Where do you meet?
We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of each month from 8:30-10:30am at the Finley Community Center, Main Auditorium. 2060 W. College Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA
What does SOA do?
“The Sonoma County Section on Aging is a coalition of agencies, organizations and individuals concerned with the well-being of older adults and the education of our members. As a network alliance, we advocate for and promote the development, coordination, and implementation of older adult services in Sonoma County.”
Is membership on an individual or a company basis?
You may have as many people as you like attend the meeting from your company. However, companies with attendees from multiple locations must have multiple memberships (one membership for each building in your organization). Stated another way, if you have branch offices in both Santa Rosa and Petaluma and you have representatives from both offices attend you will need to have 2 memberships. An individual membership, paid for by the member, is transferable if the member changes companies. A company membership is paid by the company/organization. The membership stays with the organization and can be reassigned to a new employee if the current employee leaves the company.
How do I pay my dues?
You can send your $80 payment by credit card OR you have the option of mailing a check payable to:
(Please write your Company name on your check!)
Sonoma County Section on Aging
PO Box 5725
Santa Rosa, CA 95402
Are the memberships transferable to other employees within my organization?
In most cases, yes. Memberships that are paid by the company are transferable within the organization. If you have a change in staff the new staff person is welcome to attend as a paid member. Sometimes individuals purchase individual memberships. These can be transferred to a new organization. In the case of individual memberships, no additional members can join on their membership and the company they work for must purchase a new membership if that individual changes companies.
Who is eligible to attend the meetings?
Anyone who provides senior services or works for a senior services provider is welcome to attend. You are also welcome if you are interested in serving the senior community or are interested in learning more about services that are available to seniors. People who work for profit or non-profit agencies, small business owners, partnerships, corporations and public sector employees are all welcome. Did we miss anyone?
Will you prorate the membership dues if I join mid-year?
No, we don’t prorate the dues. However, during the last quarter of the year we are able to accept partial year membership dues if the applicant pays for the upcoming year with the same check. The remaining months are calculated at $10 per month. For instance, if you submitted your membership application prior to the October meeting, dues would be $110 and would be paid up through December of the following year. (3 months x $10 plus $870 annual fee)
Is there plenty of parking at the Finley Community Center?
Yes. They are plenty of spaces available both in front of the building and to the side.
Can I bring literature and business cards to distribute to the group?
Yes, we offer a literature table for the distribution of items of interest. Please remove any remaining literature at the end of the meeting. All abandoned literature will be discarded.
Can I announce a special event or opportunity that is coming up in the near future?
Unfortunately there is not sufficient time to make announcements during the introduction moment that each attendee receives. We do try to make time for announcements at the end of each meeting. Additionally, members are welcome to post announcements and notifications of upcoming events on our Facebook page.
Can I use the membership list for marketing to our members?
Use of our membership list by individual members for lead generation (spam) emails is prohibited. The purpose of sharing the list with our members is to enable easy communication between members who have a common wish to communicate. It is not to be used as a cold calling lead source or as a source for your newsletter mailing list.
Why do we meet?
The primary focus of the meetings are to share resources that are helpful for all and to educate ourselves on the common challenges we face. Our meetings are a great opportunity to meet and network with others in the senior community. To this end, we allow time both before and after the meeting for networking and for the distribution of literature.
Can I attend if I am not a member?
Yes, you are welcome to attend up to two meetings before becoming a member.
Do you have speakers at the meeting and what type of topics do you cover?
Yes, we have guest speakers nearly every month.
How do I add my listing to the Membership Directory?
You’ll need to be a paid member. You can set up your listing and pay for the membership by using our Submit a Listing form.
I’m a food or coffee sponsor! What do I need to do?
Use this link to send a message to the Coffee/Food Sponsorship coordinator.