Bill Peterson of Herington was approved by the board of directors of Senior Citizens of Marion County Aug. 15, as the speaker at the organization’s annual meeting in October.
Marion County Department for Elderly Coordinator Gayla Ratzlaff presented information to the board. The board also approved a $50 honorarium for Peterson.
In other business:
- Ratzlaff reminded seniors of the Senior Fair that is Tuesday at Salina. Each center is asked to make centerpieces for the fair.
- A survey was distributed to gain information about the needs of older citizens and what the department can do to assist. Central Home Care Administrator Robert Carlton asked what would attract younger people to attend events at senior centers?
- Del Jacobson of Kansas Guardianship, presented a program about the guardianship/conservator program.
- Social worker Rose Davidson said she would like to see the start of a caregiver support group.
- Burns center reported a small attendance at its monthly meeting. Durham had 32 in attendance with entertainment by Richard Dirks and his musical group. Florence remains on summer vacation. Robert Brookens spoke at Goessel with women serving a noon meal during Threshing Days.
- A pool tournament was held with Goessel hosting the Hillsboro center. Tabor College President Jules Glanzer was the speaker at the Hillsboro Senior Center. An ice cream and cake social was held in August with the Alex Stuchlik Band entertaining. Lincolnville did not have a program this month but newly elected Marion County Sheriff Rob Craft and write-in candidate and current sheriff Lee Becker spoke.
- Marion center had Carolan McFarland talk about massage therapy, a music program presented by Bob and Anita Brookens, and celebrated Cowboy Day with Dusty Bina demonstrating rope tricks. Peabody seniors were absent. Ramona seniors traveled to Abilene and toured the Lebold Mansion and Eisenhower Center. Tampa had a potluck dinner and played games.
- Virginia Downing distributed information about income guidelines for participating in a weatherization program.
- Tom Duggan, silver-haired legislator, encouraged seniors to talk with legislators right now before the next session begins. He provided information about two scams. One is a survey that claims to be for Blue Cross/Blue Shield insurance and the other claims to be a credit card company calling about an unusual charge on the card and asks for a social security number.
- Estelle McCarty announced she will retire from the board and as chairman.