We seniors in Fort Smith have had our last monthly meeting of 2013 and are now getting on with taking care of details surrounding preparation of our sixth annual Christmas pot luck dinner this coming Sunday, Dec. 15. The dinner starts at 5:00 p.m. You are requested to have your contributions on the serving table in good time to have time to find your seating and to enjoy the pre-dinner entertainment. Our ever-so-busy committee will call on you, the members, to confirm your attendance and contribution.
Entertainment includes a visit by Santa, presents by draws, singing along with the community choir, and, importantly, fellowship. We expect more than 100 seniors will attend. Our membership stands at more than 120 members!
Information and advice on daily issues that affect seniors anywhere in our great country are always on the agenda at our monthly meetings. A good example is the unified effort across the country to make every community a “Safe Community” to live in, not just for seniors. We also endeavour to follow up in obtaining answers to single issues, helping where a person finds it difficult to know where to start finding answers to even a simple question.
At our recent meeting we had the pleasure of hosting Mr. R. Tordiff, senior staff member of the Fort Smith Health Centre, who filled us in on the progress of renovations at the centre. There were great discussions, back and forth, on many items, by individual members on behalf of our community.
On the agenda for upcoming meetings are plans to involve more activities with the youth of our town. This isn’t coming just as a ‘senior idea,’ other organizations in town also have voiced interest in the idea. The ECE, the Friendship Centre and Aurora College have shown interest. Our society already has initiated such activities with ECE and the college and have found it working great and can see it benefiting both parties. Someone, somewhere has given the project this great title: Intergenerational Connection Project. I’m looking for an easier title to remember, spell and pronounce!
Our next general meeting takes place Jan. 7 at the Senior Centre at 1:30 p.m. (first Tuesday of the month). We reserve the third Friday of each month for our “Lunch with the Bunch.” Not much to remember!
My personal, “Best of the Season to All!”