Silver Threads

Vermillion Senior Center News

History of the
senior center written by Nila Fostvedt

Harvey Hanson becomes director of Senior Center.

From a modest beginning in 1969, the Senior Center group has grown to 250 members with a fine new center, two buses for transportation, and many various activities.  The intra-city bus is driven by Beverly Nelson.  Anyone can call the Center for a ride to appointments, grocery shopping or to go visit someone.  The other bus complete with wheel chair lift is available throughout four counties.  No operating funds are received from state or national funds however, the city and county contributed.  The remainder comes from businesses and organizations and membership fees.

July 5, 1975, the first meeting was held at the new center.  General Lloyd Moses, chairman of the Historical Society Committee of Clay County, led a discussion on "Clay County place names."  The meeting was named the "Old Settlers Seminar." Helping with the meeting was Elvern Bliss, Grace Beede, Francis Peterson, Bruno Petsch, Harold Stockland and Margaret Hood.  A luncheon followed.

My husband is often asked by friends to do handy-man jobs!  One day after repeated trips to the lumber yard to try to match a paint chip, he was asked, "And who is the fussy lady you're working for today?"  He answered, "my wife."

More history from Nila in the next Silver Threads.

Activities & Events
of the center

Friday, Dec. 18, the center will be hosting the annual Christmas Dinner with volunteers from Polaris to help with serving and cleanup.  Punch, Wine & Appetizers begin at 5:15 p.m. with dinner following at approximately 5:30 p.m. The menu includes Stuffed Pork Loin, Chicken Breasts, Spiral Ham, potatoes, vegetables and dessert.  Entertainment begins at 6:30 p.m.

The center is continuing with a silent auction event. 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.

The center will again be collecting donations for the Vermillion Food Pantry from Dec. 1 until Christmas.

Medicare D (prescription) plan  –  An educator from SHIINE is available at the center to compare your medicines and provide you with a list of the best value of insurances.  Call for an appointment and bring your prescription list with you. All changes must be made before Dec. 31. 

Newer activities:
• Scrabble is now every Monday at 1 p.m.
• Added a new group of pinochle on Tuesdays at 1 p.m.
• Knit, Stitch & Portable Crafts every Friday at 10 a.m.
Contact the center for other daily activities such as pitch, bridge, pinochle and dominoes

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 & 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 & 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".

Volunteers wanted:
• line dance instructor.
• volunteers to help with knitting or crocheting group.
• volunteers for morning or afternoon walk or exercise group.
• 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.

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