Silver Threads

Silver Threads By Crystal McGuire, director Vermillion Senior Services Center 320 W. Main St., Vermillion 57069 History of the center continued by Nila Fostvedt One hundred fifty seniors attended the third annual meeting of the Vermillion Senior Center. It was held at the Eagles Club. Norris Erickson was elected president, Herman Walraven, vice president, and Gertrude Dahl, treasurer. Following the business meeting, coffee and dessert was enjoyed before dancing to Eddie Geffre's orchestra. The "Powder Room", 19 East Main, initiated by the Civic Council and tended by Senior ladies, two shifts a day, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1 p.m. till to 5 p.m., and until 9 p.m. Thursday nights, six days a week, was priceless, and an "Oasis in the Desert". Meter Parkette, Vi Delaney said "it is one of the outstanding things about our city."  A place for ladies to rest and refresh while shopping. There were six chairs, two recliners, a TV, phone, table, clock, magazines and a roll-away cot if someone was feeling ill. The Civic Council paid the Senior Center $155 a month and $25 to a cleaning lady. The city supplied tissue, paper towels, and cleaning supplies. In one month, 800 persons used the facility. Also a room down the hallway, men had facilities. One person from Yankton, said "We have nothing compared to this … we have to go home!" More history in the next Silver Threads. Activities & Events of the center by Crystal The Valentine Dinner held on Feb. 12 was wonderfully attended and the center appreciated the support provided by the ESA Theta Omega ladies that provided salads, desserts and helped with set-up, serving and clean up.  Thank you to all of them! On Wednesday, March 18, Hy-Vee pharmacy displayed a Medicare program that provides shoes for diabetics. On Thursday, March 19 we will be having an Italian Dinner Night with lasagna, salads, bread and desserts. This is a member only event and no tickets will be sold at the door. At the February board meeting the executive board reduced the age limit for membership at the center from 55 to 40.  We are now in the process of selecting a name for this group of members and hoping to get some new activities started for the weekends or evenings at the center.  We already have several new members under the age of 55 that have joined and are hoping for great participation.  The board is also considering a name change for the center and is taking suggestions. The center still has an open vacancy for the facility chair position at the center. The center is also looking for volunteers to help with mowing and gardening for the spring through fall seasons, so if interested please contact the center.   Upcoming Reminders: Friday, March 20 at 10 a.m. is our craft for the month and members will be making colored hand-soap balls, under the instruction of Nila Fostvedt. Monday, March 23 at 12:30 p.m. the Blue Tuxedo Band from Vermillion will be entertaining for the members after lunch. The center is holding a silent auction event that will continue for the next several weeks. Items will be added as they are donated and placed on the bidding table. Bidders for Easter items will be contacted before Easter. If you have items you would like to donate to the center please drop them off and we will use them now or at the next auction. Saturday, April 18, the Friends of St. Agnes and members of the center will be sponsoring the Salad and Sandwich Luncheon for the center. Serving will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the St. Agnes Gym. There will be variety of salads, breads, desserts and sloppy joe sandwiches. This event is open to the public with tickets for adults at $6 and $4 for children. For advance 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. Donations from businesses are always welcome to help pay for the food and supplies used at any of the fundraisers. We are looking for a sponsor for sausages or pancakes and syrup for Pancake Sundays. Visually Impaired meet 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 ext. 496 for an appointment. The cost is $20. The Dakota Senior Meals prepares and serves food Monday through Friday in the kitchen and dining area of the center. The nutrition program is a separate program under the direction of ROCS and receive state and federal funds to help pay for some of the meal cost. 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 and puzzle exchange, participate in fundraisers and other activities or events. 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."

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