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February, 2013


Thank you for your newsletter information. 


Keep them coming!

The Board is working hard to build up DACCS membership at the meetings. We know that you have a busy schedule but we hope that you will come to hear all of the exciting speakers we have scheduled for 2013!

2013 DACCS Officers

President – Nicole Crews
Vice President – J. Adama Vacanti 
Secretary – Clem Oliver
Treasurer – Bernice Gammon
Alternative Treasurer - Melinda Dalton
Membership – Amy Bracey
Newsletter – Clem Oliver
Members at Large - Earl B. Reynolds Jr, Van Avery, Pat Daniel


DACCS Meeting
Friday, February 22, 2013
 12 noon at Golden Corral Restaurant

Shelia E. Isom
Director of Annie’s House Adult Day Care Center


DACCS Announcements! 
March Meeting
Friday, March 22, 2013
 12 noon at Golden Corral Restaurant

James F. Bebeau, M.S., LPC
Executive Director
Danville-Pittsylvania Community Services


If you would like to be our Guest Speaker at one of the DACCS Meetings to discuss your organization, please see J. Adama Vacanti for details. Your lunch will be provided.

Do you have news to share to put in the DACCS newsletter?
If so, please contact: Clem Oliver with your information.
All information is needed by the 10th of each month.

If you are interested in being an officer in DACCS for the year 2013 or please contact Mrs. Pattie Deshazor or  Clem Oliver



Social Security Column
By J. Adama Vacanti
Social Security District Manager in Danville, VA


It’s that time of year! Basketball fans are gearing up for March Madness — a time when the final four teams in the NCAA fight for the title of national champion. While basketball fans are excited about March Madness, Social Security already has a winning “final four” of online services to cheer about: our new my Social Security service, the Retirement Estimator, online Benefit Application, and online Extra Help application!

Let’s take a look at the lineup.

  1. My Social Security is an online account that allows you quick access to your personal Social Security information. During your working years, once you create your online account, you can use my Social Security to obtain a copy of your Social Security Statement to check your earnings record and see estimates of the future retirement, disability, and survivor benefits you and your family may receive. If you already receive Social Security benefits, you can now sign into your account to view, save, and print your benefit verification letter, check your benefit payment information, and even change your address and phone number in our records. You also can start or change your direct deposit information. Check it out at
  2. The Retirement Estimator is an easy way to get an instant, personalized estimate of your future Social Security benefits. Just key in some basic information and the Estimator will use information on your Social Security record, along with what you input, to give you a benefit estimate on the spot. You even can experiment with different scenarios, such as changing your future earnings and retirement date. Check it out in English at or in Spanish at
  3. The online Benefit Application is the most convenient way to apply for Social Security retirement benefits. You can apply from the comfort of your home — it’s fast, easy, and secure. It’s so easy, in fact, it can take you as little as 15 minutes to apply online. In most cases, once your application is submitted electronically, you’re done. There are no forms to sign and usually no documentation is required. Social Security will process your application and contact you if any further information is needed. Try it out when you’re ready to retire at
  4. The online Extra Help application is an easy way to save about $4,000 a year on your Medicare prescription drug costs. To qualify for the Extra Help, you must be on Medicare, have limited income and resources, and live in one of the 50 states or the District of Columbia. Learn more about it at


It is that time a year again, don’t forget to pay your DACCS dues for 2013.

This is the year we need to print the Green book, but this will not happen without you

We need almost $3000.00 to print the minimal amount of books and our Treasury has less than $1000.00.  We do not qualify for grants because we are not 501 3C. 
Every three years a new “Green Book” is printed, with the names and addresses of current facilities within the Danville and Pittsylvania County area. The Green Book is a useful resource and provides contact information within your reach 24/7.


Speak with

Bernice Gammon, Melinda Dalton, Nicole Crews or
J. Adama Vacanti at the next DACCS meeting or send an email to
Melinda Dalton @
or  Bernice Gammom @

As of today, DACCS has received several donations from members in excess of their annual dues towards the printing of the Green book, thank you for your generosity.


Keeping Well in Mind, Body, and Spirit:
A FREE program series for those concerned with Cancer Prevention and Survivorship.

