The chapter’s activities are planned and managed by several key committees.  Membership in each committee is open to any member with an interest in the area.    Read about each of the  committees listed below to learn more about their purpose, when they meet and how to contact the committee chair.

Community Service Committee
Purpose: The Community Service Committee identifies community needs to be addressed and develops projects to meet those needs. The projects benefit groups from youth to seniors.

Meeting Times & Location:  The committee meets on the first Tuesday of every month except July and August at 10:30 AM at the South Coastal Library.

 Contact: Committee Chair: Kathy Lesperance 537-7845

 Click on Community Outreach at left to learn more about the chapter’s community service activities.

Legislative/Environmental Committee

 Purpose:  The Legislative/Environmental Committee examines legislative and environmental issues affecting senior citizens residing in Delaware, particularly Sussex County.  If circumstances demand, it will recommend   actions or solutions to our chapter as a whole, to  legislators or to AARP  leadership at the state level. 

Meeting Times & Location: The committee meets on the first Tuesday of every month except July and August at 1 PM at the South Coastal  Library.

Contact:  Committee: Chuck Schonder  703-881-2491

 Click on Advocacy at left to learn more about the chapter’s legislative activities

Scholarship Committee

 Purpose:       The purpose of the Scholarship Committee is to develop criteria for scholarships to be awarded by the chapter and to select annual  recipients.  The group is also responsible for planning and conducting fundraising activities to support the program.  Currently the committee offers two annual $1500 scholarships to graduating seniors from Indian River High School and $1000 in scholarships to adult students at Delaware Tech in Georgetown.

 Meeting Times & Location: The committee meets at the call of the chair, approximately bi-monthly, at the Long and Foster Office on Route 1, Bethany Beach. Dates and times for the next two meetings are to be determined.

Contact: Committee Co-Chair Ione Phillips, 302-539-2172 or

Click on Scholarships at left for specific information on current activities to benefit the scholarship fund.

Tour Committee

 Purpose:  The purpose of the Tour Committee is to plan enjoyable,  educational, and entertaining trips for the members of our chapter. The Tour Committee wants to promote pure enjoyment.  Trips are designed to offer a good value for participants while still providing resources that allow the committee and the Board of Directors to make contributions to organizations that are addressing critical community needs.

 Click on Travel at left to review brochures for all upcoming trips.                 

Meeting Times and Location:     The committee meets on the first Monday of every month except July, August and September and the last Monday in August.Meetings are held at 10:30 AM at the South Coastal Library.

Contact:   Chair James Harding
(302) 537-5206 Home, (973) 903-1495 Cell


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