August Highlights

Message from the Chair
FSC Board of Directors

Member Playing Euchre
It's Euchre Time at the FSC!"

July has been a busy month with several trips. Luann, Gary Tompkins, Willie Tabb, and I, attended the Open House for Heritage Commons Senior Enrichment Center in Marshall on July 18. Luann, Dale Duff, Arlona McCallum, Gary Tompkins, and I also visited Burnside Senior Center in Coldwater (what a beautiful facility).

At our Executive Board Meeting this month a decision was made that for the month of August, we will be closed on Saturdays. When Saturday openings began we had approximately 28 people participating, we are now down to 6-8. Financially it isn’t cost efficient. If you have questions or comments in regards to this please speak with myself or Luann. At our regular board meeting on July 26, we discussed changing our weekly hours of operation from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday thru Thursday, and our regular Friday hours would remain 8 am to noon. A suggestion box will be available soon for comments and suggestions in regard to these proposed changes. As always you are also welcome to come talk with Luann or a member of the Executive Committee.

In response to a recommendation from members which may allow more people to attend our monthly pot lucks, those in attendance at the July pot luck made a decision to change the time of the pot lucks to 6 pm. starting in August. Why not think about joining us! Bring your table service and a dish to pass.

We anticipate that the renovation project will be starting soon! As soon as the county notifies us we will have notices up. We will also be displaying information about the upcoming changes soon in the social area. There may come a time when we will need to find an alternate location for some of our activities. Again, we will give notice.

We are so fortunate to have the Forks Senior Center which not only serves people on the east side of the county, but also the surrounding areas. If you know of someone who isn’t a member, why not invite them to come by and check us out. See you at the center.

Carol Maynard
President, Board of Directors

Executive Director's Column

The Fitness Center
Working Up a Sweat in the Fitness Center

Previously I submitted a request to a private foundation to fund a couple of items we are in need of at the center, and I am very happy to announce that 3 of the 4 things we requested funding for were granted! The three things we will be able to purchase are a new phone system, a new camera system, and new wall and/or ceiling mounted fans for the fitness center and exercise room!!

The one item that was not funded was a movable partition wall for the new Multipurpose Room which would have allowed us to separate the big room into two medium sized rooms if needed. I know it was a large cost, so I completely understand why it was not funded, but it might be an item we consider for future needs as we move forward with more programming and activities at the center. I also want more office space to allow us to bring in more services and agencies who would be available to provide services at the center.

This month Forks did their fourth pick up for Adopt A Highway. We had eleven volunteers and completed the pick up in two hours. It was a hot day but we were proud to be making a difference in our community. I want to thank Bob Armstrong, Lori Duff, Sylvia Dulaney, Brandy Eggleston, Marlene Goodman, Mary Mahler, Jason Moritz, Anita Sachjen, Gary Tompkins, and Eddie Visco for helping us with the pick up. Our volunteers make a difference and it is appreciated.

I also want to note that Bob, Gary and Eddie are also members of our Board. You have a great group of caring, dedicated and hard working members on your Board and I hope you all know and appreciate all that they do to make this center great! If you see one of them, thank them, for they help guide and direct this center so that you all can enjoy it.

Please note that our monthly potlucks will now begin at 6 pm. Several members requested a little later time so they would be able to attend and we are going to see how this new time works for our members. As always, if you have comments, please let us know.

In July several of our board members and I visited senior centers in our area. I came back with new ideas and a renewed commitment to making our center the best that it can be. We have a great center now, and should be very proud of that, but there is always room for improvement.

Luann Sommers
Forks Executive Director

Quick Notes

Helen Guzzo
Helen Guzzo

Meet the New Calhoun County Senior Services Manager

Helen Guzzo was recently hired to fill the position of Calhoun County Senior Services Manager. Helen formerly worked for the City of Battle Creek as a Community Development Specialist. She has a Masters of Social Work degree and extensive experience implementing programs, writing policy and working with others to accomplish goals. She has housing and supportive services experience on the Federal, State, and local level. She is skilled at event planning, grant writing, budgeting, public speaking, and networking with the community

Update on the "Direct Your Dollars" Program

As you know, we are supporting Region 3B Area Agency on Aging in a joint effort to earn money for community projects. We are doing this by collecting grocery receipts from our Forks members. The receipts turn into credits from Family Fare. Thank you for all your efforts and keep turning in those receipts. We have a collection box located at the center. As of August 1st our total is $59,810.

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 smile.amazon.com 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.

Seniors at the Calhoun County Fair

Senior Health Day at the Calhoun County Fair is Wednesday, August 16, 2017, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm

August Trips

›››Senior Day at the Ball Park

›››A trip is planned to the Burnside Senior Center in Coldwater on Thursday, July 20, 2017

Upcoming September Trips

›››Eastern Market in Detroit

>>>Horrocks Farm Market in Lansing