This FREE series brought to the community by the Cancer Resource Center of Southern Virginia with the support of Danville's Cancer Task Force presents We Are Survivors: Discussions on living with a cancer diagnosis. A panel of survivors of various types of cancer will openly and honestly discuss their journey and answer your questions. Thursday, January 17, from 11:30 am-1:00 pm, at First Presbyterian Church, 937 Main Street, Danville. Please bring your lunch and a friend! Boxed lunches are also available for $6.00. Drinks and dessert will be provided. Call the Cancer Resource Center to make a reservation, 434-766-6650, or email




Girl Scout Cookies are on Sale, $4.00 per box. The new cookie is a Vanilla Cookie with a Mango flavored filling. Some of the girls actually have the cookies on hand to sale directly. You do not have to wait for the cookies to come in later. Melinda will have them at the February meeting.


Danville Cancer Association

Danville Cancer Association hosts a COPING SUPPORT GROUP for Cancer Survivors on the last Tuesday of every month at 1:00 PM in the Fellowship Hall of Trinity United Methodist Church, 409 Arnett Blvd, Danville.

We are currently conducting our annual membership drive. Individual memberships are $20.00 and Business memberships are $40.00. Membership dues collected is used to help individuals who have been diagnosed with cancer in Danville and the surrounding area. For more information, call Cathy Love Payne 434-791-3227. Please remember to refer any friend or relative who has been diagnosed with cancer to us. We are here to help.


Emeritus at Danville invites all area First Responders to drop by our community on Thursday, February 28, 2013, for Coffee and Pastries.

Fire Department’s, Police Department’s, Sheriff’s Department’s, Life Saving Crew’s, Regional One, etc., are all invited as a thank you for all you do!

Please stop by any time between 8:30 AM and 11:00 AM for some morning refreshments – 432 Hermitage Drive, Danville, VA 24541.

Also, our monthly Caregiver’s Alzheimer’s Support Group is the third Tuesday evening of each month at 6 PM. Facilitator is Alice Bingert. Upcoming meetings are Tuesday, February 19, 2013, and Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

Amy S. Bracey
Executive Director
Emeritus at Danville | 432 Hermitage Drive | Danville, VA 24541
(434) 791-3180 | Fax: (434) 791-3378 | |
Our Family is Committed to Yours.®   


Date: February 1, 2013

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area is recruiting 50 mentors in 50 days to fill its waiting list of unmatched children in the area. The campaign runs from Feb. 1 to March 22. 

Everyone remembers someone special - a neighbor, professor, relative or friend - who broadened our horizons and brought a little magic into our lives. Maybe it was someone who taught you to throw a baseball or ride a bike; or maybe it was someone who helped you make the right decision when you needed direction.

Sharing everyday experiences with a child is the premise on which Big Brothers Big Sisters of Danville Area is based. We have been transforming lives since 1973, and have developed several successful programs proven to make a BIG difference in the life of a child.

Becoming a “Big” is a fun and easy way to volunteer in your community. We have several program options that fit your schedule and interests. We also offer a variety of agency-planned activities for “Bigs” and “Littles,” such as having a “Big Brothers Big Sisters Night” at a Danville Braves game.

We have 22 children on the waiting list ready to be matched with a volunteer mentor. If you are a male or female 18 or older, you may be eligible to become a “Big” brother or sister to a youth between the ages of 6 and 14. Your commitment is a minimum of one hour per week for a year. 

For more information, please contact Patricia Daniel at 434-792-3700, ext. 234 or see our website at


cordially invites you to

Danville Regional Foundation
(512 Bridge Street)

February 19, 2013
5:30pm – 7:00pm

To hear about an exciting new initiative called

Middle Border Forward

Middle Border Forward is an effort that engages 50 people under 50 in efforts to grow the quality of life for all citizens in the Dan River Region over the next several decades. Middle Border Forward will foster new leaders and launch a new 20 year action plan that creates positive change for our region.  Deadline to apply has been extended to March 1st.

Food, Beer & Wine will be served

Please RSVP by 2/18/2013 via email at