August Highlights

Message from the President
FSC Board of Directors

Member Playing Euchre
Members Playing Euchre

At our board meeting on June 27, the following officers were elected: President, Carol Maynard; Vice President, Dale Duff; Secretary, Arlona McCallum; Treasurer, Kelly Rice. At the meeting we bid farewell to Dick Rutkoskie, Joyce Sheets, and Eddie Williams, and thanked them for their service on the board, and welcomed newly elected board members: Bruce Nelson, Ron Ogilbee, and Staci Stuart.

We recently welcomed back Al Topa, better known as the puzzle man. Thanks to Dale Duff for picking him up, as he isn’t able to drive himself yet.

A Diabetic cooking class was held at the Food Hub on July 7 and at the center on July 9. There was a good attendance and participants went home with helpful information plus a bag of food.

All are invited to come to the Euchre Party at the center on Friday, August 3, from 7 - 9:30 pm. This is a new fundraiser so be sure to invite family and friends to attend. A light meal and refreshments are included with the $10 admission fee.

We will have our concessions at Swingin’ at the Shell on Sundays, August 19, 26, September 2, 9. As in previous years we will be asking for cookies to be donated. Mark the above dates on your calendar and plan to come to Victory Park and enjoy great music, fellowship, and food.

Concerns or suggestions, please speak with Luann, myself, or any board member, or put written concerns or suggestions in the black metal suggestion box.

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

We have once again agreed to assist the Albion NAACP in collecting school supplies for the Harrington Elementary open house and back pack distribution on August 28. Our deadline to have school supplies to the center is Friday, August 24 at noon. A complete list of supplies is in an article on Page 7 of the newsletter or at the center on the donation box.

As some of you know, FSC has had the assistance of an Albion AmeriCorps VISTA for the past several months. Leah Parr has been helping me with volunteer policies, marketing, and the Diabetic Cooking Class, which was a great success. Leah’s last day with us will be July 26. We wish her well in all of her future endeavors.

Speaking of the cooking classes, twenty-eight people attended the two classes. One held at the Food Hub and the other at the senior center. Chef John Long and Dietician Tina Guajardo did a great job demonstrating and answering everyone’s questions. All the participants went home with a goodie bag which included the food to make the recipe that was shown, as well as a cookbook, some freebies and resources and information. Participants said they would recommend the class to others and that the class provided them with good information about diabetic cooking. Thank you to Bronson Battle Creek for the chef and dietician, the Food Hub, Albion Health Care Alliance, and the Albion Community Foundation’s Healthy Youth and Seniors Fund.

There are two great events for seniors coming up this month. Senior Day at C.O. Brown Stadium on August 9. To reserve a ticket please call 269-966-2450. Then Senior Day at the Calhoun County Fair on August 15 from 9 am to
1 pm. You must RSVP to 269-979-1412 X 308 by August 8 if you want a boxed lunch. For more information please call the numbers provided or see the posters at the center.

Also don’t forget our upcoming Euchre Party Fundraiser on Friday, August 3 from 7 - 9:30 pm. Come join in on the fun, have a light supper, and help support the senior center at the same time.

Luann Sommers
Forks Executive Director

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Quick Notes

Beverly CornellMeet Our New Silver Sneakers® Instructor

Beverly Cornell has recently been certified to instruct our Silver Sneakers® classes! Beverly will be teaching the Tuesday and Thursday afternoon classes. We have been searching for sometime for an additional person to instruct Silver Sneakers®. When Arlona or Gloria need time off it has been a challenge to cover their classes. So we were very excited when Beverly agreed to become certified to teach.

Beverly is a retired Physical Therapist with 3 married children. She has previously volunteered at other local senior centers and enjoys crocheting, knitting, painting and working in her garden. Please welcome Beverly and check out one of the Silver Sneakers® classes if you get the chance.

August Board Meeting

The August Board of Director’s meeting will be Wednesday, August 22 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, August 1
MultiPurpose Room
11:30 am

Aaron Edlefson is the director of Calhoun County Veterans’ Affairs. He is coming to share about the programs and services that are available to veteran’s in Calhoun County such as federal benefits and programs, emergency relief, county burial benefits, and advocacy.

Lunch is $3. Please sign up at the center a head of time if you would like to attend.

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Euchre Party Fundraiser

A Euchre Party Fundriaser will be held Friday, August 3 from 7 to 9:30 pm. The $10.00 per person admission fee includes light dinner.

Play starts at 7:00 p.m. There will be a 50/50 raffle and drawings for donated goods. The Raffle is $1.00 per ticket, or 6 for $5.00.

Come support FSC and enjoy your favorite card game!

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Fitness Center Shoes

When the Fitness Center was relocated to the new space we moved all of the shoes from the old space into the new space. We now want to make sure that all of the shoes that are currently stored on the shoe racks belong to someone and are being used.

We are asking that when you come in to exercise that you please put your name on the piece of paper provided and place it in your shoes so we know that they have been claimed. Once we know for sure which shoes are still being used and claimed, we will be donating the unused and unclaimed shoes to charity.

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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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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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