Silver Threads

History of the center
By Nila Fostvedt

Dedication of the first phase of the new Senior Citizens Center, 320 W. Main, took place Sunday, Sept. 28, 1975.  A large crowd was in attendance, Dr. I. D. Weeks gave the dedication address.  Vermillion High Swing Choir under the direction of Elaine Wolsky presented "Songs of the 20's." Tea and a social time followed.

Thanksgiving fund raising dinner, Nov. 17, was prepared and served by the Alpha Lambda girls, 150 attended. Audrey Gillen, president of Alpha Lambda Chapter 618, presented Senior Center Chairperson Viola Bremer and cook Corrine Fueston a kitchen center consisting of a blender, a mixer, a food grinder and a 100 cup coffee maker.

Plans for the annual Christmas Bazaar held each year at the 4-H Building is the next priority for the busy seniors, who sew lovely quilts, knit and crocheted pieces, do china painting, create ceramic pieces and hand crafted wood items.
Go visit a senior today.  There are many lonely ones – one may be your neighbor.  Tell them about the many programs and nutritious meals offered at the Vermillion Senior Center.  Come, you are always welcome.

Activities & Events
of the center
By Crystal McGuire, director

• Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Dec. 10, 11 and 12 – Hy-Vee is sponsoring a coupon event as a fundraiser for the senior center. The center will receive a percent of the total groceries purchased with the coupon provided at the check out for all three days.  Thank you, Hy-Vee for your support!
• Friday, Dec.18, the center will be hosting their annual Christmas Dinner. Punch, wine and 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. Advanced tickets $12; Dec. 17 and 18 tickets $15. Some of the Polaris Industries employees have graciously volunteered to help with the dinner for the evening. Thank you, Polaris for your continued support.
• The center silent auction event continues with items added and removed as we get appropriate bids for the items. The center has also started a general store which contains items made or donated by members and friends of the center. We have many wonderful items including afghans, baby quilts, pot holders, greeting cards, pottery, Christmas gifts, jewelry, glass items and more. If you have items you would like to donate to the center, call or bring the items to the center.
• Medicare D (prescription) plan – A volunteer 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.
• Need a pinochle player 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 2nd Sunday of each month (except in May) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost is $4 for pancakes, sausages, coffee and 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 on Tuesdays 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 and 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 needed:
• to sort greeting cards.
• for line dance instructor.
• for morning or afternoon walk or exercise group.
• for fundraiser dinners to help serve and clean up.

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 any support you can provide to the center. All donations and sponsors are recognized in our monthly newsletter.

Joyous holidays to all from the Center!

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