Linton Senior Center is bustling with activities
“We have something going on almost every day from Monday through Friday throughout the year,” Linton Senior Center Building Coordinator Luella Jochim said.
Every day of the week, members of the Senior Center serve Meals on Wheels to shut-ins in the community.
“We deliver 14 to 24 hot meals to the shut-ins in Linton,” Building Manager and Program Planner Ray Hulm said.
Hulm delivers every Monday and said they have many volunteers who help deliver the meals so the shut-ins always receive their meals hot.
Mondays through Fridays at the Center, they also serve congregate meals at noon. Those lunches are available to anybody who reserves a meal by 9 a.m. on the day of the meal. The cost is $3 per person if 60 years or older and $6 if under age 60. Lil Kunz is the cook, Carolyn Marsh is the kitchen helper and Anne Nieuwsma is the meals coordinator. Jane Joy also volunteers in the kitchen when needed. They typically serve 25 to 30 people at their noon lunches.
On Monday and Thursday evenings at 7 p.m., members enjoy card playing. There are usually about 30 people having a good time playing Pinochle. Tony Holzer oversees the card playing on Monday evenings, andAlvina Rohrich has that duty on Thursday evenings.
Each Tuesday at 2 p.m., everyone is welcome to join in on some fun singing.
Bingo is a new activity for 2013. At 1:30 p.m. each Wednesday, members play a few rounds of Bingo.
Fridays are kept open because of the various school sport activities that occur.
Along with their daily and weekly activities, they conduct yearly fundraisers to help pay for the maintenance of the building and for special projects.
The funds earned from the 2013 fundraisers will be dedicated to pay off the debt owed on the parking lot located south of their building that they purchased in 2011.
The first fundraiser is Cabin Fever on Wed., Jan. 16.
“After the holidays when things slow down and people stay inside, everybody needs to get out again and enjoy knoephla, sauerkraut and sausage,” Jochim said.
On Sun., Feb. 17, they will hold a soup and sandwich lunch.
The Seniors do the cooking for all of their fundraisers.
On Sun., March 17, they will be serving a full breakfast from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.
During Dairy & Ag Day in Linton on Fri., June 7, they will serve fried chicken with all the trimmings for supper.
On Sat., July 6, at the Lions Demolition Derby, members will run a concession stand with hotdogs, hamburgers, walking tacos and pop available.
A potato bake noon luncheon will be served from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wed., Sept. 11.
Great German food and entertainment is planned for their Oktoberfest on Sat., Oct. 26.
A full breakfast will again be served on Sun., Nov. 3.
During Light Up the Night in Linton on Fri., Nov. 29, they will have a concession stand at the KEM building serving hotdogs, hot chocolate and cookies.
Linton Senior Center membership is currently at nearly 220, with approximately 50 to 75 of those members being actively involved.
“We always welcome new members,” said Jochim and Hulm.
To become a member of the Linton Senior Center, you or your spouse need to be age 55 or older. Dues are $10 per person per year.
Every last Thursday of the month, there is a senior supper and meeting.
Every Tuesday prior to the monthly senior suppers and meetings, there is a Senior Citizens Board meeting held at 2 p.m. when the next month’s events are planned.
Board members are President Jim Plienis, Vice President Dennis Morris, Secretary Mary Kay Vetter and Treasurer Ray Hulm. Helen Ibach serves as memberat large and membership chairperson. Alvina Goldade is also a member-at-large, and is the building manager.
Individuals may offer to volunteer to help deliver meals, cook the meals needed for their monthly meetings or for their fundraisers, or bring bars to their events.
They also rent out their facility for special occasions at a rate of $100 per day, or $10 an hour.
If you have any questions, please call the Linton Senior Center at 701-254-5536.