December Highlights

Message from the President
FSC Board of Directors

Member Playing Euchre
Members Playing Euchre

Gosh, Thanksgiving will be over and Christmas right around the corner. I well remember when I was younger, that I thought time moved too slow, now it moves too fast.

As in previous years, we will be providing three food baskets for needy seniors. There will be a sign-up sheet with a list of items needed at the Center. Financial donations are also appreciated, so we can purchase perishable items such as milk, eggs, and meat.

Our children always ask for Christmas ideas and we really don’t need anything, and if we do, we purchase when needed. Last year, I asked my family to make a financial donation to the Center instead of buying a gift. If you feel this way, why not suggest this to family members.

As the holidays approach please think about others who may be alone, do not have family close, and could use a visit, a phone call, or even better, invite them over for a meal.

Again, let us not forget those seniors who could benefit by becoming a member of the Forks Senior Center. Extend an invitation, and remember they can come for three free visits, and then make the decision to join.

May you remember the reason for the season. Have a HAPPY HOLIDAY.

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

The new check-in system “MySeniorCenter” is coming. You will probably see the new check-in system in our reception area sometime in December. We will not begin using the new system exclusively until January 1. We wanted to give members a chance to check out the new system, try it, get comfortable with it, and help train people on how to use it before we launched it full-time. I really think you will find this to be a much easier system to use and it will certainly help us gather more data about what members are doing and who is using the Center.

As you may have noticed, we have a new format for our printed newsletter. I know generally folks don’t like change, but I hope this reorganization will help us use our newsletter as a better marketing tool for not only our members, but also potential members, and help us keep all of our great supporters and followers informed of the great things we are doing at the Center. Before we went with LPI to print our newsletters, it was costly to print the newsletters, so we were careful of how many we printed. Now we can basically print as many copies as we want, so this has become one of, if not the most effective marketing device we have at our disposal.

As I mentioned last month in the newsletter, we are always looking for people to assist us in distributing our newsletters. I have had several people stop in and offer to take newsletters to places they frequent. Thank you for helping us spread the word about the great things happening at the Center. If you are interested in helping us with this, please stop in and see me.

Luann Sommers
Forks Executive Director

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Quick Notes

Eddie ViscoBoard Member Spotlight

Eddie Visco was elected to the Board in December of 2016. He grew up in Metro Detroit, but now resides in Marshall. Eddie is a huge Detroit Tigers baseball fan, as well as a lover of plain cheeseburgers and craft beer. This past summer he participated in his second triathlon as well as a 144 mile bike ride across Michigan to raise money to fight Juvenile Diabetes.

A 2004 graduate of Albion College, he taught 7th grade English and Social Studies in Philadelphia for two years. After returning to Michigan he worked for Congressman Mark Schauer as a Constituent Services Representative.

Since 2011, Eddie has served as the Associate Director of the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service. He says that both sets of his grandparents served as amazing role models, and it inspires him to contribute to an organization that he knows they would enjoy. Eddie says it has been wonderful meeting the members of the Center and working with a fantastic Board of dedicated individuals. He looks forward to creating an even stronger connection between Forks Senior Center and Albion College.

December Board Meeting

The November Board of Director’s meeting will be Wednesday, December 19 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.

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Lunch & Learn for 2018

Wednesday, December 5
MultiPurpose Room
11:30 am

Our Lunch and Learn speaker for December will be Scott Evans, President/CEO from Homestead Savings Bank. He will be presenting on reverse mortgages with a focus on the pro’s and con’s of this type of mortgage. Come prepared to ask questions and learn if this is a viable financial solution for you. Homestead Savings Bank is also sponsoring the lunch and will provide boxed lunches from the Foundry Bakehouse and Deli. You must sign up two weeks ahead of time to make sure you will have a meal.

We will not be having a January Lunch and Learn since it would be January 2 and we felt it was too close to the New Year holiday. Our next Lunch and Learn will be February 6, 2019, and Amy Deprez from the Albion Economic Development Corporation will be speaking about all of the exciting things happening in Albion.

As noted above, there will be no charge for Lunch & Learn but you must register in advance to ensure that you will have a meal. For the February Lunch & Learn, we will resume our usual procedure: Lunch will be $3 and you must sign up in advance so we can plan for enough lunches for everyone.

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December Holiday Luncheon and Potluck

  • When: Thursday, December 20, at 12 pm
  • Location: Multipurpose Room

For December we are combining the monthly potluck with our holiday luncheon. Details are still being ironed out, but we ask that you bring a dish to pass and your festive holiday spirit. There will be a sign-up sheet available at the Center so we can plan for how many people we will have.

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Marshall's Merry Mile Trip

  • Thursday, December 6 at 6 pm

This year we decided to check out the Christmas lights in Marshall, as well as the Merry Mile Christmas Lights Display at the Calhoun County Fair Grounds. Afterward we will have dinner at one of the local restaurants.

Trip cost is $9 which covers the driver and entrance into the Fair Grounds. Dinner is on your own.

A sign-up sheet is available at the Center. You must sign up no later than Friday, November 30. No refunds will be given after November 30. The group will be leaving by the back door of the Center at 6 pm.

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Eastend Studio & Gallery Classes at FSC

Meet the Masters Art Class Series

  • When: Tuesdays from 11 am to 12:30 pm
  • Where: Front Conference Room
  • Cost: $3 for FSC Members, $5 for Non-members

The Classes

December 4—Kissing Klimt

Gustav Klimt’s name is not well known but his paintings are. He was a very interesting and eccentric artist. Come learn about him and do a painting styled after his Tree of Life painting.

December 11—Have Some Faith

Come learn about the life and art of Faith Ringgold who is best known for her story quilts and artwork that tells about a time in her life. We will be creating a mixed media project using paper, oil pastels and watercolor to create a faux quilt square.

December 18—Gorgeous Georgia

Best known for her large images of flowers, Georgia O’Keefe was a very talented artist who led an interesting life and created very beautiful and well-known works of art. Come learn about her life and create a painting like her Red Poppy using acrylic paint.

Registration Details & More Info

  1. Sign up for classes at FSC
  2. For more information call Eastend Studio & Gallery at (269) 789-2379, or check out their website
  3. Payment is due in cash to Eastend Studio and Gallery on the day of the class

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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Funding for FSC Provided by

  • Albion Community Foundation
  • Albion Philanthropic Women
  • Battle Creek Community Foundation
  • Calhoun County Senior Millage
  • CareWell Services South West
  • City of Albion Recreation Millage
  • Delmar & Audria M. Olson Family Foundation

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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.

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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