News and Events - April 2018
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Ssssssshhhhh.......Snow!! Ice!! ...........and other ICKS!!
OK folks, it's Spring and we still have the Flu floating around along with colds............. ........sore throats .....................still some yucky weather..................the sniffles..............and all the rest of the icky stuff................So even though it's April, the weather may not cooperate so please remember to call the center for a "closed" recording. Or you can check to see if the Pinckney Schools are closed due to WEATHER conditions either using the radio or TV. If they are closed...............then guess what??!! So are WE!!! And don't forget that this is Flu and Cold Season so if you feel sick or "not just right" PLEASE PLEASE STAY HOME!!! until you feel better and are not contagious anymore..............not only will you feel better faster; you won't spread any germs around to members who may be already health-compromised!!
Thank You !!
C'mon Spring!!! We NEED you now!!!
Downsizing Seminar with Sharon McRill
Downsizing can be overwhelming................trust me I know. I've had to clear out 4 homes in the past few years and it is a long and tedious chore. You can learn how to make it simple and less stressful. Join us as Sharon McRill guides us through the process with ease and peace of mind as we learn what is essential and what is not.
When: Wednesday, April 11
Time: 1:00 pm
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 10:04 am. All members present except Chuck Menzies (Annette Koeble subbed for Chuck Menzies).
Approval of Agenda: Gary Kaiser moved, Gerry Przeslawski supported.
Call to Public: Deb Kaiser said the Meadowbrrok trip and lunch was great and enjoyed it very much.
Correspondence: notes from Sandra Simmermon, Mark Szalony and David Liebrecht of Heartland
Old Business: (a) Reupholster Chairs: Chris has looked at fabric at Ideal Upholstery and found one by the same company as our chairs were done in 2012 but in a dark blue, price is coming in at $1152.65 and am waiting for Ideal to set up an appoointment to bring them in as the township has approved the order. Gary commented on some of the brown vinyl chairs are looking shabby but otherwise the center looks good and well maintained, Susan Pack concurred with Gary ; (b) March Pot Luck: will be held March 16 with food from C & C's Catering
New Business: (a) Newsletters: need to make some changes as we are exceeding our budget allowed for the newsletters, we can go to every other month or increase the dues to $20 if you want it mailed and still $5 for those who can come in and pick it up or e-mailed. Pat Kolasinski made the motion to charge a $15 service fee for postage for mailed newsletters while keeping the $5 membership dues, Pat Lanthier supported; (b) Bingo Program: want to purchase a Bingo computer program to replace our existing Bingo machine as it is aging and needs more repairs while the Bingo Program is less costley and works the same. It is in use at the Brighton Senior Center successfully. Gary Kaiser made the motion to purchase the Bingo Purchase program, Gerry Przeslawski; (c) Dakota Szalony: we are sending him a ceertificate and letter of commendation on achieving his Eagle Scout badge as he donated and constructed the Community Garden beds in use at the Senior Center; (d) Trip Policy Change: exisiting policy needs some updating as we have been having some issues on some trips where tickets are involved as well as some folks still not paying on time; (e) Kroger Community Rewards Program: the Senior Center has been accepted by Kroger's to participate, anyone who wishes to participate does have to have an e-mail address; (f) Holiday Closures: the center will be losed on Friday, March 30 for Good Firday observance; (g) Attendance: 2018: January total of 1094, daily average of 55; February total of 943, daily 55. 2017: January total of 911, daily average for 54.5; February total 920, daily 48. 2016: January total of 863, daily N/A; February total 709, daily N/A.
Call to the Public: Deb Kaiser remind us Chris & Jullie talked about putting the informaiton 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 informaiton/newsltter on the TV. Susan Pack likes the new magnetic Trip board purchased with the Isabell Collins donation.
Board Comments: Gary Kaiser would like a comment made in the minutes about the efforts being made to maintain the Senior Center.
Next meeting will be May 9, 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
Just a friendly request …………….if you have had any changes to your address, phone number, emergency contact, allergies, meds, etc.; we would really appreciate it if you would update your membership card. We don’t have the most current information for everyone especially the emergency contacts area. So at your leisure, if you would please check your card, we would really appreciate it!! Thank You!!
Dues are Due!!!
Oh My!! Has another year flown by again?!? Yeppers................it 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 not..............so 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, April 23. 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 April 2018
"March winds, April showers bring us May flowers" is how the familiar spring rhyme goes. And so we will follow along with that passage for the next few months on our photo board! For April, I doubt we will come up with many (any?) pictures of rainstorms, so let's take creative license and bring in photos of anything shower/rain/water related. Rainbows? Waterfalls?? Children splashing in puddles?? You get the idea. And for May
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!
The walk group is now on hiatus until warmer weather returns!! With the colder weather in here now and everyone always questioning whether or not we are "going to walk today?" It's just safer not to walk as the walkways get a bit treacherous in the wet & cold weather. So see y'all in the spring!!
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.
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 at:email@example.com Please make sure the company is happy to have the Referral !!!
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!!
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
- Christine Hoskins
Senior Program Director
- Julie Eddings
- Carol Kolad
Updated April 5, 2018