Senior Center Moment
By Joey Large, Wauneta Senior Center Board President
The Holidays are upon us and the end of 2014 is a week away. The 2014 year has been a good one for the Wauneta Senior Center.
The board paid off the mortgage with some investment funds that were donated to the Center by BWTelcom, and through community donations and money making projects the Center was able to purchase 45 new chairs for the south side and replace the concrete pad outside the east door in the alley. Also through an individual contribution we were able to replace 10 of the black chairs in the dining room as the backs on some of the chairs were beginning to break out.
Many other small donations and memorial funds have allowed the board to continue to update the kitchen equipment and utensils. All of your donations and gifts are greatly appreciated and are used for the benefit of the Center.
In late November our current cook, Myra Large, submitted notice that her last working day as the cook would be Dec. 31, 2014. Advertisements have been run in all of the newspapers in southwest Nebraska with little success. The Center did receive and interviewed an individual for the Director position, but filling that position has been put on hold until a new cook/food service individual can be hired. No applications have been received for the cook/food service position.
The Board of Directors does not have any intentions of permanently closing the Wauneta Senior Center. The board is working to keep the Center and its programs active in the community. We are hoping that we can still fill the open cook/food service position before the end of the year. If this does not happen then other options will have to be considered for the month of January.
Volunteers have continued to be a big part of our success and the board wishes to thank all of those who have delivered noon meals, washed dishes, and contributed financially.
On behalf of the board, staff, and volunteers of the Center, your support is truly appreciated and we hope that some of you who have not stopped in to visit with us will take an opportunity to do so in the future. The coffee pot is always on.
Have a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.