Inquisitive minds (a.k.a.TIAA members) wondered how you actually move a house. So 11 of us boarded a brand new Echo bus and traveled to Fort Worth on Tuesday, April 18, to find out. H.D.Snow, owner and operator of the House Moving Museum, spent 90 minutes describing how this is accomplished, showing us the various equipment needed to do just that and answering lots of questions. He started moving houses with his father at the ripe old age of 12 and has relocated more than 1,500 different structures over the past 45 years -- including a 400-ton lighthouse in South Carol
March’s TIAA Community Involvement volunteer event was held at “The Family Place” Resale Shop located on Marsh Lane in NW Dallas. Ten TIAA volunteers boarded The Senior Source’s van to be transported to and from the store. We enjoyed the many tasks our resale store staff members prepared for us including sorting men’s and women’s clothes onto display racks, placing price tags onto jewelry for sale, stocking books, CD’s and DVD’s into display cases, and helping the staff tidy up the sales area item displays and clothing racks.
TIAAers planned on seeing the Cherry Blossom Festival at the Dallas Arboretum on March 14 but the early warm weather coaxed the trees to bloom in February instead so it wasn't to be! However, making lemonade from lemons, we did enjoy the largest floral festival in the Southwest which had a theme of "Peace, Love and Flower Power" along with wonderfully cool weather that day. We feasted our eyes on tulips, daffodils, Dutch Iris, hyacinths, pansies, violas, poppies and thousands of other spring-blooming annuals and perennials.
More than 60 TI and UT Dallas retirees joined together for a seminar to hear the results of the research being done by Dr. Denise Park and her associates at the Center for Vital Longevity. For the past four years in a major research project, they have tracked more than 500 healthy people to see what effect Amyloids have on brain activity. The research to date shows that individuals with the highest levels of Amyloids go on to have the steepest declines in brain activity. The center is currently pursing funding to extend the research for four more years.
White Rock Center of Hope opened in 1988. Over the years, what began as a food pantry has evolved to include a clothes closet, a place for financial assistance and a resale store that helps fund the organization. The center is not affiliated with any religious organizations, though they do have church groups that volunteer. White Rock Center of Hope relies heavily on volunteers. On average, about 255 regular volunteers will spend more than 40,000 hours stocking shelves in the food pantry, helping in the resale store or working the clothes closet.
Seventeen TIAA members/guests registered for the Hatco Factory Tour on January 17 and it was as fabulous as their hats! We were welcomed by one of Hatco's VPs and learned that all the Stetson and Resistol hats are made in the USA – in Texas, with one factory in Longview and one in Garland – and then shipped to distributors all over the world. We passed around a top-of-the-line (containing chinchilla fur), custom-made hat that was so soft.
WalkSTEM is a new program being launched this spring in the Dallas Arts District and in NorthPark Center planned by talkStem. They are looking for energetic, open-minded, and creative people with an interest in promoting STEM among youth in engaging ways by making connections to the world around us. The walks are inspired by the National Museum of Mathematics in New York. The Museum’s Founder and Director, Glen Whitney, has designed a series of site-specific math walks across the country.
Seven TIAA volunteers boarded a Senior Source van on February 13 heading to our latest Community Involvement volunteer event – the Crossroads Community Services facility located in downtown Dallas. We have volunteered for CCS over the past several years and always have been received warmly by the CCS staff. We served over 50 clients helping them to select gently used clothing as well as nutritious canned, boxed, frozen, and fresh fruits & vegetables for their families’ monthly needs. Everyone enjoyed making a difference in the lives of the CCS clients and watching
Twenty-three TIAA members had a great time riding a bus to tour the Witherspoon Distillery on February 10, 2017 -- lots of chit-chat across the aisles.
You can maximize your 2017 contributions of time and money through TI Foundation’s Matching Gifts (MG) and Volunteer Incentive Programs (VIP) when you submit your gifts. It’s easy for U.S.-based TI retirees to make an even bigger difference in our communities through these programs. You can get more information and submit your contributions of money and time to benefit eligible nonprofits at getinvolved.ti.com.