News and Events - January 2018
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We have re-scheduled this event for January 10, 2018!!
Including the cookies!! Woo Hoo!!
Re-scheduled from December 13 (due to last months snowy weather)
Huh?? So how do Christmas cookies & the Dulcimer mix?? Please join us and get a quick lesson on how to play the dulcimer, some Christmas music and enjoy some Christmas cookies too!! And yawl know how much I love cookies!! A lot!!!
Anyway, the dulcimer. Sharon yawl is coming in with her dulcimers and some other percussion instruments and says she teach anyone how to play. I'm not too sure she can teach me but we'll give it a shot!! ;) And then to top it all off................we'll have cookies. Woo yawl!! Nothing like Christmas cookies. Sweet!! So anyway, when is this marvelous shindig??
Time: 1:00 yawl - 2:00 pm
Sign up sheet on the Foyer table so we know how many to prepare for!!
And Sharon plans to make you smile through music!!!
Ssssssshhhhh.......Snow!! Ice!! ...........and other ICKS!!
And soooo it begins...........Flu Season................colds...............sore throats.....................yucky weather..................the sniffles..............and all the rest of the icky stuff that I really dislike is here running rampant!!................So if you think the weather might be a little questionable and this includes extreme cold (as in -25 ), ice & snow, 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!!
Ok, I think I'm off my soapbox now!! Thank You !!
Oh Summer.................where have you gone!! :(
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 Berendft 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!!
I want to start the New Year off by thanking everyone who has helped here at the senior center.............and believe me, there are many many of you!! And yes, November is the traditional month for gratitude but November & December were a bit of a blur for us!! With the Holidays and the health of my parents and mother-in-law, I kind of lost track of what I needed to do................which is thank everyone properly. I know we sent out thank you notes but I like folks to know who helps us out!
Between the New & Used Sale, Holiday Bazaar, Kiwanis Lunch and the daily activities that go on here in the center, we have oodles of folks who pitch in to help. So I am going to try and list everyone who has helped us out but please do not be offended if I omit your name........................trust me, my brain is a foggy brain!!!! ;) And no comments from the peanut crowd!!! LOL!! So.
Huge & Hearty Thank You's to: Bob Andrews, Gary & Donna Anemaet, Linda Bauby, Joan Borik, Gloria Church, Donna Cook, Dorothy Booth, Sandy Clement, Marge Dalian, Sandy Dye, Lil Evanoff, Jo Franz, Carol Gabriel, Alice Gardner, Guy Groat, Jerry Hacke, J.J. Johnson, Nancy Jones, Margaret Jorgensen, John & Joy Judd, Deb & Gary Kaiser, Kathleen Kazmierski, Karen Kazyak, Kitchen Band, Jim Kolad, Pat Kolasinski, Pat Lanthier, Linda Lindsay, Betty Luck, Nona Lusby, Ginny Maturen, Shirley Melby, Chuck Menzies, Helen Niles, Susan Pack, Irma Pedersen, Gloria Pierson, Pipes Choir, Becky Porter, Judy Przybyla, Gerry Przeslawski, Cheryl Ross, Rhonda Saunders, Jim Shafor, Mary Slagle, Deloris Stark, Wally Starz, Anna Stevens, Clara Thierverge, Lisa Weaver and Sylvia West.
And we have many Donators to the raffle at the Holiday Bazaar: Pat Corr, Bea Thibodeau, Jackie Bohn, Susan Pack, Krogers, Soaring Eagle Casino, Motorcity Casino, Greektown Casino, MGM Grand Casino, Firekeepers, Wellbridge of Pinckney, Independence Village Brighton and Regency of Whitmore Lake.
See ?? I told you there were a ton of volunteers in here!! Trust me, we are so blessed to have this many people who are so willing to help out. And then I also have Julie & Carol who sometimes roll their eyes at me (and they think I don't see that!!! HaHaHaHa!! ) when I come up with some crazy idea. I absolutely could not do my job without all of your and their help because there is so much to do and since we have grown so much, it's sometimes difficult to remember everything I need to get done. Again, I am so very blessed to have all of you !!!!
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT!!!
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!
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 January 2018
Let's fill our photo board with pictures of beautiful snow-scapes from near and far. Snowmen, sledding, children playing, animals passing through your yard or just looking out your window with a cup of something warm in your hand. Share with us some of your pleasant memories of winters gone by!
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: 1st & 3rd Wednesdays - 2:00 - 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.
I hope to have the Directories done by the beginning of February 2018..............no promises but that is my goal!! The Directory stays in house...............what that means is this; I do not share this information with anyone except you all.............not the politicians, spam, stores, weirdo's, etc...............only with you all. Some of you only wish to have your names & addresses in there, others no phone or birthdays and some completely out of the Directory. In any case, it's totally up to you but and that is a big but..............you have to let me know. Otherwise, it will go in and it's very handy for everyone in case they want to call you. And they are free but just so you know, I do not and will not mail the directories!!
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:firstname.lastname@example.org 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 January 5, 2018