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News and Events - August 2018

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August Pot Luck

 August is here and so Hawaii's day of statehood................a favorite day for Joan Borik who always likes us to celebrate it in our Pot Luck.  Joan is moving to CA to be closer to her son so this is her farewell Pot Luck.  Joan has been our table decorator for years so we will miss her!!  And MIke Dolan has again volunteered to grill some hamburgers............he must really like y'all!!  2 months in a row!!  :)  

As per usual, please bring a dish large enough to feed 12—15 peeps (peoples, that is) :)  and sign up on the sign-up sheet that is on the front foyer table so we know approximately how many desserts we have as opposed to side dishes.  We like to try and keep everything kind of balanced out if possible!

When:  Friday, August 24
Time:  12 noonish 

Senior  Advisory  Board  Meeting

The next board meeting will take place on:

Wednesday,   Sepyember  12,  2018
At  10:00 AM

ALL are encouraged and welcome to attend!!


Chair  Yoga 

 Worried that if you sat on the floor you wouldn’t be able to get back up again??  Have no fear—we can practice yoga in a chair!  You will improve respiration, flexibility and joint health in just four sessions.  Yoga is about more than twisting like a pretzel  -  come in and find our how yoga can improve your quality of life.

When:  Tuesdays in the Dining Room now
Time:  10:30 am

Fee:  Free Will Donation for all Yoga Classes

Reflective  Address  Signs
    Hamburg Fire Department has reflective address signs available for purchase.  These signs make it real easy for the Fire Department to find your house if you ever have the misfortune of having to contact them.  The is reasonable..............only $15  or  $20 for  C.O.D. deliveries.  They can also be the difference between life or death so it is a really good idea to have one.  I have some forms for them in my office. 

Ask a Therapist

     Tom Weakland of ATI is coming in to conduct a "Ask a Therapist" dialogue.  So what does that mean??  Suppose your doctor suggests you get physical therapy for some pain you may be having and you want to know what it entails before committing to a 3 times weekly regimen.  You can come in and ask Tom.  Tom will also cover subjects such as fall/balance risk assessments or gait and assistance device training and anything associated with physical therapy.  So come on in an get acquainted with Tom, you will learn about PT.

When:  2nd Monday of the month, June 11
Time:  11:00 am
Where:  Craft-Computer Room

Blood  Pressure  Readings

      Blood Pressure readings are on hiatus until I can find another provider to come in to do.  I'll keep you posted!

When:  3rd Thursday of every month
Time:    9:30 am - 10:30 am 

Melodies & Memories

    And that’s just what we do in the Senior Kitchen Band.  

    We play melodies that bring back memories  We have a great group of people in our band.  We have 3 people who actually are musicians and play real instruments and they are great.  We also have 6 people, who also great, and they play just about anything they can find or make, to play in what we call our rhythm section.  We have brand new member in our group who sings and boy can she sing.  If you feel you would enjoy being a part of our group, no matter what you play, we would love to have you join us.  We meet Fridays at 10:30 am and play until our tummies tell us its time for lunch.


Tech  Time

    We are going to re-institute a specific time for computer, tablet and smart phone help.  On many occasions we are asked to help out with your techie questions but sometimes the timing is just not great.  So to make it easier on us, we are going to ask you to please make an appointment on Wednesdays between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm if need assistance that is more complicated in nature.  If it's easy-peasy, then just come on in Wednesdays between 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm and unless we are busy with someone who has made an appointment, we can help.

KROGER  Community  Rewards  Program

       We're IN!!  So what does that mean??  Julie with Janet Bader's help, was able to get us signed up for Kroger's Community Rewards Program..............Woo Hoo!!  That means you can use your Kroger's Plus card to allow them to donate a percentage of what you buy there to go to the Senior Center.  You do have to register your card on-line to participate in their Community Rewards Program;  and if you need help in this, Julie or I can help you.  

Then what happens??  Well, that percentage of your purchases (and this does not include gas or alcohol purchases)  will be tabulated and then a check will be sent to the Senior Center to use for whatever the center needs or could use.  I have no idea how much this entails until it actually happens.

