Inside This Newsletter: Soiree, Tax Tips, and More

Dec 2018/Jan 2019, Vol. XIX, No 3

Holiday Gift Soiree and Open House

We have been very busy preparing for the Holiday Gift Soiree & Open House. We hope you will stop in to experience the transformation of the hallway and rooms of the Xenia Community Center, next door to our office on West Second Street, and where we are fortunate to offer programs and events throughout the year.

Many of you have been asking about this year’s Soiree, wondering how the space will be even more enchanting, what unique handcrafted gifts will be on display and if your favorite holiday treats will still be ‘in stock’ when you arrive. After passing by the Cabin in the Woods, you will again walk through our Winter Wonderland which we understand will include even more snowy friends and a chance to stretch your brain as you see how many you can find. A variety of one-of-a-kind decorated trees, treasures made from wood, fabric and yarn, and of course homemade jam, peppermint popcorn and caramel corn can be found in the Country Room. Two large decorated trees will be the backdrop of the Vintage Room, where you will be greeted by gold, silver, burgundy and tinsel. You will find eye catching ornaments, decorated trees and other holiday décor. There will also be a lovely selection of handmade fairy garden inspired treasures for you to enjoy and for gift-giving. 

The Gathering Room will showcase many themed ‘shops’, with the most popular being dog and cat inspired gifts and homemade treats for your furry friends. Our elves have fun grab n’ go treats and gifts ready for grandchildren, friends, co-workers, and stocking stuffers, including some sports inspired items. Our bakers and candy makers are preparing their tasty treats for gifts and the refreshment table which will not disappoint. And you will be greeted by music and plenty of smiling and appreciative faces. So please invite a friend or two and stop into the Soiree. It is a very special event and we would love to share it with you!

Holiday Gift Soiree & Open House
Tuesday, Dec 4th, 6pm-8pm  
Wednesday, Dec 5th, 11am-6pm

Xenia Community Center
1265 W. Second Street
to the Council’s Office

It's Your Money: A Great Strategy to Minimize Your Federal Tax Bill

It’s almost here, our favorite time of the year (not)! Time to start planning for your end-of-year federal income taxes, and how you can minimize the burden on your wallet. This newsletter topic is directed at those of you who (1) are over 70½, (2) have IRA accounts, and (3) make charitable contributions at the end of the calendar year. To read more, click here.

As always, if you have questions about this newsletter topic or any other financial issues in your life, give us a call at the Council on Aging (937) 376-5486. If we can’t directly help you, we will point you in the right direction for further assistance.

Thank You

The hard work of volunteers over the last 4 months culminated on November 6th with 75% of the voters approving the renewal of the Senior Services Levy. With great humility we thank the Greene County community and beyond for their support of the Council’s mission ~ promoting independence & quality of life for Greene County senior citizens and caregivers.

With 93% of the Council’s revenues coming from the Senior Services Levy, the passage of Issue 7 ensures Council programs and services, including grants to the senior centers, will continue through 2024.

2019 GCCOA Calendars

The printed 2019 GCCOA calendars are going fast, so please stop into the Council’s Xenia or Beavercreek offices or one of the senior centers to pick one up. The calendar showcases the smiles and the inspiration behind the smiles of some very special Greene County seniors.

2019 Senior Artisan Show Set

Invitations to known Greene County Senior Artisans will be sent out before the end of the year for the 2019 Senior Artisan Show, to be held the first three Sundays in March at the Fairborn Art Association. As always, we look forward to sharing creations by Greene County Artisans (60+) who work with a variety of mediums, including watercolor, pastels, acrylics, clay, wood, mixed media, and photography.

If you would like to receive the information, please contact the Council at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 937-376-5486 to be added to the list. 

It's My Money! My Stuff! My Life!
The 2019 It’s My Money! My Stuff! My Life! Program is set for the last Tuesday in February and four Tuesdays in March. This exceptional program brings together local professionals with expertise in legal, financial, and long term care issues. It will run for five weeks from 6pm—8:30pm. The cost is $40 per household. Handouts and heavy refreshments are provided, and space is limited. If you are interested in receiving the brochure, please contact the Council at 376-5486 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Information will also be posted on the Council’s website and Facebook page in early January.

Donor Spotlight

Please join us in thanking our donors who have shared a gift since the last newsletter.

In Honor Of
Ruth Dunlap

In Memory Of
Vaughn Deal
Robert Dunlap
Don Lentz
Chuck Kimball
Thomas R. Pulsifer
Ted & Lois Valley

Fran & Tom Angelo
Steven Deal
Rita Duncan
Beth & John Ey
Mary Graves
Rose Marie Guthrie
Greene County Master Gardeners
Susie & Larry Lentz
Carol & John Maiorano
Eloise A. Pulsifer
Ann Rolwing
Joan Rolwing
Sada A. Sutherland
Crista & Jack Taylor
Jim & Robbi Valley
Alice Wood
United Way of Greater Dayton
Xenia High School Class of 1954

GCCOA Energizers
Sharing Time & Talent:
Linda Bullock
Leah Donohue
Evelyn Ferguson
Betty Gibson
Bob Hagler
Rika Hendrikson
John Hobson
Cecilia Hightower
Linda Jones
George Knight
Anita Kuntz
Gary Kunze
Jackie Markunes
Barb McKown
Frannie McPherson
Chris Middleton
Marian Miller
Sondra Morckel
Sharon Morgan
Nancy Mullins
Foy Neff
Sherry Newcomer
Ruby Norman
Joe Radin
Ken Richardson
Chuck Ryan
Pam & Joe Sowder
Priscilla Stephens
Ginny Vikmanis
Sue & Mike Vuckovich
Barbara Werth
Dee Willis

Appreciation to the following for their support of the Council’s Fall Programs and Events:

Matthew Bennett
Theresa Busher
Tammy Cox
Carol Culbertson
Dave Cusack
LB Fred
Chris Hall
Kristy Matheson
Jerry Mahan
Justin McColaugh
David Peterson
Eric Sears
Pat Stempfly
Pete Stephan
Greene Inc.  
Greene County Library
Rehab At Home
Greene Memorial Hospital & Soin Medical Center

Upcoming Programs & Meetings

Holiday Gift Soiree & Open House
Tues, December 4th ~ 6—8pm & Wed, December 5th ~ 11am—6pm
Xenia Community Center ~ 1265 W. Second, Xenia

Last Day for Medicare Open Enrollment
December 7th
Please Contact the Council or your senior center for assistance

Medicare 101
Wednesday, December 12th ~ 3:30pm—5:00pm
GCCOA Office ~ 1195 W. Second Street, Xenia

Memory Loss, Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease
Thursday, January 10th ~ 2:30pm—4:30pm
GCCOA Office ~ 1195 W. Second Street, Xenia

Looking Ahead:

2019 Senior Artisan Show ~ First Three Sundays in March
Fairborn Art Association

It’s My Money! My Stuff! My Life!
Tuesdays, February 26th, March 5, 12, 19, & 26 2019 ~ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Facebook Friends - Watch for a special contest in January!

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