Over the past several weeks, 26 yards were prepped for winter. Three fraternities from the University and 8 individuals worked hard raking and filling bags with leaves. The connection between the University of MN and Southeast Seniors is growing stronger. Two of the three fraternities helped last year and are eager to continue the relationship. People are so grateful for this work as it is one more area they don't have to worry about. Raking leaves is hard work. When one has a bad leg or arthritis, getting those leaves picked up in the yard is difficult. It sure makes life easier to rely on the young people. They enjoy being able to do meaningful service and get to know people in the community.
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On September 22, Southeast Seniors celebrated the year at our Annual Meeting. People gathered for a potluck meal organized by the Board of Directors. Marlene Stumm, from the University of MN Extension and Department of Family Social Science and author of "Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate," was our featured speaker. She talked about passing on personal possessions that are non-titled property. Her talk reinforced the idea that planning is a necessity as people get older and begin to downsize or move.
We also honored volunteers who have helped Southeast Seniors make a difference in our service area. We are very grateful to them for their service and creative energy. Honored this year are:
Community Service Volunteers: Jessica Lehrke, Karlie Weiler, and Yasmin Barak - University Of MN students who helped create our new Healthy Cooking for Seniors program.
Retiring Board member: Leona Reyelts
Volunteer Driver: Ardis Jacobsen
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It was over 80 degrees on shore, but on the river it was cool and breezy. Over 108 people from 3 to 92 gathered at Harriet Island for an adventure on the Mississippi River with Wilderness Inquiry. After counting off to see how many were actually present, we loaded onto 2 school buses to ride up Shepard Road to Hidden Falls where we got our gear, loaded up the canoes, and headed down river. Blue Heron, turkey vultures, swallows, and even a few jumping fish were spotted as we went down the river. We stopped for lunch at Crosby Farms - delicious sandwiches, salad and bars from Kafe 421 (they also donated to our fund raiser in April). After lunch, we loaded up again and headed down to Harriet Island. The Wilderness Inquiry staff were delightful, knowledgeable and easy to work with. We hope to do it again!
From November 2015 to May 2016, 29 seniors and 29 3rd graders at Marcy Open School exchanged letters. Students got to practice their writing and learn to communicate via the old fashioned way - with a letter! Seniors got to learn about what being 8 in 2015 was like. Friendships were developed long distance. At the end of May, we had a party where the pen pals could get together. Comments from students and seniors alike showed the value in encouraging inter-generational relationships. "It was really fun" and "I really liked getting to know my new friend" were among the comments about the program. One of the older pen pals commented that he didn't have any grandchildren, so his pen pal helped him learn about this generation. We plan to continue the program and expand it for the 2016-17 school year.
Healthy cooking for one can be a challenge. During the summer of 2016, Southeast Seniors will launch a program to help seniors learn a few techniques for healthy cooking for one. With partners from the Department of Food Science and Nutrition, we hope to work with a handful of people in our pilot program. Once we work out the details, we hope to offer this as an ongoing service beginning in September 2016. If you are interested in participating or have some suggestions, please contact the Southeast Seniors office at 612-331-2302 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
5th Annual Celebrate Southeast with a Taste of Southeast
It was a wonderful afternoon to celebrate all the things and people that are great in Southeast! We enjoyed delicious food from local restaurants, wonderful music and fabulous auction items. We raised over $9,000 for Southeast Seniors thanks to the over 200 people who attended.
At the November 12 Board meeting, the Southeast Seniors board members began planning for a new three-year strategic plan. The ideas began flowing easily, and the excitement grew as board members began to offer suggestions to expand the programming and services available to seniors living in the 55414 zipcode. At the December board meeting, the board will begin to group ideas to focus planning and make implementation possible.
If you are reading this and have some suggestions for the direction of Southeast Seniors, please contact us at 612-331-2302.
Thanks to over 50 volunteers who worked during 3 weekends in November, leaves were raked and bagged in yards of 15 seniors living in the Southeast Seniors service area. Special thanks go out to 4 University of Minnesota Fraternities including Beta Theta Pi, The Triangle, The Farmhouse, and Phi Gamma Delta, service learning students from the University, and a group of friends and colleagues from the Physiology Department at the U. While SE Seniors provides the rakes and bags, the raking and bagging are provided by volunteers. We couldn't help so many people without this support from the community
As of September 22, 2015, Southeast Seniors has moved to a new office. We are sharing space with Prospect Park Association at 2828 University Ave. Suite 200 in Minneapolis. We also have room for meetings in a spacious and sunny conference room. Please come visit us.
Our internet is currently working and so are the phones! We are glad to be back on track.
Thanks to Pratt School for housing us for the past 25 years.
Author: Lydia McAnerney, Volunteer Coordinator and Marji Miller, Executive Director. Margie's been a part of Southeast Seniors for over fourteen years and has a wealth of experience. Lydia joined Southeast Seniors in 2015 but has worked with volunteers for over 30 years.