This week several members took their place on a new council for the Shawnee Senior Center.

This week several members took their place on a new council for the Shawnee Senior Center.

In June Shawnee City Commissioners voted to establish a new board of directors for the center, as a new contract had not been approved for the next fiscal year; the city took over operation of the facility July 1.

Recreation Manager Kerri Foster, of the City of Shawnee Department of Recreation, said the purpose of the new board is to advise and assist city staff on facilitating recreational services for seniors.

She said the new board members bring together each a lifetime of experience in different avenues with a heart for programming.

“After being sworn in, each member shared their heart and vision for the center,” Foster said. “It was truly special to hear what they had to share.”

It seems that everyone, board members and staff, have very similar thoughts for the future, she said.

“Ensuring seniors have many places to go, resources available, activities — and most importantly — a purpose, was echoed throughout the meeting, Foster said.

“We are anticipating a big future for senior recreation here in Shawnee,” she said.

The Shawnee Senior Center board is slated to meet at 9:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of each month at the Senior Center, 401 N. Bell.

Director of Operations James Bryce detailed in June what the new advisory committee would look like.

Each of the board members will serve a three-year term, he said. Plus, a city commissioner would sit on the panel.

Shawnee City Commissioners unanimously voted to name Ward 6 City Commissioner Ben Salter to the advisory committee as its representative.

“And appointees are required to be at least 55 years old,” Bryce said.

Bryce said the members' terms would be established within a rotation period, so there would always be a number of seasoned members on the council.

Volunteers are still encouraged to apply for a position on the team.

“We do have a couple spots still open, as we need nine to complete the board,” Foster said.

For more information, call (405) 878-1528.