Silver Threads History of the center continued, December 1973 By Nila Fostvedt Plans for a community wide fund drive for the construction of a new Senior Citizens Center were finalized.�? Mr. Ray Palmer, recreation director will be the acting project director.�? Harvey Hanson, chairman of the fund drive announced that accounts have been set up at both the National Bank and the United National Bank.�? Plans for a 4,000 square foot structure to be built on the site of the former Austin School consisting of two acres the City of Vermillion donated. The Civic Council started the drive with a $1,000 check.�? The building committee then called for sealed bids to be submitted and the estimated cost is $70,000. Martin Bush writes the weekly column, â�?�?Senior Sampler,â�? he stated that the Senior Citizen Center is one of the fastest growing institutions in Vermillion.�? A monthly highlight is the Senior Birthday Party. Every month the ESA sorority donates a decorated birthday cake. Mr. Emerson, director of the center, furnishes corsages. As many as 73 members and guests have attended the honoring of up to 10 birthdays! Project â�?�?Road Runnersâ�? was started for those needing a ride to the senior center.�? A bussing facility and drivers were needed.�? The first senior citizen dance was held at the Eagles, May 25, 1972. Sixty persons enjoyed the evening with music furnished by John Harnois and his band, â�?�?The Durangos.â�? Mrs. Pansy Bertrand called the Circle 2-step and Mrs. Mable Dawson called the square dance.�? Mrs. Richard Mockler, president of Alpha Lambda, presented the senior center with a new automatic dishwasher.�? More history to come . . . . Activities and events of the center Members of Trinity Lutheran Church that brought salads and desserts and helped with the serving and clean up of the Fall Fundraising Dinner at the center.�? Thank you also to Thrivent Financial for their helpful donation to the centers fundraiser.�? On Thursday, Oct. 30 the seniors will be having a Halloween Potluck at 5:15 p.m. with Penny Bingo following at approximately 6 p.m.�? A special prize for best costume!�? The â�?�?create a craftâ�? for October will be at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 24.�? The project will be making Icosahedrons (20 sided polyhedron) from recycling used greeting cards and/or making Okra Angels.�? Your choice or you can make both. Please sign up in the office.�? �? Visually impaired will be meeting on Monday, Oct. 20 at 1 p.m. to discuss options for different types of support and equipment for visual impairment.�? Flu shots Monday, Oct. 27 at 9:30-11:45 a.m. sponsored by Sanford.�? A representative from Humana will be at the center on Monday, Nov. 17 at 9:30 a.m. and Thursday, Dec. 11 at 1 p.m. to discuss Medicare Advantage Plans.�? The Senior Center will sponsor a Silver Threads Health and Product Fair on Friday, Nov. 21 from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Local exhibitors are invited to display their products and information. The center will be serving homemade soup and sandwiches plus hosting a bake sale with many delicious rolls, pies, bars, breads, caramel popcorn and more.�? �? �? �? Members (55 years or older) receive a monthly newsletter with scheduled events. They are encouraged to participate in the daily activities and events, educational and health programs, share in the book and puzzle exchange, participate in fundraisers and more. 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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