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March 2022 Meeting Recap

Legislative Presentation
Representative David LaGrand- State Rep. David LaGrand is serving his third term representing the 75th House District, which encompasses a portion of the city of Grand Rapids. Before his election to the House, LaGrand served on the Grand Rapids City Commission and the Grand Rapids Board of Education. He is a small-business owner and entrepreneur. LaGrand also worked as a lawyer at Warner, Norcross & Judd before serving eight years as a Kent County assistant prosecutor. In 2000, he entered his own private practice.
Program Presentation
David Crandall- “Climate Change: Where We Stand and What We Can Do”. Media lead and presentation coordinator for citizens climate lobby, Grand Rapids Chapter. Climate change has become a daunting issue in recent years, but we already have the tools we need to avert its worst effects. Where do we stand and what can we do? This presentation will give an excellent overview!

January 2022 Meeting Recap

Legislative Presentation- Representative Bryan Posthumus

Program Presentation- "Declutter and Downsizing Made Easy!" Laura Kelso and Susie March

October 2021 Meeting Recap

Legislative Presentation- Michigan Senator Winnie Brinks

Senator Brinks serves as a member of the Michigan Senate beginning in 2019: Before serving in elected office, she worked as an executive at a non-profit. She serves as the Michigan Democratic Caucus Policy Chair.

Program Presentation- Liz Barnett

"Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan Overview. Get to know us for the first time or all over again!"

It was also Sponsor Day--check out a few pictures below!

September 2021 Meeting Recap

If you were in attendance and have not taken the survey to help us improve your ZOOM meeting experience please click here:

You can find the video recording for the meeting below:

There are opportunities available to get more involved in the work of the Advocates for Senior Issues.

Contact the Advocacy Coordinator, Sheri Harris, for more information:

PROGRAM PRESENTATION- “Protecting Seniors from Exploitation”

Chris Becker- Kent County Prosecutor

  • Chris Becker discussed, “Vulnerable Adult Abuse in Michigan.” Please see the attachment to view the power point he used during his presentation.

There is no excuse for Elder Abuse! To report suspected elder abuse you should contact:

LEGISLATIVE PRESENTATION- Michigan State Representative Rachel Hood

  • Representative Rachel Hood discussed “Driving Michigan Forward.” To learn more, open the One Page Flyer attached to this email.
  • To learn more from Rep. Hood’s Presentation regarding Energy follow this link provided by her staff during the meeting

Michigan Saves | Clean Energy Financing | Nonprofit Green Bank

From the Area Agency on Aging of West Michigan


“Sponsorship Day!”

OCTOBER 15, 2021 at Frederik Meijer Gardens

June 2021 Meeting Recap

Thank you for attending the AFSI June 18th membership meeting. A special thank you to our speakers; Sue Hammersmith, Steve Lett, and Juanita Smith from MICRC talking with us about the redistricting process that is currently taking place in our fine state of Michigan (follow-up information attached). As well as our guest speakers from CALL – Sonja DeJong, OLLI – Sheila Pantlind, and GetSetUp – Jen Hunt (PowerPoint can be found below).  

There are a few documents to reference:

Please note, the issue of making the current $2.00 per hour raise permanent for Direct Care Workers was discussed during the meeting. If you would like to advocate for this important endeavor, please see the “AFSI Resource List” and the “Tips for Advocacy”. These will be helpful resources as you reach out to your representatives.

As a reminder, there will be no member meetings for the months of July and August. We look forward to seeing everyone, hopefully in-person, on September 17th at The Salvation Army Kroc Center.

MICRC Public Comment Information

The Grand Rapids Public Hearing will be held on July 1 at DeVos Place.  Doors open and public comment sign-up begin at 4 p.m. on a first-come-first-served basis.  The Public Comment will begin at 5 p.m.  We encourage individuals to register to attend through the link in the Meeting Notice posted at

If individuals cannot attend in person, virtual or remote comment is welcome either by phone or through the Zoom meeting.  Sign-up must be made by 12 p.m. (noon) on the day of the public hearing, so they can be invited into the meeting after the in-person public comment.  This sign-up is in the Meeting Notice posted at

We also welcome public comment through the link on the website  Individuals may draw a map of a district or their community of interest, provide comments, or comment on other comments or maps.

