December Highlights

Message from the Chair
FSC Board of Directors

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

Liturgical Publications, Inc. (LPI), who begins pro-ducing our newsletters starting with this December edition, needed our newsletter information early, so I had to really think ahead! By the time you read this, Thanksgiving will have passed and the Christ- mas season will be in full swing.

I have been thinking a lot about the holidays and how important it is for us to stop and think seriously how we celebrate! Many of us have family close enough that we are able to get together, but then there are others who have family that live far away, or may not have family at all. If you know of someone who might be alone during the holidays, why not invite them over to share a meal, or just over for conversation.

For the past couple of years we have had a Wish Tree up during the holidays, which offers us several ways to help support different expenses such as office supplies, postage, advertisements, etc. Due to Phase 2 and 3 of our renovation the tree will not appear until the renovation is completed and will be up year-round and decorated for the different seasons. At our October Board meeting, Dick Rutkoskie, showed us a large decal of a tree that they have in their home. We felt this would be a nice addition to the wall in the social area.

The Board also discussed at our meeting that most of us have everything that we need, so why not suggest to family members instead of purchasing a gift for you, that they make a monetary gift in honor of you to the Center.

Our trips for December are tentatively going to the Nite Lites at Michigan International Speedway on December 13. This is a new location for the Lites. We are also working on a trip to Bronner’s CHRISTmas Wonderland in Frankenmuth on December 5. The details are currently being planned, so stay tuned and check the clipboards for various events taking place.

Thanks to Micki Ogilbee and Vicki Easterwood for all the hours they have given since October 15, helping people with their Part D drug coverage. In October and November our two volunteer counselors met with 398 people! The Forks Senior Center and our area seniors are fortunate to have these two individuals. Enjoy the holidays whatever your plans are and let us not forget the reason for the season.

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

Welcome to the newly revised Forks Senior Center Newsletter. Thanks to LPI, Inc., who will be printing our newsletters from now on, we have this great new format, full color, and greater access to other resources to include. I know that this will be a great opportunity for Forks Senior Center to show all of the great things we have going on here and an opportunity to seek out other older adults in eastern Calhoun County who might be looking for a fun and exciting place to hang out, meet new people, stay active and just generally have fun.

As I am typing this letter, we are preparing to move our Fitness Center into the newly renovated space. How exciting!! Great things are happening here and there are move positive changes ahead, so stay tuned! I want to recognize and thank Calhoun County Senior Services and the Calhoun County Senior Millage for making this renovation possible. Through their support and encouragement we are able to add additional space for programing and services at the center that will benefit all older adults who are served by the center.

As part of our renovations we have also been able to purchase a new camera system. Thanks to an anonymous funder, we are able to have an updated camera system that will cover our entire space. They have also helped us purchase a new phone system as well as our new commercial wall fans for the Fitness Center and the new exercise space that we will be calling the Multi-Purpose Room. Forks Senior Center could not do what we do without all of the strong support we have from the community, our members, and our two great funding sources CareWell Services SouthWest and Calhoun County Senior Services. We thank you and appreciate all you have done for the center.

As always, if you have any suggestions or ideas on things you would like to see in our newsletter, please let me know. With greater minds comes greater ideas, and I know that many of you are very creative and have ideas and suggestions that would make our newsletter even better.

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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BronnersTrip to Bronner’s in Frankenmuth

Tuesday, December 5

We are still finalizing plans for this trip, check notices in the Center for any final details. The trip will include a ride to Frankenmuth, a possible tour of the city, and an opportunity to go shopping at the great BRONNER’S CHRISTmas WONDERLAND just in time for the holidays! Please call the center or check out the sign up sheet on the sign up tables to learn more about this fun and exciting trip!

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Nite LitesNite Lites Winter Wonderland

Michigan International Speedway ,Wednesday, December 13

A group from the Center went on Nite Lites and Winter Wonderland tour last year and raved about how great it was. This year they have moved to an even bigger location so the show should be even better. The trip will include a stop for dinner (you pay for your own meal), and a tour through the great light display.

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Construction Continues at FSC

If all goes as planned, we are hoping on November 3 to move our Fitness Center into the newly renovated space. The Fitness Center will close at noon on Friday, November 3 in the old space and open Monday, November 6 in the new location. We do not anticipate any down time for the Fitness Center, but we will be doing some changes in equipment so please be patient as we get settled into the new space.

Once the Fitness Center is moved we will be closing the Activity Room so that the County can begin Phase 2 of our renovations, which will remove the wall currently between the two rooms and install a partition wall that can be opened or closed to allow use of one large room as well as two medium size rooms when the partitions are closed. During that part of the renovation, we will need to relocate some of the activities that are currently held in the Activity Room to other locations such as Bingo, Bunco, Bridge, and our new painting class. Please refer to postings in the Center for the new room locations for these activities.

Please stay tuned as we work through these renovations so all of us can enjoy a newly renovated space.

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No Lunch & Learn in December

Due to the construction we are not planning a Lunch and Learn in December.

Lunch & Learn for 2018

January 3

Mindy Tompkins of Albion Family Chiropractic will present the program entitled How to Stay Young for the First 100 Years.

February 7

We will have a presentation by Keli Banfield from the Laurels of Bedford on a great program for people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. It is called the Big and Loud Program. Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year, and this number does not reflect the thousands of cases that go undetected. Chances are high that you or a loved one have been affected by this disease.

Please join us February 7th at 11:30 am for a lunch and learn presentation on the LSVT BIG program which is also commonly called, The Big and Loud Program. This program is designed to improve the speech and motor difficulties associated with Parkinson’s Disease and other related neurological disorders. This program has been proven to be a success and has improved many people’s lives and their independence.

The Laurels of Bedford will be sponsoring this presentation and providing lunch.

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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 (December 1) we have collected a total of $98,717 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 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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