February 2020 Director’s Letter

Big News! There’s a special this month on Membership dues! Renew your membership NOW and get a $5 gift certificate to use at Re-In-Carnation Thrift Store! This is how it works. Buy a membership and get a $5 gift certificate to Re-In-Carnation mailed to you. The certificate must be used in one visit and cannot be redeemed for cash. The certificate will be mailed to you (new and renewal) with your postcard acknowledgement. (It will NOT be given out at the reception desk at time of payment). You can renew now even if your annual membership is not expired yet. For example, if a person renews a membership that does not expire until April – their new membership will go until April of 2021. This certificate can only be used in one visit, so if you don’t spend the full $5, there is no cash or credit given, but what a fun way to have mad money to spend! There are so many wonderful items to choose from!

Consider buying a friend a membership or buying a membership for someone who can’t afford one. Membership is only $60 for one person or $75 for the household. There’s a membership form in this newsletter!
There is also 10% off on a Lifetime Membership. Pay once then never again. You get your name engraved on a plaque outside the Great Room and an invite to our annual donor dinner that year. What a great way to make a mark on the Senior Center and leave a legacy. A lifetime membership for one person is currently $500, so in February you can get it for $450. A lifetime membership for a couple is $750!

Why become a member? Enjoy these great benefits!
– It’s a powerful way to show your support and your commitment that the programs we offer should continue and that what we do is valued by you.
– Get access to over 40 programs and activities each week at a discounted price!
– Enjoy a free lunch at our monthly birthday lunch on the month of your birthday.
– Get voting privileges on the board slate and bylaws changes.
– A subscription to the monthly newsletter filled with articles and activities delivered directly to your door. You’ll always know what is going on!
– Enjoy deep discounts on trips.
– Have your emergency contact information on file so we can help in case of an emergency.
– Have people who care about you and will contact and support you in trouble.
– Access to a social worker at no charge to provide information and support and a friendly visitor.
– Discounts to very low cost health programs (like Bastyr, Dental clinic, footcare, Anti-coagulation clinic) saving visits to the doctor’s office and money too!
– Discounts to our very low cost fitness programs (like Enhance Fitness, Yoga, Zumba, Tai Chi)
– Opportunity to serve on the board and assist the Center in implementing its strategic plan.
– Friendship, hot lunch, transportation, and fun!

Members are in the know about what is happening and are involved in their community. You don’t have to be a member to participate in classes or activities but members get privileges like those listed above. If you want to become a member but can’t afford the fee, we have scholarships available! Just ask Lisa.

I’m always happy to chat with you if you have questions, concerns or praise. You can pop up to my office or e-mail lisay@soundgenerations.org or call 425-333-4152, ext. 1 – Lisa Yeager

January 2020 Directors Letter

Directors Letter– January 2020

Happy New Year! The new year is a time for both reflection of the past year and looking forward.
In 2019, the Re-In-Carnation Thrift Store moved into the Senior Center where it is doing well under the able leadership of Thrift Store Manager, Angie Hartung. The little house the thrift store inhabited before has wood eating insects and many other structural problems so for safety sake we had to move out. The board has been doing a lot of research on what to do and will make a decision this winter. Right now the scenarios we are looking at are:
– Rebuild in the same footprint and location.
– Build a thrift store with senior housing
– Build something completely different – open up all options – a hall, basketball court, pool, etc.
– Sell the property

You are welcome to provide your feedback. You’ll have a chance to share at our Member meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 12:30 p.m. in the Main Hall. We look forward to your feedback.

We will be doing some strategic planning for the future at our board retreat on Feb. 8th. But to plan for this senior center to continue to thrive and grow, we need to be reaching out to bring in all kinds of people. So 2020 will see more outreach to those who have not come to a senior center before. We will also be offering focused programs in Spanish and for LGBTQ elders. It’s exciting! We’ve hired a new staff person, Valerie Stewart, who will manage the FESH (Far East Senior Hub) which will be doing joint programming with Sno-Valley Senior Center, Mt. Si Senior Center and Issaquah Senior Center. These partnerships are funded by the VSHSL (Veterans Seniors Human Services Levy). This partnership will enable us to grow and meet the need of even more older adults. Look for fun stuff on the horizon!

