Well, it's February and it's still winter in Oklahoma and I could say it's cold but I think everyone has figured that out already and no one needs me to remind them. I didn't have an idea about what to write about this week and then Kate (that's Kate the Director of the Senior Center) came up with the idea that we should recognize the many volunteers we have at the center. We could always use more, by the way, but we really do have some really terrific volunteers who donate their time and energy at the center. And, just in case you have never been inside the building I'm gonna tell you who they are and what they do.

Well, it’s February and it’s still winter in Oklahoma and I could say it’s cold but I think everyone has figured that out already and no one needs me to remind them. I didn’t have an idea about what to write about this week and then Kate (that’s Kate the Director of the Senior Center) came up with the idea that we should recognize the many volunteers we have at the center. We could always use more, by the way, but we really do have some really terrific volunteers who donate their time and energy at the center. And, just in case you have never been inside the building I’m gonna tell you who they are and what they do.

Usually when new people and the regulars come to the center their first stop is at the front desk. Sometimes because they know who he or she is but sometimes just because they need some information or have a question and the counter looks like the place to stop and ask. The volunteers who work at the front desk include Delbert Totty, Frankie Burton, Mary Johnston and, occasionally, me.

The desk volunteers can answer just about any question you have about the center, but if they don’t have an answer they know who to ask. They can direct you to the pool room, any craft room where there’s a class, tell you where to go if you’re there to get your fingerprints taken, need to use a restroom or check out the music for singing and dancing. If you’ve never been inside the center and want a tour, they will find someone to show you around (gotta admit Kate really likes to do the tours). All of these volunteers sign up for 4-5 hours at a time on a day or days of their choice. (We could use a couple more for Thursday mornings and Friday afternoons.) Think about it, it’s really kinda fun…..

If you’ve been at the center for breakfast then you’ve probably seen Richard Rice.

He volunteers to help make breakfast each morning and it’s available from around 8 in the morning until 9. It’s free and available to all those “50 and better” senior citizens who like to come, have breakfast and visit with the breakfast crowd.

On Tuesday morning the ladies from Heartline Hospice volunteer their time at the center from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. taking blood pressure readings for all who are there. Nancy Carlton will get your record out (if you’ve had it done before) or start you a new card if this is your first time. Pam Sing will take your blood pressure and your pulse rate, log it into your information and make sure you know what it is. If you need any of the information for your next doctor’s appointment they will make sure you have it to take along.

I’m sure everyone knows about our Tuesday/Thursday dances held each week at the center. The Storytime Band (four gents and a lady) plays from 1 in the afternoon until 2:30 and you can sing along or dance to the music and it’s all free because these wonderful band members have been volunteering for years at the center. The more the merrier, so drop in on Tuesday and/or Thursday and join in the fun. They also take requests so get your list ready.

There is a new exercise class now on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 10 in the morning until 10:30. It’s an aerobics class and Vicki Reed is the instructor who volunteers her time to get the rest of us moving together and having fun with a half hour of aerobic exercise. It will help to get your body moving and your face smiling so come on in and see what they do in this free to all seniors class.

There is a crocheting class held every Thursday that lasts from 1 in the afternoons until its done. It started with Sue Smith showing some “gung ho” ladies how to get their crocheting urge going and seeing what they could make and they not only made things but now after their class they are taking the time and effort to show more people what fun it is to crochet and the lovely things you can make. The center really appreciates the time and energy put out by Sue Smith who volunteered to start this class and then proceeded to make it fun and interesting to all who came to learn.

Kate and all of the members of the Shawnee Senior Center staff appreciate the time and energy that everyone who volunteers at the center gives to others. If you have something you would like to share with others and can give some of your time to get it started, give Kate a call. Kate loves new ideas, so if you have one, let her know.

And speaking about Kate please remember that she chats with “Mike in the Morning” every Wednesday at 8:35 in the morning on KGFF Radio (FM100.9 and AM 1450) so check it out and see what’s going on at the Shawnee Senior Center.

And remember “Age is just a number” at the Center, the Facebook page is “ShawneeSeniorCenter” and the website is www.SHAWNEESENIORS.org.

And as always…SEE YOU AT THE CENTER!