Historic Groundbreaking Celebration
It was 2008 when the Senior Center's board began discussing a possible building expansion project and after nine years of planning the official groundbreaking of the Senior Center's building expansion was held last Tuesday, October 3rd.
The process has required patience with years of meetings and many votes along the way. I recall one such meeting when the Senior Center Board was pondering the decision on whether or not to proceed with the project and words that were spoken by a former board member, Bob Hammer. Bob recalled a portion of a poem by Rev. Peter Raible that says, "We all rest in the shade of trees we did not plant." Bob and many other board members, senior center members and other donors knew that this would be a long road but knew that it was important enough to start so that others would benefit. Thank you to everyone who joined in the celebration and helped us get to this point.
Keep up the good work
Although our gifts to-date have been numerous and greatly appreciated, please keep in mind that our goal is not complete. We are proud to say that over 500 unique donors have given over 80% of the money necessary through pledges, cash and in-kind gifts. But we still must finish raising the final 20%. These are just a few thoughts for you to ponder:
- Consider adding another year to your pledge or make a second gift to your current donation
- Increase your existing pledge to $1,000 so your name is included on the Wall of Honor
- If you have the capacity to offer a gift as a challenge match, you may be encouraging other to give. You would be doubling your intended donation.
- Maybe you have been waiting until you saw us "moving dirt" before you made your donation. You need wait no longer!
- Think about making a donation in memory of or in honor of a loved one.
- The end of the year is coming so why not make your charitable donation to us and take advantage of the tax benefit.
You may download a pledge form from our website, stop at the Senior Center to drop off a check or mail it to us at 19 Division St. W. Please consider supporting this effort in the final stages, your financial support is needed and greatly appreciated.
Generous Corporate Gift
The Groundbreaking Event also gave us the opportunity to announce another charitable corporate gift. The local company, Daikin Applied (formerly McQuays), has donated the three air handling units that will be used in our addition. The Senior Center thanks Daikin for this incredibly generous gift!
Where were you when John F. Kennedy was assassinated? Join us on October 18th at 6:30 p.m. for a balanced discussion on one of the pivotal events of the 20th century. Program presenter David Jones follows his passion for history by giving presentations on key historical topics. Through slides, photos and film clips, David's narration of historical events is always interesting. This program is open to the public, cost of $3/members and $6/non-members is payable at the door.
Open Enrollment Period
Beginning October 15 through December 7, 2017 the Open Enrollment period begins for the Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (Medicare Part D). Trained health insurance counselors will be available at the Senior Center to assist individuals who have questions, want to enroll or want to make changes on their Medicare Part D coverage during the Open Enrollment period. Individual appointments can be made by calling the Senior Center at 332-7357. There is no cost or Senior Center membership necessary to access this service.
Wills for Seniors
Do you have a will, health care directive or financial Power of Attorney? A workshop is being offered by Southern MN Regional Legal Service (SMRLS) for qualifying low income seniors in which volunteer attorneys will be on hand to help you answer the necessary questions, fill out the forms and have them notarized- at no cost to you. You will leave the clinic with all three completed legal documents.
The workshop will be held at the Senior Center on Wednesday, November 1. Registration is being done by SMRLS staff and can be done by calling 1-888-575-2954 and request an appointment for the Faribault Senior Center Will Workshop. No registrations will be made at the Senior Center. All participants must meet income guidelines.
What Does This Do?
AARP Driver Safety is launching a new education program called the Smart DriverTEK program which has been developed to help drivers understand how to use current and new vehicle safety features. Register for this free class which will be held at the Senior Center on Wednesday, October 25 from 1:30-3:00 p.m. The class is open to the public, call 332-7357 to sign up.
- Planning on attending a costume party this Halloween and need help putting something together? Then head to Fashions on Central for a little assistance. Not only will you find the clothing items you are looking for at a great price, you can have the volunteers there help you put together a costume.
- Next Flu Shot Clinic scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 2 from 1-2pm.
- Continuing in the month of October we are offering a membership incentive just for new members. Any individual 50 years and older can join the FASC for the rest of 2017 and all of 2018 for a special rate. Support our organization and become a member today.
- Do you have stiff joints or limited range of motion? A Chair Yoga classes is being offered locally starting October 20th. Stop at the Senior Center for a flyer and additional information.
- Jackpot Junction on Tuesday and Wednesday, November 14 and 15, 2017. Reservation form is on the flyer. Cost is $65, including transportation and hotel room. Special casino package gives $50 on Players Card and Wednesday Senior Perks.
- Christmas in Nashville on Nov. 15-20. Brochures and trip details are ready.