December 2020 Directors Letter

You get this newsletter because you are a member. You are a member because you care about the senior center.  As a member you get a voice and a vote, so look for a ballot for our board of directors in the mail in December.  You also get a voice in our bylaws. The board has been working hard on
updating our bylaws.

On Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at 1:30 p.m. we will have our annual meeting virtually by zoom. But you can always call in to participate.  More information about bylaw changes will be coming to you but it will be explained more fully at the meeting.  We’ll e-mail out the zoom link, but you can also call in at 253 215 8782. The Meeting ID: 425 333 4152 and Passcode: 1234 (mute yourself with *6).  There are no substantial changes to member’s rights or privileges but more clarification of board committees and meeting frequency.

It’s no secret that this has been a challenging time.  The Senior Center suddenly lost revenue from most of our
fundraisers, programs, facility rentals and the thrift store.  We lost over half of our revenue.  But we were able to get $110,00 in grants!  Grants came from Safeway, Fred Meyer and Albertsons. Also the Seattle Foundation and 4 Culture. We got a PPP loan to help with staff salaries and we got Cares Act money through King County, plus the cities of Duvall and Carnation.  I’m so grateful.

But we are especially dependent on our individual donors like you.  Donors have given $88,000 so far! That’s a
record!  But I need another $20,000 to get us to the end of the year. You got a letter in November inviting you to give, so if you are able I hope you will. But whether you give or not, we are here for you ALWAYS!  You are the
reason we exist. Our joy is to inspire, support and empower you (and ourselves) to lead healthy, enriched lives.  We’re a team getting through life together.

Several people have told me they’d like to sponsor a lunch. And that’s awesome! But I want you to know how it works.  We receive $3.50 for each person who signs in and gets lunch from a federal program through Aging and
Disability Services. That money pays for the food.  The $5.00 donation that you give goes to Sound Generations to pay for Chef Jennifer’s salary, federal reporting and a nutritionist.

When we say a lunch was sponsored by someone, it means they helped pay for some of the food costs.  Now we average over 60 meals a day. So that is one route to support the senior center and I love it!

But sometimes a person wants to buy lunch for everyone, so we tell them how many people we are expecting times $5 so it’s a free lunch for all!

So if you wish to make a designated sponsorship toward our meal program then it’s $100 to sponsor the food, OR $350 to buy lunch for everyone OR $750 to buy lunch for everyone for a birthday lunch.

But remember lunch is a donation so if anyone ever feels like they can’t afford it, we can cover that cost through some scholarships that donors have purchased.   So anyone can get a free meal anytime! No questions asked.

Meals cards are an awesome way to directly support a senior in need or it’s a great Christmas gift! Meal cards are $50 for 10 lunches.  Since we can’t go out to eat right now, that would be an awesome holiday gift for a friend.  Memberships are also a great gift for a friend.  So these are great ways to make a difference, give a lovely gift and support the Senior Center.

Thank you for being part of this wonderful place.

Lisa Yeager, 425-333-4152, Lisay@soundgenerations.org

November 2020 Directors Letter

Directors November Letter

Thank you so much to all those who attended our first ever virtual auction gala! What a wonderful night! Thanks to your support, we raised over $26,000 after expenses. A big part of the success were those who attended, those who donated items, and those who “raised their virtual auction paddle” to raise funds for us. Thank you!

We really appreciate the committee who helped plan this event: Julia Ruud, Mairi Brooks, Mari
Roberts, Miranda Bartos, Roberta Epps, Val Stewart, Jill Butler and Kira Avery. We got lots of
support from our auctioneer, Stephen Kilbreath of Kilbreath Auctions and tech support from Brian Hurley of Advanza.

We are incredibly grateful to our sponsors for their support. Their generosity was integral to the
success of the event!

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor
Law Office of Gerald Sprute-Estate Planning & Elder Law

Diamond Sponsor
Costume Contest Sponsor! Linnerooth
Walder Team Realtors– Duvall
Isaaquah Cedar and Lumber

Ruby Sponsor
Snoqualmie Hospital

Emerald Sponsors
Benjamin Asphalt
Duvall Advanced Family Eyecare
Environmental Works

Gold Sponsors
Danny Edwards with Edward Jones
Carol Kautz
Carnation Storage/ Tolt Laundry
Duvall Natural Health
Metcalf Chiropractic Health Center
Sno Falls Credit Union
Aegis Living Issaquah

October 2020 Directors Letter

October 2020 Directors Letter

“Worry never robs tomorrow of its sorrow, it only saps today of its joy.” – Leo Buscaglio

The Riverview School District set a motto of “Grace, Gratitude and Hope” for the year. It’s a good one. I know that Sno-Valley Senior Center needs lots of grace to figure out how to do a virtual senior center and grace with each other as we navigate these uncertain waters. But I am also filled with gratitude for the generosity and kindness of so many. It gives me hope for the coming days as we continue to deal with COVID, fires, and the challenges of life.

