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2018 Dues Are Due

The 2018 membership form in the November and December newsletters is not a hint; it’s time to pay your dues again.

I think this is a good time to clear up some misconceptions. Dues are not one payment for a lifetime – your membership in the WCSC must be renewed every January. Even if you are over 90 and have a free membership, you must turn in the form every year so that we know you are still in the area and haven’t moved to a mansion in Beverly Hills.

This is particularly important in 2018, as we are starting fresh with a new and improved membership database.  If you don’t fill out your membership form, you will not be in the membership database.

You must be a member to participate in certain activates, especially those using city or club transportation, such as the mini-van and travel office trips. Creakers pay membership dues as part of their Creaker dues, and filling out your Creaker paperwork will take care of it.

Membership conveys other benefits. You get a monthly newsletter listing all the Senior Center activities. You will be supporting things like our contributions to Meals on Wheels and the All-Abilities playground.

This blog and the senior page for the City of Walnut Creek have links to the 2018 Membership Application that you can download, print, and fill out.   And of course you can mail it or come to the Senior Center and join in person.

 

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Calendar for the Week of November 19, 2017

Day Time Event Location
Monday 9:30 am Advisory Board Meeting Lounge
Tuesday 8:15 am Walking Buddies – beginner Lobby
Tuesday 10:00 am – noon Senior Peer Counseling appointment required
Tuesday 11:30 am Let’s Sing, Sing Along C.C. Cafe
Tuesday 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Investment Discussion Group Lounge
Thursday Thanksgiving – Senior Center Closed
Friday Thanksgiving – Senior Center Closed

This calendar publishes the activities that change from week to week. See the Weekly Activity page for weekly activities, and the newsletter for more details on activities.

Some activities for Walnut Creek Seniors Club members only. Membership open to everyone 50 or better.

A Scam Reported by the Police

Sorry to report another scam so soon, but the police just reported this on Nextdoor Northgate, and they asked that it be shared.

The theme of these computer scams seems to be getting you to call the number in the message instead of looking up a legitimate phone number.  This is usually a pain, because any company wants to discourage you from talking to a live person, because it costs them money.  But companies have to do better, if nothing more than it costs them more time to deal with people who have lost money.

Anther hallmark of a scam is asking for payment in a form that’s untraceable, such as apple ITunes cards.

 

Here is the post:

Detective Tamara Keagy, Walnut Creek Police Department
Beware of Phone Scams

Yesterday, I responded to a call in which an elderly victim’s computer screen went blank until a message appeared advising her to call Apple support because her system had been compromised. When she called, a male, identifying himself as an Apple employee, advised her to quickly obtain $1000 in ITunes gift cards to pay to have her system serviced. She was told her information had already been 80% compromised and she needed to have the repairs done ASAP. After obtaining the Apple iTunes gift cards, she provided the gift card information to the male. The victim later contacted her family who determined she was the victim of a scam and called WCPD.

The victim was embarrassed, but she agreed that I should share her story in hope to save others from the financial loss she suffered. The feeling of shame or ignorance is exactly what scammers prey on, in hopes we don’t share these stories and they can continue to profit off innocent victims. Scammers often create a false sense of urgency that makes us feel as thought we are in a vulnerable state.

There are several types of scams and I am certain several more will come. The best way for us to defend ourselves is to share our experiences with others and know what to watch for when interacting with others who might be out to scam you.

Scammers usually try to get a person out of rational thought by playing with their emotions. This could be putting a person in fear that a loved one was injured or incarcerated, a panic that they forgot to pay taxes, or even a feeling of joy that they just won a large sum of money. The scammer will urge the person to make quick decisions that they probably would have not make when they weren’t overwhelmed with emotions. The sense of urgency makes a person feel pressured to react quickly and don’t think through our actions.

Often, these scammers gain large quantities of money when they prey on the emotions of others.

I can’t predict the next scam tactic, but I am certain several can recall previous scams. Please share with others and warn them of what scammers do in hopes that we all can avoid being future victims.

Thank you for reading and sharing,

Officer Keagy

November 2017 Friday Social

Lunch, Entertainment &  Birthday Celebration
Friday November 17, 2017
doors open 11:30 am, Lunch served at  12:00 noon.
Reservations will be honored until 12:30 am and then offer to those on the waiting list

Meal Cost: $5 per person
Professionally catered meal from Sunrise Bistro

Entertainment: Foothill Intermediate School Jazz Band

 

Come dance, enjoy lunch and music in a fun, social environment.  Open to all!  It does not have to be your birthday for you to join in on the fun!

Advance meal reservation required.  Call (925) 943-5851 no later than this Wednesday November 15 to reserve your lunch!

A BIG thank you to Hillendale Home Care, our Friday Social sponsor!

Calendar for the Week of November 12, 2017

Day Time Event Location
Sunday 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Public Safety for Seniors Assembly Hall
Monday 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm ScreenTime – Good for Washington D.C. Lounge
Tuesday 8:15 am Walking Buddies –  beginner Lobby
Tuesday 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm Petanque! (French Bocce Ball) Back Patio – rain cancels
Wednesday 9:00 am – 11:30 am Care Management appointment required
Wednesday 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Trust or Not to Trust
Thursday 8:15 am Walking Buddies –  advanced Lobby
Friday doors open 11:30 am
reservations honored until 12:30 am
Friday Social & Birthday Celebration reservations required

This calendar publishes the activities that change from week to week. See the Weekly Activity page for weekly activities, and the newsletter for more details on activities.

Some activities for Walnut Creek Seniors Club members only. Membership open to everyone 50 or better.

A New Low In Scams

Scams, such as the ones where the lowest form of life call you up and pretend to be Microsoft, have been common for a while now.  They are hoping you will give them the passwords to your computer and your credit card information.  On Saturday this scam used an auto-dialer to call me.  Another argument for banning robo-calls.

What should you do if are not certain it’s a scam?  Hang up and use a respectable search engine like Google or Bing to find Microsoft’s support site (It’s https://support.microsoft.com/en-us).  The site is kind of lame, as you have to go through hoops before you get a live person.   But at least you know it’s not a scam.

 

To Trust or not to Trust

Speaker: Attorney David Arietta

Wednesday, November 15, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Civic Park Community Center

Is a trust right for you?  Is a will better?  Have you looked at your trust lately?  What does it really say and mean?

Come to an informal discussion on trusts.  We’ll discuss what parts of your trust are most important and whether you are missing any key clauses or if any of your clauses are out of date.  We’ll cover other important topics like who is your trustee and why?  Should you give equally to your children or not?  How are you protected upon incapacity?  Do you really know where your assets are going on your death?  Did you properly amend the trust?   Learn how certain assets may not even be covered by the trust.

Please RSVP at the front desk or call 925-93-5851.