 So thank you in advance for using your Kroger Plus card and sending your donations our way!!

Senior Advisory Board Meeting Re-Cap

Meeting called to order at 10:01 am.  All members present except Pat Kolasinski. (Deb Kaiser subbed).

Approval of Agenda:  Gary Kaiser moved to accept with the addition to the agenda of a windows update and parking lot to  old business and a coffeemaker to new business, Gerry Przeslawski supported.

Call to Public:  None

Correspondence:  Thank You note from Ronald McDonald House

Approval of Minutes of May 9, 2018:  Robert Andrews moved to accept, Gerry Przeslawski supported.

Old Business:  (a)  Arm Chair Travel: went very well, enjoyed by all; Susan Pack said it was fantastic and Deb Wilbanks did an amzing job as did Gerry Przeslawski who also said it looked like Little Italy and the food was really good, in the future donations should be asked for;  (b) Fall Prevention & Peace of Mind Seminars: Fall Prevention had only 2 seniors attend while the Peace of Mind had around 25-30 seniors attend with very good information presented at ther Peace of Mind seminar;  (c) Chair Yoga:  times of Tuesday Yoga will be changing to 9:15 am and the Chair Yoga to 10:30 so that the Chair Yoga canbe moved to the dining room to accommodate all the participants;  (d) Floor Wax: floors were waxed over holiday weekend and look great again! Next time will be on MLK day in January 2019; (e) Kroger Rewards Program:  received a check from Kroger's on June 4th for $26.40;  (f) Windows: Gary Kaiser brought up again that the windows do not crank and there was previous talk about them being repaired or replaced, wants to know what has been done. Chuck Menzies is going to speak to Mike Dolan and see what the status is;  (g) Parking Lot:  Gary Kaiser brought up there have been several accidents in the parking lot which in part could have been due to the lines breing difficult ot see, wants to know when the parking lot will be painted again and why we cannot have more handicappef spaces. Chuck is going to speak to Deb Henneman to see when the parking lot is slated to be done..

New Business:  (a) Cooking Class:  will be held on July 25 and presented by Gleaners with tips on getting the most bang for your buck at the grocery store as well as cooking for 1-2 people;
(b) Identity Theft: the State Attorney General's office will be here to present the most current information on indentity theft and scams on Aug. 1 at 1:00 ;
(c) End of Life Issues Presentation:  Jason Negri will be in on August 8 at 1:00 to present information on End of LIfe issues and how to handle them;
(d) Eldeer Law Presentation:  elder law attorney Chris Berry will be in to show us how to preotect your assets on August 17 at 1:00;
(e) Senior Power Day:  being held at the Brighton High School on Friday, August 3 from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm, senior center will be closed that day
(f) Chris'; Semi-Retirement:  Chris has begun to use her sick & vacation time and will be working 3 days per week until January 1 when she returns to a part-time status as an assistant when she will work 2 days per week; Julie will take over as Director at that time providing the towship approves this change
(g) Coffeemaker:  Gary Kaiser brought up the coffeemaker is leaking and that much time is spent with staff hearing about the water leaking from it; Gary made the motion to purchase a new coffeemaker with Gerry Przeslawski supportying, motion passed. 
(h) Attendance:  2018: May total of 1331, daily average of 60; June total of 1146, daily 55.  2017:  May total of 1286, daily average for 57; June total 1162, daily 55.  2016:  May  total of 1170, daily 56;  June total 1021, daily 46.

Call to the Public:  Annette Koeble of Hamburg Board of Trustees discussed the Master Plan survey they want citizens to fill out.  It can be done on-line or the senior center has copies and needs to be done by August 1.  The varied questions asked will give the township an idea what direction the citizens wouldlike to see the township  take in the future especially as Hamburg has grown so much.  Deb Kaiser would like staff to go in prior to an activity to publicize the survey.  
Sally Gates wanted to know what had happened to the old bingo machine and was informed it would be recycled if it could not be sold
Board Comments:  

Next meeting will be September 12, 2018 at 10:00 am

Full meeting minutes are available in the office

Pinochle  Year  in  Review

     5 years ago, Deb & Gary Kaiser began hosting the Thursday pinochle games and collecting the names of each week's 1st place winners and winner's of the double pinochle pot.  The 4th edition of that report follows!!

