March for Meals 2015 – Sign Up Today!!!

The Athens Community Council on Aging is partnering with the national March for Meals campaign by pledging to end senior hunger by 2020.  Please join us for the 5K/12K Run/Walk to help end senior hunger in Athens and to support the local Meals on Wheels program at ACCA! This event is now a Peachtree qualifier. Click HERE to register.

Date: 3/28/2015 – 5K 8am; 12K 9am

Virtual Race: By popular demand, you can run a virtual 5K or 12K this year.  Run at your house, on a treadmill, in the park, and at your convenience any time before March 28, 2015. Virtual racers won’t qualify for the Peachtree or receive overall awards but you will receive a bib number, t-shirt, and/or finisher medal in the mail.  Please share your virtual race pictures with us with the hashtag #m4m2015 #MFMmoment #myfinishline

Show Us Your Finish Line: Meals on Wheels provides meals 5 days a week, 12 months a year, and in all 50 states and that is what we want to accomplish through our “Show Us Your Finish Line” campaign.  We want someone in every state to complete our Virtual race this year and send us a picture showing us your finish line.

Proceeds: Proceeds go to the local Meals on Wheels program, which provides more than 300 healthy meals to area citizens a day.

T-shirts:  T-shirts are guaranteed to runners and virtual runners who register by 3/17/2015.  Choice of Dri-fit (pre-registered only) or cotton.

12K Finisher Medals: All 12K finishers (virtual and day of) will receive a shiny customized medal to add to their running bling.

Virtual Racers:  Virtual race packets (including bib, t-shirt, and/or medal) will begin to be mailed out on 3/2/2015. Virtual racers signing up after 3/14/2015 will receive packets (t-shirt, bib and/or finisher medal) within 1 week of registration. T-shirts not guaranteed after 3/14/2015 registration.

Registration: Registration will be available on day of race but prices will increase by $5.  Click HERE to register.

Awards: All 12K runners and virtual runners will receive a finisher medal.  Overall Male/Female, Masters Male/Female, and top three Male/Female winners in age groups starting at 10 and under through 75 and over. Complete results will be available online within 24 hours at, and

Directions: Virtual racers can run anytime, anywhere.  That’s the perk to the virtual race.  Sign up and run at your convenience.  For the actual race on March 28, 2015, the start and finish will be at the Athens Community Council on Aging, 135 Hoyt Street, Athens, GA 30601. Don’t forget to “Show Us Your Finish Line.”

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Photo credit: Bill Flatt

Athens Community Council on Aging  is excited to announce KaDee Holt, ACCA’s Chief Marketing Officer, was inducted into the Athens Rotary Club on Wednesday, January 14, 2015.  Phil Bettendor from Athens First Bank and Trust sponsored KaDee for membership.  Rotarians practice the Four-Way Test.  It is a nonpartisan and nonsectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:  “Of the things we think, say or do: Is it the TRUTH? Is it FAIR to all concerned? Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?”

Athens Rotary Club was chartered on March 12, 1920 and has established itself both in the local community and in the Rotary community, as evidenced by its continuing tradition of service above self.

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ACCA – Closed on Monday for MLK Jr. Day

ACCA will be closed on Monday, January 19, 2015 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.  We will reopen on Tuesday, January 20.

If you would like to make it a day on instead of a day off, click on the picture to the left for more information or to sign up to volunteer.

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Sign Up Today for 2015 Senior Leadership Academy!

Participants get a backstage tour of Cine in Downtown Athens.

We JUST had a couple of spots open up for our 2015 Senior Leadership Academy!! Sign up today by calling 706-549-4850! The Senior Leadership Academy is a community awareness program designed to develop informed, motivated, and committed retired and semi-retired persons in the Athens area. SLA provides an opportunity to build relationships with fellow participants as you explore issues in the community, meet community leaders, and discover opportunities to contribute leadership skills and expertise to the well-being of the whole community. The cost of the program is $125 per person. This includes a catered lunch at each session, supplies and transportation for the program.

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Ageism is Real!!

Photo by Ed Kashi | VII Photo | New York Times

Click on the picture to the left or HERE to read a great article about the perception of older adults.  It makes a lot of great points about people’s perception.

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