Medicare Part D Enrollment Is Topic For November Senior Luncheon

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MARYSVILLE – Join Community Memorial Healthcare (CMH) for lunch on Wednesday, November 6, 2019, to learn about upcoming changes to Medicare Part D enrollment at the monthly Sterling Connection program. Joni Spellmeier, director of RSVP of Northeast Kansas, which offers free SHICK (Senior Health Insurance Counseling for Kansas) enrollment done by volunteers, will be presenting this month’s topic.

Following the regular lunch + learn program, Spellmeier and RSVP volunteers will hold appointments for Medicare Part D enrollment on-site at CMH’s South Plaza conference room.

“RSVP has many trained volunteers ready to assist our area seniors with their enrollment. It’s a service we’re happy to provide, as it makes something complicated much more manageable for many people,” Spellmeier said.

Designed as a health and wellness program for people 50 and older, Sterling Connection members can attend the CMH Lunch Bunch, the hospital’s monthly program series that features a healthy lunch and guest speaker. The luncheon is held the first Wednesday of each month from 12-1 p.m. Lunch is served at 11:45 a.m., and costs $5. Please RSVP to Ashley Kracht, director of Public Relations and Marketing, by calling 785-562-2311.

To make a Medicare Part D enrollment appointment following Wednesday’s program, you may reserve a spot when you call to sign up for lunch. People do not have to attend the lunch and learn program to be eligible to sign up for one of the Wednesday afternoon sign up slots. Please bring your Medicare card and a list of prescriptions from the last six months. Appointments will last approximately a half hour, and 10-12 spaces are available between 1-4 p.m.

To be added to the Sterling Connection mailing list for notification of future luncheon programs, please contact Kracht at the number above, or by emailing

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.