     Based on the information gathered between 9-15-2016  to  9-14-2017, the same a as last year, 27 different people won the high series and 30 different people won the double pinochle pot (two more than last year).  The highest series this past year included seven  800+ totals and forty-two  700+ games.  the "800 Club Winners" this year included Marion DeRoo (876), Gayle Grant (864), Hank Cadena (829 and 806), Marilyn Watt (816) and Deb Kaiser (811).  Gary Anemaet won first place four times, followed by Barb Deagen, Deb & Gary Kaiser, Deloris Stark, Donna Anemaet and Frank Berendt, who were all 1st place winners 3 times each.  Bev & Russ Harris, Gary Wojnaroski, Ida Fitzgerald, Hank Cadena, Marion DeRoo and Patti Magda each came in 1st two times.  Our record books still hold Frank Berendt and Joe Magda as the only 2 members of the  "900 Club" with Frank having 916 in Jan. 2014 and Joe scoring 901 on his birthday in May 2015.

     And among the lucky 30 folks who took home the double pinochle pots Hank Cadena, Marion DeRoo and Gary Wojnaroski each won the pot 3 times!!  Bob Maurer, Deloris Stark, Donna Anemaet, Gary Wojnaroski, Hank Cadena, Jim Robert, Judy Hollister, Sandy Simmermon, Shirley Dearth and Ray DeRoo all won the pot twice.  That is a combined 5 times for the DeRoo Family!!

     Some fun notables this year have included amazing partnerships.  Ida Fitzgerald and Jim Robert shared a 175 point game with each of them getting a double pinochle in their four hands!!  Joan Wright won the double pinochle pot in November and got it again in her next hand!  Gary Kaiser and Joe Magda had 58 points for one hand in March with 33 points in meld and taking all 25 points in tricks (they had 7 aces between them!)  and for 3 consecutive weeks (April 27, May 4 & May 11) partners Bev Harris/Gary Kaiser,  Christa Coles/Ray DeRoo  and Bob Maurer;Gary Kaiser all "rear-end-of-the-donkey-award"  (the REDA?? )  goes to Deb & Gary Kaiser for having the 2 lowest scores on August 3 (Deb had 547 and Gary had 501)...........almost the member of the "400 Club" !!  Their 1st game score (as partners) was a -36!!

     After pinochle, many of the players continue to enjoy each others' company by going out to area restaurants and sharing a meal.  "Supper Club" as this group has come to be known, has grown in membership and now commonly includes 14 or more people with more than 30 of us attending the Portage lake Yacht Club get together this past year.  Everyone is welcome to join the group, suggest different restaurants and share in the fun any time.

     How lucky we all are to have this wonderful center and the company of so many lovely people to enjoy every Thursday from 12:30 - 3:30.  If you haven't played pinochle with our group, sign up on the orange sheet in the lobby of the senior center and come join the fun!!

Updated News About your Eye Glasses
By  Barb  Yek

       Thank you to everyone who brings in their gently used eyeglasses.  I am the new contact person and will be taking your donated glasses to MOST Ministries in Ann Arbor where I volunteer once a week.
        Many of you probably remember Katherine Carlton who was one of the previous contact persons.  MOST Ministry stands for Mission Opportunity Short Term and gives many people the chance to go on short term mission trips, many of which are taking eye glasses to developing countries around the world where people otherwise would not be able to get them.  

     This year around 10 teams have or are going out to Nicaragua, Guatemala, Guinea, India, China and South Africa to name a few.  They also send out additional teams for medical, dental, construction, safe water, nursing and health.