I love the Sno-Valley Senior Center and I believe in the impact we have on the lives of many. I want to ensure that this wonderful place continues for many, many generations! I don’t have a lot of wealth but I can list the Sno-Valley Senior Center as a beneficiary on my life insurance and in my will which is super easy to do! Some organizations call this simple thing Legacy Giving or Giving that ripples to future generations. A legacy gift can also be a bequest – a gift included in your last will and testament. A bequest can be for a specific amount, a percentage of your estate, and/or a specific piece of property. Here’s a sample: “I bequeath to Sno-Valley Senior Center, a Washington State 501(c)3, tax ID 91-1156586, the sum of $____ (or the description of the asset or ___ % of my estate) for general support purposes.”

“Virtually everyone postpones writing a will. Maybe it’s because we don’t want such a tangible reminder of our mortality. Or perhaps we view the process as relinquishing the ownership of our property. Whatever the excuse may be for putting off the drafting of a will, many people do not realize that writing one actually prevents what is feared. In fact, a will may be the most important document that you ever write, because it allows you to select the persons who will receive what you own when you die. If you don’t have one in place, you cannot select the recipients of your property and the state you reside in will determine how your property is divided.” (from Wilmington Trust website) Do you really want your hard earned life savings or property going to the state?
Feel free to call and share your thoughts anytime to me.

Lisa Yeager, SVSC Director, Lisay@soundgenerations.org , 425-333-4152, ext. 1

December 2019 Directors Letter

Happy Holidays! We are so glad you are part of our Sno-Valley Senior Center family! Sno-Valley Senior Center is here to inspire and support seniors to lead healthy, enriched lives. As our members, you know all about the amazing programs we have and have tried many of them!

The holidays are coming and most of us don’t need more stuff. So give yourself and your friends the gifts of health and happiness with a gift certificate from the Sno-Valley Senior Center. Or better yet give a gift certificate to one of your friends or neighbors and introduce them to all of our great programs.

We will offer a few different gift certificates:
– EnhanceFitness certificate is $36 for 12 classes! (Classes include aerobics, weights and stretching)
– Footcare certificate is $28 to get your toe nails clipped by a nurse
– Reflexology certificate is $35 to enjoy a foot massage with pressure points to increase your health
– Community Dining certificate is $50 for a punch card
– Membership gift certificate is $60 for an individual and $75 for a household
– Re-In-Carnation gift certificates are $10 and can be purchased in multiples.

The certificates can be purchased at the Senior Center front desk or online at www.snovalleysenior.org. The recipient will need to bring in the certificate to the Senior Center to redeem it. This is an amazing way to support your health as well as support the Senior Center. So tell your family and Santa that it’s what you want for the holiday!

Membership has many benefits. The primary ones are that you get this newsletter delivered directly to your home, a free birthday lunch and you receive discounts on the programs and trips! But another benefit is the privilege to vote for the SVSC board. You will receive a ballot soon in the mail so please vote and return it to the Center. In the future, you will have opportunities to vote on changes to bylaws. So keep your annual membership up to date! Our annual members meeting will be Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 12:30 p.m. with updates for the future and a look back at the past year.

Finally, a huge thank you to the volunteers who made a fantastic pie auction event! Thank you as always to Dawn Board, who has chaired the pies for over 20 years and raised thousands of dollars for the Senior Center! George Magnochi is an auctioneer that makes it very entertaining and fun! His skills help us raise more than ever to keep our program costs low so everyone can participate. We had a new chef this year with Julie Frazier. She created a wonderful gourmet meal for us all with the help of her team Shaune Holliday and Phyllis McAda plus dozens of hard working volunteers. Well done! Our sponsors: Loutsis Team, Pete’s Club, George Warren and Cheryl Taylor underwrote all the costs so 100% of the event went to support Senior Center programs. Thank you all!

Lisa Yeager, SVSC Director, Lisay@soundgenerations.org , 425-333-4152, ext. 1

What to expect at the Auction!

The Old School Senior Prom Gala & Auction benefiting the Sno-Valley Senior Center is Saturday, October 19!

  • Parking: Find the parking map HERE. If parking is available at McMenamins, you are welcome to park there. There is also free parking available at the Pop Keeney Stadium, just next to McMenamins.
  • Date: Saturday, Oct. 19, 2019
  • Time: Doors open at 5:00 p.m. VIP Pre-Funk Party starts at 4:15pm
  • Location: McMenamins Anderson School, 318607 Bothell Way NE, Bothell, WA 98011. We will be in Haynes Hall, there will be signage to direct you to the building.
  • Dress: Dress is formal, semi-formal, casual. It’s your choice. So dress as you like for your Senior Prom!

