Silver Threads

Silver Threads By Crystal McGuire, director Vermillion Senior Services Center In air-conditioned comfort, during a hot summer night in July a barbeque supper was enjoyed by many at the center.�?  Many thanks to the wonderful volunteers for serving and assisting with clean up for our event.�?  The volunteers included Marcia Harnois, Mary Merrigan, Bruce King, Deb Christensen, and Cathy Colwell of United Way; center board members Tom Schaack of First Bank & Trust and Cindy Benzel of Sanford; Keith Brooks, Bank of the West Insurance; Brenda Gervais, Humana; Steve Howe, Vermillion Chamber; Lori Peterson and Peggy Schaack of USD and of course the chef who grilled the hamburgers and brats to perfection, Jim McGuire of the Vermillion School District.�?  The evening could not of been a success without the entire group of them. A patriotic sing-a-long followed by card games after dinner finished off the evening.�? �?  Did you know that the present senior center was born July 1969 in the Methodist Church basement?�?  A few citizens concerned about the increasing number of people living alone and retirees needing a place to socialize, play cards, pool, or quilting and crafts met there twice a week. Soon the number attending the center had outgrown the church basement.�?  Keep reading for more information about how the center has changed and developed through the past 39 years. �?  Medical equipment such as crutches (varied sizes) and walkers are currently available to members and others in need. These items have been donated by an anonymous donor. If you have other equipment you would like to donate such as bath chairs, bedside commodes, and raised commodes with and without arms contact Crystal at the center 624-8072. Also available at the center is a used lift chair and for a donation to the center this chair can be yours. Donâ�?�?t forget on Thursday, Aug. 7 at 5 p.m. to attend our annual ice cream social including pies, desserts and of course a sandwich and more â�?�? open to the public. A team of employees from Polaris will be assisting with the meal by providing the sandwiches for the evening plus providing a few volunteers to serve and clean up. This fundraiser is open to the public and tickets need not be purchased in advance. �? Plan to join us, it is a good time to meet and greet friends. Sunday, Aug. 10 is the next pancake fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.�? The senior men serve the best pancakes and sausages in the area.�?  There is always plenty of food plus socializing and this event is open to the public. On Monday, Aug. 11 at 1 p.m. a group of individuals will meet in the center board room to discuss visual impairment.�?  They will discuss issues that deal with daily basic needs involved with your vision and what or who might be able to assist you. This group always meets on the second Monday of the month.�? �?  The â�?�?create a craftâ�? for this month will be at 10 a.m. Monday, Aug. 18 for the Tumbling Teddy Bears made from pine cones. There is one on display at the center. If you are interested in making one or more you should sign up in the center office so that enough supplies are available.�?  �?  Then on Aug. 22 SHIINE (Senior Health Information and Insurance Education) will be at the center to discuss and answer questions on Medicare 101 and Retirement Enrichment at 2 p.m.�?  No appointment needed for this program.�?  Remember that someone special with a membership to the senior center for only $20 per year or $175 lifetime.�?  A membership allows you to participate in the daily activities or events as well as attend the educational and informational programs sponsored for senior citizens.�?  The center always welcomes volunteers and financial support, either is greatly appreciated. If you or your group would like to help, please contact the center. Be watching for more events and activities in the next â�?�?Silver Threads.â�?

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