October Highlights

Message from the Chair
FSC Board of Directors

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

Just when I think we are done with hot weather, it's back! Someone said today, that cooler temps are on the way next week, can't wait!

Tonight, was our monthly potluck with 12 people enjoying great food and fellowship. Why not mark your calendar now and plan to attend the October potluck which is on October 19? Bring a dish to pass and your own table service.

Two trips happened this month, one to the Eastern Market in Detroit, and the other to Horrocks in Lansing. Speaking of trips, we are working on a new procedure that if you sign-up to go and do not pay by the due date, your name will be removed from the list so others might be given the opportunity to go. Each trip we've had recently, several people sign up, but then for varying reasons do not go. We have to reserve the van and driver far in advance so its important that we know how many we have going so we can plan accordingly.

Calhoun County has begun work on the old Michigan Works space which will become the new Fitness Center. Once that is completed, work will begin on the present Fitness Center and Activity Room area. The final part of the renovations will be the Reception and Social Room area. We will keep you posted as work progresses. There may be times when we will need to move events from one area to another. We have been asked that people do not enter any of the constructions areas.

Another successful year at Swingín at the Shell. Thanks to Dale Duff, and his fantastic team of dedicated volunteers, we raised $1,200. Thanks to those who donated cookies, pop, ice, and anything else.

What a great place the Forks Senior Center is! 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

I would like to welcome and introduce Kathy Stimer. Kathy has been hired as the new Office Assistant for the Forks Senior Center. Her first day at Forks will be October 2. Kathy and her husband Dennis are new members to the center. They have been playing Euchre for about a month now and Dennis has been enjoying our new painting class.

Originally from Coldwater, Kathy comes with a diverse background in HUD-based property management, community liaison for FEMA, and served as an exchange student coordinator. Kathy will be working at the center Monday through Thursday from 1 to 5 pm at the front desk. Kathy is very friendly and easy to talk to. Please stop by and make her feel welcome.

Another new face you will be seeing at the center is Vicki Easterwood. Vicki is employed by the Albion Health Care Alliance and was recently certified to counsel people about Medicare and Medicaid. She will be working with Micki during open enrollment to do benefits counseling at the center. If you see her working out of the office formerly used by Christy Bauer please say hi.

Forks recently entered into an agreement with LPI, a company who will be printing our newsletters for us in color. The first newsletter will be the December 2017 one. We will have more pages and the format may change a little but hopefully the new newsletter will be easier to read and a great marketing tool for the center. We will be getting 500 printed copies so we are going to need our members assistance in distributing the extra copies throughout the community. I'm planning to make up bundles so members can take them with you to church, or other places you know older adults like to frequent.

Along with the above changes we already have a new phone system, will be purchasing a new camera system, and we are working on a new website. It is an exciting time to be a member of Forks Senior Center. If anyone has any concerns or questions about any of the above referenced changes, please feel free to stop into my office and chat.

Luann Sommers
Forks Executive Director

Quick Notes

Swingin' at the Shell Update

As Carol mentioned in her letter, our Swingin' At The Shell fundraiser was a great success and raised $1,200. For the first time this year we also had 50/50 raffles which raised $87. Thank you Harry Martin who won one of the 50/50s and opted to not take his half and donated it to the center.

Bracelet Class

October 18 at 1 pm there will be a craft class to make bracelets. The Sit and Stitch group is making items to offer for donations at the upcoming Craft Fair (see next item). If you’d like to come help make bracelets, please sign up at the center and join us.

Arts and Crafts Extravaganza

The 7th Annual Arts and Crafts Extravaganza will be held on November 4th from 10 am to 2 pm at Albion First United Methodist Church . Food and drinks will be available for purchase as well as all of the great holiday gifts and crafts. Come help support the center and get started or finish up your Christmas shopping.

Estate Planning and Annuity Scams

Who Should You Trust? Avoiding Estate Planning Mistakes!

Join us on Wednesday, October 11, at 12:30 pm for a seminar presented by the State Bar of Michigan, A Living Trust Education Initiative: Who Should You Trust? Avoiding Estate Planning Mistakes. The seminar, which is open to the public, provides essential estate planning information and the warning signs of deceptive annuity sales practices that could potentially jeopardize your economic stability.

During the presentation, you will learn how to identify and avoid “trust mill” scams. These scams tout the benefits of a “trust-based” estate plan irrespective of specific needs and make exaggerated statements about the probate administration process to create a seemingly convincing story on why a “trust” and an annuity are the only good estate planning choices. The annuity’s long-term investment requirements, the hefty penalty for early withdrawals, and the salesperson’s commission are typically buried in the paperwork. The percentage-based commission provides substantial incentive for the annuity salesperson to quickly close the deal. These aggressive annuity sales tactics have also been effectively used against veterans applying for Veteran Affairs benefits.

Come to this seminar to become aware of these sales tactics used to gain access to you and your hard earned savings. It is important to make sure that the person giving you estate planning advice is a licensed lawyer concerned about your best interests and last wishes, and not about making a commission on a sale. If you already have an estate plan in place, this seminar will help you to gain peace of mind that you can ignore solicitation from non-lawyers suggesting that something more is needed. Attendees will receive a specially-designed folder containing essential estate planning information and easy-to-remember reminders of the warning signs of trust-based estate planning and annuity scams.

For more information, contact the Forks Senior Center at 517-629-3842. A sign up sheet is available at the center. As previously statyed, this event is open to the public.

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 (October 1) we have collected a total of $70,348 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.