History of the senior center by Nila Fostvedt
Vermillion Senior Services Center
320 W. Main St., Vermillion 57069
Happy Birthday Vermillion Senior Center. How young we are! Remember 40?
Anticipating a new Senior Center that would meet all the needs of a growing membership, the months of 1972 and 1973 were filled with fund raising dinners, quilt raffles, craft fairs, tickets sold for a hog raffle, hog donated by Robert Bremer and won by Godfried Danielson. A community auction at the fairgrounds, churches held ham or pot roast fund raiser dinners. Alpha Lambda Chapter of ESA sponsored a turkey dinner. Clay County Board of Commissioners agreed to allocate $10,000 in Revenue Sharing Funds for the proposed Senior Center. Fundraiser dances were held at the Eagles. Ray's Rhythms and John Sealey's orchestra played the music. Vermillion JC's, VFW, USD Dames Club, National Bank of SD, even the 4-H and Extension Clubs and school children gave monies. A yearly Federal Aging Grant was secured.
The City of Vermillion, United Charities and dozens of individual checks and memorials had all come together. Harvey Hanson, fund raiser chairman was overwhelmed at the show of support for this exciting building project.
Ground breaking for the 3,360 sq. ft. first building phase was scheduled for November 1974, estimated at $70,000.
More history on the senior center in the next Silver Threads.
Activities & Events of the center by Crystal McGuire, director
On Sunday, Aug. 9 the center participated in the Vermillion Sesquicentennial celebration by hosting the pancake breakfast at the airport with the Vermillion Lion members at the Fly-In Breakfast.
On Wednesday, Aug. 12 the center celebrated their 40th anniversary of the beginning of events that led up to the current senior citizen center. Several speakers shared comments about the past events of the center followed by introduction of past supporters and staff.
Thursday, Oct. 15 is the center's annual Health & Product Fair from 10:30 a.m.– 1:30 p.m.. The center will also be serving lunch and having a bake sale. This informative event will include local businesses and organizations, plus two speakers that cater to the needs of seniors and their families. Door Prizes & Drawings throughout the event. Flu shots will be given during the fair by Sanford Health.
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.
• Scrabble is now every Monday at 1 pm
• Knit, Stitch & Portable Crafts every Friday at 10 a.m.
Contact the center for other scheduled activities such as cards and dominoes.
Pancake Sunday is always the second Sunday of each month (except in May) from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The cost is only $4 for pancakes, sausages, coffee & juice and is prepared by the senior men of the center.
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.
Second and fourth Wednesdays of month, Vermillion Medical Clinic presents a program on health topics and checks blood pressure.
Foot clinic is held every Tuesday at the center by Sanford Vermillion Clinic, call 624-2611 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".
Need a line dance instructor.
Need volunteers to help with knitting or crocheting group.
Need volunteers for morning or afternoon walk or exercise group.
Need volunteers for fundraiser dinners to help serve and clean up.
NEED DONATIONS: Donations or sponsors from businesses or friends of the center are always welcome to help pay for the food and supplies for the monthly fundraisers (example – donate meat or pay for cost of item or sponsor an event). Thank you for whatever support you can provide to the center. All donations and sponsors are recognized in our monthly newsletter.