The “Songs and Sounds of Johnny Cash” could be heard throughout the high school auditorium this past Sunday, when Shepherd’s
Center presented legendary guitarist and an original member of Johnny Cash’s Tennessee Three, Bob Wootton. Thank you to the over 400 people who attended! Besides Wootton, the band Six Mile Grove also performed. It was a wonderful show with proceeds
benefitting Shepherd’s Center of the Cannon Valley. A special thank you to Thrivent Financial for Lutherans for providing
matching funds for this event!
Shepherd’s Center has an informative “Adventures in Learning” coming up on Friday, September 9th at St. Ansgars Church.
The event starts at 9:30 with local resident and EMT Jeremy Mouw. He’ll discuss the Cannon Falls EMT’s, what to expect if you ever need to call them, and other information beneficial to area residents concerning the Cannon Falls Emergency Medical Technicians. Also speaking will be Chuck Tindell, who is not only a professional speaker, but a noted author as well. His first book, “Seeing Beyond the Wrinkles”, was the recipient of the National Mature Media’s coveted GOLD AWARD. Since the publication he has given presentations around the country on such topics as Spirituality and Aging, The Courage to Be, Aspects of Successful Aging, and the topic he’ll discuss here in Cannon Falls, “Life’s Journey, What’s in Your Suitcase?” Chuck and his wife, Carol, have been married for 48 years and have three grown sons, four grandchildren and reside in Apple Valley. Besides listening to excellent speakers, those attending will also enjoy lunch. Anyone who would like to attend is asked to call Shepherd’s Center at 507-263-2136. The cost to attend is only $6.00, and includes lunch.
To all of the folks who sent in donations to Shepherd’s Center from our recent “Feature”newsletter, we sincerely thank you! This past month we received donations designated as memorials for the following; Harold Gesme, Fred Miller, Johnny Flom, Raymond Ohnstad, and Joe Murphy. We also received gifts in honor of Clara Sameulson’s 100th birthday and in honor of Marv and Bev Lecy’s anniversary. Shepherd’s Center thanks all of our wonderful supporters!
There is still room on our trip to Nashville, Tennessee, departing Cannon Falls on November 27th and returning December 3rd.
The trip includes 7 days and 6 nights, deluxe motorcoach transportation, shows, tours, 10 meals and more for the bargain price of just $575. To sign up, contact Shepherd’s Center at 507-263-2136 or stop in at the office located at 120 State Street West. Space is limited, so those interested are encouraged to sign up soon…the last trip was a sell out!
Mark down October 20th on your calendar, which is the date of our 7thAnnual Health Fair. It will take place at the Cannon Community Center, adjacent to Shepherd’s Center from 8:30 till 11:30 a.m. Many vendors will be on hand along with othe opportunities at this year’s health fair. Details are still being taken care of, and more information will be available soon.
In closing, I think back on the remarkable long life of George Burns, who once said, “Ihonestly think it is better to be a failure at something you love than to be a success at something you hate.” I hope everyone is doing something they love!
There is definitely a “buzz” about our upcoming concert, featuring the legendary Bob Wootton, Johnny Cash’s guitar player for
over 30 years. “Guaranteed Cash” will be presented on Sunday, August 28th at the Cannon Falls High School Theater. The doors open at 5:30 with the show starting at 6:30 p.m. Wootton was part of the original “Tennessee Three,” and played concerts at Madison Square Garden and the Houston Astrodome. He appeared with Johnny Cash at prisons and the White House, played on
Austin City Limits, and even before the Queen of England. He played through the group’s last public tour in 1998.
Few people know Johnny Cash and his music as closely as Wootton does. This is Shepherd Center’s main fund raising event of the year, and also performing will be Six Mile Grove. Tickets are $20, and available at Shepherd’s Center, Scofield Drug, by calling Glen “Grandpa”Aronson at 507-298-0102, or by calling Shepherd’s Center at 507-263-2136. Major credit cards are accepted.
A group of over 50 area residents enjoyed a show trip to the Smoky Mountains last month. The trip was sponsored by Shepherd’s Center of the Cannon Valley. A new trip is planned for November 27th thru December 3rd to Nashville, Tennessee. Motorcoach
transportation is provided, departing from Cannon Falls. We’ll enjoy some great shows, including the Grand Ol’ Opry along with the
Nashville Dinner Theater, Country Music Hall of Fame and more. The cost is only $575 and space is limited. For more information or to sign up, stop by Shepherd’s Center at 120 West State Street in Cannon Falls.
We’d like to thank Goodhue County Cooperative Electric and their “Operation Round-Up”program. Recently, they donated $300 to
Shepherd’s Center to help in purchasing a new television and Wii game system. Once this is installed, seniors are invited to stop by and give it a try. Not only is it good exercise, it’s a lot of fun and also a great way to socialize. We’ll keep you posted and let you know when we’re ready to roll with our new Wii game system!
Shepherd’s Center is looking to upgrade its office facility. We’re hoping to give it a new look, and could use volunteers to help us out. If you’re a handyman and interested in volunteering your skills, please call 507-263-2136. We’re open to any ideas or advice!
Our next“Adventures in Learning” will be held on Friday, September 9th at St. Ansgars Church starting at 9:30 a.m. Featured will be Chuck Tindell and his presentation of “Life’s Journey –What’s in Your Suitcase?” Tindell is a noted author, in fact his first book, “Seeing Beyond the Wrinkles,” was the recipient of the National Mature Media’s coveted GOLD AWARD designating it
among “The Best in Educational Material for Older Adults.” The cost to attend is only $6 and includes lunch. Shepherd’s Center conducts“Adventures in Learning” four times each year.
You should have received your copy of the “Feature” recently, our summer newsletter from Shepherd’s Center. We hope you enjoyed the articles and photos…a special thanks goes out to all the volunteers who stopped by to help fold and get the newsletters ready to mail, thank you all very much! Inside the newsletter was an envelope that can be used for your donations to Shepherd’s Center. This past month, we received a donation in honor of Sherman and Jean Ann Hommedahl’s 50th weddinganniversary. We also received memorial donations for Carl Wolander, Jr. and Harold Gesme. Thank you to all who have donated and helped
support the work of Shepherd’s Center!
Hard to believe it’s been eight years since we lost comedian Bob Hope, who passed away on July 27th, 2003 at the age of 100.
He was a funny and wise man, who once said, “when we recall the past, we usually find that it is the simplest things - not the
great occasions - that in retrospect give off the greatest glow of happiness.” I couldn’t agree more; enjoy the rest of the summer, as fall will be here before we know it!
Rod Johnson is the director of the Cannon Valley Senior Center.