Advisory Council


The Seattle-King County Advisory Council for Aging & Disability Services advocates for local, state, and national programs that promote quality of life for older people and adults with disabilities.
What is the Advisory Council?Ap

We are a 27-member volunteer council appointed by the City of Seattle, King County, and United Way to advise Aging and Disability Services—the Area Agency on Aging for King County.

What Advisory Council members do?

  • ADVISE—We bring our knowledge of local issues to Aging and Disability Services.
  • ADVOCATE—We advocate at the federal, state, county, and city levels.
  • CONNECT—We connect with other organizations that provide for the older adults and individuals with disabilities, as well as with the general public.
  • COLLABORATE—We collaborate with local and statewide advocacy organizations to achieve mutual goals, including senior centers, disability organizations, and human services providers.

Advocating for age-friendly communities

  • STATE SENIOR LOBBY—We take part in an annual conference and discuss priorities with our legislative delegation during Senior Lobby Day in Olympia.
  • COMMUNITY FORUMS—We host and cosponsor forums on issues such as ageism, aging in place, Alzheimer’s, behavioral health, end-of-life planning, food access, health care reform, housing, LGBTQ elders, Medicare, rural aging, transportation, the “Village Model,” and Washington’s aging readiness.

Key link between the community and the Area Agency on Aging

Aging and Disability Services—the Area Agency on Aging for King County—is funded by federal, state, and city sources to provide an extensive range of programs and services, including adult day services, caregiver support, case management, Community Living Connections, elder abuse prevention, health maintenance, health promotion, legal services, nutrition services, senior centers, and transportation. For services, contact Community Living Connections at 1-844-348-5464.

Area Agency on Aging (AAA) Advisory Councils are mandated by the Older Americans Act of 1965 as part of the Aging Network.



Our Council comprises up to 27 members who are appointed by the three sponsors: King County, Seattle Human Services Department, and United Way.

Members serve for up to three two-year terms.

2016 Executive Committee:

Chair: Molly Holmes

Molly HolmesMolly Holmes grew up in the Yakima Valley and earned a BA from Central Washington State College in 1948. She and her husband founded a weekly newspaper in Quincy, Grant County, in 1949, a newspaper that is still up and running. A few years and four children later, Molly began work as publications editor for the Washington State School Directors Association in Olympia. She earned a teaching certificate in 1969 and taught children with disabilities for the next 23 years.

An outdoors woman, Molly hikes and kayaks throughout the Northwest. As a volunteer, she has built houses with Habitat for Humanity in Tacoma, Yakima, and Central America, and also managed a volunteer thrift store in Key Center.

Appointed by the City of Seattle.

Vice-chair: Hon. David Baker

David BakerDavid was raised in Los Angeles and educated in Los Angeles Public Schools. He holds an RN degree from Iowa Western Community College, both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Nebraska, and a PhD from Iowa State University. David and his wife Sheri moved to Kenmore in 1995. They have three children.

Currently, David serves as mayor of the City of Kenmore and sits on numerous local and regional committees, including the King County Board of Health, King County Regional Transportation Committee, and Sound Cities Board of Directors.

In addition, David owns a machine vision and video inspection company and an Internet-based cell phone service company that specializes in cell phone repairs and accessories.

Appointed by King County.

Secretary: Sue Shaw

Sue ShawSue earned a B.S. in Health Science from San Jose State University in 1980, and has 30 years experience working in nonprofit health care administration. She moved to Seattle in 2008 upon her retirement from Kaiser Permanente Medical Group (KPMG) in northern California. Much of Sue’s focus was on developing and evaluating programs for self-management of chronic conditions, and she received recognition designing an educational intervention for South Asians to reduce cardiac risk.

The past two years have been challenging for Sue as her two adult daughters faced catastrophic health issues resulting in disabilities. Advocating for her family has increased her awareness of the difficulties faced by individuals in gaining access to existing services.

As a member of the Wallingford Community Senior Center, Sue has first-hand knowledge of the benefits of social support provided by Seattle’s senior centers. She participates in the Wednesday lunch program and afternoon Scrabble game on a regular basis.

Appointed by the City of Seattle.