      I was blessed to go on my first mission trip which was a dental/eye glass combination the end of June to Nicaragua.  We saw close to 700 people and gave out almost 800 pairs of glasses.  It was very rewarding and uplifting to see the smiles on peoples faces when they received their glasses and could actually see & be able to read.  This then helps children to succeed in school, helps an adult to secure a job and support their family and helps a senior to continue living independently.  It was a wonderful way for me to share God's love & the many blessings He has given me.

     So thank you again for donating your glasses you are not able to use any more yourselves.  Someone will be so thankful  to receive them.

Membership Cards Update

     Hey, just a short blurb to ask that you update your membership cards if you have not done so in the past 10 years or so.  Or if you have had some kind of life change such as a new allergy, change in your life-saving meds, address change, death or divorce of a spouse or simply a change of emergency contact.  We DO  rely on these cards so we like to have up-to-date information!!    Thanks so much!!

Dues  are  Due!!!

Oh My!! Has another year flown by again?!? sure has!!  And that means it's time for me to remind y'all about membership dues............which will be due by January 1, 2019.  The dues simply let me know you still want to receive this newsy rag...............or drop in, say "Hey", pay your dues and be on your way to whatever activity you're participating in.  and don't forget that those of you 90+  do not pay dues.   SWEET!!!!   

p.s.  if paying $5 is a hardship, please let me know..............

T.V. Usage Reminder

I’m sure most of you noticed that we have several T.V.’s in the center and they are for your use!!  So if anyone would like us to turn them on, please ask!  We would be happy to put the ball game or special news reports on for you!  My only request is that the sound is not blasting ……….but of course, that is coming from someone whose mother-in-law refuses to turn on her hearing aid and is mostly deaf; she has her T.V. on so loud you can hear a 1/2 mile away!!  Really!!  We keep the  remotes in the office so they do not “walk” away!


      Janis from Miracle Ear will be here on:  Monday,  August 27.  No appointment is necessary however if you need a full hearing test we need prior notice so she can bring all her equipment.  
      She will be here:     1:00  -  2:30 pm


So what is VIABIL?? VIABIL stands for Visually Impaired And Blind In Livingston. Since 1989 the Visually Impaired and Blind in Livingston Inc., or VIABIL has served our community as a non-profit, growing group of people with serious vision impairments or blindness who live in Livingston County. They are open to persons of all ages with any variety of vision disorders and who are ready to reach out to other organizations that assist the visually impaired. VIABIL features dynamic guest speakers, free activities and events with programs specific to the visually impaired citizen. So how can you get involved?? Call them at 810-231-1277 VIABIL is sponsored by all five area Lions Club Organizations Attend a meeting - usually held the first Saturday each month at Brighton Lions Den in Brighton , 465 W. Main St. Free transportation to meetings is now provided by VIABIL VIABIL, Inc., has earned a tax exempt status from the IRS 501c-3 - your non-taxable contribution is appreciated!!

Hamburg Seniors Share -  Pictures August 2018

     This summer has certainly been a hot one, but hopefully it has been a good one for you.  For our August photo board, let us share pictures of some of our favorite summer activities, past or present.

Attach your photo with your name and the name of your grandchildren on the front for all your friends to see.  As always, your photos will be returned at the end of the month in the envelope on the corner of the photo board (where you will also see an  envelope to put your suggestions for future months.)

St. Paul Lutheran - Daisy's Pantry

          When/Where: Wednesdays - 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. -
            at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 7701 East M-36, Hamburg

        St. Paul Lutheran Church sponsors a pantry for anyone who has emergency needs. Their Daisy Pantry will supply food for those in need. There are no questions asked or appointment needed, just show up. If you have any questions, call St. Paul Lutheran Church at 810-231-1033.

Newsletter Now Going Out Via Bulk Mail

       You may have noticed that the newsletter is coming to you flat, not folded, may be just a wee bit late and not available in the center for pick up. Why is that?? Well, our printer has put us on the "bulk rate" for printing, which also means they mail it out with postage and label already preprinted on your newsletter. Hopefully you will get it on time, but do remember that at bulk rate, it is at the discretion of your mail carrier as to when they decided to deliver it. If they have a lot of bulk mail coming to you, they may decide to deliver it at a later date when there is less. At any rate, it is a lot less expensive to send them out this way so we hope this works out!

