Greetings seniors.

March is the start of a new year for our Hays AARP Chapter No. 5167. The chapter members elected the following officers at the February meeting: President, Harry Watts; vice president, Lyle Dilley; treasurer, Kathleen Staab; and secretary, Joyce Dreiling.

Additionally, six members will serve on our board: Alberta Klaus, Arris Johnson, Duane Goodwin, Dee Bodine, Bill Longpine and John Keefer.

Today, a renewed spirit of service is sweeping the country. Americans of all ages and occupations are coming together to create and support opportunities to solve this nation's growing challenges through citizen-powered solutions. By taking on leadership roles in the community, promoting volunteerism and partnering with other organizations similarly committed to service, chapter members continue to be key representatives of AARP and a voice for the association at local, state and national levels.

Our vision: A society in which everyone ages with dignity and purpose and in which AARP helps people fulfill their goals and dreams.

Our mission: AARP is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for all as we age, lead positive social change and deliver value to members through information, advocacy and service.

The role of the AARP chapters is best expressed in the words of the association's founder, Ethel Percy Andrus: "AARP has promoted the initiation and development of local volunteer chapters ... for those members who favor the goals of individual growth and service to self, to fellow members and to the community in general."

Chapter meetings are the first Wednesday of each month at the Bakery Shop, 230 E. Eighth, with lunch at 11:30 a.m. followed by our business meeting and program. Our March program is titled "Loss of Hearing" and will be presented by audiologist June Knittel from the Hearing Center.

You are cordially invited to our luncheon meeting and program March 7. The cost is $9. Bring your hearing aids and enjoy our company.

Harry Watts, Hays, is an AARP community service volunteer.