Silver Threads

Silver Threads By Crystal McGuire, director More information from Nila Fostvedt about how the center has changed and developed through the past 39 years. Very soon the Senior Citizens Center, which had organized in the Methodist Church basement, became cramped for space. Membership was open to anyone over 16 years of age interested in the problems of aging.�? Many younger people found this an area in which they achieved satisfaction in volunteer service.�? There were no membership dues at this time, only the signing of a membership card. The fall of 1970 the senior citizens center rented the unremodeled Erickson home at 214 E. Main.�?  Harlan Emerson was then hired as director and the center was open five days a week.�? The Senior Citizens Services, Inc. was financed by a grant from the Older American Act, the United Fund, the City of Vermillion, the Clay County Commis-sioners, Individuals and Memorials.�? More about our past in the next silver threads. A very successful ice cream social and dinner was held Thursday, Aug. 7.�? Many thanks to a wonderful group of employees from Polaris that donated, prepared and served the sloppy joes plus assisted with serving ice cream, drinks and clean up.�? The volunteers from Polaris were Brian Brown and daughters Sadie and Sofie, Fred Jones, Joan Byers, Odie Ingram, Jill Klemme and Matt Watson.�? Also volunteering for the evening were Jack Powell and Mary Edelen, city council representatives and Dan Christopherson, mayor of Vermillion. Members of the senior center contributed with cash donations, pies, cakes, baked beans, other food items and many members volunteered to help with the event.�? Variety Foods donated potato chips and Schwans donated the ice cream.�? What a lovely evening and a great turnout for the center. Thank you all that participated. On Monday, Sept. 8 at 1 p.m. a group of individuals will meet in the center board room to discuss visually impairment topics. They will continue to meet the second Monday of each month. Sunday, Sept. 14 is the next pancake fund raiser from 10 a.m.-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. Our next fund raiser will be Thursday, Sept. 25 at the senior center and is co-sponsored by the ladies and friends of Trinity Lutheran Church and the senior center. The dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. after everyone is seated. The menu includes pork loin roast, potatoes and gravy, salad, vegetable and beverage. Tickets are available for $7 each at the senior center and our dinner is open to the public. Hope you can join us and support the center. 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 plus you will receive the monthly news-letter. Thank you friends of the center that donate the beautiful memorial arrangements to the center.�? The flowers are jewels in our day and always a good memory of our passing friends.�?  The center always welcomes volunteers and financial support, either is greatly appreciated. If you or your group would like to sponsor an event, please contact the center at 624-8072. Be watching for more events and activities in the next â�?�?Silver Threads.â�?

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