November Highlights

Message from the President
FSC Board of Directors

Member Playing Euchre
Members Playing Euchre

I want to start this article off by saying thank you for however you contribute to the Forks Senior Center. Whether it be financial, material contributions, or just participating in events, your support is appreciated.

Recently, someone asked me about the pumpkins and leaves on our Wish Tree which is located on the east wall in the social area. There may be others who wonder the same thing. If you look closely, you will see that there are different areas in which you can offer financial support, if you wish.

Earlier this year, you received an appeal letter giving you an opportunity to make a financial contribution to help with expenses. I understand that sometimes you may feel like all we do is ask for money for one thing or another. If when you received that letter, you were unable to contribute, but may be able to do so before year’s end, your support is appreciated.

As in the past, I continue to believe that the Forks Senior Center makes a large difference in the lives of so many seniors, and we need to continue to reach out to those seniors who aren’t members. You are our best marketing tool. One-on-one is the best way to encourage someone to join. Why not invite someone you know to come and see what the Center has to offer. Remember they can come three times free!

It’s hard to believe that the holidays are fast approaching. Let me take this opportunity to wish each of you a Happy & Blessed Thanksgiving.

See you at the center.

Carol Maynard
President, Board of Directors

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Executive Director's Column

The Fitness Center
Working Up a Sweat in the Fitness Center

Open Enrollment for Medicare Part D has begun. In the first week alone, Micki Ogilbee and Vicki Easterwood have seen 54 people! If you have not yet set up your appointment to come in, you should not wait until the end to make those arrangements. I believe our two hard working ladies are already booked for appointments into December. Don’t assume there will be time open when you get around to it. If you want to meet with them, you need to get your appointments scheduled now.

Adopt-a-Highway 2018On October 17 a group of 8 volunteers did our final pickup for Adopt A Highway for this year. We picked up a total of 10 bags in about 2 hours. Thank you to Larry Maynard, who has done every pick up we have completed over the past 3 years. Thank you to our VISTA Anna Westfall, Board Member Gary Tompkins, and a brand new member to the Center, Kay Knight. We also had assistance from two other VISTAs (Emily Smith and Nikhil Patel) as well as Noah Pappas, an Albion College student from the Ford Institute. Pictured is Gary Tompkins, Nikhil Patel, Emily Smith and Noah Pappas.

Euchre Odtober 2018Hopefully you have had the pleasure of participating in one of our Euchre Parties. Friday, October 19, we held our second event with a total of 8 tables and 40 people in attendance. Everyone had a great time and I want to thank our great event coordinator Dale Duff. Also thank you to the hard working volunteers who assisted with check-in, food, set up, etc., Janet Humphrey, Carol Maynard, Joyce Sheets, Gary Tompkins, Eddie Visco, and Anna Westfall. Everyone had a great time and pretty much everyone went home with some kind of prize. We are planning our third and final Euchre Party for this year on Friday, November 30. This day is also the Albion Aglow parade and event downtown. So as not to be in conflict with their activities, we will be having our event from 1 to 4 pm. Please join us if you are able, and I am sure you will have a great time.

Without our many volunteers we would not be able to accomplish all of the great events, trips and activities that we do. Thank you to everyone for your cooking talents, volunteer time, and donations.

Luann Sommers
Forks Executive Director

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Quick Notes

Staci StuartBoard Member Spotlight

Staci Stuart was elected to the FSC Board this year. Staci and her husband Jim, own Stirling Books and Brew which they opened in 2017. Staci and Jim have been residents of Albion for five years.

Staci grew up in Jackson and is a graduate of Northwest High School. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing from Western Michigan University.

Staci has 10 years experience in computer software sales, and 8 years as a general contractor for residential buildings.

In applying for the position on the Board, Staci shared, "I am friends with many of the seniors in the Albion area, and believe that FSC serves an important role in encouraging seniors to stay involved in the community as well as promoting a physically active lifestyle. I believe that I will bring an enthusiasm to the board along with the experiences with community and relationship development. I love to volunteer, and have time to contribute to this opportunity."

Recently Staci and Bruce Nelson joined a new Board committee for Marketing. Staci and Bruce will assist Luann in helping to promote the Center and find new or better ways to share about the great things happening at FSC. One of their first recommendations was a possible new layout for this newsletter, so there may be some changes coming.

Thank you Staci for everything you do for FSC!

November Board Meeting

The November Board of Director’s meeting will be Wednesday, Nvember 28 at 1 pm. in the front Conference Room. Members are welcome to attend and offer comments or suggestions at the end of each meeting. Member input is important and it helps us have an even better center.

Sit 'N Stitch

Sit 'N Stitch now meets on Tuesdays from 1 to 3 pm in the Meal Site Room to share handmade crafting ideas and projects that they provide to Healthy Babies Day and the annual craft extravaganza fundraiser.

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Lunch & Learn for 2018

Wednesday, November 7
MultiPurpose Room
11:30 am

Our Lunch and Learn speakers for November will be Richard Lindsey and Amy Reimann from Oaklawn Hospital. Oaklawn is slated to open their new Oaklawn Medical Group offices at Munger Place in January 2019. Located at 301 E. Michigan, the offices will offer expanded services to the public and Albion College students.

For our December Lunch & Learn, which will be the 5th, Homestead Bank will be presenting on reverse mortgages and understanding how they work.

As usual, lunch will be $3 and you must sign up in advance so we can plan for enough lunches for everyone

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Biz Wiz, A New Card Game

Willie Tabb and Will Atkins will be coordinating a new card game called Bid Wiz (which is similar to Spades) every Wednesday at 1 pm in the Social Room. If you don’t know how to play, come join them, and they will teach you how.

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Cooking Club November

  • Monday, November 26
  • Location: Multipurpose Room
  • Time: 11:30 am

The November theme is BRUNCH. Put something scrumptious together and join us! All members are welcome!

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Marshall's Merry Mile Trip

  • Thursday, December 6 at 6 pm

We are still working out all of the details, but we are planning to visit the Marshall Merry Mile holiday light show at the Calhoun County Fairgrounds on Thursday, December 6, at 6 pm. Once details are confirmed a signup sheet will be available at the Center. We are talking about a quick meal somewhere either before or after visiting the lights.

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2018 Board Meeting Dates

  • January 24
  • Februrary 28
  • March 28
  • April 25
  • May 23
  • June 27
  • July 25
  • August 22
  • September 26
  • October 24
  • November 28
  • December 19

The FSC Board invites members to attend their meetings to learn about the organization.

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Membership Dues

Just a friendly reminder: Your annual Membership Dues were due on June 1, 2018.

suggestion boxFSC Suggestion Box

We recently purchased a Suggestion Box for the center. It is important to the Board and staff that we listen to our members and seek your input as we make changes and add new programs and events. The new box is located on the sign up table outside the director’s office in the Social Area of the Center. Please offer comments and suggestions for new ideas and ways that we can make our Center even better.

Amazon Smile

Remember that you can make a donation to the Forks Senior Center through the Amazon Smile website. Here is how it works:

When you want to order from Amazon use the special web address of and Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the Forks Center. On the initial screen you do have to choose Forks as your charitable organization. That's it. The website has the same products as the regular site. Give it a try. Do your shopping and help out the center at the same time.

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