Essex Junction Senior Center


Peggy Pearson

Peggy Pearson

‘Tis the season to plan some fundraising at the Senior Center. The bridge tournament committee is busy organizing our fall bridge tournament, which promises to be a lot of fun. Join us Oct. 23 for an afternoon of friendly competition, good company, wonderful prizes, and an abundance of tasty treats. Members pay $10 and non-members pay $12. To support a good cause and enjoy yourself, please contact Sandy White at 872-7169 or Lou Ann Pioli, Director, at the center to register.

The craft fair committee is working hard in preparation for the Five Corners Craft Fair on Nov. 14. Several churches and the center collaborate and encourage shoppers to visit each venue. Any crafter who would like a table may contact Anne-Marie Dennis at 734-0755. Members are asked to donate baked goods and sandwiches. We also are looking for gently used items to sell in the white elephant room. We would be very grateful for any treasures that you don’t need anymore. Last year, the white elephant room was quite profitable, and we’d like to repeat that success.

Organizing these events takes a lot of time and energy, and we sincerely appreciate all the hard work of the committees, and the generosity of the businesses who donated gift certificates. Lou Ann was thrilled to open the mail last week to find the state has approved our application to become a new corporation, the Essex Area Senior Center, Inc. The merger of Essex Senior Citizens and the Essex Junction Senior Center into the new corporation will make it possible to provide more programs and activities to help seniors stay active and healthy. Our application to become an IRS nonprofit is almost complete.

Before merging together, both groups need to dissolve and donate their assets to the Essex Area Senior Center. All funds left in the Senior Citizens treasury will be earmarked in a special account to make sure the Wednesday luncheons continue. On Oct. 12 at noon, members of the Essex Junction Senior Center vote on the dissolution, and the Essex Senior Citizens Board votes Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. Both meetings are at the Senior Center at 2 Lincoln St.

Essex Area Senior Center will be run by a Board of Directors of nine people. Elections are in December, and the new board takes office January 1, 2016. If you are interested in serving or nominating someone to the board, please contact Lou Ann. You could be part of history in the making!

The Senior Citizens luncheon on Oct. 7 offers soup and sandwich with a program for $2 at Maple Street Park sponsored by Holy Family and Grace Methodist. The Oct. 14 luncheon at the CTE Culinary Arts is $5, with limited seating and is for members only. Tickets must be purchased at a prior luncheon.

We now have 245 members, and more people are joining all the time. Please see our newsletter, “Essex Senior News,” or visit our website for a schedule of upcoming activities and programs.