Helping you all to know what goes on at the Shawnee Senior Center is the goal of this column each and every week. Understanding that, as a not for profit organization, means we depend on funding from the City of Shawnee (and again we thank all citizens that voted “yes” for the cent sales tax) and the grants that our director Kate Joyce applies for and receives as well as all the in-house fundraising that we do within the center.

Helping you all to know what goes on at the Shawnee Senior Center is the goal of this column each and every week. Understanding that, as a not for profit organization, means we depend on funding from the City of Shawnee (and again we thank all citizens that voted “yes” for the ½ cent sales tax) and the grants that our director Kate Joyce applies for and receives as well as all the in-house fundraising that we do within the center.

Money raised from inside the center comes from the 50-cent pop machine sales (can’t find a machine anywhere else that gives you a can of pop for only 50 cents), the ice cream and cracker choices available again for only 50 cents, the dances we sponsor in the auditorium, the indoor garage sale we’ve had, and the health fairs we’ve all enjoyed.

But, as Kate reminded me when I was looking for a topic for this week’s column, we also have IdentoGo. This company actually called Kate at the center and spoke to her about the possibility of having a fingerprinting station within the center that would handle fingerprinting for all types of purposes and the center would be paid a small fee for each transaction. Individuals needing this service would go online and make an appointment and then come to the center to be fingerprinted. Kate felt that this could be not only a fund raising opportunity but also the chance for more people to become familiar with where and what the senior center was.

Kate and Val checked out the information and decided that the center could handle the security terms needed and, after a check with the Senior Center Board of Directors, the start up of a new source of funds began.

The card room off the pool room was secured and became the “fingerprinting room.” The card players were moved to Craft Room 2, where they now had better heat and cooling and way more room. More tables, more players!

Enter Bobbie Doss. Bobbie was hired to do the fingerprinting, and she and Val were trained by the IdentoGo people from Tulsa over a grueling two days, after which the Shawnee Senior Center fingerprinting went “live.” All I know about what goes on up there is that they scan fingers (without using any ink) and they have dedicated equipment that sends those print pics up to the “big in the sky IdentoGo” company.

Now as you might remember, Valorie was doing the cooking then and Bobbie the fingerprinting. Next big change moved Valorie to program coordinator and Bobbie Doss to the kitchen as our cook.

And then here came Esther to save the day. Esther was trained (again by the IdentoGo people) and fingerprinting at the senior center was on the move.

Hours for IdentoGo are from 10 in the morning until 4 p.m. Appointments can be made online, but if you have a “smart phone” you can do it from there. Payment can be made online when you make an appointment but you can also pay at the center with a check or a money order. You cannot pay with cash; if you come without a check or money order, Esther will explain that she cannot take cash and you can go to one of the banks for a certified check or to the Post Office for a money order. Esther will also tell you that you do not need to make a new appointment if you can get the payment and return the same day because she would still be able to process you when you return.

Just as an FYI, some of the reasons that fingerprinting might be required could be a job in the educational field, applying for a job in the health services area, or even dealing with the court system and family or children cases.

Regardless of your reason for requiring fingerprinting services, we appreciate everyone who has utilized those services through the Shawnee Senior Center and those who will, hopefully, use us as their fingerprinting place in the future.

If you’re “50 and better” – check out our facilities while you are here — our front desk staff will make sure you have a calendar (with all the month’s events) — and if you are under 50 please feel free to take a calendar and any other info we can give you and let the 50+ people in your family know what a great place the Shawnee Senior Center is to check out.

I want to add right here that the center still has some fans available for seniors that have been donated by the OG&E company for seniors in need. Just come in and check at the front desk. There is no charge, so come in, sign the sheet and pick up the fan.

Remember that Kate Joyce and Mike Askins will once again be bringing you the latest senior center info at 8:35 Wednesday morning with “Mike in the Morning” on KGFF radio (FM 100.5 or AM 1450). Check it Out!

And, as always, see you at the center!