Submitted by Mid-Western Michigan Chapter 2418 of AARP

REED CITY — At its regular monthly meeting on April 12, the Mid-Western Michigan Chapter 2418 of the American Association of Retired Persons heard from Mecosta/Osceola County Probate Court Judge Tyler Thompson.

Thompson discussed the many hats he wears in his role as judge. This includes dealing with probating last wills and testaments, divorce and adoption. He also covered abuse and neglect. Thompson told members with help from the Department of Health and Human Services, foster care homes and agencies like Eagle Village, Probate Court tries to find the most appropriate placements for people.

Thompson also held a question-and-answer session following his program.

"This was a very interesting program, and the members appreciated Judge Thompson giving of his time to be with them," said Richard Karns, publicity chairman for the chapter.

Also at the organization's monthly meeting at the United Methodist Church, Barb Hazlett received the community service award from AARP for her leadership and community contributions.

Hazlett is an active member of Chapter 2418, serving as the chapter's legislative chairman, keeping members up to date on what is happening in Lansing.