Member at Large: Marsha Andrews

Marsha AndrewsMarsha Andrews received her law degree in 1992 and worked several years as a contractor, conducting hearings on Fissile Material for the Department of Energy in Washington, DC. She returned home to the Northwest to assist her mother in the care of her sister, who was battling complications due to diabetes.

Not wanting to take another bar exam, Marsha became self-employed as a commercial Realtor, specializing in the sale of gas stations and other commercial properties. The flexibility of self-employment gave her the opportunity to be a caregiver to her mother, who recently passed at age 95.

Marsha recalls that the last part of her mother’s journey was an eye opener. Marsha noticed that elderly people who did not have anyone to speak on their behalf were treated differently than those who did (e.g., regarding insurance, care decisions, etc.).

“My mom and I talked about it, prior to her death,” Marsha says. “I made a promise to her that I would become an advocate for those who lacked the voice needed to speak for those lacking representation.”

Marsha has since been appointed by Seattle Mayor Ed Murray to the Mayor’s Council for African American Elders. She also sits on the board of Samuel B. McKinney Manor, a housing development for seniors.

Appointed by United Way.

Council Members:

Mary Anderson

Mary AndersonMary Anderson previously served on the board and remains active in Puget Sound Alliance for Retired Americans (PSARA), which advocates for laws, policies and programs that enhance the lives of older adults and people with disabilities. Mary received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Washington and trained as a paralegal. She worked as a litigation paralegal for 12 years and gained expertise in elder law and elder care issues.

Mary’s experience as a caregiver for her mother gave her important insights into the needs of the elderly as well as gaps in services. As her knowledge and skills increased, she began to help other older adults through her work as a volunteer for Catholic Community Services. This led her to a role as activist and lobbyist, focusing on aging and disability issues with PSARA and the ADS Advisory Council.

Appointed by United Way.

Claire Brannan

Claire BrannanClaire Brannan graduated from the University of Washington with a Bachelors degree in Honors Psychology. Claire worked as a social worker in a long-term care facility, completing quarterly assessments and providing care coordination.

Following her time as a social worker, Claire owned and operated two Dementia Specialty Adult Family Homes in Seattle that provided 24-hour care to elderly suffering from both mental and physical disabilities. During the over six years running her AFH’s, Claire learned a great deal about geriatric healthcare, long term care issues and community resources in our area.

Claire has remained focused on improving long term care through education and consulting by opening her own business, Mobile Classes and Consulting, over five years ago. She teaches a variety of classes to caregivers to help them improve their caregiving skills, as well as, classes for seniors to help them better understand common issues facing our aging population. Claire also assists long term care facilities with various consulting projects to improve their care and provides consulting services to families caring for aging parents.

Appointed by the City of Seattle.

Katty Chow

Katty ChowMrs. Katty Chow has 37 years of experience in the banking industry, including all areas of management operation, consumer lending, product management, residential real estate lending, international operation, and private banking. She retired in March 2006 as a Senior VP at United Commercial Bank (former Pacifica Bank).

Mrs. Chow emigrated from Hong Kong in 1966. She has lived in Kirkland/Bellevue since 1967 and has been active in the community. In addition to several terms on the ADS Advisory Council, she is a former board member of Chinese Information & Service Center, past president of the Hong Kong Club of Washington, and past president of the Seattle Chinese Women’s Club. Currently, she serves on the Kin On Community Healthcare board of directors and as a SHIBA Advisor (Statewide Health Insurance Benefit Advisor), under the auspices of the Washington State Insurance Commissioner.

Appointed by United Way.

Carolyn S. Heersema

Carolyn S. HeersemaCarolyn Heersema is a member of the Saanya Kwaan Neix.adi Clan (The People of SE Wind) and Raven Moiety Halibut/Beaver Clan house (Saxman Alaska). As a delegate on the Tlingit and Haida Washington Chapter, vice-president of the Alaska Native Sisterhood, board director of the Cape Fox village corporation, and member of the American Indian Women’s League Washington Chapter, Carolyn has helped provide Native families and elders with food, shelter, medical care, and other needs and worked to address long-term well-being and self-sufficiency.

Carolyn is also a Tlingit dance leader. The Seattle Cape Fox Dancers represent four generations.

Carolyn has experience working for a home care agency, and she managed her parents’ medical, emotional, and financial needs in later life. Carolyn’s grown daughter lives with mental and physical disabilities that resulted from contracting bacterial meningitis as an infant.

