James Crowder Sunday, January 7, 2018 | By Jim Killackey For The Oklahoman 90-year-old looks out for seniors' best interest . Much of James Crowder's 90 years has been dominated by and dedicated to these dual goals: “Making a difference in the lives of Oklahoma senior citizens and retired individuals,” he said. Crowder has been active in nine senior-related organizations that have produced laws ranging from video cameras in nursing homes, to the “Silver Alerts” that are broadcast to find confused seniors who are lost anywhere in the state. The Oklahoma City man attends the state Legislature and lawmakers' committee meetings four days a week when they are in session. He also enjoys meeting with state legislators on a one-on-one basis “to bring about legislative action that will benefit our seniors.” Crowder said he's “always been fascinated by how our government works.” His father was a county attorney, “so we often talked about government procedure. “I guess that's why I was attracted to advocacy at the state Legislature. The more I looked, the more I realized that we could improve the lives of seniors and retirees.” Most of all, Crowder loves individuals similar to himself. “I enjoy visiting with seniors and those who are retired. “I often discover in talking with them that there are certain things in their lives that could be made better by a change in our legislation,” he said. “The ‘Silver Alert' legislation was one of these. One of our members in the Oklahoma Silver Haired Legislature realized the plight of seniors who wander far from home and we needed legislation to garner attention so they could be led to safety and their lives could be saved,” he stressed. For his work, Crowder has received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Ed Lake, director of the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. Crowder was born Dec. 23, 1927. He attended Oklahoma City Public Schools, kindergarten through 10th grade, and graduated from Central State High School in Edmond. He attended Central State College, before serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He graduated from Oklahoma City University in 1964 with a business degree, majoring in accounting with minors in history, government and economics. He worked in the private sector as an accountant for 13½ years before working for the federal government. He retired in 1988 as an accounting supervisor and section chief. Crowder joined the National Active & Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) in October of 1988 and the AARP. Now, Crowder is an office supervisor for the Oklahoma Alliance on Aging and contributes articles regularly for the OAOA newsletter. He is also a member of the American Legion. Crowder turned 90 on Dec. 23. He says he still enjoys life. For years, James Crowder has been a part of these organizations to help state senior citizens and retirees: Oklahoma Alliance On Aging Midwest City Chapter of AARP Del City Chapter of AARP Oklahoma Federation of Chapters of NARFE Oklahoma State Council on Aging Silver Haired Legislature SHL House of Representatives Areawide Aging Agency Oklahoma Alliance on AgingIt was not a dark and dreary night, but, it was definitely a cold day. A big thank you to all who turned out. To those of you stayed home you where missed and you made a wise choice being safe.
We will vote on if we should have 2 picnics a year or stay with one at the next meeting. One would be a potluck with the Chapter providing the meat course.
FEBRUARY 7th Regular Meeting
March 7th Regular Meeting
April 4th Possible Picnic
May 2nd Possible Picnic
June 6th Regular Meeting
July 4th Canceled Holiday
August 1st Regular Meeting
September 5th Picnic
October 10th FEHB speaker
November 7th Veterans Celebration
December 5th Health plan Seminar Regular Business meeting
Meeting Place Martin Regional Library
2601 Garnett Road
1st Wednesday of Every Month 10:30 a.m.
Come Early and Fellowship with Former Federal Employees.