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January, 2011


Thank you to all organizations for your logo item donations and 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 are hoping you will be at as many meetings this year as possible!

2011 DACCS Officers

President – J. Adama Vacanti
Vice President – LaToiya Whipple
Secretary – Clem Oliver
Treasurer – Bernice Gammon
Membership – Amy Bracey
Newsletter – Clem Oliver
Members at Large - Debbie Flinn, Nicole Crews, Van Avery, Pat Danielse
Past President – Pattie DeShazor


DACCS Meeting
Friday, January 28, 2011

 12 noon at Golden Corral Restaurant


Dr. Regina Curtis, Executive Director
Cross Roads Christian Counseling Center


DACCS Announcements!
February Meeting
Friday-February 25th
Guest Speaker: Lynne Bjarnesen
Executive Director, Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History

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 2nd Friday of each month.

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


Social Security Column
By J. Adama Vacanti
Social Security Danville in Virginia

doctorNeed Medicare Part B? If you’re eligible, now is the time to sign up. The general enrollment period for Medicare Part B runs from January 1 through March 31. Before you make a decision about general enrollment, let us fill you in on some general information.

Medicare is a medical insurance program for retired and disabled people. Some people are covered only by one type of Medicare; others opt to pay extra for more coverage. Understanding Medicare can save you money; here are the facts.

There are four parts to Medicare: Parts A, B, C and D. Part A helps pay for inpatient hospital care, skilled nursing care, hospice care, and other services. Part B helps pay for doctors' fees, outpatient hospital visits, and other medical services and supplies not covered by Part A. Part C allows you to choose to receive all of your health care services through a provider organization. These plans, known as Medicare Advantage Plans, may help lower your costs of receiving medical services, or you may get extra benefits for an additional monthly fee. You must have both Parts A and B to enroll in Part C. And Part D is the Medicare Prescription Drug Program.

Most people first become eligible for Medicare at age 65, and there is a monthly premium for Medicare Part B. In 2011, the standard premium is $115.40. Some high-income individuals pay more than the standard premium. Your Part B premium also can be higher if you do not enroll during your initial enrollment period, or when you first become eligible.

There are exceptions to this rule. For example, you can delay your Medicare Part B enrollment without having to pay higher premiums if you are covered under a group health plan based on your own current employment or the current employment of any family member. If this situation applies to you, you can sign up for Medicare Part B without paying higher premiums:

  • Any month you are under a group health plan based on your own current employment or the current employment of any family member; or
  • Within eight months after your employment or group health plan coverage ends, whichever comes first

If you are disabled and working (or you have coverage from a working family member), the same rules apply.

Remember: Most people are automatically enrolled in Medicare Part B when they become eligible. If you don’t enroll in Medicare Part B when you first become eligible to apply and you don’t fit into one of the above categories, you'll have to wait until the general enrollment period, which is January 1 through March 31 of each year. At that time, you may have to pay a higher Medicare Part B premium.

For more information about Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D, visit the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) website at Or read our publication on Medicare at


Veteran Services

We've Moved!

Virginia Department of Veterans Services
139A Deer Run Road
Danville, VA 24540
(434) 836-8447

At the Virginia Department of Veterans Services, we’re committed to helping you apply for your veterans benefits.

We can help you with claims for:

  • medical services
  • disability benefits
  • compensation and pension claims
  • dependency and indemnity compensation for widows or widowers and children of disabled veterans
  • widows’ pensions
  • dependents’ education benefits
  • veterans’ home loans
  • death benefit claims


Community Events/Information

The Underground Railroad to the White House…
A conversation with President Barack Obama
Written by Brenda L. Hillman

Black History Month Celebration Play
Saturday, February 26, 2011 – 6:30 pm
East New Hope Missionary Baptist Church
Admissions Adults – one book bag per family or $5 per person Children - A school supply

The YWCA will host a fundraiser called Night in the Tropics on Saturday, February 19, 2011. A social will begin at 6:30 p.m. and dinner will be served around the pool from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

If you would like to purchase Girl Scout Cookies, please see Mrs. Patti Deshazor or Mrs. Melinda Dalton. Cookies will arrive February 8 and they will have cookie at the February meeting.

Members who have paid their 2011 dues:

Danville Area Humane Society
Pittsylvania County Department of Social Services
Danville Reading Center
City of Danville
Free Clinic of Danville
Arlene Creasy
Danville-Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce
CarVaGa Industries, Inc.
Danville Public Library
Dan River Business Development Center
Danville Pittsylvania Community Services

Please make sure your DACCS membership information includes your most current email address. Effective February will be sending the newsletter out electronically to our members.