As I’ve mentioned before, we are always on the lookout for volunteers to help in various ways. If you’ve ever thought of becoming more involved in Shepherd’s Center, we’d love to talk with you about serving on our board of directors. The term for a director is three years, and I do want to thank the very dedicated individuals who are leaving the board at the end of the year. Thank you to Glenn Aronson, Lou Schulz, Evie Strack, Mary Ellen Sturm and Carol McKitrick for your dedication and service on the board of directors. I should mention, at Shepherd’s Center there is no membership involved; we feature senior adults who volunteer their life experience and skills to benefit the community. In the past year alone, our various programs have affected over 3,000 people in the Cannon Valley area. The primary purpose of Shepherd’s Center is to enrich the age 55 plus years with opportunities to make a significant difference in not only your own life, but the lives of others. Give us a call if you’d be willing to serve on our board of directors, 507-263-2136.
If you haven’t heard the news, we’re going back to the 50’s in January! We are very excited to announce our latest concert here in Cannon Falls, it’s “The Day the Music Died,” a musical tribute to Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper. Starring John Mueller as Buddy Holly, this concert has been playing to sellout crowds throughout the United States. The show will take place on Saturday, January 18th at the Cannon Falls High School Auditorium. The doors will open at six with the show at seven. Tickets are now available at Scofield Drug and Gift, Shepherd’s Center and online at www.eventbrite.shepherdscenter.com. Tickets are $30 each and all proceeds from the concert help support Shepherd’s Center. A huge thank you to the major sponsors that helped make this event possible…The Nelson Insurance Agency, Merchants Bank, Cannon Falls Lions Club, Vasa Spring Garden Mutual Insurance, First Farmers & Merchants Bank and Freeberg Insurance. This show recreates the concert performed on February 3, 1959 in Clear Lake, Iowa which was called the Winter Dance Party. Tickets have been selling fast and would make a great gift for the holidays!
It’s that time of year where the gym next to Shepherd’s Center is available for anyone wanting to walk during the winter months. You can get your exercise in the indoor comforts of the gymnasium and everyone is welcome. The best times to walk are between noon and 3 p.m.
This time of year the radio is filled with holiday music and Christmas movies are plentiful on television. I leave you this month with a quote from the 1947 movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Remember when Clarence (the angel) had this to say; “Strange, isn't it? Each man's life touches so many other lives. When he isn't around he leaves an awful hole, doesn't he?”
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours from Shepherd’s Center of the Cannon Valley!
-Rod Johnson, Executive Director