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I don't know who the author is quoting when noting what the AARP says about it's grassroot activities. Whoever it is, does not accurately depict what goes on in Our Chapters. I am President of the Willowbrook Chapter 3862 on Staten Island,N.Y. I also serve as a Chapter Developer. of Staten Island. All 14 of the chapters here closely follow political issues, conduct our own monthly charitable activities in addition to those conducted by AARP State and National Organizations. We donate food regularly to the needy,send personal articles to soldiers overseas through Project Homefront, serve on every charitable and community service group in our area, donate money every year to a myriad of charities, etc. etc. We run a monthly social and hold meetings, in some chapters, with attendance in excess of 200 members. We have monthly guest speakers on topics such as health, education, as well as all topics related to all senior citizens. We hold monthly socials in which up to 100 people are involved in card games, board games, line- dancing lessons and quilting lessons. I would like the author to consider this and then tell us what our "social capital" value truly is today?
Tony Dellatte .Staten Island NY

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