Silver Threads Vermillion Senior Services Center 320 W. Main St., Vermillion 57069 History of the center continued by Nila Fostvedt â�?�?Project on Agingâ�?, covering several south Dakotas counties, opened in the fall of 1972. Mrs. Maurice (Ann) Severson assisted Clay County in organizing its â�?�?Council on Aging.â�? The council was an important means of coordinating efforts to provide older residents with needed services. Annâ�?�?s role was to visit Senior Citizens on a one-to-one basis. Transportation to doctor appointments, dentist, optometrist, to the store for food or prescriptions, or just to visit someone was important. In 1973, an eleven passenger plus driver, mini-bus was leased from Dayhuff-Cleaver. Julius Nygaard was hired as driver. Many Vermillion establishments donated $100.00 a month for bus expenses. The mini-bus was called the â�?�?Green Bus.â�? Sunday potlucks and twice monthly Soup Suppers were hi-lights for seniors and were well attended. Senior Center director Harlan Emerson said â�?�? Lonesomeness is one of the worst sicknesses that the elderly can have. The center offers an antidote to that with crafts, cards, games, noon lunches, potluck dinners, a monthly birthday party and a monthly dance attended by about 100 people.â�? Then, too, he said, â�?�?The center arranges trips and tours all over our area.â�? More history in the next Silver Threads. The Preacher came to call the other day. He said that at my age, I should be thinking about the here-after; I told him that I do- all the time. No matter where I am, upstairs, downstairs, in the kitchen or down in the basement- I ask myself â�?�?Now what am I here after?â�? Activities & Events of the center by Crystal The annual meeting of the center was held on Friday, January 16th. Election was held for board members with a vacancy still open for the facility chair position. There was discussion about raising money to keep the up with the increased expenses but no solutions suggested. The center will be taking suggestions for a possible name change and will be working on some evening activities to increase membership. Eleanor Offerdahl was selected for the membership recruitment drawing and received a food basket from the director, Crystal McGuire. Donations from Willson Florist & the Nook & Cranny were used for drawings plus other gifts from members including a winter tote bag made by Frances Mollet. The center will be planning another auction event for March or April so if anyone would have items they would like to donate please contact the center. Upcoming Reminders: Thursday, Feb. 12, the ESA Theta Omega and members of the center will plan a Valentineâ�?�?s dinner at the center. The menu includes BBQ boneless pork ribs with potatoes, salad, vegetable, & dessert serving from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. hor dâ�?�?oeuvres with wine and punch will be served. This event is open to the public with tickets $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Children 10 and younger are $4. For more information or tickets, call 624-8072. 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 January fundraiser. 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. 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 â�?�?Silver Threads.â�?