Our Goal is to raise $20,000 for Senior Enrichment, specifically nutrition, fitness and transportation.
Great Auction Items: you can find a list of some of the items available for bid HERE. But there’s more besides!
Activities: We’ll have a wine wall where for only $25 you can get a great bottle of wine valued from $15 – $120! The Golden Ticket winner gets to choose the item of their choice from the Live Auction for only $100. Lady Luck will be with you! The Heads or Tails prize will feature over $400 in gift cards! There will be a photo booth, for you to commemorate this great night, as well as live music, starting at 8:00pm! We’ll also have a Dessert Dash with desserts from local restaurants, bakeries and local renowned bakers.
Menu:

  • Appetizers: Antipasti Display
    • Sliced Prosciutto, Salami. Pepperoni. Marinated Fresh Mozzarella, Feta & Provolone Cheeses, Greek Olives, Marinated and Pickled Vegetables, Assorted Crackers and Baguette
  • Café Green Salad
    • Grape Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Marinated Red Onions, Black Rabbit Vinaigrette
  • Dinner
    • 7 Herbal Roasted Game Hen with Yukon Gold mashed potatoes
    • Pepper-Crusted Ahi with Mango Pico de Gallo and basil-cilantro rice
    • Zucchini Linguini (Vegan & Gluten Free)

Thank you to our wonderful sponsors: (click on each sponsor to get to their website!)

Questions to Lisa Yeager, Director of the Sno-Valley Senior Center, Lisay@soundgenerations.org or call 425-333-4152, ext 1

We look forward to having you, it’s going to be a great event!

September is National Senior Center Month!

September is National Senior Center Month. We celebrate that Senior Centers provide the opportunity to grow, learn, give and connect.  So that everyone can see all that we do we are having an open house on Sept. 23rd.  Invite your friends and neighbors to check us out and try out fitness classes and our lunch for free!

Our vision is that all Snoqualmie Valley older adults lead healthy, enriched lives. But not all can afford to do what they need to do to be healthy. That’s where you come in!

Many seniors are living in the Snoqualmie Valley on just their social security. They own their home but their property taxes have gone out of sight! Their income has not changed much but their costs for medicines have. Their doctor tells them to exercise and eat better but they feel like they can’t afford a fitness class or fresh food.

Here’s how you can help. You can contribute today to our scholarship fund. Then local seniors can get a hot made from scratch meal for free. They can attend the evidence based Enhance Fitness class for no charge. They can attend Adult Ed for no charge. You can change their life!

Your gift today will help us offer:

  • A hot healthy meal to more people
  • Life changing workshops on Medicare, Fraud Protection, Fall Prevention and more
  • Health enhancing fitness classes like Fit Over 50 or Walk with Ease
  • Social opportunities for fun, friendship and laughter

Together we can create a safe, respectful way for people to access the services they need without any barriers.

Can you give just $25 or more for the scholarship fund today? Join us in letting our older adults know their community cares. You can go on-line to www.snovalleysenior.org or drop off a donation with the receptionist. If you NEED a scholarship, just talk to any staff person and we can get you the form and help you out!

I also hope you will join us for our annual Auction Gala. This year the theme is Old School Senior Prom to be held at McMenamins Anderson School in Bothell on Saturday, Oct. 19th.  We’ll have a live band with music from the 60s & 70s, a great meal, photo booth, and lots of great items to bid on.  Tickets are available on-line at https://snovalleysenior.org/events/ and are only $85 IF purchased by Sept. 18th.  Or invite all your friends and get a table of 8 for just $640.  You can also be a VIP for just $125 which includes a private Pre-Funk Party, wine, and a swag bag.  It’s going to be quite the party!  You can live your dreams by bidding on a ZipLine Adventure, being a race car driver, dining at the five star Herb Farm Restaurant or go to Costa Rica’s Marriott with airfare included!  If you can’t make it consider making a regrets donation.  But we hope to see you there!

As always if you have any questions, problems or praises, come talk to me in my office on the 2nd floor or call 425-333-4152, ext. 1 or e-mail Lisay@soundgenerations.org

Lisa Yeager