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January 2022

President, Tony Pizza,

Itís another New Year, so I feel obligated to wish all a Happy New Year. It hasnít started out well, with a surge of new cases of the covid virus. But a new year always brings new hope. And there is the possibility that with additional treatments and preventative measures, the pandemic may end at some point in the next twelve months.

At this time, there is no requirement for a shutdown of indoor dining. We will plan to have our January meeting as scheduled on January 21, the third Thursday. We ask that if you have any symptoms of the virus, or even a cold or cough, which might be the omicron varient, that you please stay home. But otherwise, there should be no problem with enjoying a lunch out.

Our January Cost of Living increase actually turned out to be substantial. Some years it wasnít even noticible. Unfortunately, the inflation number that gave us the increase means that what we buy will cost more. But weíre still fortunate that we get a COLA.

Now is a good time to think about your estate planning. Maybe you keep putting it off because you donít want to think about dying, but that wonít prevent it someday. If you donít have a will, or a will and a trust, you need to do something about it. If you donít the state will determine who gets your assets, and it may not be who you thought would. If you have a will and trust that you made years ago, it may need updating. I kept putting off updating them for 10 or 15 years, but finally did. The trustís trustee had died ten years earlier, and my kids were adults and didnít need a designated caregiver. Ask your friends and relatives for a recommendation for an estate planner or lawyer.

A lady asked the milkman for 45 gallons of milk. ďWhy so muchĒ, he asked. She said she saw on a talk show that a milk bath made oneís skin feel young and smooth. He asked "Okay, do you want that pasteurized?" She replied, "No, up to my neck would be fine,"