For those of you who missed the appreciation dinner Saturday night at the Senior Center, you missed a fun evening.
Don Reynolds, the center director, was honored for his 30 years at the center — 25 of them as director — with approximately 200 friends. The center held a turkey dinner prepared by George Routhier at which Don was both honored and roasted. In answer to the obvious question, no he is not retiring; he’s not even eligible to join the center yet! He wishes to thank all his friends and center members who turned out to honor him.
The yearly organizational meeting of the center’s Board of Directors will be held Thursday at the 1:15 p.m. business meeting. Officers will be elected for the next year, and Gerry Trottier will officially be joining the board in the seat vacated by Patricia Verbickas. New officers will be announced in next week’s column.
On Monday, Nancy Tortolani from the URI Outreach program will be at the center at 11 a.m. to offer a free blood pressure clinic. Any area senior is invited to take advantage of this offering.
On Sunday, July 28, the Westerly Senior Center will be holding a fundraising pancake breakfast at the center from 8 to 10 a.m. The menu will be plain or blueberry pancakes, fruit cup, sausage, and coffee or tea. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2.50 for children 12 and younger. Tickets are on sale at the center office or may be purchased at the door. As anyone who belongs to a nonprofit organization like the senior center knows, we are always holding fundraisers to support programs and activities. The senior center is very lucky to have members and volunteers like George Routhier, who chairs most of our breakfasts or dinners, because they not only plan the event but also work very hard making sure it is a success.
The senior center holds several programs offered by outside groups during the course of a month. Not only do these programs have a meeting place, but our members have the opportunity to take advantage of the offerings of the groups. These include podiatrist services every other month by Dr. Walter; INSIGHT, which is a support group for the visually impaired and legally blind meets the first Wednesday of the month from September to May; Blue Cross and AARP/United Health hold health insurance seminars every month (more during open enrollment); Joe Mazza offers Italian services the second Thursday of the month for those whose primary language is Italian; AA offers weekly Wednesday afternoon meetings; TOPS, or Taking Pounds OFF Sensibly, meets Tuesday and Thursday evenings; and Ninigret Quilters, a new group to meet at the center, meets the second Tuesday of the month.
You may find meeting times or more information about the groups by checking the center newsletter or by calling the groups directly.
As a reminder, The Westerly Hospital’s arthritis exercise group will be starting Monday at 10:45 a.m. in the center’s shuffleboard room. You may sign up for the class by calling the hospital’s outpatient occupational therapy department art 596-3593.
For reservations, call Edie at (401) 596-7216. Recommended donation is $3. Please make reservations on Thursdays for the next week.
Monday — Juice cup, chicken cacciatore, penne pasta, Italian green beans, applesauce, or seafood salad on rye.
Tuesday — Garden salad, low-sodium hot dog, roll, Capri blend vegetables, diced pears, or chicken salad on whole wheat.
Wednesday — Beef noodle soup, pot roast with gravy, whipped potatoes, beets, or Jell-O, or corned beef and cheese on rye.
Thursday — Chicken rice soup, stuffed shells with meat sauce, country blend vegetables, cookie, or roast beef on wheat.
Friday — Minestrone soup, tuna salad plate with lettuce and tomato, pasta salad, fruit cocktail, or Italian grinder.