The end of a year lends itself to reflection as we think back over the milestone experiences that characterized it.
Uppermost in our minds are the people we have lost, each of whom left an indelible impression on our lives. We miss them poignantly. Not the least of these is our own Experience Works staff member, Gwynne Paciello, who passed away suddenly on Christmas Eve. From now on, whenever any of us at the Senior Center hears the song “Elvira” we will remember Gwynne’s unique personality and sense of humor. She was part of us and we feel her loss deeply.
Although the bittersweet flavor of final good-byes stands out in most recent memory, the past year brought many reasons for joy. We are grateful for the involvement of our community. People generously supported our fundraisers and included the Senior Center in their charitable giving. With help from so many individuals and organizations, we were able to finish out the year without borrowing from contingency funds as we’ve had to do before. To everyone who helped keep us in the black last year we say a big and heartfelt Thank You!
Two thousand thirteen was a year of growth for the Senior Center, and not just in numbers. We expanded the programs and activities offered free to senor adults age 50 and over. Board member Patricia Luna served as teacher for a Spanish conversation class that proved popular, and staff member Rosette Sutton taught basic reading and writing in an English literacy class, for example. Some of our old favorites, such as the monthly dance and free Movie Night, picked up sponsors. All of the current programs, including exercise, Wii Bowling, Bingo, Dominoes, painting and computer classes, and line dancing, will continue into the next year along with a few new offerings. We aim to make our Senior Center one of the most active and fun places in the state.
With deep and sincere gratitude for all the support we received last year, our Senior Center staff, participants and Board of Directors would like to wish all the folks in our community a New Year filled with friendship, joy, and life’s richest blessings. We hope everyone will resolve to come visit us in 2014. Happy New Year!