Letter from the Director: June 2023

Director’s Message

The month of May could not have been more packed with classes, services, and Special Events.  Our thanks go out to all volunteers that assisted us with Rainbow Bingo, Trivia Night, the Birthday Party Luncheon, Soul Food and Ethiopian Traditional Meal days, the Cinco de Mayo Party, as well our Memorial Day Luncheon.  We would like to thank Knossos Foundation for their generous donation to assist us with food purchases for various programs that we offer.  This will help us meet our anticipated food expenditure of $27,000 for the year.

THEFT in the facility!  We are currently experiencing theft of a variety of items.  Food and beverages in our kitchen or in the kitchenette are not available to anyone except authorized staff and board members preparing meals/snacks for our programming.  If you see items left in the open, such as Echo’s footcare tools, exercise equipment, CDs & CD players, or tools, do not remove them from their resting place or the facility.  If something is FREE, it will have a note stating FREE, attached to it.  We appreciate everyone’s help in curtailing this problem.

 

TRIPS & TOURS are going well.  Our May Day Trip with Guy was very successful, and we now have travelers signed up for the Austria/Germany Magical Christmas Markets through Collette Travel.  We also have folks signed up for the September 3-day Prosser Balloon Festival tour.  Be sure to note the registration deadlines and inform the travel agency that you are affiliated with Shoreline-LFP Senior Activity Center.  Time is running out, so be sure to get in on Guy’s June and July trips and also join Caleb on the War Memorials of WWII trip for the 80th D-Day Anniversary to take place in 2024.  Check out our Travel Board at the Center as we will soon be advertising our cruise ship tours for 2023/24, including a riverboat cruise along the Columbia Gorge.

 

FRIDAY EVENING DANCES will return to the Senior Center once again!  In years past, the center was known for its evening dances, drawing guests from across the county, to the music of a live, Big Band sound.  Our first dance will be on Friday, July 21 from 7 pm-9 pm.  Join us for a fun evening of dancing entertainment featuring the music of the fabulous Lauren Petrie!

 

NEW PROGRAMS THIS SUMMER!  We have a couple of instructors that will be taking time off this summer to relax and for some, attend trainings and workshops to further develop their skills.  This provides us the opportunity to offer some great workshops and single day events, so keep an eye out for advertisements in next month’s newsletter and on our website.

 

DISCOUNTED MEMBERSHIPS will be offered starting in July.  Individual 2023 memberships will be reduced to $20 and a Couple will be reduced to $35.

 

Take care, drink plenty of fluids and enjoy the great weather we are having. See you at the Center!

Theresa LaCroix

 

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