Membership Meeting Minutes-December 14, 2022

DRCA Membership Meeting, December 14, 2022


7:00 p.m.: Business meeting begins promptly 

7:05 p.m.: Crime and traffic report by Captain Dennis Andreas

  • Crime is slightly up including a couple of larcenies from cars, shoplifting, burglary case on E. Luray linked to other cases in the city
  •  22 traffic stops, focusing on DUI enforcement
  • for a free ride home

7:15 p.m.: Sheriff’s office report by Daniel Gordon

  • Recently attended CALEA (Committee and accreditation of law enforcement agencies) conference in St. Louis.
  • Operation Elf open right now. Donations are being accepted for families of jail “residents”.
  • The Sheriff’s office is handing out Meals on Wheels on December 22 for Alexandria Senior Services.
  • Home checks are available during the holidays. There is an online form linked here
  • The 2023 Alexandria Sheriff’s community class is available in March.

7:30 p.m: Senior Services of Alexandria (linked here) with Mary Lee Anderson 

  • Executive director of Senior Services of Alexandria
  • Local resource for those 60+
  • Manage Meals on Wheels serves
    • o   Serves about 125 clients in the city.

o   A homebound adult can be evaluated to see if they quality.

o   If not, $25 a day for two meals a day. All volunteers use a mobile app to stay in touch.

o   Grocery delivery program delivering groceries every 2 weeks. Volunteers call and take orders over the phone and help them unpack and put the groceries away.

  • Friendly visitor program

o   Volunteer program where people visit with those who are homebound or in retirement communities. Some volunteers visit with their children.

  • Ani-meals program

o   Donates free pet food to seniors.

o   Last year they received a grant from Petco to received funds for vet care.

  • Speaker series

o   There are a variety of topics

  • Senior ambassador program

o   Individuals who volunteer to share community events.

  • Senior information corners around the city sharing informational brochures
  • Handle reservations for the disability transit system. You can register with the city’s office of transportation with proof that their disability qualifies them for this. It is a shared bus service. $6 each way to DC or Fairfax and there is not limit on usage.
  • Silver Service Card

o   Discount card for area businesses. Available for any resident 60+ in the city and there is a list of 40 different businesses who accept the card.

7:50 p.m.: Announcements

  • The DRCA holiday decorated house contest submissions are complete and up for votes. Check out the website linked here to find a map of the submissions and submit your vote.
  • The DRCA chili cook-off is February 25, 2023, from 6-8pm. We will have a band, beer, kids, and even dog-friendly chili. All proceeds will go to a charity that is to be determined.
  • Del Ray Artisans (Sean Crumbley, new 

o   The holiday arts sale ends this weekend (website linked here). 

o   Next month the monthly holiday shows begin again. The show for January will be “Putting a Face to a Name”


8:00 p.m.: Adjourn