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The Older Iowans Legislature is a statewide non-partisan, non-profit volunteer organization. Its members advocate for state legislators and the Governor to sign legislation that will result in an improved “Quality of Life for Older Iowans”.

The Older Iowans Legislature places special emphasis on the frail elderly; those citizens who have contributed much to our society, but have exhausted their resources and in need of assistance to lead meaningful lives.

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A Special message from OIL Chair Helen Magee...

Dear OIL Members and Friends,

I am making a direct appeal to each of you to please attend our annual meeting to be held in the Iowa House Chambers beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 25th and 9 a.m. on Tuesday, September 26th at the State Capitol in Des Moines.

We need to “Pack the House”, have every seat occupied, to show state leaders that elderly issues need to be addressed so that Iowa’s seniors can have a “quality of life” as they age.

Governor Kim Reynolds will address attendees at 11 a.m. on Monday.  We also will hear from the directors and representatives from the Dept. on Aging, Dept. of Health and Human Services, Dept. of Inspection and Appeals and legislative leadership.  All speakers will answer questions from Oil members and friends.

Please look below for information about the four committees and their topics so you can select one in which you would like to participate.

Remember this is your organization. You decide with your votes at the annual meeting what three legislative priorities OIL will advocate to the Governor and legislators during the next session of the Iowa General Assembly.

OIL has money available to help those who need extra dollars to cover transportation or room cost.  We don’t want anyone not to attend because they believe they can’t afford to do so.

I can’t over express how important it is to have a good attendance at this meeting.


Sincerely,
Helene Magee
OIL Chair

JOIN US AT THE OLDER IOWANS LEGISLATURE
IOWA STATE CAPITOL
SEPTEMBER 25-26, 2017

“LETS PACK THE HOUSE” is the theme of the 2017 Older Iowans Legislature annual meeting to be held in the Iowa House Chamber at the State Capitol in Des Moines.  The two-day event which begins at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 25, and 9 a.m. on Tuesday, September 26, has as it goal highlighting to state officials the concerns and challenges Iowa’s seniors face now and in the future.  “Having every seat filled in the Iowa House Chamber is the best way to send the message to state officials that they must begin to take action in the next session of the Iowa General Assembly to address the impact of a rapidly growing aging population on the state’s economy,” said Helene Magee, Older Iowans Legislature Chair.

    The organization, which was sanctioned by the Iowa Legislature over 40 years ago to “advocate for a quality of life for Iowa’s elderly citizens”, has invited Gov. Reynolds, legislative leadership and department directors to address OIL members.  Attendees at the meeting will also have the opportunity to ask questions following the speeches.

    The Older Iowans Legislature (OIL) is a non-profit, non-partisan, all-volunteer organization practicing democracy in its most basic form.  Following the presentations by state officials, delegates can choose to participate in one of the following four committees:

Senior Rights Committee topics

Quality of Life Committee topics

Workforce and Quality of Care Committee topics

Alternative Sources of Funding Committee topics

  Each committee will be allowed up to three hours to discuss these topics and then reach consensus upon three recommendations to be presented, debated and voted upon by the entire OIL membership on Tuesday.  The three issues receiving the most votes then become the issues that OIL will advocate to the Governor and the legislature in the next legislative session.

   OIL welcomes all Iowans over to attend this event. OIL requires voting delegates to be at least age 55 and make payment of the $25 annual membership fee. The membership fee can be paid the day of OIL’s opening session or can be paid by sending a check to OIL Treasurer, Diane Naujokaitis, 4002 N. 17th St., Carter Lake, IA 51510. The check should be made payable to Older Iowans Legislature. 

     OIL has established a reduced rate of $107 per night with the downtown Holiday Inn.  They offer a free shuttle service to the Capitol. Cheaper accommodations can be found through Trivago, Hotel Cheap Des Moines or Hotel.com

  The Older Iowans Legislature has established a scholarship fund to assist those in needs of help with travel expenses. We do not want anyone to miss this event due to lack of funds.

   OIL Chair Helene Magee urges those planning to attend to apply online here or to register with Ron Jome at janron76@icloud.com or 1250 Jade Place, Ogden, IA 50212.  You will then be assigned a seat, with your name on it, and your name will be listed on the House Chamber roster for voting purposes.

The only requirement to be a voting participant at the annual meeting is to have a current membership. The membership fee is $25.00 per year which can be mailed to OIL Treasurer, Diane Naujokaitis, 4002 N. 17th Street, Carter Lake, IA 51510.


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2017 OLDER IOWANS LEGISLATURE
OIL STANDING COMMITTEES
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 25, 2017

Senior Rights Committee topics

Quality of Life Committee topics

Workforce and Quality of Care Committee topics

Alternative Sources of Funding Committee topics

On Monday September 25, 2017, each committee above will be allowed up to three hours to discuss these topics and then reach consensus upon three recommendations to be presented, debated and voted upon by the entire OIL membership on Tuesday September 26, 2017. The three issues receiving the most votes on Tuesday then become the Priority Issues that the Older Iowans Legislature will advocate to the Governor and to the 2018 session of the Iowa General Assembly.


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