April 2021 Meeting Recap

Thanks for participating in the April 16th Advocates for Senior Issues Meeting.  Below is information from the presentation.

Please take a minute to answer a short survey.  We appreciate your feedback.

March 2021 Meeting Recap

We had a very interesting meeting on Friday!  Big thanks to Representative Albert and Craig James for joining us. 

February 2021 Meeting Recap

We had a great meeting last Friday.  We extend our sincere gratitude to Senator Gary Peters and Dr. Fred Johnson for joining us.  If you missed the meeting you can watch the recording here:  February 19, 2021 AFSI Meeting

If you were able to join but did not fill out the meeting survey, please take 1 minute to comlete this survey:

Below you will find resources we hope you will find helpful to you!

January 2021 Virtual Meeting Recap

We had a great meeting last week. Don't worry if you missed it, it was recorded and can be viewed at the link here

We are very appreciative of both Dr. Adam London and Representative David LaGrand for sharing their time and expertise with us. 

Need more information on the Covid-19 vaccination? Visit this website for the most up to date information:

During the meeting Representative LaGrand mentioned the following resources:

  • Book Recommendations:

    • “The 3 languages of Politics”  

    • “Open Borders:  The Science and Ethics of Immigration” 

  • Website for purchasing used books:

  • Rep. LaGrand’s cell phone number:  616-540-0994

Region 8 Advocacy Guide

November 2020 Virtual Meeting Recap

We had a great meeting on November 20th with Cle Jackson and Rick Pluta joining us. Big thanks to our speakers for spending their morning with us.

Reminder:  AFSI does NOT meet in December.  Our next membership meeting will be on January 15, 2021.

If you didn’t get a chance to fill out the meeting survey, please do so now:

If you missed the meeting, you can watch the recording here.

Advocates for Senior Issues COVID-19 Care Kits Drive-Thru Event- October 29










October 2020 VIRTUAL Meeting Recap

We had a great meeting last Friday.  Thank you to Senator Brinks, Teri Chaplin, and MerriKay Oleen-Burkey for speaking with us. 

Here are a few documents to reference from the meeting, including Senator Brinks' press release and Advocates Drive Thru event on Oct 29th.

If you attended the meeting, please click on this link and fill out our survey, it takes 60 seconds or less: 

September 2020 VIRTUAL Meeting Recap

Our first virtual AFSI membership meeting was a success, with over 50 people in attendance.  We hope to double that number before the end of the year!

We are so grateful to our speakers – Chief Payne and Christin Nohner for putting together such informative and engaging presentations.

January 2020 Meeting

Legislative Presentation

Peter Dickow representing Senator Gary Peters 

Program Presentation: 

Panel of palliative care experts featuring Dr. Liewen, Dr. Wyn, Sara Torrey-Lowe, and Carol Robinson

Meeting Photos







November 2019 Meeting

Legislative Presentation  

Representative Lynn Afendoulis (R – 73)

State Rep. Lynn Afendoulis was first elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2018. She represents the 73rd   District, which includes the city of East Grand Rapids and the townships of Cannon, Courtland, Nelson, Oakfield, Plainfield, Spencer and Grand Rapids Charter Township.

Program Presentation: Effective Advocacy

Melissa Seifert, AARP

Melissa Seifert is the associate state director of government affairs for AARP Michigan. In this role she executes AARP Michigan’s legislative priorities to both state and federal elected officials. AARP advocates on issues that matter the most to people age 50 and older and their families, such as health and long-term care services, income security, support for family caregivers, retirement planning, and protection from fraud and financial abuse.

Meeting Photos

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