Silver Threads

History of the senior center
written by Nila Fostvedt

A fun and enlightening activity enjoyed by both Seniors and "Adopt-A-Grandparent" participants.  The University Students interviewed seniors as an activity.

When our very own Merle Offerdahl, retired police chief and former mayor of Vermillion, was asked his choice of careers, he responded, "I wouldn't change a thing.  I'd do it all over again."  When he was 12, he wanted to be a minister. Merle enjoyed a happy childhood on the Union County farm with his sister, brothers and mom and dad.  At age 91, Merle still enjoys reading, coming to the Senior Center with his wife, Eleanor, and enjoying good food and good company.

The Vermillion Senior Center would welcome you for activities, games and meals.  You don't even need to drive. Just call Vermillion Transit for a ride to and from a destination, or go to 320 W. Main.

"All of us could take a lesson from the weather.  It pays no attention to criticism."
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 welcome.

More history from Nila in the next Silver Threads.

Activities & Events of the center by Crystal McGuire, director

Thursday, Feb. 25,  the center will be hosting their annual February Fundraiser with the assistance of the ESA Theta Omega. Our theme is Mardi Gras with lots of beads and masks to add to the colorful event. Punch, wine and appetizers begin at 5:30 p.m. with dinner following at approximately 5:45 p.m. The menu includes BBQ Pork Boneless Ribs with potato, vegetable, salad and dessert. Tickets are $10 (and we prefer you call and reserve your ticket or pay in advance) so we have an idea of the count. We certainly appreciate the kindness of the ESA Theta Omega helping us to serve and clean up, plus they are preparing the desserts and salads for the dinner. Thank you, ladies. The Mardi Gras Dinner is open to the public.

The center's 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, gifts, glass dishes and more. If you have items you would like to donate call or bring the items to the center.

Medicare D (prescription) plan – We are searching for a volunteer that can be trained by the SD SHIINE staff to help seniors next year with their question on prescription plans.  Please call the center if interested in learning more about this.

Activities available:

• Knit, Stitch & Portable Crafts every Friday at 10 a.m.
• Contact the center for other daily activities such as pitch, bridge, pinochle, dominoes and scrabble.
• Pancake Sunday is always the second 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.
• Third Wednesday of each 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 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 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.
• 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 needed monthly to help pay for the food and supplies for each fundraiser. Thank you for any financial support you can provide to the center. All donations and sponsors are recognized in our monthly newsletter. Your support is so appreciated. 

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