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News and Events - June 2018

Calendar and Newsletter


  Portrait  Group  Reception

     The Portrait Group that meets here on Fridays will be hanging their work on our walls this month!!  That means you may see some of your friends faces on the walls!!!   And they are planning on having a reception to celebrate all their wonderful art hanging on the walls!  You are all invited to celebrate with them and enjoy their artwork!!

                          When:  Friday,  June 8
                          Time:   3:00 pm  -  5:00 pm

Arm  Chair  Travel

      We have asked Deb Wilbanks back for another travel visit! So where are we going this time???  We are headed to Italy!!  Home of wonderful food!  Wonderful people!  Wonderful scenery!   So join us as we travel around the beautiful country of Italy and see all her wonders and taste all her fabulous food!!    Please sing up on the sign-up sheet!!! 

        When:  Friday,  June 29
           Time:   1:00 pm

Summer Health  &  Skilled Nursing 101

      We have David Liebrecht from Heartland of Ann Arbor returning to present information on how to stay safe this summer.  Seeing as this winter held on forever, we may have a bit of a hotter summer and David will tell us what to do to make sure we stay cool and hydrated.  David will have a Question & Answer session after his presentation. 
 **snacks included!!

When:  Tuesday, June  12
Time:  1:00 pm

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

Pre-Diabetes  Workshop

     Do you have pre-diabetes?  Or are you at risk for Type 2 diabetes?  Learn how to take small steps to prevent Type 2 diabetes.  This is a free program put on by St. Joe's but we do need you to pre-register so we know how many people to prepare for.

     A preview session will be held at the Senior Center so you know what will take place in this 16 weekly sessions program.

When:  Wednesday, June 13
Time:  2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Blood  Pressure  Readings

      Blood Pressure readings are back!!!   Yep!!!   We have Annie from Accredited Caring Hearts coming in to do blood pressure readings.  Those of you who were in here last month may recall Franklin Roosevelt, the big ole St. Bernard that was in here with Annie.  He is her therapy dog and a big cutie-pie!!  Franklin will be here with Annie too!!

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

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!!

 Park - n - Ride

        Ummmmm...................I thought that was only in Detroit or Ann Arbor??  L.E.T.S. is trying to get a program off the ground that would allow seniors or any age group that uses their transportation, to park at the Senior Center, get on their bus and head into Brighton to shop at say for instance, the Green Oaks Mall, downtown on Main Street or Meijers and then bringing you back to the Senior Center to get back in your cars.  Right now they are trying to see if any of you would be interested in something like that and if you would use a service like that.  Please let me know what your interests are and I can let them know so we can get the ball rolling on this.  Personally, I think it's a great idea and would love to see it happen.

p.s..................and for those of you who are saying..................NOOOOOOOO...................we don't have enough parking now as it is!!  Well, we can catch the bus across the street at the park!!  Woo Hoo!!

Senior Advisory Board Meeting Re-Cap

Meeting called to order at 10:03 am.  All members present except Robert Andrews, Pat Kolasinski and Pat Lanthier (Deb Kaiser and Susan Pack subbing for absent members).

Approval of Agenda:  Gary Kaiser moved, Gerry Przeslawski supported.

Call to Public:  Chuck Menzies thanked Annette Koeble for subbing for him at the last meeting.  Susan Pack is in in the Chair Yoga and the room is till too light or dark, would like a dimmer switch put in to dim the lights, Chris said it will not work with the fluorescent lights; Deb Kaiser suggested an incandescent lamp and MIke Dolan informed us the township is in the process of replacing the interior lights with LED's which can be used with a dimmer.

Correspondence:  note from Joanne Loskill

Approval of Minutes of March 14, 2018:  Deb Kaiser moved to accept, Susan Pack supported.

Old Business:  (a)  Newsletters: have already begun to hear from some seniors who wish to continue with the mailed version with an increased postage fee of $15; Janet said Kroger's will allow our newsletters to be placed in the store;  (b) Bingo Program: has been ordered, installed and implemented with few complaints; seems to be much easier than using the big board and machine, would like to either donate or destroy old machine.

New Business:  (a) Taste of Italy Arm Chair Program:  originally scheduled for June 22nd but Deb Wilbanks had to change the date to the 29th, was planning on wither spaghetti or mostaciolli & lasagna, salad, bread & cannoli's or tiramisu from Kroger's;
(b) Fall Prevention: David Liebrecht from Heartland of Ann Arbor came in to present tips on fall prevention in the home and in public, we only had 1 person attend, David is also coming back on June 12th to present information on summer health 101, we are providing snacks (cookies) ;
(c) Ask a Therapist:  have Will from ATI coming in to give us information as well as fall prevention tips on a monthly basis, he plans on being here the 2nd Monday of every month
(d) Peace of Mind Seminar:  Borek-Jennings is coming in to present information on how to plan for your final wishes, they plan on bringing in Zingermann's snacks so a sign-up sheet is on the foyer table;
(e) Caregiver Fair:  being held at the Brighton High School on Saturday, May 19 from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm, vendors who provide services to caregivers will be there to answer questions and there will be 3 really good break-out sessions with good information
(f) Chair Yoga:  Lisa has agreed to teach a chair yoga class which has gone over very well!!  Julie, Carol and Jerry Hacke worked very hard getting the computer room cleared out so the divider wall could be opened
(g) Walk Group:  starting back up in May, last week did not go due to rain and we will not walk in very hot or rainy conditions; Carol will be walking with the group and we very strongly encourage our seniors to have a doctor's clearance and good walking shoes
(h)  Floor Wax:  plan to have it done on June 30 and closing the center on Monday, July 2 and Tuesday, July 3 to allow time for the floor to cure;
(f) Holiday Closures:  the center will be  closed on Monday, May 28 to observe Memorial Day; 
(g) Attendance:  2018: March total of 1150, daily average of 55; April total of 1185, daily 56.  2017:  March total of 1022, daily average for 44.5; April total 971, daily 48.5.  2016:  March  total of 945, daily 47;  April total 1062, daily 50.5.

Call to the Public:  Deb Kaiser reminded us Chris & Julie talked about putting the information on the TV and it's nice to see the information on it without it being loud and disturbing; Carol Kolad said she has received nice comments about the information/newsletter on the TV.  Susan Pack likes the new magnetic Trip Board purchased with the Isabelle Collins donation.

Board Comments:  Gary Kaiser complemented the workers on the computer room, how wonderful it looks and it is appreciated.  Deb Kaiser wants to discuss window replacements or repair to existing windows as the windows in the computer room do not open or close properly; Pat Hughes and Mike Dolan indicated the capital improvements fund in the budget would cover the cost of repair or replacing the windows and to check into it.

Next meeting will be July 11, 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, 2018.  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,  June  25.  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 June 2018

The theme for June was inspired by our own Julie Eddings' daughter, Jessica and her recent trip to study in China.  Let's share pictures from our international travels.  Julie's daughter Jessica promised to share a few of her photos as well!!  Identify your photo with your name and the name of the country being seen.  Let's see how far and how many places our group has visited!

      As always, mount your photo on another piece of paper with your name and brief description written below the picture for identification. All photos will be returned to you at the end of each month in the large envelope on the lower left corner of the board. You are also welcome to suggest themes for upcoming months as well.


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 June 1, 2018

Seniors/Senior Community Center