Appointed by King County.

Beverly Heyden

Beverly HeydenBeverly Heyden retired in 2007 after 39 years in the banking industry. Much of her career was spent at Old National Bank (later called US bank), where she focused on banking operations, consumer lending, and mortgage banking.

Once retired, Beverly was determined to stay healthy and active. She exercised regularly at the North Bellevue Community Center, which features senior and wellness activity programs, and eventually became president of the center’s Advisory Board. Under Beverly’s leadership, the center established an annual fundraising program.

Beverly is passionate about housing and transportation issues. As a member of the Bellevue Network on Aging Housing/Transportation Committee and the Eastside Easy Rider Collaborative, she advocates for subsidized, supported housing and affordable, reliable transportation.

One of Beverly’s biggest concerns is that many seniors on Social Security don’t have enough money to pay rising rents or, if they are homeowners, pay increased property taxes or keep up with regular maintenance.

As an active community member, Beverly continues to participate with RSVP and volunteers once a week at the Humane Society at Happypaws Farm. She resides on the Eastside with her family and four special dogs she adopted from Happy Paws.

Appointed by King County.

Hon. Debora Juarez

Appointed by the City of Seattle.

Eric Martenson

Eric MartensonEric worked in the hospitality industry until 2007, when an earlier disabling injury forced a conclusion to that part of his career. Eric returned to college in 2012, entering the social and human services field. During his associate years, Eric developed an interest in improving senior’s quality of life through direct interaction, advocacy and lobbying. He continues his studies, now in a public health bachelors program, and his work with the council, senior services, and his community. Eric has outstanding culinary skills, a positive attitude to life every day, and desire to leave each day a better place from his being there.

Appointed by United Way.

Kathe Matrone

Kathe MatroneDr. Kathe Matrone has worked over 40 years with individuals with disabilities and rehabilitation organizations in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, Washington, and Michigan. She earned her PhD in Rehabilitation Counseling from Michigan State University. She currently serves as the Director for the University of Washington Center on Continuing Education in Rehabilitation, which provides continuing education and technical assistance on issues facing professionals and organizations working in the field of rehabilitation, including the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Recently, Kathe has seen an increase in requests for information from aging workers about accommodation in the workplace. In addition, rehabilitation professionals are seeking strategies and tools in working with older adults with disabilities seeking employment.

Membership in the Advisory Council offers her the opportunity to become involved in a local organization whose primary purpose focuses on individuals who are aging and aging into disability.

Appointed by the City of Seattle.

Mac McIntosh

Mac McIntoshBruce “Mac” McIntosh worked over 20 years for the Swedish/Providence health care system as part of the hospital’s intensive care unit supporting the medical staff. He served on the SEIU executive board and participated in the LGBT community representing their rights through the Lavender Caucus. He took a leave of absence to dedicate a year to John Kerry’s presidential campaign.

Mac is currently on the Executive Board of the Puget Sound Advocates for Retirement Action (PSARA) and is a regular contributor to their newsletter. He advocates for seniors and the most vulnerable through active membership in the Washington State Senior Citizen Lobby and Washington State Alliance for Retired Americans. Mac’s primary interests are related to seniors, disadvantaged residents, and the LGBT community.

Appointed by the City of Seattle.

Kate Miller

Kate MillerWith over 13 years serving older King County residents, Kate Miller has developed a real understanding of the needs, challenges and joys of aging in our area. Starting as a volunteer at the Sno-Valley Senior Center, Kate hired on as program coordinator in 2000. She prides herself on being integral to Sno-Valley’s reputation as the friendliest senior center around. Facing the challenges of serving elders in a rural environment, she developed and provided unique services that allowed residents to age in place.

In 2012, Kate was offered the opportunity to develop the Older Americans Title VI Grant Program for the Snoqualmie Tribe, from the ground up. She was able to implement a program that filled service gaps she had identified previously. With essential programs such as dental/denture services, hearing aids, minor home repair, access to health care and in-home care, she has been able to improve the wellbeing of tribal elders.

A lifelong resident of King County, Kate was born in Bellevue and is a Western Washington University graduate. She lives with her husband of almost 30 years. Their two grown daughters still live in the area.

