Silver Threads

History of the senior center written by Nila Fostvedt

January 6, 1978, a dream that began 10 years ago was realized in a mortgage burning ceremony at 320 W Main.  Rev. Bruce Williams, Viola Bremer, Center chairman and Harvey Hanson, director, presided.  At the same ceremony, Milton Macy, chairman of the Center Building Committee, presented plans for the addition of a 40� x 52� wing.  The present facility of 3,360 sq. ft. was begun in October 1974 and occupied in June 1975 at a cost of $80,204.44.

A fund drive netted $47 thousand up to the time the new center was ready.  A loan of $23,000 was obtained from each of two local banks for a period of 20 years.  The final paybacks were made only 27 months after the loan was received!  Funds for the Center were received from the city of Vermillion, Clay County, Churches, Civic and Service organizations, Private Businesses and individuals.

The Tomorrrow Project Campaign begins June 1, 2011 at the Main Street Center (formerly known as the Senior Center).

The Dakota Hospital Foundation assisted the center in a study to help develop a vision for the tomorrows to come. That study resulted in the development of a $200,000 comprehensive master plan to improve the centers aging facility over the next three years. The plan was presented to the Dakota Hospital Foundation and they endorsed the vision with a generous gift to be awarded in yearly increments, with the stipulation that the Center would annually provide matching funds.

In order to assist the center in meeting the challenge of raising funding for the Tomorrow Project Campaign, the executive board is appealing, not only to our membership, but to various individuals, institutions and businesses in Vermillion.  The Center feels we can meet the annual challenge with a campaign we are calling the �Tomorrow Project.�  Part of the center�s vision is to make our facility into a better community asset and we would like to appeal to the Vermillion community members, businesses and organizations to help us meet these financial challenges.  Questions and concerns may be addressed to the director of the center, Crystal McGuire at 624-8072.

Be watching for �your� next �Silver Threads.�

Activities & Events of the center

 Sunday, Aug. 8  � Fly-In Pancake Breakfast at the Airport 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.; suggested donation of $5.

 Thursday, Aug. 11 � Annual Ice Cream Social.  Homemade desserts, ice cream, sandwiches and more beginning at 5 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 22 � Dinner sponsored by Trinity Lutheran Members in support of the center.

Activities available:

Pinochle & Scrabble on Monday�s at 1 p.m.; Pinochle and Dominoes on Tuesdays at 1 p.m.; Pitch & Bridge on Wednesdays at 1 p.m.; Bridge and Dominoes on Thursdays at 1 p.m.; Knit, Stitch and Portable Crafts on Friday at 10 a.m. and Movies on Friday at 12:45 p.m.

Pancake Sunday is always the second Sunday of each month 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 at 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 that is available to anyone age 60 and above.

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 / fitness instructor

 * to help with fundraiser dinners serving 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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