Looking back – Starting a new year with a new name, I’d also like to reflect on this past year. A number of exciting things happened here as we continue to be “seniors serving seniors, serving the community.” Besides the name, what other new things happened? Well, we now have brand new bicycles compete with helmets for seniors to use! I know this isn’t the weather for it, but soon spring will be here and for those that would like to bike down the Cannon Valley Trail or just bike around town; we have bicycles and tricycles available here at the Cannon Valley Senior Center! Speaking of the trail, I can’t begin to say what a great time was had by all in October when we took seniors down the Cannon Valley Trail is six-passenger golf carts. It was a glorious fall day and an experience that we will never forget! Our goal is to do this again in 2018 and possibly do it twice. We are starting the New Year with 3 new board members here at the CVSC. Welcome aboard Nina Pagel, Eileen Fox and Kevin Scott who will all serve a three year term.
Thank you – A big thank you to our outgoing board members. Leaving the board after 7 years is Loren Evenrud, who is a past chairman. Also leaving after three years, Helen Baughman and Geri Torkelson; thank you for your service! I’d also like to thank our outgoing chairperson, Joyce Falink who did an outstanding job in leading this organization for the past year. Joyce will remain on the board as past chairperson. We also want to thank everyone who donated financially in December. To those who sent in donations from our Feature newsletter, thank you! We did receive a number of memorial donations last month, in memory of Vivian Brage, Eleonore Hultman, George Conzemius, Chuck Bubach, Nahum Terwilliger, Gene Geifer, Paul Irrthum, Virgill Rapp, Chris Otto and Bud Hallanger. Local support is so important to the success of the Cannon Valley Senior Center.
Finances – We’ve had some inquiries lately about the current financial situation at the Cannon Valley Senior Center. This past year we’ve added a few very worthwhile projects and services and hope to expand this year. One example is valet parking at the hospital, something we feel is very important and would be beneficial to the community. Our target start date for valet parking is March 1st. The bottom line is, all of the programs and services we offer cost money. Although we’ve been holding our own lately, the fact of the matter is we’re showing a deficit for the year 2017. We have a great board of directors and they are exploring ways in which we can raise enough funds to continue everything we offer. We’re hoping to have another fund raising concert this year to help get us through the year. I guess what I’m trying to say is, your financial contributions are so very important and the reason we can stay afloat. In late November, we mailed out our annual newsletter to over 5200 residents of the Cannon Valley. We were a little disappointed in the results; only 31 people responded with a donation. We’re thankful we did at least break even on our Feature newsletter. Please consider making a donation to the Cannon Valley Senior Center. You can donate in a variety of ways; memorials, cash, real estate, securities, special bequests, trusts, wills and more. Your support is greatly appreciated.
We’re excited about the future here at the Cannon Valley Senior Center! We will be having an open house soon and are also working on our next concert event here in Cannon Falls. It’s going to be a great 2018. Happy New Year to all and keep in mind what Lucille Ball once said, ““One of the things I learned the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.” Here’s to a wonderful 2018!