Appointed by King County.

Lorna Stone

Lorna StoneLorna received a Masters degree in social work from the University of Chicago. She has served as the Senior for Grant Making and the Director of Rural Health at the Washington Health Foundation and volunteers as a trainer with the Rainbow Train, a cultural competency training program for health and social service workers on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender elder issues. Her experience includes hospice social work, health promotion training, counseling, and work with chronically ill populations. The interactive relationships of institutional change, cross-cultural partnerships and social justice remain an abiding interest.

Appointed by United Way.

Sue Weston

Sue WestonSue Weston cared for her terminally-ill mother for five years and experienced many of the problems that long-term caregivers experience. Drugs and treatments were expensive, and she struggled to keep her mother’s health care insurance from canceling. “Mom was lucky, she had me to fight for her,” Sue says. “But many seniors, as they become more seriously ill and confused, are dropped through the cracks in America’s health system. As a single parent of two children who had lived for over 10 years in Canada, I saw first hand the difficulties and short comings of American medical care for the elderly.”

Since Sue’s mother passed away in 2005, she has volunteered a lot of time at the Vashon Senior Center, the Vashon Community Care Center, and supporting and helping to care for those in need in the church and the greater Vashon Island community. “Many of the senior support services taken for granted in the larger urban community are not available or accessible in the more rural areas of King County,” Sue says. “A senior myself, I care what happens to other seniors.”

Appointed by United Way.


Participation in committee work is open to all interested council members. Participation by people other than Council members is subject to approval by the committee. Contact the staff person associated with each committee for more information.

Advocacy Committee:

Advocates for the health and welfare needs of older persons and adults with disabilities and monitors legislation and policy measures on their behalf.

  • Co-chairs: Hon. David Baker
  • Meeting Time: 2nd Friday, 10:15-11:45 a.m. (Seattle Municipal Tower)
  • Members: Mary Anderson, Marsha Andrews, Katty Chow, Molly Holmes, Eric Martenson, Mac McIntosh, Tony Provine, Sue Shaw, Lorna Stone, and Diana Thompson
  • ADS Staff Contact: Gigi Meinig (206) 684-0652
  • Aging Agendas:

Planning and Allocations (P&A) Committee:

Studies in detail programs and projects receiving funding from Aging and Disability Services and makes recommendations regarding their support.

  • Chair: Kathe Matrone
  • Meeting Time: 1st Monday, 12:00-1:30 p.m. (Seattle Municipal Tower 5190)
  • Members: Molly Holmes, Tony Provine, Marsha Andrews, Bev Heyden, Kate Miller
  • ADS Staff Contact: Karen Winston (206) 684-0706

Executive Committee:

Comprises Advisory Council Chair and other officers, standing committee chairs, and task force chairs.

  • Chair: Molly Holmes
  • Meeting Time: As needed
  • Members: Officers and committee chairs
  • ADS Staff Contact: Gigi Meinig (206) 684-0652

Nominating Committee:

Elected by majority vote, the Committee is composed of three members (one from each sponsoring body). This Committee presents a slate of officers at a regular Council meeting two months prior to the Annual meeting.

  • Members: To be determined
  • Meeting Time: As needed
  • ADS Staff Contact: Gigi Meinig (206) 684-0652

Outreach and Communications Committee:

Responsible for communication efforts of the Advisory Council and promoting the visibility of the Area Agency on Aging.

  • Chair: Eric Martenson
  • Members: Marsha Andrews, Claire Brannan, Katty Chow, Sue Weston
  • Meeting Time: Second Fridays, 2:00–3:00 p.m. (Seattle Municipal Tower 4050)
  • ADS Staff Contact: Gigi Meinig (206) 684-0652
  • Community Forums: See the Advisory Council’s Advocacy webpage.
  • 2011 Communications Plan 
  • Beacon Hill outreach brochure  

AgeWise King County Review Team:

Responsible for monthly publication of AgeWise King County, the Advisory Council’s online magazine.

  • Members: Molly Holmes, Tony Provine & Sue Shaw
  • Meeting Time: As needed
  • ADS Staff Contact: Irene Stewart (206) 684-0662

Northwest Universal Design Council:

Advocates for the inclusion of universal design principles, products, and processes that enable everyone, regardless of age or ability to age in place. For more information, visit the NWUDC website ( or Facebook page.

