Volunteer of the Month
This month we’d like to give extra special thanks to Dianne Kassotis, our Trip Office Coordinator. Dianne has been a member for a couple years after hearing about us from the former Trip Coordinator. Dianne asked questions about the center as she was looking for someplace to go and help people. Well we are always looking for people wanting to help out so we were a perfect match. She started out working once a week helping members plan trips to local and exotic places. However, when the Trip Coordinator went out with an injury, Dianne stepped up and took over. Now Dianne comes in 5 days a week to plan trips, coordinate, check the books, and help out the other Trip volunteers. Outside the Trip Office she can always be found helping out in the dining room. From Koffee Klub to Thanksgiving to Operation Senior Claus to just about any Special Event. She is always willing to help set up, serve, and clean up. Originally from Danvers, MA, she lived there until she met Jim, her future husband, who was just in town on leave following his Navy bootcamp. Married three months later, she moved around as a military wife, finally ending up in Florida. Together they had 4 kids, 13 grand kids, and are working on their 17th great grandkid! Following Jim’s passing, she moved out to the Highland area, and shortly thereafter, found her way to us. Thanks Dianne for seeking us out to help others.
Date: September 4, 2015
Location: Game Room
Description: Sharpen your pencils and pick an apple for the teacher. After a short summer break its time to head back to school. The ever popular Highland Senior University is ready to enroll those who still have a desire to learn. The Highland Senior Center’s annual Back to School registration is set for Friday, August September 4th. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m and runs until 1:00 p.m. Numbers are handed out before registration begins and people are called back according to when they arrived, so it’s first come, first served. So if you want to ensure a seat make sure not to be tardy. No prior registrations are allowed. If you try, you may just end up in detention cleaning the chalkboard erasers! Fall classes begin September 8th.
Friendly Visitor and Phone Pal
Description: This month we’d like to shine the light on two programs that not only help out those who participate, but the people they help out as well: The Friendly Visitor, and Phone Pal programs. The Friendly Visitor Program is a free program designed for those who have trouble getting out of the house on their own, to make friends and maintain social interaction. We have volunteers who go and visit people in their own homes and let them know that someone does care about them. Sometimes the two will simply talk or play a game of cards. Other times they will go out to lunch or a movie. The level of interaction depends on them. Our Phone Pal Program is similar to the Friendly Visitor Program, but is more designed for those who don’t want or need someone to come over to their house. They are happy with a simple phone call. Some enjoy long conversations, while others just want someone to check in on them once a week. This program has come in handy several times when a senior could not be contacted by phone. The Phone Pal volunteer either went over to the house or contacted us with their concern and we went over. On a few occasions we discover that the person had fallen and injured themselves, and had this program not been in place, might have died. If you would like to be a part in volunteering in these programs, or if you could benefit from any of these programs, or if you know of someone who could, please feel free to contact us at (909)862-8104 and ask for the Outreach Office.
To enrich, maintain, and protect the quality of life of Senior Adults...
TIME CHANGE - The 55 Alive refresher course has been moved to 8:30 a.m. on Mondays.
Membership Dues for the 2016 year: Only $20.00 a year. Annual dues are good until December 31, 2016. Gift Certificates are available. Purchase some Senior bucks also...!!
Board of Directors - The Board of Directors meets on the 4th Thursday of each month at noon.
Enjoy a hot nutrional lunch - M - F / 12 -1:00
October 17, 2015 11:00 AM - Hoedown & Crafters Fair
Join us a boot kicking great time. The Gas Company is back with their gas Chuck Wagon, along with the Wimberly Blue Grass Band! Tickets still on sale.
October 8, 2015 9:00 - Noon - HEALTH FAIR
Join us on Thursday, October 8, 2015 for our Annual Health Fair. Free Flu shots will be provided to the entire community along with several other free services. Lots of vendors on hand to answer any questions you may have.
November 21, 2015 11:00 am to 1:00 pm - Thanksgiving Dinner
Please come and share Thanksgiving Dinner with your friends and Family here at the Highland Senior Center. Tickets are only $5.00 ($6 at the door) and you can enjoy a full dinner including desert. Share this special day with your family and friends
Mark your calendar and get ready to dosey doe as we host our annual Fall Hoedown & Crafters Fair. The event takes place on Saturday, October 5th, from 11 am and carries on until the cows come home...or 1 p.m., whichever comes first! Admission is free, but you need to get tickets beforehand.
Once again the Wemberley Blue Grass Band will be on hand to provide live entertainment and to get people to kick up their boots on the dance floor. There will also be a line dance area outside for those so inclined. If dancing isn’t your thing, you can also find a great deal or early Christmas gift at our Crafters Fair.
After a few hours of dancing or shopping, or both, our guests might be a tad bit hungry. Thank goodness our friends from the Gas Co. will be on hand with their mobile gas bbq. They will BBQing up some mouth-watering grub.
So break out your buggy, saddle that horse, or load up that surrey with the fringe on top and make your way over for a rootin’ tootin’ good time. Heck you can even skip to my lou. Just make sure you make it down here! The shin-dig is sponsored by our good friends at the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the Gas Co. and Leisure Pointe. For more information call us at (909)862-8104.