AARP Virgin Islands

Ginny Dargan

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Virginia "Ginny" Dargan,
Associate State Director - Advocacy
AARP Virgin Islands

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Volunteers at the Agricultural Fair in St. Croix, VI

What Do Volunteers Bring to AARP VI? A LOT!

Posted on 03/18/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Each year, residents of the Virgin Islands come together on the island of St. Croix to present one of the largest displays of agricultural products, livestock, arts, crafts and good food to the Caribbean. As the year’s largest event, the Agricultural and Food Fair (Ag Fair), draws thousands of fairgoers from all four US Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the US, and many other island nations down the Caribbean island chain. For more than more than 25 …

Volunteers at Virgin Islands Ag Fair

What Do Volunteers Bring to AARP VI . . . A LOT!

Posted on 03/17/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Each year, residents of the Virgin Islands come together on the island of St. Croix to present one of the largest displays of agricultural products, livestock, arts, crafts and good food to the Caribbean. As the year’s largest event, the Agricultural and Food Fair (Ag Fair), draws thousands of fairgoers from all four US Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, the US, and many other island nations down the Caribbean island chain. For more than more than 25 …

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Ways Seniors Can Survive the VI’s Financial Storm

Posted on 01/31/2014 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

Monday, January 27th Governor John P. deJongh delivered his final State of the Territory Address to the 30th Legislature and the people of the Virgin Islands. He provided his listeners with a snapshot of his administration’s accomplishments and shortfalls and described the many challenges facing Virgin Islanders in the very near future.  It was no surprise that the Governor’s remarks were solemn and focused primarily on the economy. Our local newspapers prepared us for some of what the Governor would …

Your Vote Could Help Save GERS’ Solvency

Your Vote Could Help Save GERS’ Solvency

Posted on 12/6/2013 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

For over 10 years AARP Virgin Islands, under the leadership of State Director Denyce Singleton, has been advocating that Government Employee Retirement System ( GERS) members, both retirees and current workers, familiarize themselves with the challenges GERS is facing and urge decision makers to take immediate action.               In 2005 AARP partnered with the Advocates for the Preservation of the Retirement System, (APRS) and made some headway with the passage of Act 6794, the Retirement System Reform Act of …

Where Do We Stand?

Posted on 10/16/2013 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

  The Government Employees Retirement System of the Virgin Islands (GERS) is in a very precarious position. The System’s Board of Trustees, its administrator, its staff and even its consultants and actuary have all warned the public that the System is nearing collapse. Earlier this year the actuary estimated the System’s life to be no more than 8 years if drastic actions were not taken immediately to enable the pension fund to become self-sustaining. To date, no positive action has …

Oh, No, Not Again!

Oh, No, Not Again!

Posted on 10/11/2013 by | AARP Virgin Islands | Comments

  Ever feel you woke up on a totally different planet where everything works contrary to what you know to be right? After years of hearing about the precarious financial state of the Government Employees Retirement System (GERS), it was shocking to read in the media that one of our elected representatives tucked a very costly amendment onto a bill this week. The Bill, 30-0112, was intended to simply clarify an issue related to retirees returning to government service on …