Energizers Sharing Their Time & Talent:
Pat Beal
Phyllis Beck
Dianne Becknell
Sharon Benedict
Dave Cusack
Jerri DeVoe
Leah Donohue
Lee Duteil
Evelyn Ferguson
LB Fred
Barbara Griggs
Bob Hagler
Gilbert Hamilton
Barb Hawk
Rika Hendrickson
Cecilia Hightower
John Hobson
Alforetta Hughes
Jim & Linda Jones
David Kerns
Letha Kimball
Anita Kuntz
Jessica Lange
Sherry Matsel
Barbara McKown
Frannie McPherson
Christine Middleton
Dorothy Miller
Marian Miller
Sondra Morckel
Sharon Morgan
Foy Neff
Sherry Newcomer
Ruby Norman
Roger Panton
Linda Parsons
Barbara Pendergast
Joe Radin
Ken Richardson
Priscilla Stephens
Bob & Juanita Shreck
Cindy Vance
Shawnah Tibbs-Sergent
Ginny Vikmanis
Barbara Vandecreek
Barbara Werth


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Upcoming Programs & Meetings

Medicare 101 (offered every other month)
Wednesday, August 21st ~ 3:30pm—5:00pm
GCCOA Office, 1195 W. Second St, Xenia

Homemade Treats and JamFest/Music by Mack & The Rockets
Wednesday, August 14th ~ 4:00 — 6:30pm
Xenia Community Center, 1265 W. Second Street

Memory Loss, Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease (offered every other month)
Wednesday, September 11th ~ 2:30pm—4:30pm
GCCOA Office, 1195 W. Second St, Xenia

Music and the Brain
Wednesday, September 26th ~ 1:30pm—4:30pm
Xenia Community Center ~ 1265 W. Second Street, Xenia

It’s My Money! My Stuff! My Life!
Tuesdays, October 1st thru 29th ~ 6:00pm—8:30pm
Xenia Community Center ~ 1265 W. Second Street, Xenia


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