I am grateful for a recent grant with “Harvest Against Hunger”. This is a program where we get $2,500 to buy fresh produce for our lunches directly from our local farmers like Carnation Farms and Oxbow Farm. It’s such a lovely win/win. I’m excited to have such fresh produce to serve! Come try it out!

I’m also grateful for a grant of $20,000 from the city of Duvall to provide mental health counseling and emotional support to older adults. This is a challenging time, more so for some than others. Our amazing social worker, Kelly Fujiwara, is providing one on one support to many plus many support groups for family caregivers, grief, and Kinship (grandparents raising grandchildren).

I’m grateful to Angie and the Re-In-Carnation volunteers who put together an amazing garage sale in September. It raised $2,500! Well done! Thank you to attendees too!

There’s a lot happening in the world right now and lots to discuss with all that is happening in the news. Our Levy
Coordinator, Val Stewart, is leading “We’re all in this Together: Conversations that Matter”. The first topic on Sept. 29 was a discussion on racial justice and equality. This is an opportunity to thoughtfully consider many points of view – not a rant session. This will continue on the last Tuesday of the month. I encourage you to join it and share your perspectives. GenPride will be presenting on Tuesday, Oct. 27th at 10:00 a.m.

On a related note, Rotary dedicated a peace pole at the Sno-Valley Senior Center. You will see the words “Let Peace Prevail on Earth” on the post by the entrance to the senior center. It is in four languages – English, Norwegian, Spanish and Chinese Mandarin.  The dedication was on World Peace Day Sept. 21!

Finally, you will find enclosed in our newsletter a survey. We are required to do this survey by King County. The reason is that people who donate to the Sno-Valley Senior Center want to know what they got for their money! They want to know if they are making any difference. So now it’s your turn to let us know if you feel we have improved your life in anyway. Are we living up to our mission to inspire, support, and empower seniors to lead healthy, enriched lives? We don’t know unless you tell us.

The surveys are anonymous but if you put your name on it, we’ll enter you into a drawing for a $50 VISA card. But don’t worry, your name is not attached to the results we send to King County or funders. It is aggregated (for example 97% of people think we are awesome!)  So filling out a survey is an easy way to get us money without actually having to write a check. The survey results = money from grants and funders. So thank you in advance!

Grace. Gratitude. Hope. These are good words to live by.  Thank you for
giving me so much grace, reasons to be grateful and hope for the future. Contact me anytime with questions or concerns.

Lisa Yeager, 425-333-4152, Lisay@soundgenerations.org

September 2020 Directors Letter

Directors Letter
September 2020 – SVSC History

Happy 45th Anniversary to the Sno-Valley Senior Center!!! The Sno-Valley Senior Citizens (our
legal name) was incorporated on Sept. 1, 1975. Our specific purpose was “to participate in and work for the elderly in the Lower Snoqualmie Valley area, to eliminate areas of discrimination in all phases of life from which the elderly, and in particular the elderly poor suffer. This shall include but not limited to
projects to meet transportation, educational, charitable and entertainment needs of the elderly.”

We haven’t strayed from that mission in 45 years. As needs have grown in the valley, we’ve grown too. Now we
consistently serve over 1,000 people annually with an increasingly diverse menu of options for older adults to partake in.

I was the Center Director from March 2001 to August 2008 and March 2016 to now. In 2001, we had one Hyde Shuttle to bring people to the Center. Now we have two shuttles. One to go North to Duvall and one to go South to Fall City.

We had less programming then too because we had less space – only the back sitting room with laundry and the main hall. The remodel done around 2011 added five program rooms and restrooms on the second floor. That has vastly increased all the programs we can do simultaneously!

