Fred West, President of the Board, called the Mexico Senior Center Council meeting to order on June 19. Those present were Treasurer Dixie Collins, Darlene Hiatte, Donald Bryan, Doris Gore, Chuck Ball, Pat Cinello, Leon Dempsey, Center Administrator Ione Bickell, and County Services Coordinator for Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging Beth Busseau. Also present were newly elected board members Charlie Thomas, Gary Hahn, and Larry Herndon. The new board members will be seated in the July meeting. Absent from the meeting was vice-president of the board, Bob Herrin.
The board welcomed all newly elected members. In July, the board will decide who will hold offices for the board. The new members were able to watch the board and observe how it works.
The board honored the outgoing members Doris Gore, Fred West, and Chuck Ball. Dixie Collins spoke very highly of each of the three and praised them all for the years of service that they had donated to the Senior Center.
The board has voted to host a “Meet and Greet” with the community. On Tuesday, July 18 at 11:30 a.m., the board will have a short question and answer section at the Mexico Senior Center. Board members will also give a short bio of their lives and then will answer questions from those present. This should be very informative and entertaining way for the public to learn how the board operates.
In July, the Senior Center will have many activities. There will live music by “The Echoes,” “The Liberty Jazz Band,” and bluegrass music with “Bob and Friends.” Dr. Angela Speck will speak on the solar eclipse. Lois Brace, from Presser Performing Arts Center, will be speaking and Chair Yoga will be held three times a week.
Mexico Senior Center is inviting the Class of 1975 to come to the center. This year, the members of this class have turned 60 years of age. We want to introduce them to Mexico Senior Center and show what we have to offer them. Hopefully, this will be a yearly event. This year 1975 is “The Class of Honor.”
The Mexico Senior Center is a cooling center. If you need to get out of the heat, they are open Monday thru Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Mexico Senior Center is in need of more volunteers and especially needed are homebound meal delivery drivers. If you can help, call our center at 573-581-7743. Even volunteering once a month is a huge help.
The Senior Center served 1,942 congregate meals, and 3,192 meals to homebound participants in the month of May. Several new seniors were added to the home delivered meals list. There is a growing need for homebound meals for seniors. The center provided 5,134 total meals for the month of May and the numbers continue to rise. Mexico Senior Center serves all of Audrain County including Vandalia.
The meeting was adjourned at 1:40 p.m.
The Mexico Senior Center has a monthly silent auction held at the center as a fund raiser. Anyone cleaning out things at home would be welcome to bring items to the center for the silent auction. The public is invited to 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, is welcome.
Mexico Senior Center provides a buffet lunch Monday through Friday, at 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 years of age, the price is $6.50. Mexico Senior Center is open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday- Friday for lunch, activities, and social gatherings.
Some of the available activities are shooting pool, card playing, fun “Bingo” and chair yoga. Fingernail polishing is available once a month, country music is held every other month, bluegrass music is held once a month, wellness screenings are available monthly, and blood pressure check clinics are held four times per month.
The Mexico Senior Center is located at 606 E. Park Street in Mexico. If you have any questions as to what services are available, or what they can do to help enhance your life, call 573-581-7743.