Walking Group

Since it's May and hopefully we will have some warmer weather, we're going to start the Walk Group back up.  You do not have to sign up for it, just show up either here at the Senior Center at a about 10:45 am or in the parking lot on Merrill Rd. just across from the Senior Center.  we walk on Mondays and Thursdays at 11:00 am for about 1/2 hour.  Since we start right at 11:00 it is a good idea to get there a few minutes early so you don't miss the group.  You do not have to stay with the group but we like to start off together.  The faster walkers go fast and we hang with the slower paced walkers.  Please make sure your doctor approves of your walking as we walk about 1 1/2 miles and please please wear  proper  walking shoes with thick soles so you do not hurt your feet!!  And remember to wear clothes appropriate for the weather although we do NOT walk when it's raining or super hot out!!   See you out there!!!

Sweatshirts, Shirts & Hats - Oh My!!

       I had a red sweatshirt in my office that once belonged to a long-time member and folks were asking where/how they can get something like that since it is embroidered with our senior center logo. Well, wonder no more!! I've gotten some current pricing, colors and style of denim & performance shirts, sweatshirts and hats. The sweatshirts come in 2 different weights (8 oz. & 9.3 oz.) and are priced at $25 & $35; 1/4 Zip Sweatshirts $24 (8 oz. only); denim shirts $24; performance tee's $20 and hats $10. Turnaround time is approximately 2-3 weeks and payment HAS to be made at the time of the order (cash or checks made out to The Hamburg Senior Center). Plus sizes do run a little higher in cost. Julie, Carol and myself have some samples of what each item looks and we can place an order once a month or whenever we get a decent amount of orders in. Any questions - just come on in or give me a call and we will do our best to get your questions answered.

2018 Directories

           They're done!!   Woo Hoo!!  I've only printed a few copies so that any typo's can be corrected and the best way to find a typo is for  y'all to find them!!  :)  So if/when y'all find them, please bring them to my attention so I can correct them.  And, as always, this stays in-house and is only given out to our seniors.  Y'all know I've been asked to share our address list before and I always refuse!!

Book of Services

       Julie has put together a book of reputable and recommended service providers to keep in the office. If you have a handyman, cleaning service, lawn maintenance service, or small job trades company that you can recommend please call the office — or you can email Julie Please make sure the company is happy to have the Referral !!!

Gleaners Produce

        Gleaners has received a grant from the State of Michigan to provide fresh produce to our seniors. What that means to you is this: on the 3rd Thursday of the month Senior Nutrition will deliver a batch of fresh produce and will be available to you to take home. It could be apples and grapefruit or it could be potatoes and onions, just depends on what they were able to get that month. And we will not know what they're getting until it arrives here at the center.......just so I don't get a bunch of questions on what is coming in!! :) And yes, this is at no cost to you. Enjoy!!

Produce  Cart

       You may have noticed a new item in the dining room.......................a produce cart.  Say what ??  Yep, a produce cart.
       We received a produce cart from the Livingston County Hunger Council who was awarded monies to help low income and vulnerable populations such as seniors have access to healthy food products such as fruits and vegetables.  They plan to continue supplying the produce cart with fruits and vegetables from Gleaner weekly produce distributions or from the Hunger Councils' local community garden network.  At this writing, we have only received the initial produce they brought in with the cart but I do expect to see more, I just do not know when!  In the meantime, I have put tomatoes and cukes out from our gardens and several of you have brought in produce from your own gardens.  Enjoy!! 

Hamburg Senior Community Center
10407 Merrill Road
P.O. Box 157
Hamburg, MI 48139 USA

Phone: 1.810.231.1000 Ext. 225
Direct Dial: 1.810.222.1140

Fax: 1.810.231.3877


Updated August 16, 2018