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Magic of Aging

January 2009

by R. H. Carter

Happy 2009 from the Wakulla County Senior Citizen's Center

newyear 125.gifThe Wakulla County Senior Center Board and Staff wish all of Wakulla County a wonderful 2009.  We at the Senior Center are doing all we can to enhance life for our older population.  The seniors had a great 2008 and especially enjoyed the holiday season including Thanksgiving and Christmas.  The Senior Center Board and Staff provided a free Thanksgiving dinner for all of Wakulla County.  Approximately 490 dinners were served.  Support for this event was outstanding.  Funding was provided by Wakulla Bank, Ameris Bank, Humana, Inc., VFW Post 4538, Ms. Anita Townsend, Brent Thurmond and some Senior Center employees that wanted to remain anonymous.

Christmas gifts for seniors were so numerous that we can’t list them.  Churches, clubs, businesses and local citizens opened their hearts and really provided a wonderful Christmas for so many.  Many needy children that our Transportation Program serves climbed out of bed Christmas morning to find excitement, happiness and joy resting under their Christmas tree.  It is such a pleasure to be a part of all these wonderful activities.

It’s often reported that these services are provided because of the support of the Wakulla County Senior Citizens, Board of Directors.  But there is much more that our Board does for our programs that are rarely reported.  The Board of Directors consists of Peggy Mackin - Chair, Anita Townsend – Vice Chair, Sherida Crum – Secretary/Treasurer, Ruby Allen, Linda Boles, Beulah King, Larry Massa, Cheryll Olah, Susan Payne-Turner, James Taylor, Queen Webster and Ruth Williams.

During the last ten years, I have been so thankful for a Board that understands the difference between their job and the role of the executive director.  They come from different backgrounds and are open in sharing their ideas with me and other Board members.  When they meet they are familiar with the board packet and have already read the minutes of the last meeting.  They freely share their financial resources to support our efforts.  They are interested in the welfare of our organization and not personal interest.  These are extraordinary people doing extraordinary things under extraordinary circumstances.  These individuals are smart and dedicated caring people committed to working together.  I’m grateful for every one of them.

The Board of Directors serve as volunteers and provide reassurance that our future senior services will continue through these hard times.  I have noticed that individuals and organizations are keeping financial contributions at a stable level.  We are receiving more and more small contributions from them.  Our citizens know that we are not protected from hard times and we find that they are concerned and willing to help.

I’m so proud of our county and must remind you that Wakulla County is the place to be.

This article originally published January 1, 2009.

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