  • Members: Tom Minty (former Advisory Council member) and other Universal Design advocates from the community
  • Meeting Time: Quarterly programs
  • ADS Staff Contact: Irene Stewart (206) 684-0662
Meetings, Events & Minutes

The Advisory Council meets on the 2nd Friday of every month (except January and October) from 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m., often in the Seattle Municipal Tower, Room 4060 but sometimes in community locations. All meetings are open to the public. The monthly agenda is posted below.

Confirm the time and location of the meeting before attending by contacting ADS planner Gigi Meinig (206-684-0652 or

View all ADS Advisory Council community forums


  • October (no meeting scheduled)
  • September 9, 2016
  • August 12, 2016





pictureThank you for serving on the Aging and Disability Services (ADS) Advisory Council. Following you will find a variety of tools to help you serve effectively on the Council. Wherever possible, a link to online information provides further information. For a print version, click here .

Aging and Disability Services

Aging and Disability Services—a division of the Seattle Human Services Department—is designated by the State of Washington as the Area Agency on Aging (AAA) for King County. The role of AAAs is described below. ADS promotes quality of life, independence, and choice for older people and adults with disabilities. Please take a moment to read the agency’s mission and values and brochure .

An Area Plan on Aging is developed every four years, which presents relevant demographic trends, outlines major goals and objectives, and serves as a roadmap for the agency. The current Area Plan is available online.

sponsor logoSponsors

ADS maintains an interlocal agreement with three sponsors—the City of Seattle, King County, and United Way—represented by the Seattle Human Services Department director, the King County Department of Community and Human Services director, and the United Way of King County senior vice-president for community services. For a copy of the current agreement, click here .

Advisory Council

The Seattle-King County Advisory Council for Aging & Disability comprises volunteers who represent older adults and individuals with disabilities within our community. The Council advises ADS on policy and implementation of the Area Plan on Aging for Seattle-King County.

Basic tools for Advisory Council members include:

Advisory Council members may request Council and/or ADS planning staff rosters by contacting ADS planner Gigi Meinig (206-684-0652).


Advisory Council responsibilities—including meeting attendance, ethics, tasks/roles, essential and desired skills, benefits, and training are outlined in a two-page document . Please read this document carefully. For print copies, contact ADS planner Gigi Meinig.

Your role and responsibilities—as well as the difference between advisory councils and boards of directors—are described in more length in a National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A) publication called You Make a Difference: A Guide for Area Agency on Aging Boards and Advisory Councils .


The actions of the Advisory Council shape services the Aging Network delivers in King County. Three committees carry out much of the Council’s work:

The Council’s Executive Committee, comprising elected officers and committee chairs, makes business decisions for the Council. Officers are elected on an annual basis. An ad hoc Nominating Committee presents a slate of officers at a regular Council meeting two months prior to the end of the officers’ term.

Advocacy Committee Tools

capitol buildingThe Advocacy Committee plays an important role in advocating for vulnerable seniors and people with disabilities at the state and local level. Fortunately, the Advisory Council is not alone. Resources include:

  • Washington Association of Area Agencies on Aging (W4A): The W4A, a membership organization made up of 13 AAAs in Washington state, seeks to enhance the effectiveness of each AAA through a strong agenda of information, debate, advocacy and education. W4A is an affiliate of N4A, a national resource for information and education.
  • Washington State Senior Lobby: A volunteer, nonprofit advocacy organization for seniors, the Senior Lobby studies issues of concern to older adults, develops a legislative agenda prior to each session, lobbies on issues during the legislative session and in the interim recess, contacts legislators and staff about seniors’ needs, organizes a Fall Conference on current public policy issues, and sponsors Senior Lobby Day at the State Capitol each legislative session.

flyerAdvocacy tools include:

group photoOutreach & Communication Committee Tools

The Outreach and Communications Committee is responsible for promoting the visibility of the Area Agency on Aging. For a copy of the current communication plan, click here.

Planning and Allocations (P&A) Committee Tools

The biggest challenge the Advisory Council faces is to meet community need in the face of funding shifts and declines. Six members are appointed by the Advisory Council chair to be the eyes and ears of the community and keep informed of relevant information that impacts older adults and individuals with disabilities. The P&A Committee participates in Area Plan development, reviews discretionary funding impact on service areas, and develops recommendations to the Sponsors.

