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Finding the right Parkinson’s support group

Many Parkinson’s fighters find support groups tremendously helpful in coping with the everyday realities of having the disease. While a support group doesn’t exactly replace the standard medical care, it can make an individual feel less isolated as he/she makes connections with others facing similar challenges.

Since such groups come in different formats (from large, formal meetings to smaller “living-room” get-togethers), it is okay to be confused and not know which one will benefit you the most. Worry not! Here, we have a step-by-step guide to finding a Parkinson’s support group that’s right and equally comfortable for you.

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2018 Group Elections

Capital District Parkinson’s Support Group – Elections 2018

Positions up for election

Please let Jud Eson (eson.jud at gmail.com) know if you would like to help with any of these group organizational functions. Positions may be held individually or two or more people could share a position.


  • Presides at meetings,
  • Appoints committees when necessary
  • Fills any vacancies.
  • Works with vice president and committee members to arrange for speakers and/or meeting agendas.

Vice President

  • Act in absence of President
  • Perform tasks requested by President as required.
  • Works with president and committee members to arrange for speakers and/or meeting agendas.

Correspondence / publicity –

  • Maintains website.
  • Maintains e-mail mailing list,
  • Notifies members of meetings and events.
  • Writes thank you notes to presenters and for donations.


  • Arranges for refreshments to be available at regular meetings.
  • Coordinates special events such as holiday party and summer picnic.
  • Reserves meeting room and coordinates necessary room set up.
  • He/she sees that everyone signs the attendance sheet at each meeting.


  • Responsible for all income, pays all bills and keeps all fiscal records.
  • Maintains paid membership list.
  • Reports to the President prior to each meeting the current state of the treasury.

About us

The Capital District Parkinson’s Support Group meets at 7 PM the second Thursday of most months at the Beverwyck Senior Center located at Krumkill Road, Slingerlands, New York.

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Serving the people with Parkinson’s, their families and caregivers in Albany, NY and throughout New York’s Capital Region.

Our mission is:

  • To provide moral support and fellowship to people with Parkinson’s Disease, their families and caregivers.
  • To raise awareness and disseminate information regarding Parkinson’s Disease
  • To act as a resource center for members and others who would like to know more about Parkinson’s.

We welcome new members – Please join us


Make a Donation

Hope Soars is a local organization that supports awareness, education and research about Parkinson’s

The organization started as Parkinson’s Albany and has expanded to become Hope Soars. Our goal has been to inspire the Parkinson’s community to live fully while battling this disease. Our efforts have brought about the Parkinson’s Garden of Hope, an annual 5K Run, Bike for PD and Community Walk. We host an annual Gala to raise funds for research.

We have  introduced Pedaling for Parkinson’s to the Capital District YMCA, Yoga for PD and Fighting Parkinson’s, a new boxing fitness program. We remain committed to finding a cure, and ways to live well while we hope.

Hope Soars does so much for the Albany Parkinson’s community,

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These need revision

by-laws  – 5 page PDF original scan

by-laws   PDF with OCR text

Plain text

By-Laws of

Article I NAME

The name of this organization is the Capital District Parkinson Support Group.


The object of the Group is to stimulate and motivate persons with Parkinson’s Disease and their caregivers to lead happier and more active lives and to encourage each other through activities, by listening and helping each other through difficult times.


Membership consists of those persons who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, their caregivers, families and other interested people. The amount of dues is recommended by the officers and, after advance notice, voted upon by the members at any general meeting.


The officers shall be President, Vice President, Recording Secretary, Corresponding Secretary, Treasurer and Librarian. These officers shall be elected in November of each year.


A Nominating Committee shall be appointed by the President and shall present the slate of officers at the October meeting, with elections to take place at the November meeting.
Nominations may be offered from the floor at the time the slate is presented. A majority of the votes cast is needed for election to each office.
See attached amendment


The annual meeting shall be held in November. New officers shall assume their duties Immediately upon election and shall continue in office until their successors are elected. Regular meetings shall be held on the second Thursday of the month, except in the months of January and February. The officers shall meet semi-annually, in April and October, to discuss the status of the organization and any pertinent business. They shall meet at other times, as needed, at the request of the President.

See attached amendment


The duties of officers shall be as follows:

President—presides at meetings, appoints committees when necessary and fills any vacancies.

*Vice President presides at meetings in the absence of the president. He/she shall be responsible for the scheduling of programs for all meetings.

Recording Secretary–records brief minutes of regular meetings and more detailed minutes of officers’ meetings. He/she is responsible to see that everyone signs the
attendance sheet at each meeting.

Corresponding Secretary–handles all correspondence except memorial gifts. He/she shall notify members of meetings and events.

Treasurer is responsible for all income, pays all bills and keeps all fiscal records. He/she is responsible for acknowledging memorial gifts and for reporting, either in person at each meeting or to the President prior to each meeting, the current state of the treasury. He/she shall draw up an annual budget to be presented, and voted upon by the
members, at the March meeting. The budget shall include projected income and expenses.

Librarian—solicits suggestions for ordering new materials (with the consent of the membership). He/she shall keep track of books and tapes that are borrowed from our library and shall discard outdated materials.

The order of business at regular meetings shall be as follows:
A. Call to order and welcome
B. Introduction of new members
C. Secretary’s report
D. Treasurer’s report
E. Old business
F. New business
G. Program
H. Adjournment

These by-laws can be amended at any regular meeting by a two-thirds vote of those in attendance, provided that:
A. The amendment has been submitted in writing at the previous meeting and
B. The membership has been notified in the newsletter prior to the vote.

June, 2003
By-laws Committee
Ed Buhrmaster
Maybelle Buhrmaster
Maryalice O’Brien
Jane Schlick

Proposed Amendments to By-Laws

Present language
Article VII – Duties of Officers
Vice-President — presides at meetings in the absence of the President. He/she shall be responsible for the scheduling of programs for all meetings.

Proposed language
Article VIII – Duties of Officers
Vice-President — presides at meetings in the absence of the President. He/she shall serve on the
Program Planning Committee, but not necessarily as Chair of the committee. He/she shall provide
a list of meeting dates for the following year to the appropriate contact at the facility where the
meeting is to be held.

Proposed new Article VI – Program Planning Committee
A Program Planning Committee shall be appointed by the President in October of each year for the purpose of planning the programs for the following calendar year. The Vice President shall serve on this committee and the committee members shall select a Chair from amongst themselves. Members of the committee shall make the contacts and arrange for presentations on specific meeting dates. The committee member responsible for a particular program shall introduce the speaker and also contact the facility where the meeting is to be held regarding
seating arrangement for the room and/or any video equipment which might be needed for the specific program.

Proposed renumbering of Articles
Article VI – Program Planning Committee (new)
Article VII – Meetings
Article VIII – Duties of Officers
Article IX – Order of Business
Article X – Amendments

10 – 13 – 2005
November 11, 2005 – passed unanimously