Senior center sees increase in membership and programs
By Judy VanBrocklin
The Blaine senior center is bringing to a close the year 2003 with continued increase in membership, programs, and activities. There can never be enough said about the continued support by the community taxpayers and city government. Community members and volunteers donate endless volunteer hours and material gifts that help enhance the senior center programs.
The big celebration this year was held in January.This celebration marked the 10 year bond pay off for the senior center building. This building has become a center for community meetings, programs, and private rentals.
The senior center sponsored a sign language class that was well attended by young and mature adults alike. It was great to have children attend this class. It was definitely good for our mature adults to have children in attendance.
Our very own Evelyn Yarbrough was honored as the Whatcom County senior of the year. Evelyn is one of many seniors donating hundred of physical hours as well as monetary gifts, toward the running of the Blaine senior center. The increase in membership has brought many great new energetic volunteers to the center. Volunteers are the grease that runs the center�s wheels. We have some great volunteer opportunities for individuals looking for worthwhile activities that make a difference in their community. Call 332-8040 or just stop by if you would like to volunteer.
One of the fundraising events that our volunteers put on was the catered Steamboat dinner held in August. This was a smashing success. We do some catered events to meet obligations, such as liability insurance and Meals on Wheels insurance. September 11 has caused our insurances to skyrocket, as everyone knows.
The big purchase for the center was stage curtains. We now have a community theater group attached to the community center. They will be helping our senior center put on some one-act plays. If you are interested in acting opportunities, come on in and sign up for the new year.
The weight-training program is still going at high speed. It is rewarding to see all the new trainees returning to use the weight room on a regular basis. If you are interested in taking the 10-week, twice a week, one-hour class, please call the center. You will need to have your doctor fill out a medical release form before the class starts. The university provides teachers at a one-time cost of $45. The yearly $15 membership fee allows you to exercise as much as you want. This would be a great new years resolution!
Special thanks and happy new year to each and everyone in the Blaine, Custer, Birch Bay and Semiahmoo areas, from the Blaine senior center staff and board of directors.