President Bob Herrin called the Mexico Senior Center Council meeting to order on August 14. Present were Vice-President Larry Herndon, Treasurer Dixie Collins, and Secretary Darlene Hiatte. Other board members present were Donald Bryan, Gary Hahn, Pat Cinello, and Charlie Thomas. Absent was Leon Dempsey, board member from Vandalia.
Also present was Center Administrator Ione Bickell and County Services Coordinator for Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging Beth Busseau. New Silver-Haired Legislator Sharon Swon was also present.
The board has decided to put a small piece in the monthly newsletter, “News from the Good Ole Days.” Each month one board member will discuss something that they feel is important to the Senior Center and the participants. President Herrin will start in September. He will write about appreciation and how grateful the board is for all of the many people who help keep our Senior Center running.
The segment will be called “Board Talk.” We hope the community enjoys the thoughts of our board members.
The Senior Center is collecting for Christmas for our Homebound. They have decided to collect during the month of August this year and will make each homebound meal participant a bag for Christmas. The goal is to help ease their financial crunch during the month of December. We want them to know that the community cares. We will have each package delivered to the participants’ home in early December.
Last year, 115 gift packages were made. The following are sought for donation: Kleenexes, toilet paper, paper towels, cloth kitchen towels, and any other donations that people would like to make.
In August, the Senior Center will have lots of activities. For example, music with “Bob and Friends;” Kenny Blake impersonating Elvis; and “Kathy Beasley and Friends” performing country music. We also had Sheriff Matt Oller come to the center and talk to the seniors about crimes. Sheriff Oller is always a favorite at the center. Tami Harris on August 29. Harris is from MU and will do questions and answers about stroke prevention. On August 30, the Senior Center will host a day of celebration for former and retired employees of the Mexico Public School System.
The Senior Center is very grateful for all the volunteers that help us with these events.
They always have committees for our Days of Celebration. The committee for the School Celebration is doing an outstanding job. It promises to be a very enjoyable day.
In September, we are planning a Day of Celebration for retired and former employees that have worked in the health field. This will include doctors, nurses, secretaries, janitors, cooks, and anyone else that has worked in this field. SSM is helping to put this event together. We will have more information after the committee meets.
The Mexico Senior Center is a cooling center. If anyone needs to get out of the heat, they are open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The center is in need of more volunteers. Especially needed are homebound meal delivery drivers. If you can help, call the center at 573-581-7743. Even volunteering once a month is a huge help to the Senior Center.
The Senior Center served 1,655 congregate meals, and 2,849 meals to our homebound participants in the month of July. Several new seniors were added to the home delivered meals list.
A growing need for our homebound meals for our seniors is being seen. The center provided 4,504 total meals for the month of July and the numbers continue to rise. The center serves all of Audrain County including Vandalia.
If you are in need of our homebound meals and are 60-years-old or older, the Mexico Senior Center can help you with delivery once a week. The homebound participants receive seven frozen meals, a quart of orange juice, a quart of milk, a loaf of wheat bread, and desserts.
The meeting was adjourned at 2:40 p.m.
The Mexico Senior Center has a monthly silent auction held at the Center and it is a fund raiser. Anyone cleaning out things at home would be welcome to bring items to the center for our silent auction. The public is invited too, not only to donate items, but to also bid on items for sale. The auction closes the last Friday of the month at 11:30 a.m. Any good, slightly used items, other than clothing, would be welcome.
The Mexico Senior Center provides a buffet lunch Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The suggested donation is $4 per person 60 years of age and older and the same for their spouses, regardless of age. For those people under 60, the price is $6.50. The Center is open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday for lunch, activities, and social gatherings. Some of the activities are pool, card playing, “Fun Bingo,” chair yoga, fingernail polishing once a month, country music every other month, bluegrass music once a month, wellness screenings monthly, and blood pressure check clinics four times a month.
The Mexico Senior Center is located at 606 E. Park Street, Mexico, Mo.
With any questions as to available services or what the Mexico Senior Center can do to help enhance your life, call 573-581-7743.