Letter from the Director: May 2023

Director’s Message

Hello everyone!  I hope each of you are beginning to enjoy the warmer weather and the occasional sunshine.  It’s time to travel, near and far, to enjoy the sites and/or explore new cultures.

I’d like to share a specific NEW program, that not only will benefit all of you, but assist us in resourcing a little revenue.  This is our NEW, PERSONALIZED GROUP TRIPS and TOURS!  Some of you are seasoned travelers while others, are just beginning to venture out into our community, state, and overseas travel.  So, we have created 3 types of trips/tours, to meet everyone’s needs.

 

LOCAL DAY TRIPS – We are calling these, DAY TRIPS with GUY FORBES.  Many of you know Guy as our fabulous piano player at many of our events, but did you know that Guy spent over 20 years as a professional driver and Tour Host for Grey Line Tours, and another several years with ALKI Tours, traveling all over North America.  For those that prefer to take day trips, Guy has chosen some of his favorite ‘Mom & Pop’ routes, with unique historical sites to visit or renowned family-owned businesses.  You will travel in our comfortable Dodge Caravan as Guy takes you to his favorite Washington communities.  Further information is on page 6.

 

STATE & INTERNATIONAL TRIPS/TOURS In 2021, we partnered with local travel expert, Tyson Verde of RAIL and SAIL VACATIONS.  Tyson spent over 20 years with Alki Tours before developing his own travel tours, Rail & Sail Vacations.  We signed with Tyson as we were so impressed that he personally, not only creates the content of all tours, but escorts them himself.  His groups are small, 8 – 20 guests, and so, if you are new to traveling across the nation, or internationally, Tyson’s trips are a great start for you.  Join us June 2nd at 6:00 p.m. to view slides, enjoy refreshments and have all your questions answered regarding the Africa Tour.

For those interested in the Prosser Balloon Festival to be held in September, registration is going on now.  Please contact Tyson directly at tyson@RailandSailVacations.com for more information.  Be sure to tell him you are from the Shoreline-LFP Senior Activity Center.

See page 10 for more information re: Africa tour and Prosser, WA Balloon Festival.

 

COLLETTE TOURS – We are super excited to partner with Collette tours, a premier international tour company.  I personally have travelled with Collette as well as led groups from another senior center on Collette’s tours.  They were outstanding, and our travelers could not have asked for more!  We have booked 5 tours, with registration open for a limited time on two (2) of the tours, MAGICAL CHRISTMAS MARKETS of Europe – December 2023, and the immensely popular MEMORIALS of WORLD WAR II, August/September 2024. Further details on pages 7-9.

 

Full brochures for all of these trips are located on our bulletin board in the main corridor.  Note, all trips fill quickly, and it is especially important that you note upon registration our center’s name and/or code, to receive any discounts.  In closing, I would like to leave you with a quote that I recently saw:

“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.”  Helen Keller

Theresa LaCroix

Letter from the Director: April 2023

Director’s Message

We will soon be presenting a major change in the daily Community Dining Program (or Congregate Nutrition Program), as we are mandated by funding sources.  Effective May 1, 2023, we will no longer be providing ‘pick-up’ meals.  This refers to the daily ability for participants to call before 9:00 a.m. and request a meal for that day.  All lunch meals will be served in-house, no pick-ups will be allowed.  The program remains the same: a wonderful, hot, nutritious meal served Monday through Friday, 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., with the last serving at 12:15 p.m., seated in our Multi-Purpose Room.  We hope you will consider transitioning to the in-house dining to enjoy not only a lovely meal, but also have the opportunity to meet new friends.  The concept of Community Dining was that individuals would gather, socialize, and enjoy a healthy meal.  I have never seen a greater need for our participants to socialize than I do now, post COVID.  We have live entertainment scheduled monthly for the Birthday Parties as well as special event days such as St. Patrick’s Day.  Another NEW practice with the lunch program will be chef Donnie adding a SOUL FOOD menu, once a month.  We’re sure to have a treat as he shares some of his own recipes.