The ADH, Adult Day Health Program, was in the room across from reception. I still miss that program, but it cost the Senior Center around $70,000 annually which wasn’t sustainable. The resilient staff from that program created the Old Friends Club (an Adult Day Care) which meets at Tolt Congregational. I’m glad there’s still an option for caregivers in the Valley.

We had only four staff then: me, a ½ time bookkeeper (Alison McIntosh), a ½ time program coordinator (Kate Miller), and a cook to warm up pre-prepared meals delivered daily from Seattle. Now we have full time bookkeeper/Admin Asst. (Mindie Ribail), a 30-40 hr/week Program Coordinator (Kira Avery), a ½ time social worker (Kelly Fujiwara) and a 30 hr/week chef (Jennifer Berg) who cooks everything from scratch!

Back then, the little white house next to the parking lot was a rental providing a regular income. Then in 2009, a hard working group of volunteers made it into RIC (Re-In-Carnation) Thrift Store. Now RIC is located in the Senior Center because the little white house has structural problems. We hired a ½ time Thrift Store Manager (Angie Hartung). The board is working on a plan for RIC.

In 2019, we won a grant from the VSHSL levy to form a partnership with the Issaquah Senior Center and Mt. Si
Senior Center to increase our programming. This will also provide funds to reach out to caregivers, Hispanic, LGBTQ, and other older adults who could benefit from all the Senior Center offers. Val Stewart was hired as the Hub Coordinator to over see all this.

So you can see we’ve grown so much in the past 45 years from a small hobby club to a vibrant non-profit! There is so much to celebrate!

Will you help us celebrate our 45th Anniversary with a gift of $45 in honor of 45 years? Our goal is 100 people to give $45 for a total of $4,500 to help us continue to provide virtual and live programming during the pandemic. Help us stay strong for another 45 years! You can donate on-line at www.snovalleysenior.org or send a check with the envelope enclosed.

As always if you have any questions, complaints or compliments, I’m here. You can reach me at Lisay@soundgenerations.org or 425-333-4152.

Sno-Valley Senior Center History

A History of the Sno-Valley Senior Center by Marge Qualls

Once Upon A Time, in the early 1970’s, a hobby club was formed in the community for the enjoyment of elders during their retirement years. From this beginning, the Sno-Valley Senior Citizens (our legal name) was officially chartered September 1, 1975 as an independent organization, serving the lower Snoqualmie Valley. The group met in various locations throughout Carnation, including in its own original building which is currently the home of Hopelink.

In the mid 1980’s the Sno-Valley Seniors joined the United Way sponsored Senior Services of Seattle-King County (now known as Sound Generations), becoming one of several senior centers under that umbrella organization.

In 1992 the Sno-Valley Seniors took out a mortgage to purchase this building and many volunteers worked long hours to make it livable as our new official permanent home.

In the late 1990’s the adjoining property, including the parking lot and the small rental house, was added. Donations from supporters of the Center, affectionately known as “Friends Forever”, paid for this acquisition.

In 2000 the King County Council voted to give the Sno-Valley Seniors $57,000 to finish paying off the mortgage on this building. Finally, The Sno-Valley Senior Activity Center was really ours!

Built in 1925, this building was originally the Independent Order Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) Hall, and was also used as a meeting place for several other organizations. Subsequently, the building went through several diverse ownerships and uses in its history – as a furniture manufacturing plant, a dance hall, a skating rink and, now, the Sno-Valley Senior Activity Center!

Remember mention of the little rental house that was part of the purchase of the parking lot property in the late 1990’s. The Sno-Valley Seniors continued to rent the house to a family for several more years. Then, after some paid renovations, lots of hard work by volunteers, and donations from the community, that little house was opened in October of 2009 as “RE-IN-CARNATION”. Our popular and productive thrift store continues to receive donations to support our Activity Center and is operated by volunteers.

In 2011, King County grant monies initiated the remodel of the Sno-Valley Senior Activity Center building to create more space for classrooms, activities and services for a growing population of Snoqualmie Valley seniors. Among the building’s improvements was the restoration of the Main Room ceiling that had been removed many years earlier to accommodate some over-sized organ pipes installed in one of the building’s previous lives. Additional King County grants and donations from our supporters enabled completion of the building’s upgrades and amenities.

Serving Carnation, Duvall, Fall City, and surrounding areas, the Sno-Valley Senior Activity Center has become a hub of activity for seniors in the Snoqualmie Valley and, for the hundreds of volunteers of all ages who make this a warm and inviting place for all who gather here.