Last updated: April 29. 2014 12:40AM - 358 Views
By Janet Miller

Sandie Thompson, Dick Nettles and Judy York.
Sandie Thompson, Dick Nettles and Judy York.
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“Do more than belong: participate. Do more than care: help. Do more than believe: practice. Do more than be fair: be kind. Do more than forgive: forget. Do more than dream: work.” — William Arthur Ward. Spring Valley Center celebrated volunteers April 15, with about 60 recognized, and 30 members attending our party.

Volunteers of the Year Joe Martin and Joel Miller received “loaded” tool carriers and plaques and special thanks for all they did toward our move this past year. They will also be recognized at Greene County Council on Aging’s Volunteer event on April 30 at the fairgrounds.

We also surprised three members by inducting them into our Hall of Fame. Dick Nettles, Sandie Thompson, and Judy York, all active members for at least 10 years, have made significant contributions as staff or board members and in all their volunteer activities, regular attendance and support.

They received flowers, plaques, restaurant gift cards, and a lifetime membership. Dick started attending with his late wife and has been on the Board for the last six years, President for 2009 and 2010. He helped guide the Board through hiring the current director and in beginning plans for moving to our new Center.

He enjoyed playing cards for a long time, doing puzzles, and lending his help to whatever activity the Center planned, whether contributing to purchase food for a special dinner, clearing tables in the cafeteria, selling dolls and crafts at the Potato Festival, or just being a friendly face here every day!

Sandie has been on staff for several years, starting out with Marylou Pace in charge. She has done countless ceramic projects, needlework, and about any craft that you can think of. She has been involved with organizing craft supply donations, Potato Festival and Christmas bazaars, as well as helping with various dinners and parties. Judy started coming to bring her mother and when her husband died, this was the Friday night place to come to do activities and not be lonely. It has been her “home away from home” and she has gotten involved in a little bit of everything.

She loves all kinds of crafts, including tatting, wood-carving, clay, and jewelry-making and has taught quite a few of the classes. She has been on the Board and is always ready to help head up projects and planning parties. Another quote… “Why did she make things? Well, she enjoyed it, of course. But it also helped her remember who she was and where she came from.” Come join us and remember where you have come from and adopt us a place to belong!

We are so lucky to have many active senior volunteers to keep our Center running! A big thanks to all of the event sponsors: Medigold, Elmcroft, and Hospitality for food, Harbor Freight, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Rural King, and Legacy for gifts for honorees, and Trinity, Rooster’s, Slim’s, Frisch’s, and Tudors Biscuit World for door prizes for volunteers. Also a thanks to Greene County Council on Aging for lining up our speaker and to Dick Straus of the Greene County Historical Society for sharing “Tools.”

We also have excellent staff that keep our kitchen going with serving meals and do the behind-the-scenes work to set up programs and interact with our seniors to make this a place they want to come to keep busy and be productive. Besides Sandie, Ann Martin keeps our quilters constantly in new projects, and Becky Sellers and Creada Vance-Rhoads do most of the kitchen and computer activities.

Thanks to Megan Zehring for eight years of working in the kitchen and more recently, helping put out the newsletter. She has recently completed her associate degree and is ready to move on. We are planning to hire a part-time position to work with Becky and Creada and fill in some of the gaps for vacations and days off.

The position would be partly in the kitchen and will require food handler’s sanitation certification, which can be taken on-line after hiring. It also requires some computer skills for helping with the newsletter and maintaining records, as well as some cleaning and planning. For the right person, it could also include filling in for teaching crafts when we have staff on vacation. It definitely would involve social interaction with seniors and a rapport that will encourage involvement!

The position pays minimum wage and does not have any extra benefits, but the hours can be flexible and the work is not hard. It would be a great job for someone that is retiring but wants to keep active a couple of days a week. The position will likely be filled quickly, so call director Janet Miller as soon as possible 862-4475!

Now for up-coming events. May 5 will be our next cook-our-own lunch of baked ham and sweet potato casserole, along with some fresh -baked pies, regular cost of $5 plus tax and $1 extra for salads, $1.50 dessert. It does not require reservations.

Following the meal will be our annual membership meeting. All members are encouraged to attend and we will be voting on two new board members.

A big thanks to Dick Nettles and Louise Holton, who are going off after serving the maximum six consecutive years. If you will be unable to attend, you can get an absentee ballot from Janet, Becky, or Creada.

We’ll also be getting our newsletter out in the next week -if you want to join or to be sent a copy, please call the Center. Put May 6 on your calendar for massages and May 12 for free senior blood testing by UHS, sponsored by Area Agency on Aging. Keep in mind that anyone is welcome to come for lunch by calling the day ahead for reservations for our $5 catered meals. Seniors are welcome for morning crafts, exercises, or afternoon cards and games Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays.

Janet Miller is the director of the senior center and guest columnist.

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