Board President Fred West called the Mexico Senior Center Council meeting to order on May 15. Those present were Bob Herrin, Vice-President; Dixie Collins, Treasurer; Darlene Hiatte; Donald Bryan; Doris Gore; Chuck Ball; Pat Cinello; Leon Dempsey; Ione Bickell, Center Administrator; and Beth Busseau, County Services Coordinator for Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging.
The board welcomed Pat Cinello, as she has been appointed to fill a vacancy on the board.
Mexico Senior Center received a grant from the Griffin Family Foundation. With this grant, the center has done a lot of improvements and they are inviting the community to come to an Open House and have cake and punch to celebrate on Wednesday, May 31. Lunch will be served at the usual prices. Everyone is invited to come and tour the center and see the new look.
Also discussed was having more days of celebration. The center is having a day of celebration to honor former and present employees of “The Mexico Ledger” on Wednesday, June 21. All employees are invited including office staff, paper boys, printing staff, and others to come and enjoy at the Mexico Senior Center. Lunch will be served at the usual prices. It is always a lot of fun to see former employees get together and reminisce about the past.
The Mexico Senior Center is purchasing new coolers and blankets for our home delivered meals. With summer coming, we want to make sure our meals stay cold.
We have a growing population of seniors in Audrain County and are always in need of volunteers. We especially need home bound meal delivery drivers. Anyone interested in volunteering, should call the center at 573-581-7743. Even volunteering once a month is a huge help to the center.
The Mexico Senior Center served 1,699 congregate meals, and 2,709 meals to our home bound participants in the month of April. Several new seniors were added to the home delivered meals list. There is a growing need for home bound meals for area seniors. The center provided 4,408 total meals for the month of April and the numbers continue to rise. The center serves all of Audrain County including Vandalia.
Molly Shellabarger is the new representative to the Silver Haired Legislature and the board is excited to have Molly in this new position. The meeting was adjourned at 2:30 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 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, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The suggested donation is $4 for persons 60 years of age and older. The cost is the same for their spouses regardless of their age. For those people under 60 years of age, the price is $6.50. The center is open from 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,” and chair yoga. We have fingernail polishing twice 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, in Mexico. Call 573-581-7743 with any questions.