Maureen Dooley, chair of the board of directors for the Redmond Senior Center, opened the Annual Meeting with the comment, “It’s so lovely to see all of your lovely faces,” and the sentiment was obviously felt by all the people attending the meeting on June 23.
As people began to gather in the parking lot for the outdoor meeting, there were plenty of hugs, handshakes and waves as people said hello in person to friends they haven’t seen for more than year since the Redmond Senior Center closed due to the pandemic. Acknowledging the closure, Dooley took the opportunity to announce that the board and staff are hoping to open the center for onsite meals in July and have set the date of August 3 to restart activities and programming.
Redmond Mayor, George Endicott, also spoke at the meeting, talking about how a “dream team” began brainstorming a new concept for the center about two years ago. “Today we’re seeing a dream that has become a vision…This center is critical to the success of our community, and I am fully committed to it,” he said.
Jane Jarman, the new Program Manager, built on Endicott’s remarks, stating the vision of the Redmond Senior Center is to “…serve as The Hub for interesting, invigorating and inspiring activities for people of all ages.” She is working with representatives from Redmond Parks and Recreation and St. Charles to create new programming. “Things like tai chi, Balance and Core classes, paint nights and book clubs will join traditional favorites like pickleball,” she said. “I want feedback about what we’re planning, but I’d also like my email and voicemail flooded with your ideas. Our goal is to build deep connections within the community of Redmond.”
Jarman ended her remarks about the new cost of $50 for an individual annual membership. “We’re asking you to join us as stewards of the Redmond Senior Center; a membership ensures a robust and sustainable community.”
Partners & Volunteers Recognized at Annual Meeting
Jo Anne Sutherland, RSC Board Treasurer, recognized several community partners and volunteers for their support of Redmond Senior Center over the course of a very difficult 18 months:
Debra Flagan, Hayden Homes
Ann and Mark Mailott, Central Oregon Ranch Supply
Judy Swift, Swift Steel
Katie Hammer, Redmond Parks and Recreation
Denise Labuda, Council on Aging of Central Oregon
Scott Cooper, NeighborImpact
Angela Saraceno, St. Charles
Paul Rodby and Jennifer Stanley, Redmond McDonalds
Lauren Johnson, Oliver Lemons
Don Dilant, St. Vincent De Paul
Jaime Keyes, Walgreens
City of Redmond
Truman Grandy, Meals on Wheels Driver
Theresa Thorson, Volunteer
Dooley concluded the meeting with a final thank you to RSC’s community partners, Redmond leadership and its members, and an invitation to return to a “refreshed and restarted” center in July.
We are thankful for the generosity of our sponsors and partners!
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