Silver Threads

Vermillion Senior Center News

History of the senior center written by Nila Fostvedt

Life is a novel, everyone has a story to tell.

There was a big man, over 6-feet tall. I always felt very small when visiting him in his office or meeting him in the hallway. His philosophy was: Anticipate things in life exciting, but stick to modesty expectations.  He grew up on a farm and thoroughly enjoyed everything the farm offered. He loved to hunt and fish. He enjoyed really good food and was himself, an excellent cook. He was a retired Army infantry officer, husband, father, and grandfather, and director of Vermillion Senior Citizens Center from 1975-1996, Mr. Harvey Hanson. His story was revealed when he was interviewed by Adopt a Grandparent program.

May, 1988, Mr. Hansen and middle school teacher Mary Lea Hennies coordinated a visit by seniors to eighth-grade American History students to learn more life stories and hear about war experiences. Wilma Kennedy and Florence Colwell told about blackouts, rationing, ship repair and the sale of war bonds. Mr. and Mrs. Darrel Christopherson gave personal accounts of their long distance courtship. She worked in Pittsburg as a welder during the war and Darrel spent time at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack. L'Nora Bylander was an Army nurse. She told of air raid sirens, censorship of mail and adjusting to civilian life after serving in the war. Merle Offerdahl told of the hardships farmers had to endure including rationing of gasoline, sugar, tires, meat, shoes, and other necessities. The students were amazed at the fact that fat was saved to produce explosives! The students were eager with questions. Mrs. Hennies' thank you stated that it was such a treat for the students to actually hear what they can only read in books. Yes, life is a novel.

The Vermillion Senior Center welcomes you for activities, games and meals.  You don't need to drive, just call Vermillion Transit for a ride to and from a destination and head to 320 W. Main.

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.
More history from Nila in the next Silver Threads.

Activities & Events of the center by Crystal McGuire

• Saturday, May 1, the Friends of St. Agnes and members of the center are sponsoring a Salad and Sandwich Luncheon to be held at the St. Agnes gym from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.  The menu will include many salads, sloppy joe sandwiches and desserts. A basket auction of many wonderful items will also be held during the luncheon. Tickets for this event are $6 and may be purchased in advance at the center or at the door. Purchase a basket for mom on Mother's Day – a perfect gift opportunity.
• Sunday, May 9, remember your "Mom" on Mother's Day with a membership to the Vermillion Center for only $25 per year.
• Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15, the center will be holding a rummage sale, silent auction and bake sale.  Community members may donate clean, unneeded items to the rummage sale anytime before Wednesday, May 12 at 5 p.m. Call 624-8072 if you have items that need picked up.  
• The centers 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, please call or bring the items to the center.  The auction & center store items are open to the public.  
• SHIINE / 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 10:00am
• Contact the center for a schedule of the other daily activities such as cribbage, pitch, bridge, pinochle, dominoes and scrabble or the one to start a new activity.
• Pancake Sunday is always the 2nd Sunday of each month (except in May) from 10 am-1 pm. The cost is $4 for pancakes, sausages, coffee and juice and is prepared by the senior men of the center.  
• Visually Impaired meet the 2nd 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 on Tuesdays at the center by Sanford Vermillion Clinic, call 624-2611 for an appointment.
• Vermillion Medical Clinic presents a program on health topics and checks blood pressure – check the center for date.
• Hy-Vee pharmacy visits once a month to assist with prescription help and diabetes information.
• 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, magazines, puzzles, etc.
• line dance or exercise instructor.
• to help with fundraiser dinners serving and clean up.

DONATIONS: 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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