For a copy of the Area Plan budget, click here. Funding types include:

ADS-funded services are listed online.

  • Discretionary service areas include adult day services, case management, client-specific, disability access, health promotion, elder abuse prevention, information and assistance, legal services, nutrition, senior centers, and transportation.
  • Non-discretionary service areas include Medicaid case management, Medicaid nursing services, caregiver support, employment (including the Title V Community Service Employment Program), home care, and PEARLS.

Ethics & Public Disclosure

Each of the Sponsors sets ethical standards about work activities, business relationships, and the use of resources that apply to Advisory Council members, and each Council member is responsible for compliance:

Documents produced by or on behalf of the Advisory Council—with the exception of your address, telephone number, e-mail address, Social Security number, and emergency contact information—are public records potentially subject to public disclosure. It is important that you maintain your Advisory council work files separate from your personal files. This includes e-mail. The easiest way to do this is to:

  • Create separate folders (hard copy and electronic) and promptly file all records related to your Advisory Council work.
  • Save e-mail records online or print them out for hard copy folders.

Response to a public disclosure request is a legal matter. If you receive a public disclosure request, contact ADS planner Gigi Meinig (206-684-0652) immediately.

Aging Network

Aging & Disability Services is part of the Aging Network that was established in 1965 with the passage of the Older Americans Act.

  • Federal: The federal Administration on Aging (AoA), part of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) works through the national network: 56 State Units on Aging, 655 AAAs, and 236 tribal and native organizations. The National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (N4A), an umbrella organization for AAAs and Title VI Native American aging programs, advocates on behalf of the local aging agencies to ensure that needed resources and support services are available to older Americans.
  • State: In Washington State, the Aging & Disability Services Administration (ADSA), part of the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS), functions as the state unit on aging. Unlike many states, ADSA brings together under one organization the major aging, long-term care, and developmental disability programs through a state network of access points to determine Medicaid eligibility and AAAs that provide in-home case management, information and assistance, and other community-based resources. The Washington State Council on Aging advises the Governor, Secretary of the Department of Social and Health Services, and ADSA.
  • Local: ADS is one of 13 AAAs in Washington State. W4A (described above) works with the AAAs to create elder-friendly communities and to enhance the effectiveness of each AAA through a strong agenda of information, debate, advocacy and education.
  • Direct Services: ADS contracts with over 60 agencies to provide a network of in-home and community services, support programs, and assistance to older adults and qualified disabled adults. In addition, ADS provides direct support to Medicaid long-term care clients through case management  and to older Seattle residents through employment and volunteer programs offered by the Mayor’s Office for Senior Citizens (funded by the City of Seattle).
  • Consumers: In 2011, over 33,000 older adults, family caregivers and adults with disabilities in King County received services from the local Aging Network.

For a diagram showing the relationship between these entities, click here .

Public Policy

AAA Advisory Councils were mandated by the 1965 Older Americans Act (Title 45 Sec. 1321.57). For historical information, read:


Aging Network programs and services go by many different acronyms. Aging terminology can be equally confusing. For definitions, click here .

For any questions not addressed above, contact ADS planner Gigi Meinig (206-684-0652).

Join Us

Join us in promoting an age-friendly community

The Advisory Council is currently seeking new members who are interested in issues and services affecting older people and adults with disabilities.

Advisory Council members have opportunities to hear and discuss cutting-edge information about issues facing older adults in our community, meet with legislators, and make a difference by advocating for age-friendly communities.

Each Advisory Council member is sponsored by the City of Seattle, King County, or United Way. The terms are two years with a limit of two terms for King County and the City of Seattle, while United Way has a three term limit.

Prospective members can expect a time commitment of four to six hours per month, which includes one monthly meeting (2nd Friday of each month), committee work, training and travel time.

If you are interested in joining the Advisory Council:

  • Complete the application form 
  • Contact us ADS planner Gigi Meinig at (206) 684-0652 for more information about the appointment process.

Other ways to get involved

The Advisory Council welcomes anyone who is interested in the work of the Council to attend their monthly meetings. You do not need to be a member to attend and contribute.

Other ways to get involved include: