April 2022 Directors Letter

Directors Letter– April 2022

So much good stuff is happening! But first congratulations to our Hyde Shuttle driver Kerry Canady who is retiring to enjoy fishing and hunting and a beautiful new grandbaby. Kerry is a retired fireman who also taught many CPR classes for us before being hired. Kerry was always more than a driver. He truly cared about people and went out of his way to assist our seniors. He was a real friend to all. We’ll miss seeing him but are happy for this new stage of his life now that his hip surgery is out of the way! Stay tuned to find out who will be joining Lorri as the new Hyde Shuttle driver!

We welcome Kendra Mass, a Carnation local, as our new evening staff person and manager of volunteers. Kendra has worked in the health and fitness industry for 15 years and brings a depth of understanding about fitness and social programming and older adults. We are very excited to start offering some fitness and adult education classes in the evenings to the community. She’ll be here from about 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm several days a week. She’ll also be getting our volunteer files in order, interviewing new volunteers and providing orientation. So come say hi to Kendra sometime!

I’m also excited to report that we got a grant to provide technology support to older adults! That means we will have a contracted person available to assist you with any technology needs you have. This person can even come to your house and help you set up your computer or internet. We also have funds if you know of a person age 60+ who needs a computer tablet and/or a wifi hotspot – which provides you internet service in your home for free (at least for a year). That means if your doctor wants to do your medical visits on-line or if you want to communicate with family far away by video phone or e-mail, we’ll be able to help you! This person will also teach some classes so you can avoid computer viruses and other common problems plus more ways you can use your devise to make your life easier. We’ll have regular computer classes and times you can set up for trouble shooting your devise – whether it’s a phone, tablet, Kindle or computer. (If you know someone who loves people and loves technology, tell them to contact Kira at KiraA@soundgenerations.org about a part time job!)

I also really want to do more outreach to our members and our community. We’re too good to be a hidden gem in
Carnation! So, we’ll be offering a monthly member tea so people new to the Senior Center can meet some people and find out all we offer to enrich their lives. Would you like to be a member ambassador? I’m looking for people to come once a week or twice a month for a couple of hours to do short tours of the senior center for new people, call to check up on people we haven’t seen for a long time, send get well cards, and generally help new members find activities they’ll enjoy. If this sounds like sometime you’d enjoy, let Kira or Kendra know!  You can easily reach us at 425-333-4152 or e-mail svsc@soundgenerations.org

So glad whenever we get to see you!  Call or e-mail if you have questions, compliments or complaints –
LisaY@soundgenerations.org   425-333-4152, ext 1