Silver Threads

History of the
senior center written
by Nila Fostvedt:

After being indoors for a couple of weeks, driving west on Main and glancing right, I was surprised and overcome with nostalgia, seeing a completely bare piece of ground where once house number 214, first real house of Vermillion Senior Center once stood, completely gone!?

History is recorded by those who lived it. Hundreds of pioneer South Dakotans have told their true life experiences of the "Old Days" to the staff of USD's Oral History Center, and their stories have been taped, transcribed, and safely stored in both Pierre and Vermillion. It's amazing that the "historians" recollections of events past are usually clearer than those they had yesterday, said Dr. Gerald Wolff, one of the co-coordinators of the program, and the emotions are visible as well. Wolff said the USD collection, consisting of some 300 taped interviews is one of the largest of its kind in the country and is actually a combination of two programs, the American Indian Research Project and the South Dakota Oral History Project.  Dr. Joseph Cash and USD History professor Herbert Hoover were instrumental in obtaining funding for the projects and co-coordinating their development. Judy Zabdyr said "These interviews show over and over the uniqueness of South Dakota's culture. Its people are some of the most courageous and resilient people I have ever met".

We're all young at heart, just a little older in places!

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 and head to 320 W. Main.  Come, you are welcome anytime.

More history from Nila in the next Silver Threads.

Activities & Events
of the center

Friday, Nov. 12  – Silver Threads Annual Health & Product Fair 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  The center will be serving lunch (soup & sandwiches) and sponsor a bake sale.  This informative event will include many vendors plus three mini-seminars. Door prizes and drawings will be held throughout the event. Flu shots and blood pressure checks also provided.   

Sunday, Nov.14  – Pancake Breakfast at the Center 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (second Sunday of every month).

Friday, Dec.17  – Christmas Dinner at the center. Watch for more information on this event. All proceeds will benefit the Senior Citizen Center.

The silent auction event continues with items added and removed as we get appropriate bids. The center has also started a gift shop 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 and center store items are open to the public.  

Activities available:

Scrabble on Mondays at 1 p.m.; Pinochle and Dominoes at 1 p.m. on Tuesdays; Pitch and Bridge at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays; Bridge and Dominoes at 1 p.m. on Thursdays; and Knit, Stitch and Portable Crafts on Friday at 10 a.m.

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.

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. This program is open to anyone age 60 and above.

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