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March 2020 Director’s Letter

I am so proud of our senior center. As I look back on 2019, I see growth in programs and
activities. This year we added painting classes, soap making, Bunco, a singing group, and Walk with Ease. These new classes come about because someone says “I have this skill that I am willing to share.” We are so blessed to have a community that cares and steps up to provide services, classes and programs. We have a long list of community partners that provide
services to all of us for very low cost. Thank your instructor/leader next time you are in! And if you would like to volunteer to teach sometime, let Kira know. We are always open to new ideas and programs!

I am also proud that those who know us best donate most generously. Our staff donate to the Center and
attend events plus our board has 100% participation in donating generously. We have monthly donors who keep us running in the black with their on-going commitment. Plus, we have over 300 volunteers who keep us running smoothly! It takes a village to run a senior center!

In 2019, we got to recognize volunteers Sam Charles and Sara Lambert who go above and beyond helping in many areas. Our staff also received some recognition.  Kira Avery, our Program Coordinator, won the “Rising Star” award for best staff person among Washington State Senior Centers! Wow! We always knew we had the best. Angie Hartung, our Thrift Store manager, won the Spirit of Excellence Award from Sound Generations! It was well deserved as Angie oversaw the transition of the thrift store from the little house into the Senior
Center where it is thriving under her able leadership.

In 2019, we received several grants to help us make our programs more affordable. The Shape-Up grant enables us to offer a fitness class for free to a first time attendee! Take advantage of that and try a new class! We got a grant from Emergency Medical Services for a Falls Prevention event. King County Parks
Department provided funds to pay fitness instructors so class costs can be kept low. 4Culture provided a grant to provide art classes in partnership with the Northwest Arts Center and instructor Howard Frank. We also got a King County Community Service Area Grant for a Children’s art section at the plant sale and for educational workshops on gardening. Plus the Snoqualmie Tribe and PSE donated so we could purchase an emergency generator!

These grants and generous donors made a difference. However, 2019 ended the year with a small deficit of $27,287.73. The deficit was caused by changes in bingo regulations that reduced our revenue from that
fundraiser and by additional costs for electrical work for our generator. We strive very hard to be fiscally
responsible with the funds you donate. We don’t waste a penny as our goal is to serve as many people as
possible. If you ever have questions about our budget or wish to see our financials, contact Lisa Yeager.

As we enter 2020, we look forward to our partnership in joint programming with Issaquah Senior Center and the Mt. Si Senior Center. This hub partnership will enable us to reach people who have not yet entered the
senior center and who face barriers in attending. Look for lots of new, exciting programs that will help us age well.  Also we will have more social work hours so that means more assistance with finding the information and referrals you need plus more counseling hours. Look for the Aging with Mastery Program and Enhance Wellness for dealing with chronic conditions. Good things ahead! Let me know your thoughts and ideas. We’re here for you! Lisa Yeager

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

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!