March Highlights

Message from the Chair
FSC Board of Directors

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

The Multipurpose Room is completed and temporarily serving as our social area, while renovations are in progress in the former area. Stop in and check out this delightful area. Sign-up, check-in sheet are now near the front entrance. There is a sign-up sheet in the Fitness Center for those using that area only. Entrance to the center is either from the front of the building or from the door at the north end of the building off the back-parking lot.

We lost another one of our members, Thomas Anderson, who passed on January 26. Tom was one of the regular early morning persons in the Fitness Center. He will be missed!

A wide variety of Wish Tree items are now located on the wall by the bulletin board in the hallway.

Seems early to mention this, but our Annual Meeting is in May and there will be one opening on our board to fill. Dick Rutkoskie, is finishing up his 6-year term. There are several board members up for re-election as well. If you are interested in serving on the board please talk with me.

What a great place the Forks Senior Center is! Spread the word about all the center has to offer to those who reside on the east side of Calhoun County and surrounding areas.

Concerns or suggestions, please speak with Luann, myself or any board member, or put written concerns or suggestions in the black metal box located on one of the tables in the Multipurpose Room.

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

Phase 3 of our renovation is in progress. I want to thank everyone for being patient and understanding. These changes are only temporary and once all of the renovations at the back of the building are complete, we will once again have full use of the center, and use of our separate back entrance. In the mean time I have to ask that members do not enter the construction area posted with signs. We did not have any other space to relocate my office to, so I am walking through the construction area to get to my office. If you need to contact me please see the receptionist who can call me and I will come out to see you. At no time should any of our members be in the construction area. Your respect and consideration of this request is sincerely appreciated.

Hopefully you have had a chance to check out our temporary social area in the new bright and beautiful Multipurpose Room. We tried to keep everything available as much as possible. So far I have received very positive feedback on our new chairs and the bright new space. I’m also very aware that our volunteers are none too happy with me about being stuck in the small dark third office. I have to keep reminding everyone that this is only temporary and there will be better days ahead. As far as I’m concerned if we can make it through this renovation and not have to close the center for a single day, or cancel any of the activities, we have done an exceptional job!

I have been working with CareWell Services and Heritage Commons Senior Center on a new tool for evaluating the impact and importance of senior centers. This tool and future evaluation forms will be used to document the need for senior centers, and the importance of supporting them in the future. I know that all of our members know the importance of having a senior center and the difference it has made in your life, but we need to be able to share that with others to ensure ongoing support for our pro- grams and services in the future.

Luann Sommers
Forks Executive Director

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Quick Notes

We Need Your Current Phone Number

If you had your landline shut off, and are now using a cell phone, please remember to update your information with the center. We need to call members from time to time and sometimes we find that phones have been disconnected.

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IRS Tax Tip: Protect Yourself from Scammers

Thousands of people have lost millions of dollars and their personal information to tax scams. Scammers use the regular mail, telephone, or email to set up individuals.

The IRS doesn't initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information. Recognize the telltale signs of a scam. See also: How to know it’s really the IRS calling or knocking on your door

Scams Targeting Taxpayers—IRS-Impersonation Telephone Scams

A sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, has been making the rounds throughout the country. Callers claim to be IRS employees, using fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. They may know a lot about their targets, and they usually alter the caller ID to make it look like the IRS is calling. Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a gift card or wire transfer. Victims may be threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.

Victims may be told they have a refund due to try to trick them into sharing private information. If the phone isn't answered, the scammers often leave an “urgent” callback request.

Many taxpayers have encountered individuals impersonating IRS officials, in person, over the telephone and via email. Don’t get scammed. We want you to understand how and when the IRS contacts taxpayers and help you determine whether a contact you may have received is truly from an IRS employee.

The IRS initiates most contacts through regular mail delivered by the United States Postal Service.

However, there are special circumstances in which the IRS will call or come to a home or business, such as when a taxpayer has an overdue tax bill, to secure a delinquent tax return or a delinquent employment tax payment, or to tour a business as part of an audit or during criminal investigations. Even then, taxpayers will generally first receive several letters (called “notices”) from the IRS in the mail.

Note that the IRS does not:

  • Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, gift card or wire transfer. Generally, the IRS will first mail a bill to any taxpayer who owes taxes.
  • Demand that you pay taxes without the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe. You should also be advised of your rights as a taxpayer.
  • Threaten to bring in local police, immigration officers or other law-enforcement to have you arrested for not paying. The IRS also cannot revoke your driver’s license, business licenses, or immigration status. Threats like these are common tactics scam artists use to trick victims into buying into their schemes.

If you owe taxes: The IRS instructs taxpayers to make payments to the “United States Treasury.” The IRS provides specific guidelines on how you can make a tax payment at irs.gov/payments.

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Save the date! April 5, 2018

The Ninth Annual Calhoun County Senior Fair will be held on Thursday, April 5, from 10 am to 1:30 pm at Marshall Middle School lo-cated at 100 East Green Street in Marshall in the Gymnasium. The Senior Fair offers an opportunity for seniors and their families to learn about a variety of available services. The Senior Fair highlights services available to older adults in Calhoun County, but people of all ages and from all communities are welcome to attend. Families and caregivers are also invited. Chemical Bank and Oaklawn Hospital are helping to sponsor the 2018 Senior Fair.

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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Life After Loss Grief Support Series

Oaklawn HospitalBeginning in January 2018, Oaklawn Hospice will be holding their Life After Loss grief support series for adults mourning the death of a loved one.

The sessions will be held on Mondays, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, beginning on January 8th and continuing through February 19th, at the Forks Senior Center in the front exercise room.

This program is open to all adults, regardless of when a loss was experienced. Personal sharing is voluntary and individual needs will be respected.

To register, call the Bereavement Coordinator at Oaklawn Hospice at (269) 789-3939, extension 3118.

Lunch & Learn for 2018

March 7

Calhoun County Senior Services is one of the strongest financial supporters for FSC. Coming up on March 7, Helen Guzzo, Calhoun County Senior Services Manager, will be sharing information about other programs and services also supported by the millage.

Come learn about the great programs and services available in Calhoun County. Lunch is being sponsored by Calhoun Senior Services.

April 4

The newly appointed director of the Marian E. Burch Adult Day Care Center, Mary Frisby, will be coming to share about the great programs and services being offered at the center. Calhoun County residents are eligible to attend the center and transportation to and from Albion is available. The adult day care center was built in 1992 and has a capacity for 65 clients per day. During the day, participants engage in a wide variety of activities plus, physical, speech, and occupational therapies if needed. A noon meal, and morning and afternoon snacks are provided. Personal care services are also provided.

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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.

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. To date (Februaryu 14) we have collected a total of $121,477 in Family Fare receipts. Thank you to everyone who brought your receipts in, and please keep up the good work!!.

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.

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