Writing about the Shawnee Senior Center is always a “work in progress”. Not because it’s difficult to write the “Senior Center Happenings” column but because there are so many things to write about that deciding on what to tell you this week is, for me, a hard decision to make and that’s where our Cruise Director Kate comes in. When you have time, remind me to tell you how that Cruise Director title came into being but, once again I digress. Back to topic.

Writing about the Shawnee Senior Center is always a “work in progress”. Not because it’s difficult to write the “Senior Center Happenings” column but because there are so many things to write about that deciding on what to tell you this week is, for me, a hard decision to make and that’s where our Cruise Director Kate comes in. When you have time, remind me to tell you how that Cruise Director title came into being but, once again I digress. Back to topic.

This Wednesday I had the fun of talking to “Mike in the Morning” on our weekly Center Update on his program at 8:35 AM. And, just in case you missed it, Kate thought it would be the perfect opportunity to continue the conversation about a topic near and dear to all who work at the Center and that topic is “Our Volunteers”. Kate has a staff of nine, however only four are full time (counting Kate) and the rest are part time. To manage all the activities that go on at the Center takes those 9 people and then some and that’s where the need for volunteers becomes necessary and, hopefully, that’s where some of you reading this will find some time to join us by volunteering.

Let me tell you some of the ways you can do that. We started our new greenhouse this year and it’s pretty big and the plan was to be able to grow some of the fresh veggies that we use for lunches. We actually did that this summer but we are still in the process of completing the greenhouse, which we should finish this fall. Now what we need are people with green thumbs to help us get it set up for this winter. If you love to putter around in the dirt planting stuff and helping it to grow “WE NEED YOU!” Come talk to Kate.

If you enjoy knitting or crocheting or if you would like to learn to knit or crochet and be in a social environment that meets weekly to do those things, again we need your help because we don’t have someone who can help us do that either. So again, “WE NEED YOU”, come talk to Kate.

If you enjoy meeting and greeting people we have just the place for you too, it’s the front desk at the Senior Center. We need volunteers who can do just that, answer the phones when they ring and generally join Staff in being the face of the Center. If you have a three to four hour block of time you would like to volunteer on a weekly basis, we would love to have you. Mornings or afternoons are available if you have the time. Once a week or more, you decide. And again, “WE NEED YOU”, come talk to Kate.

And, just in case volunteering is not your thing, but enjoying meeting people in a social environment is somethintg you would like to do, let me tell you quickly about some of the activities you can join in. Like playing cards – we have groups that play canasta, pinochle, spades, and more that would love to have more people join them. Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons we have the Canasta plus other games group from 1:00 to whenever they are done (between 4 & 5). Come on down and join in the playing cards group, they are always interested in having new faces join in the fun. Thursdays are pinochle days and that group wants more players so they can have more than one table playing. Don’t know how to play, come on in anyway and learn, all the card players would love to have fresh faces join them.

The Domino’s players are looking for fresh faces also. If you like playing Dominos, they play every afternoon in the pool room (reminder: room with cue sticks and tables, not water). Come join them and, although they are all guys at the present time, I believe a lady would be well received in their tight little group so don’t be shy. Men, women – come enjoy Dominos (I believe they just play straight dominos not some kind they call “something like chicken foot” whatever that is. Obviously I am not a dominos player but I guess one of these days I could try... The bottom line is “come on down to the Senior Center to volunteer or join a group or just to enjoy!!! I’ll be looking for you!

Cruise Director Kate Joyce will be on KGFF Radio (FM 100.9 or AM 1450) on Wednesday morning, August 23rd at 8:35am with “Mike in the Morning” about some recent fantastic news that the Center received. Join us!!.

And remember at the Shawnee Senior Center “Age is just a number”. The website is www,SHAWNEESENIORS.ORG and our Facebook page is “Shawnee Senior Center.”