May 2023 Directors Letter

 May Directors Letter—Lisa Yeager retires!

The Sno-Valley Senior Center has been part of my life for over 20 years! I started as Director of the Senior Center in 2001 – 2008. This building was still fairly new to us. We were known for our steak  dinners and pie auction, then we added a plant sale and an auction gala. I left for new adventures in 2008 but then I served on the SVSC board until returning as Director in March 2016. But now I get to retire! It is bittersweet as my friendships and connections with this Center are so deep. I will miss you all and our incredible staff so much.

 I am excited about the future for SVSC with Kira Avery leading. Programs and attendance are growing. The Center plays more of a role in the community than ever. It’s an exciting time! Especially with the new housing project to start construction this summer!

I will be living with my husband, Dave Kylen, in Port Townsend but also being a snowbird in Cave Creek, Arizona. I look forward to lots of volunteering and time for hobbies and my garden. I know I won’t be able to resist visiting the Center often for various events and to check the progress of the housing project. You are invited to stop by and visit me anytime. My personal e-mail address is

I really, really hope you’ll come to my lunchtime retirement party on Wednesday, May 31st at noon at the Sno-Valley Senior Center! All are welcome! I wish all of you my best and pray you’ll keep me informed as to your lives. I will continue as a donor to this wonderful senior center and look forward to seeing you around.

All the best, Lisa

We thank Lisa for her time as Director at the Sno-Valley Senior Center from 2001-2008 and from 2016-2023, her leadership has brought us through challenges and moved us forward as an organization.

May is Older American’s Month and the theme this year is “Aging Unbound” which offers an opportunity to explore diverse aging experiences and discuss how communities can combat stereotypes. Thanks to YOU we are combating stereotypes every day, by offering active and diverse programming.

To celebrate Older Americans Month and Physical Fitness & Sports Month, ALL fitness classes will be FREE the week of May 15-19! You can invite a friend or try something new, see the full schedule on the programming calendar in this newsletter.

I would also invite you to GiveBIG for seniors this year! GiveBIG is a statewide fundraising campaign where individuals and organizations come together across Washington to invest in our communities. Early giving started on April 18 and culminates in 48 hours of giving May 2-3.

This year we are reaching for our biggest goal, to raise $20,000! To help us reach that goal, every dollar donated will be matched up to $8,500 due to the generosity of the Michael & Gina (Cambio) Fisette Charitable Trust & Kimberly Smith with Weichert Realtors   Pillar Northwest! The link to give is:

We were reminded of the importance of having your contact and emergency contact information on file, after an incident involving one of our vans. Everyone involved is ok, however, it highlighted an area where we will be more heavily focused in the coming months.

If you have comments, questions, or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me at or 425-333-4152.

Kira Avery, Executive Director

PS. You may have received a postcard or packet referring to the 2021 Data Incident at Sound Generations, and a class action settlement. This is a follow-up notification to a letter that was sent in December 2021, letting potentially affected individuals know about the breach. If you have questions you can call 1-844-510-2004 or go to the website listed on the card at