Well here it is Sunday morning and, thankfully, you are once again joining me in reading the Shawnee Senior Happenings. I do read it on Sunday when I get my copy of the Shawnee News-Star. I just love the headline that the ladies at the News Star give it and so I read it to see if I matched it. I always think the headline is the best part but I keep trying.

Well here it is Sunday morning and, thankfully, you are once again joining me in reading the Shawnee Senior Happenings. I do read it on Sunday when I get my copy of the Shawnee News-Star. I just love the headline that the ladies at the News Star give it and so I read it to see if I matched it. I always think the headline is the best part but I keep trying.

This week I’ve been kinda reflective and decided I would continue that with this column. Kate, better known as the Cruise Director of the Senior Center is always thinking about ways to make our Center better. And when she gets an idea she starts the ball rolling and then whoever is affected by this decision starts researching ideas and actions. And that’s what happened when Kate decided earlier this year that the Shawnee Senior Center needed a better more information friendly accounting system. What we had been using for the past 12 years was a basic income and expense spreadsheet. The person responsible for purchasing what was needed was also the person who paid the bills so there was no disconnect there. The City of Shawnee gave the Center a stipend each month that went toward running a community Center for Senior Citizens. Grants were used to support programs (like the fitness grant from COEDD-AAA and the grant from Walmart for meals and kitchen equipment) ; renting space in the building and money raising functions like dances in the auditorium were used to fill in the gaps .

But as we all know, services get more expensive each year, money gets harder to come by and it becomes necessary to reassess how we use the money we receive. Tighter controls become necessary. And, if you have a Executive Director like ours, the thought of cutting some services or charging fees for some classes is definitely NOT an option. What was an option was getting an accounting system that would allow management to deal with changing times. In order to do that it was decided that we needed an accounting system that provided more pertinent information that we were able to get from the income and expense system that the Center had for so long.

Enter – QuickBooks!!! Kate spoke to one of our Board Members who had spent her working years as an Accountant and they came up with the QuickBooks solution. Now all we had to do was find an Accountant who could run or would be interested in learning to run a QuickBooks system and, lo and behold, we had such a person. Our accountant will be taking classes in the system at Gordon Cooper at the end of November and should be ready to work with the Center’s CPA by the middle of December. From there it should be a piece of cake for them to get up to speed and current by (with fingers crossed) the end of February 2018.

Now that is a pretty big change but not the only one that the Center has experienced cause we have another one that I am pleased to announce. Valorie Martin has been put in the position of Program Coordinator. There has never been a person at the Center who comes with the sales experience that Valorie has and Kate is proud to announce that Valorie is now functioning in that position. Our Health Fair (renamed the Heart, Mind, Body and Soul Health & Wellness Fair) was s great success with 31 separate booths and varied services on display and this was mostly due to Valorie’s hard work lining up agencies and businesses to participate. She is currently working on a project that would enable our older adult population to join in the fun and outside fresh air time their grandchildren experience when they go to a park and playground. She is working on getting a grant that would enable the Center to provide additional equipment made for adults that would be able to be used within the same area that would be safe and secure for adults as well as children. Having fun with your grandchildren, what better way to spend time enjoying the things you never had time to do with your own children. I know that’s one of the fun things I do with my two grandchildren (even though they are boys and I will never understand them).

Please remember that with the holidays coming, there are still some times and dates available for those holiday parties that you want to have without the work involved with having it in your own home. The Center has rooms to meet your specific needs. Small personal rooms (check out our craft rooms); need a warm homey room with a kitchen (the WP Wood room is perfect for you); how about a large family reunion that you have every year or so (try our large community room, maybe add the Wood Room and kitchen), or how about a party for those teens who like to dance, shoot some pool or play games (the pool room would be perfect). Give Kate a call and check it out for yourself.

The Shawnee Senior Center Staff and Peeps that come here want to wish all of you out there a very Happy Thanksgiving. The Center will be closed on Thanksgiving (the 23rd) and Friday (the 24th) and will reopen on Monday November 27th.

Kate Joyce will be joining Mike Askins at “Mike in the Morning” on KGFF Radio (FM 100.9 or AM 1450) on Wednesday, November 22nd to update you on the “goings on” at the Shawnee Senior Center.

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

SEE YOU AT THE CENTER!