Monthly President’s Report

October 2020

Happy October!  The air is crisper, the leaves are starting to turn and soon, little ghosts and goblins may be knocking on our door wondering if you have any treats for them. 

Many things are happening in October in our wonderful community.  Open enrollment for Medicare begins October 15 and runs through December 7.  During this period, the SHIINE department along with 250+ volunteers assist thousands of South Dakotans with Medicare Part D.  Also, our Workers on Wheels program is gearing up for the annual Rake the Town event on November 6 & 7.  If you or someone you know is in need of having their yard raked, call the Help!Line office at 211 to register.  Finally, one of the largest on-going philanthropic community efforts in Sioux Falls is the Sioux Empire United Way campaign each year.  A number of Active Generations departments receive direct United Way support including Adult Day Services, Ceili Cottage, Caregivers Case Management, BRIDGES Employment Resource Center, Nutrition/Meals on Wheels, and Workers on Wheels.  I want to say a great big thank you to all Active Generations employees and members who contribute to the United Way.

Now on to the event that is on everyone’s mind…the 2020 Presidential Election.  The freedom to vote is one of the United States’ most important rights and even with the current pandemic hindering in-person voting, we still have the means to make our vote count and our voices heard.  If you are not comfortable voting in-person, you can cast an absentee ballot.  Absentee voting began in South Dakota on September 18 and goes through November 2.  You have to fill out a South Dakota Absentee Ballot Application Form which you can find at www.sdsos.gov/elections-voting/AbsenteeBallotApplicationFillable.pdf or come to the Information Window and we will print one out for you.  You should request your ballot as far in advance as possible.  Your request must be received by the county auditor on or before Monday, November 2, 2020.  South Dakota voters can also cast a ballot before Election Day through a process called absentee in-person voting between September 18, 2020 and November 2, 2020.  You can go to the county courthouse during normal business hours and vote early.  You will be asked to show a photo ID.  If you are unable to provide ID, you can sign a personal identification affidavit and still be allowed to vote a regular ballot.  Don’t let the global pandemic stop you from exercising your right to vote.  You can still make your voice heard and celebrate a government of the people, by the people, and for the people.

Finally, it is VERY, VERY important this year to GET YOUR FLU SHOT!!  You need the added protection for your health in this pandemic craziness.  On Friday, October 9th, Lewis Drug will be at Active Generations from 9am-11am to give flu shots.  Just bring your Medicare Card.

Stay safe & healthy!