Bob Herrin, president, called the Mexico Senior Center Council meeting to order on January 15. Present were Larry Herndon, cice-president and Dixie Collins, treasurer. Other board members present were Gary Hahn and Charlie Thomas. Absent were Pat Cinello, Donald Bryan, Leon Dempsey, and Darlene Hiatte.
Also present was Ione Bickell, Mexico Senior Center Administrator, and Fred West, Vice-President of the Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging Board.
This month, board member Gary Hahn will write a piece for our 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.
This segment is called “Board Talk.” The board members are enjoying keeping the community informed about what is going on at our senior center. Gary’s focus will be gratitude for participant support and addressing their concerns.
Our annual fundraiser at the Senior Center was a great success. Our Christmas lunch had a large crowd and our bake sale sold completely out. We are very excited to see all the community support that we receive from Mexico and the surrounding communities.
The senior center is in need of meal delivery people. If your organization, church, place of employment, or if you and some friends would like to help, we would appreciate the assistance. If you are interested, we would sign you up to deliver one route a month.
The route would take between one to two hours. Our senior citizens count on receiving the food that we provide for them. Please think about volunteering. There is no other feeling like it.
The Senior Center has received a grant from the Griffin Family Foundation. With this grant, the center will purchase new sound system. Sound Solutions will install this new system in early February.
The Senior Center served 1,596 congregate meals and 2,864 meals to our homebound participants in the month of December.
We added several new seniors to our home delivered meals list. We are seeing a growing need for our homebound meals for our seniors. The center provided over 58,000 meals to our aging population in our last fiscal year, numbers continue to rise. We serve all of Audrain County, including Vandalia. If you are in need of our homebound meals and are 60 years old, we can help you. We deliver 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 p.m.
The Mexico Senior Center has a monthly silent auction held at the center and it is a fundraiser.
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 through Friday, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The suggested donation is $4 for persons 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-Friday for lunch, activities, and social gatherings. Some of the activities are pool, card playing, fun bingo, and chair yoga.
We have fingernail polishing once a month, country music, 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.
If you have any questions as to what our services are, or what we can do to help enhance your life please call at 573-581-7743. We are now on Facebook. Like us at Mexico Senior Center.