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December, 2010


A big thanks to all who contributed to this Newsletter!

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!

2010 DACCS Officers

President – Pattie DeShazor
Vice President – J. Adama Vacanti
Secretary – Andrea Robbins
Treasurer – Melinda Dalton
Membership – Amy Bracey
Newsletter – Andrea Robbins
Members at Large - Nicole Crews,
Debbie Flinn, Bernice Gammon
Program/Education – J. Adama Vacanti

DACCS Meeting Friday, November 19th, 2010 12 noon at Golden Corral 3rd Friday this month!!


Please make every effort to attend November’s meeting. We must meet the quorum minimum of 15 members in order to vote for our 2011 DACCS officers.

DACCS Announcements

There will be no December meeting.

Do you have news to share to put in the DACCS newsletter? If so, please contact: Andrea Robbins with your information. It 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 Adama Vacanti for details. Your lunch will be provided.


Thanksgiving is almost here. Families across the nation will come together to share more than a meal — to share warm memories, and to make them. You may plan to watch the Thanksgiving Day Parade, toss a football on the leaf-covered yard, or simply sit together over coffee or wine to talk.

While the family is together, it may be the perfect time to help Mom or Dad, Grandma or Grandpa, or your favorite Aunt or Uncle. Just ask them to pass the mouse.

No, we’re not suggesting a new meal plan — ask them to pass the computer mouse. Relax in front of the computer and show them how easy it is to conduct their Social Security business online from the convenience and comfort of their own home or office. Just visit

There are a number of the things you can help your loved ones do online. Use the Benefit Eligibility Screening Tool, or BEST, to see whether they qualify for benefits. Or use the Retirement Estimator for an instant and personalized estimate of their retirement benefits. You can learn about these and many other online services available by visiting

But perhaps the best thing you can do to help them this Thanksgiving is to go beyond just helping them prepare — help your loved ones apply online for Social Security benefits.

That’s right! You can help them apply for Social Security retirement benefits right from the comfort and convenience of the family computer. What’s more is that you can do it in as little as fifteen minutes.

It’s so easy to apply for retirement benefits online. There’s no need to drive to a local Social Security office or wait for an appointment with a Social Security representative.

Need to take a break or look for some records to answer the questions — or snack on leftovers? That’s just fine with us. You can leave and then come back to complete your application. In most cases, once the application is submitted electronically, that’s it. There
are no forms to sign and usually no further documents required. Social Security will process the application and contact your loved one if any further information is needed. After you have applied, you can check back online for the status of your application as well.
So once you’ve stuffed yourself with turkey and pie, pass the mouse and visit Social Security’s online services at

Due to the recent closing of Ryan’s Restaurant, our November meeting will be at Golden Corral, located in Coleman Market Place. Golden Corral requires that ALL MEMBERS MUST EAT. Members also need to tell the cashier that they are with DACCS and she will direct them to our meeting location.

Luncheon Pilot Club of Danville Bake Sale Fund Raiser Sam's Club November 20, 9 - 12 noon

Pilot is a service organization promoting awareness of brain-related disorders and intellectual disabilities, and to improving the lives of those affected--through education, volunteerism, financial support, and research. "Protecting Your Brain For Life"

Below, please find the slate of officers that we will be voting for on November 19, 2010:

President: Adama Vacanti
Vice President: LaToiya Whipple
Secretary: Clem Oliver
Treasurer: Bernic
Members-at-Large: Debbie Flinn, Nicole Crews, Van Avery, Pat Danielse Gammon
Past President: Pattie DeShazor

This website is a fluid, reliable and accurate resource for Health and Wellness questions and issues - everything from anatomy to medications to diagnosis.

If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Vaughan by phone 434-228-5709 or email

Newly elected officers will meet immediately after the November meeting!