Silver Threads History of the center continued by Nila Fostvedt Seniors love to go on trips either by car, bus, train, boat or airplane. Yes, even an air trip to Hawaii, winter 1972, leaving in a blizzard by Greyhound bus to Sioux Falls airport. Twenty- eight Vermillion seniors joined a group of 258 retired men and women for an eight day Hawaiian Holiday. Mr. and Mrs. William Radigan, Jr and family stationed at Hickam Field greeted the visitors and also grandmother, Mrs. Vic Christopherson, was among the group. While there, Mr. and Mrs. Milton Macy celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary. The Lee Cusicks celebrated 44 years and Don Beatty observed a birthday. More history on the senior trips in the next Silver Threads. Activities & Events of the center by Crystal McGuire On Thursday, March 19 a gathering of members enjoyed an Italian Dinner Night with lasagna, salads, bread, desserts and wine. On April 9–11, Hy-Vee coupons were distributed to members and friends of the center to use at the store. From the total purchases, Hy-Vee donated a percent of the sales back to the center. Thank you Ron Avery and Hy-Vee associates for your support. On April 13, representatives from Sanford spoke at the Low Vision Support meeting to explain different costs affiliated with different types of care at Sanford. On Saturday, April 18, the Friends of St. Agnes (many which are members of the center) sponsored a Salad and Sandwich Luncheon. They served about 150 plates of salad and sloppy joe sandwiches and desserts. Thanks to our members and friends of the center for donating and supporting this annual fundraiser. Pancake Sunday was moved to April 19 because of Easter Sunday. The senior men who worked so hard that week with the Lions pancake feed, again had a great turn out and ran out of sausages. Please join them June 14 as there will be no pancake breakfast in May because of Mother's Day. NEED VOLUNTEERS: • To resume line dancing as we lost our volunteer leader; • To start a knitting or crocheting group; • To start a morning or afternoon walk or exercise group. If interested in volunteering your time or working for a small fee, please contact the center at 624-8072. Upcoming Reminders: • May 6 Vermillion Medical Clinic will be presenting a program on the changes of the eyes and ears and May 20 will speak about safety in the home. Blood pressure checks will also be available both days at 10:45 a.m. until lunch. • May 8 and 9 the center is holding a rummage sale, silent auction and bake sale. Community members may donate clean, unneeded items to the rummage sale anytime before Wednesday, May 6 at 5 p.m. Call 624-8072 if you have items that need picked up. • May 10, remember your "Mom" on Mother's Day with a membership to the Vermillion Center for only $25 per year. • The center is continuing with a silent auction event in the dining room. Items are added weekly and as we get appropriate bids for the items we remove them and contact the highest bidder. If you have items you would like to donate to the center please drop them off, we appreciate all donations. • Pancake Sunday is always the second Sunday of each month (except in May) 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 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 a small portion of the meal cost. A donation for your meal helps support the program. • 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 other activities or events. Members need to be only 40 years of age and pay an annual fee of $25 per year or $250 lifetime. • 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".