Silver Threads

Silver Threads Vermillion Senior Services Center 320 W. Main St., Vermillion 57069 History of the center continued by Nila Fostvedt "Concerns", a weekly 10:45 a.m. KUSD radio program each Tuesday began January 1971, hosted by Marjorie Weeks, featured the Vermillion Senior Citizens Center. Myrtle Ellis, age 90, could hardly stop her card playing to be interviewed, "The Center saved my life. I come here every day." John Souhrada said, "It's been just wonderful for me since I retired from the O.K. Barber Shop. It doesn't matter how old you grow, its how you grow old that counts." February 1971, "Concern" accompanied Mrs. Jack Stewart on her Meals on Wheels route stopping at the home of 96 year old O.J. Ketchum. "Meals on wheels dinner's ready, chicken today", shouts Mrs. Stewart.  The meal program was initiated by the civic council in 1968.  Meals were prepared at Dakota Hospital or Nursing Home. Thelma Dykstra, Vice President of the Civic Council was in charge of the program. Recruiting and screening for drivers was a big challenge. A future program of "Concern" will be Adopt a Grandparent featuring USD students. 1971, Governor Kniep declared the month of May as Senior Citizen's month. Mayor Barstow officially signed the proclamation. Business persons of the City of Vermillion and County Commissioners were invited for coffee and rolls. The firstt senior citizens bazaar was held at the 4-H building, November 1972. A large variety of quilts and crafts created by the seniors amazed director, Mr. Emerson, considering the crowded circumstances at 214 E. Main. More history to come.   Activities & Events of the center by Crystal Our October event was a delicious potluck supper on Oct. 30 followed by Penny Bingo. Awards for best Halloween costumes went to Peggy Mollet, Frances Mollet and Joann Schulz. Medicare D (prescription) plan – An educator from SHIINE is available Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings to compare your medicines and provide you with a list of the best value of insurances. Bring your prescription list with you. All changes must be made before Dec. 31. 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. Health & Product Fair on Friday, Nov. 21 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Preparing for retirement or already retired, then don't miss this event.  Area exhibitors will be displaying their products and information as well as three excellent mini-seminars. The center will be serving homemade soup and sandwiches plus hosting a bake sale. Drawings & raffles will be held throughout the day. Call for more info or look for our flyer in the Broadcaster. • Monday, Nov. 24 at 10 a.m., "Create a Craft" projects will be patchwork snowballs, Okra Angels, or Icosahedrons (20 sided polyhedron) from used greeting cards.  Your choice or you can make one of each.  Please sign up in the office. • Monday, Dec. 8, 1 p.m., Visually Impaired meet to discuss options for different types of support and equipment for visual impairment. • Sunday, Dec., 14 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Pancake Sunday (Second Sunday of each month). • 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 & puzzle exchange, participate in fundraisers and more. The center always welcomes volunteers and financial assistance; both are greatly needed and appreciated.  If you or your group would like to sponsor a fundraising event, please contact the center at 624-8072.  Be watching for more events and activities in the next Silver Threads.

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