On a Covid-related  topic, I want to remind everyone that if you have been exposed to or currently have COVID, please remember to isolate yourself, and do not come to the Center as you could expose staff and other participants to the illness.  As a courtesy, if you have the flu, you should also refrain from coming to the Center and thereby exposing others to illness.  Your consideration on this is appreciated.

As you read through the newsletter, some articles regarding service information are repeated, but please note that we add 2-4 new programs per month.  For those who love to dance, check out our Zumba class.

Our March 25th Spring Fling Craft Bazaar is shaping up to be a super fun day!  With all the new vendors participating this spring, you are sure to find the perfect Mother’s Day, Easter, or Father’s Day gift.  Take care and I’ll see you at the Center!

Theresa LaCroix

 

 

Letter from the Director: March 2023

Thank you to all who took the time to purchase your 2023 membership.  We are very happy to share that we have 452 members as of January 31, 2023, and the number is growing.  Our goal for this year is to have 1,000 registered members, as we had 969 in 2019.  In previous messages, I shared that memberships are one of our 8 revenue generating practices.  This month, I thought I would share information about Corporate Matching.

 

What is corporate donation matching?

Donation matching is a corporate giving initiative in which an employer matches their employee’s contribution to a specific cause, increasing the gift. For example, if a Microsoft employee donates $50 to a local organization, the matching gift would be Microsoft’s additional donation of $50.  Therefore, we receive a total of $100 for that individual’s donation.  Often, a corporation will match what the public donates during a specific period in which a non-profit is fundraising.  This often results in thousands of dollars being donated to the agency.

 

Why do corporations match donations?

In short, matching gifts is a simpler way of enacting corporate donations, allowing corporate giving revenue to be more evenly distributed to a wider range of nonprofit recipients. When an employee shows their employer which charities they care about, companies know how to allocate their giving budget.

 

Do you or a family member know of a company that practices MATCH DONATION either a) through their employee giving program or b) in support of community-wide giving?  Perhaps your adult child works for an agency or firm that has a Donor Program, that you could share with me.  I would be happy to reach out to the agency and begin the conversation around selecting our Senior Center as a recipient of their giving program.  These donations can range from $100 to $10,000.  We appreciate every penny we receive towards our goal of raising $610,000 for 2023, to cover our costs.  I hope to hear from some of you and will see you at the Center!

 

Theresa LaCroix

 

Letter from the Director: February 2023

HAPPY NEW YEAR!  We are so happy to have you join us at the center following the storms.  We are grateful for the laughter and conversations returning to our halls.

We start the New Year with very exciting news.  Our wonderful friends at Live Long and Prosper Foundation have chosen us as one of their donor recipients in 2023.  The founders presented us with a check for $50,661.82 to be utilized for Fitness and Wellness classes over the next five years.  As we are a Wellness Model of a senior center (greater focus on fitness classes and medical services), we will use the funds to support specialized fitness courses each year.  Specialized fitness includes classes that address cancer wellness, osteoporosis, arthritis, memory loss, etc.  Moving forward, you will note in the newsletter 1-2 free fitness classes each month.  The donated funds will cover the cost of the instructor and any equipment while the Senior Center will continue to undertake the overhead costs for the class, such as marketing, housekeeping, etc.  We extend a very sincere Thank You to our donors as they support and encourage us to continue with our vision of becoming a premier Wellness Center in northwest King County.  As of January 2023, we host 26 fitness classes weekly (this includes our wonderful dance classes as they meet the criteria for evidence-based exercise).  If you have been too shy to sign-up for one, know that each month we have individuals joining these classes who have never exercised before.  The staff and instructors are happy to chat with you and assist you in finding the right choice.  Many of the classes also offer one free visit, so that you can assess whether or not the program is a good fit for you.

In closing, I would also like to encourage you to notify me of any Family Foundations of which you are aware.  I’m happy to reach out and share all that goes on within our walls, introduce them to our amazing instructors, and share how great our participants are.  Together, we can spread the word about the Center and develop a consistent, sustainable funding base.  Thank you for all that you do to help us in our work.  Wishing each of you a great start to the New Year.  See you at the Center!

“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.”

-Betty Friedan