By ARRIS JOHNSON

Special to The Hays Daily News

For several years, the Hays-Ellis AARP Chapters have had an annual summit, which has been recognized as the finest of those in Kansas.

It will be on Oct. 2 at the Fanchon Ballroom, E. Old U.S. Highway 40. Registration and viewing the several vendor booths will begin at 8 a.m. The actual program will begin at 9:30 a.m.

A fine slate of speakers and presenters is scheduled. Secretary of State Ron Thornburg will be the first speaker with the topic of the importance of voting and voter rights. Following his presentation. Attorney General Stephen Six will speak of domestic violence against seniors and also the security squeeze on credit accounts. Kansas Revenue Secretary Joan Wagnon will speak about tax programs for seniors.

Hays Postmaster Tom Lippert will finish the morning's presentations with a discussion of postal fraud. Postal fraud has become a serious problem, and we are all susceptible.

A buffet lunch will be at noon. The cost for lunch and registration combined will be $7.

The afternoon program begins with a discussion of health care, financial security and the outlook for 2009. This discussion will be followed by a further discussion of the same topic by Dave Wilson, state president of AARP.

LeAnn Zimmerman of High Plains Mental Health Center will present information and discussion of Alzheimers. Dr. Dan Sanchez will then discuss the value of drinking water, a subject we should all be interested in.

Jeff Burnett, professor at FHSU, will complete the presentations with the topic of myths about exercise and diet.

The day's program will end with the usual awarding of door prizes.

The record of the summit programs has been good in the past and we feel secure in saying this one will be the same.

We invite all who are interested to come, not only for the useful information to be presented, but also to enjoy the company. There are at present nine vendor booths with useful information.

Anyone who plans to come should call Millie at (785) 625-9463 to register. We need to know how many are coming so there will be enough food for all. We hope to see you Oct. 2.

Arris Johnson, Hays, is a member of the Generations Advisory Group