April 2016 Newsletter

alt text By the time you read this, voting for your favorite networker will be underway! Every time a vote is cast, the voter learns a little about MonarchCare; what we do, who we serve, how we impact the South Florida community. Please participate, whether by voting, sponsoring or attending the Connectors’ Coronation (details below.) April is Financial Literacy month, and Money Smart Week starts on April 23rd, therefore we’ve compiled some smart money ideas for you in this month’s e-letter. National HealthCare Decision Day is April 16th so we encourage allalt text our readers to take a moment to review your legal documents and talk with your loved ones about your preferred health care decisions. Lastly, don’t forget Earth Day and Arbor Day, because if we don’t take care of our planet, none of us will care about networking, money or health care decisions!

How We Help
alt text For decades, MonarchCare has educated the community about the importance of advance directives (Living Will, Designation of a HealthCare Surrogate and Durable Power of Attorney documents.) Many people now have these in place, but spending time discussing what decisions you want made with your surrogate/attorney-in-fact is the key and final step to ensure your wishes are upheld.

MonarchCare has a robust Advance Planning program for individuals who don’t have (or want) family or friends to serve as their surrogate. We meet with you to learn what your wishes are and carefully document your answers. Once the documents are signed, we keep a copy of them in our files (and electronically) and verify that your physician and other key individuals have them as well. Then we check in with you twice a year to ensure nothing has changed. Our Advance Planning Program, in concert with your legal advisor, provides you with peace of mind. Call us for more information.

How You Help
This month it's Bonus Time at iGive, a no-cost, online shopping tool! It’s super easy, costs you nothing and helps support our mission. Simply follow these instructions:
  • Click here to go to the iGive website,
  • Choose MonarchCare as Your Cause
  • Get and keep the iGive Button installed until 7/15/16
  • MonarchCare Gets Money for FREE
If you set this up on your computer/tablet/phone, MonarchCare gets $5 for every new member who joins by April 30th and gets the iGive Button.
Did You Know?
Financial Literacy is “the ability to understand how money works in the world: how to make money, how to manage it and how to grow it.” MonarchCare encourages everyone to become financially literate, so here are some helpful tidbits:
  • Find the best interest rates at about 8,000 banks and credit unions at www.DepositAccounts.com
  • Surveys by Consumer Reports, ConsumerWorld.com and MarketWatch.com found that drugs cost more at drugstores. Big-box retailers (like Costco) usually have the least expensive prescription and over-the-counter medicines. (CVS was the most expensive drugstore chain for the drugs being studied, followed by Rite-Aid.)
  • Boost your credit score and save when buying a home or car. Some key tactics include:
    • Keep your credit cards to 30% or less (less than 10% is the best) of the total revolving credit you have.
    • Leave favorable old accounts on your credit report that show you have paid debt off as agreed (such as a car loan or furniture, computer, etc. financed for a defined period of time.)
    • Each credit application causes your score to decline slightly, but multiple applications in a short period of time (ideally within 14 days) are treated as a single inquiry, so it is OK to shop around.
    • Always pay bills on time, and aim to pay down your debts over time.
Earth Day is April 22nd & Arbor day is Friday, April 29. Did you know you can donate to have a tree planted in a national forest in honor of a loved one? Go to www.ArborDay.org for details. If you are thinking about “going green”, surf over to www.DsireUSA.org. for a state-by-state guide to rebates, tax credits and other incentives for installing energy-efficient windows, doors, refrigerators, washing machines, etc.

Upcoming Events
The nominees for this year’s Connectors’ Coronation are on our website. Please visit it to vote for your favorite networker (in six different categories.) You can vote once a day from any online access site, so if you have a computer, a tablet and a smart phone, you can actually vote three times a day! And be sure to purchase your ticket to the best networking event of the year before May 2nd to get the lowest rate! There will be a Photo Booth, Silent Auction, Bargain-Balloon-Blowout prizes, music and lots of networking with past and current nominees as well as previous years’
winners! Sign up now to be one of the 2 remaining exclusive sponsors for this fun annual mixer and receive six or more tickets with your sponsorship. Table sponsorships are still available (includes 1 ticket, a table for your collateral materials and table top signage.)


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Your support enables us to continue our work that has rescued susceptible individuals from financial exploitation, restored institutionalized persons to independent lifestyles and reconnected isolated persons with long-lost family and friends. Thank You!

Knyvett Lee
MonarchCare Founder, CEO

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