Pat McQuade, Vice President
Pat McQuade, APRN, MSN, has been a community advocate for more than three decades. Some of her past leadership roles has included serving on Indiana State Nursing Association District Board of Directors, District President, and State Delegate. She was active on the Nursing Research Consortium Board of Directors of Northern Indiana. In 1980s, she was one of seven local nursing activists to draft, propose and support passage of both Child Abuse and Elder Abuse legislation, which became a permanent part of the Twenty First Century strategic planning goals for the Indiana State Nursing Association!
Since 1997, after acquiring her MSN from Valpo, she was recruited to hold Adjunct Faculty positions in the growing nursing programs/departments experienced by all our local collegiate and university programs. Pat served as the Gerontological Clinical Nurse Faculty for ten years at the Memorial Hospital Family Practice Residency Program. She coordinated the residents training on older adults services: introducing both the client and the MD to our rich diverse community supports! The clients were given tools, information and chance to form a partnership with their healthcare providers. The MDs were challenged to locate and use such assistive community supports upon setting up professional practice upon graduation!
She has served as Community Advocate for Indiana AARP for multiple years. As part of her advocacy, Pat has updated our local Chapter for many years on the changes of Medicare and other healthcare reform activism. Her passion to inform Hoosiers on legislation that stems from congressional, state or local decision-making emanates from her work with both nonpartisan, as SB League of Women Voters and legislative organizations as ISNA, American Nurses Association.
During her “rewired” epoch of life, since formal retirement in 2002, she has served as a congregational nurse in three local churches. She has often used the anonymous quote to share her deep spiritual concept that “health is our first wealth.”
In 2009, she and Indiana AARP State President, were the two Hoosiers to serve as grassroots activists in DC along with selected members from the 49 other states!
Since 2000 she has continued her advocacy for older and disabled residents by serving on both the Advisory Council and Advocacy Committee of REAL Services, Inc.
Pat is honored to submit her nomination to serve on the local Chapter of AARP Board of Directors.
Penny Hughes - Luckily 50 years ago I married Jim Hughes, an honorable man, great father of our 3 children who adore him and grandfather to 7 of our lively grandchildren. After college I taught 12th grade English at Penn High School. By then we had 3 small rentals that brought in double my salary as a teacher. I decided to become a real estate broker and have been the past 36 years. We kept buying a rental every year and now have 38 tenants we try very hard to keep happy so they'll stay with us.
Currently my activities are as follows: Community Advocate for Indiana AARP, current chair of the Human Rights Commission, former President and current program chair of REIA-NCI (Real Estate Investors Assn. of N. Central Indiana), co-chair of local chapter of NOW (National Assn. for Women), former Pres. & 50 year member of the League of Women Voter, local chapter, former Secretary of the Indiana chapter of the American Assn. of University Women and current member of local chapter, and founding mother of the IUSB Day Care Center while serving as a student government senator.
Organizations and positions I've held include the following: I've served as the AARP local chapter President in the past for several years and Secretary this past year.
Bob Godsey, Secretary
He served our local chapter as:
Secretary 2007 - 2008
Vice President 2009 - 2010
Chapter President from 2011 - 2013
Michiana Kiwanis 1998 - Present
Michiana Male Chorus 2007 - Present
1952 American Friends Service Committee - Executive Secretary for Indiana & Kentucky
1957 - 1963 State Farm Agent
1963 - 1970 Associate Business Manager Earlham College
1971 - 1974 Housing Authority Manager, Richmond, IN
1974 - 1992 State Farm Agent, Bremen, IN
Madelyn has been one of the longest active members in the local Chapter 270.
She has served on the Board and as the Hospitality/Membership Chairperson and as the Program Chairperson. She was the Newsletter Editor for the local chapter.
She has also been active at the Indiana State AARP as a Community Advocate and Legislative Liason.
Set up a library at the County Jail
Set up a library with the South Bend Schools
Founder of "Writing My Story" in 2000 at the Mishawaka Public Library. It meets on the 2nd Wednesday of the month from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Participated in the Great Books Program from 1954 - 2012 at teh Mishawaka Public Library.
Teacher at the Cleveland Public Schools 1964
Librarian for the Beaumont School for Girls 1969
Librarian for Culver Military 1970
Reading and English Teacher for Culver Military 1971-1976
Librarian Zuahr School in Ohio 1978 - 1980
Army ROTC - Retired
Traveled and Lived in England 1985 - 1987
Learned Book Binding has repaired and made journals since 1987
Teacher of A Course in Miracles
Sue Kesim is currently the webmaster for Michiana AARP. Her history of community service includes teaching in the Junior Achievement classrooms, being a Hospice Respite Caregiver for ten years, becoming a Master Gardener in 2008 and volunteering with the Unity Gardens. In her professional career she has been a computer database programmer, instructor and web designer for over thirty years. She was also the statewide Director for Kaplan Centers in Indiana. Currently she is the COO for Neriman Publishing and Media Inc. www.SuzanKesim.com
Jim Rahilly, Treasurer
I am just over three quarters of a century old, and have been in South Bend for just under 20 years. I graduated from ND in 1960 and after studies in DC, was a missionary in East Africa for a good number of years. On returning to the USA, I worked at Notre Dame in fundraising for the missionary work.
Since retiring, I have taken up volunteer work and have been a member of AARP since I return to USA. I'm presently the President of SB/Elkhart Audubon Society, and Real Services Advocacy Committee for Aging and have been the same in the past for Friends of Bendix Woods and Spicer Lake and St Joseph County Parks Foundation Board. I'm still active in these along with other organizations like Studebaker Museum (tour guide); Morris Performing Arts Center (usher); Potawatamii Greenhouse; former board member Friends of Potato Creek and active still; Hospice House and other services there; and Treasurer of the Residents Council at Sanctuary at Trinity Tower where I have resided since 2004. I've have participated in other groups from time to time.