Silver Threads History of the Center By Nila Fostvedt
Vermillion Senior Services Center
320 W. Main St., Vermillion 57069 "Adopt A Grandparent" an organization started by USD students was a "huge" success. A total of 81 students were actually involved. Weekly visits were made to the Senior Center and the nursing home. Crafts, games, walks, reading, and just visiting were things the young and old enjoy sharing. Some students learned to crochet. One student and his adopted grandfather built a bird bath to be placed outside. Twice a month about 26 students conducted a lively song-fest consisting of skits, guitar and piano accompanied songs and a variety of talent presentations. The results of the "Adopt A Grandparent" program were overwhelming. The spontaneity, enthusiasm and joy of youth is miraculously contagious. Those attending became more friendly and noticeably happier. Old folks are worth a fortune with silver in their hair, gold in their teeth, stones in their kidneys, lead in their feet and gas in their stomachs. More history to come … Events & Happenings at the center Thank you to Pamida, Dan Kenton and the employees for their Poinsettia for Seniors Program. The center received over thirty poinsettias from Pamida to distribute throughout the month of December. We held raffles and drawings throughout the month and members were able to enjoy the beautiful red poinsettias that filled our center. On Tuesday, Dec. 9 the center enjoyed music from a select group of Vermillion High School singers and their choir director, Trisha Fisher. Following the music and drawings for prizes; refreshments were served by First Dakota National Bank and host, Laura Hollingsworth. Thank you Laura for the special afternoon that you prepared and shared with the center. A special thank you to First Dakota Bank and President, Farron Pratt for sponsoring the broasted chicken for our Christmas Potluck on Dec. 18. The members and their friends began the evening with a variety of appetizers and their choice of punch or wine. As soon as the chicken arrived plates were filled with a variety of side dishes and delicious desserts. Following the meal over 30 drawings were held for prizes collected by the staff and members. What a great way to end the year at the senior center with another successful fundraiser that included great food with friends and members enjoying an evening together. A delivery of Farmland hams was received from Polaris and their employees. The center will be using them for a fundraiser or special drawings throughout the next month. Thank you Polaris for the many thoughtful contributions you make throughout the year. The center received a generous donation of $500 from Dan Kenton, store manager of Pamida. Great thanks to Pamida for their continual donations and support to the senior center and its members. The center could not continue to operate without the financial support of the local businesses and organizations. Upcoming Reminders: Annual board meeting for all members will be held on Friday, Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. On Feb. 12, the ESA Theta Omega and members of the center will plan a Valentine's fundraising dinner at the senior center. This event is open to the public; call the center for tickets and more information. Visually Impaired meets the second Monday of each month at 1 p.m. at the center. They meet to discuss options for different types of support and equipment for visual impairment. Foot clinic is held every Tuesday at the center by Sanford Vermillion Clinic, call 624-2611 for an appointment. The cost is $20. Pancake Sunday is always the second Sunday of each month from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is only $4 for pancakes, sausages, coffee and juice and is prepared by the senior men of the center. Thank you to Paul Priester and Bank of the West for purchasing the sausages for the December fundraiser. All members of the center receive a monthly newsletter with scheduled events and activities plus a menu from Dakota Senior Meals. Members are encouraged to participate in the daily activities and events, educational and health programs, share in the book & puzzle exchange, participate in fundraisers and much more. The senior center is a non-profit organization that welcomes volunteers and financial donations. We sponsor monthly fundraisers and send out requests to businesses and organizations in the community as our means of funding. If you or your group would like to help sponsor a fundraising event, please contact the center at 624-8072. Be watching for more events and activities in the next "Silver Threads".