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Senior Center seeks support

The Alexandria Senior Center is recruiting volunteers to serve on its board. An election will take place on December 9. (Echo Press)

The Alexandria Senior Center wants to remain a vibrant place for senior citizens to gather, get information and have fun.

Last week, members of the board met with Kathryn LeBrasseur, who is not a member of the board but has many years of experience with the center in its early years, and developed a two-step plan:

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1. The board wants to recruit volunteers to serve on the Senior Center Board and to have them elected and in place to start in January of 2014.

The board is conducting a recruitment campaign that will culminate in a special meeting to be held at the center on Monday, December 9 at 10 a.m., which will include an election of board members.

Those interested in serving as a board member are encouraged to stop in the Senior Center at 414 Hawthorne Street to pick up an application form. Copies of the bylaws and budget are also available.

Once elected, the new members will go through an orientation process.

2. Beginning in December there will also be a campaign to assess groups and programs in the community that see a benefit from being able to offer programs and services using the center as a “home base.”

Groups could be housed there or scheduled in with other programs.

There are many groups in the community that are dedicated to senior issues or fulfilling senior needs, the board noted. The information, however, is so scattered that elderly people often are confused or don’t know where to go. The center can serve as the place for getting that information.

The board also wants to clear up some information about the center:

•The center has not been sold.

•The center has enough money, right now, to operate for five more months. Securing additional funds is a vital need, the board noted.

•There is a drastic need for experienced, diversified and dedicated persons to serve on the board of directors. The center’s bylaws state there should be nine board members. Currently, there are three.

•Recreational needs remain a priority for the center and need to be enhanced. Getting more volunteers involved is a start.

Those who are willing to help the senior center in any way or have questions are encouraged to call a current board member: Joyce Martinson, president, (320) 852-3010; Juliana Slavik, treasurer, (320) 763-8273; Greg Odell, (320) 762-8506; or Ann Engstrom Esterberg, executive director, (320) 762-2087.

Al Edenloff
Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  
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