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October, 2011

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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

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DACCS Meeting
Friday, October 28, 2011

 12 noon at Golden Corral Restaurant
Speaker

Chris Horne

Director of Communications and Public Relations
Institute for Advanced Learning and Research

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DACCS Announcements!
January Meeting
Friday, January 27, 2012

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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.

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 are interested in being an officer in DACCS for the year 2012 please contact Mrs. Pattie Deshazor

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VETERANS DAY REMINDER: MILITARY SERVICE AND SOCIAL SECURITY
By J. Adama Vacanti
Social Security District Manager in Danville, VA

Each year, on November 11, America observes Veterans Day and honors the men and women who have served in our nation’s Armed Forces. Many of our Vietnam era veterans are now nearing retirement age, or already there. It is important that they — and other American service personnel — know just what retirement benefits they can count on from Social Security as they make their future financial plans

Like most of the civilian workforce, all current military personnel pay Social Security taxes and earn Social Security coverage. Earnings for active duty military service or active duty training have been covered under Social Security since 1957. Also, earnings for inactive duty service in the reserves (such as weekend drills) have had Social Security coverage since 1988.

In addition to regular military pay, Social Security adds special earnings credits to an individual’s Social Security record when he or she serves in the military. The extra earnings are for periods of active duty or active duty training. If, for example, a person served in the military between 1957 and 1977, he or she has been credited with $300 in additional earnings for each calendar quarter in which active duty basic pay was earned. These extra earnings may help someone qualify for Social Security or increase the amount of the Social Security benefit.

The number of credits an individual needs to qualify for Social Security depends on his or her age and the type of benefit. Any future Social Security benefit payment depends on a person’s earnings, averaged over a working lifetime. Generally, the higher a person’s earnings, the higher his or her Social Security benefit will be.

And remember that Social Security is more than retirement. If a worker becomes disabled before reaching retirement age, he or she may be eligible for Social Security disability benefits. A disabled worker’s spouse and dependent children also may be eligible for benefits. If a worker dies, the widow or widower and dependent children may be eligible for Social Security survivors benefits.

If you, or someone you know, were wounded while on active duty in the military, find out more about what Social Security can do by visiting our website designed specifically for wounded warriors: www.socialsecurity.gov/woundedwarriors. There, you will find answers to a number of commonly asked questions, as well as other useful information about disability benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI).

Veterans and others who are within 10 years of retirement age should begin planning for retirement. A good place to start is with Social Security’s Retirement Estimator at www.socialsecurity.gov/estimator

For more information, you can read our fact sheet, Military Service and Social Security, which is available on our website at www.socialsecurity.gov/pubs/10017.html.

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FBI Launches Child ID Mobile App

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has launched its first mobile application—the Child ID App. This free mobile app provides a convenient place to electronically store photos and vital information about one’s children that can be easily provided to authorities if a child goes missing.

The app allows users to send information—including pictures or other physical identifiers such as height and weight—to authorities with a few clicks. It also provides tips on keeping children safe and guidance on what to do in the first few crucial hours after a child goes missing.

The Child ID App is currently available for use on iPhones and can be downloaded for free from the App Store on iTunes. The FBI is planning to expand the tool to other types of mobile devices in the near future.

Resources:

Learn more about the FBI’s Child ID App at
www.fbi.gov/news/stories/2011/august/child_080511.

The FBI's new Child ID App can be downloaded for free from the App Store on iTunes at
itunes.apple.com/us/app/fbi-child-id/id446158585?ls=1&mt=8.

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95210 zip code to?
Do you know what this zip code mean?

Strengthening Families
2011-2012
Wednesday, August 10, 2011 from 1pm-5pm.

A free program to strengthen family relationships, improve parenting skills, and increase youth’s social and life skills.

Session One

September 12 – October 20, 2011
Monday and Tuesday nights
5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
West Main Baptist Church
450 W Main Street, Danville, VA

Session Two

January 23 – March 6, 2012
Monday and Tuesday nights
5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
West Main Baptist Church

Session Three

April 16 – May 29, 2012
Monday and Tuesday nights
5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
West Main Baptist Church

Session Four

July 16 - July 24, 2012
Monday – Friday
11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
West Main Baptist Church

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Church United Women will meet November 4, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. at the Ascension Lutheran Church on West Main Street. All women welcome to attend.

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Dispose of Prescription Drugs and Support the National Take-Back Initiative

October 29, 2011 | 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern Time

Prescription drugs are being misused and abused at alarming rates throughout the United States. As part of the effort to address this problem, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at sites nationwide. The service is free and anonymous with no questions asked.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to abuse of these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicines, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away—both potential safety and health hazards.

Learn More here.

Danville and Pittsylvania County Locations

Target Store at Coleman Marketplace

Market Square Shopping Center

Main Street in Chatham

Food Lion in Gretna

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We will have 5 questions each month. The answers will be in next months newsletter

1. How long did Harry Wooding serve as Mayor of Danville and where is a stature of him located?    46 years     In front of City Hall

2. Why is Mrs. Clara Fitzgerald important to Dan River Mills, Inc. history?     Wove the first bolt of cloth at Dan River Mills in 1917

3. Danville is located at the crossroads of which two major US highways?     US29 & US58

4. What overlooks Floyd Street on the side of the building between Hotel Danville (Danville House now) and the old city armory?     A Bull’s Head

5. What does WBTM stand for?     World’s Best Tobacco Market or    World’s Biggest Textile Market

Answers next month!