Be sure to check out the links to the left about upcoming classes, lectures, clinics, services, presentations - and a whole plethora of events - coming to the Tallahassee Senior Center and its Neighborhood Sites over the next few months!
Celebrate the Tallahassee Senior Center accomplishments! Check off our #TSCbucketlist! Community
By Sheila Salyer, Manager of Tallahassee Senior Center and Executive Director of Tallahassee Senior Foundation
From left to right, Sheila Salyer, Manager, TSC, Leslie Spencer, AARP Florida Associate State Director, and Tallahassee Commissioners Nancy Miller and Gil Ziffer. Salyer reported the release of an AARP survey that encourages the city to make continued progress toward becoming a more age-friendly community.
As I approach this 20th anniversary as director of the Tallahassee Senior Center and 30 years serving seniors, I feel humbled by all who have made possible the success of TSC and senior services in Tallahassee.
For 30 years, I have been privileged to meet Tallahassee’s greatest generation and baby boomers. As a boomer myself, some of my best friends and mentors are 15-plus years my age. I grew up in Ashland, Kentucky, on the same street as both sets of grandparents, and I am grateful that my life’s work allows me to invest in the quality of life of older adults-as well as my own.
Shortly after relocating to Tallahassee in 1985, I became senior volunteer coordinator for the organization known today as Elder Care Services. Several volunteers I met there are also frequent participants at TSC, making my transition fairly smooth in 1996 when I became TSC director. Those friends, along with many new ones, have helped expand TSC programs and strengthen this organization seen by many as “second home” and “family.”
The City opened TSC in 1978 after five years of advocacy by a dedicated advisory council led by Margaret Lynn Duggar. I was fortunate to join a well-established organization in a landmark known as “The Old Armory” on North Monroe. Immediate past director Johnnye Luebkemann had already brought statewide recognition to TSC by receiving the Flo Goldmann Award for outstanding senior center.
One directive then-supervisor Brenda Tanner gave me was, “Put us on the map nationally.” Using the National Institute of Senior Centers Self-Assessment Manual and input from stakeholders, we developed a plan that continues evolving today as we add new programs.
TSC is now nationally accredited and widely known as one of the top centers for programming, thanks to the staff, Advisory Council, and Foundation Board. Through the years, these three “legs,” if you will, create a vibrant atmosphere, welcoming active adults from all walks of life to celebrate their senior years.
These groups work side-by-side as an amazing team. The dedicated staff pour their passion into their work. An active senior advisory council acts as eyes and ears for participants. A committed board of directors raises funds to support multiple programs, including Leon County support since 2002. And the steady foundation for it all is the City of Tallahassee.
As I reflect on our success, there are many ways to measure it: more participants, more programs and activities, more staff, more locations, and more sponsors and partners. In 20 years, we have expanded from a single location to 13 sites throughout the county, and from 80 activities each month to more than 180. TSC grew from having one computer in the building, to 30 work stations for both staff and participants. We offer long-running annual events like Active Living Expo, Ice Cream Social, and Silver Stars, as well as newer programs such as TALL senior leadership, L3X lifelong learning, and Senior Games.
Tallahassee believes in our mission to encourage active living, optimal aging, and social fitness for independent adults so that quality of life can be extended as long as possible. Our mission continues with the City’s support, a strong non-profit TSC Foundation, Leon County, and thousands of individual and business donors.
And we’re not finished yet. Like most baby boomers, I have a “bucket list” with places to go, people to see, and goals to achieve. We look forward to building another senior center to offer more opportunities for recreation, lifelong learning, art, and wellness activities. And much more.
Whether you’re part of our past, present, or future–you are invited to our Bucket List Reunion Luncheon at TSC on Mon., Aug. 29, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Together, we’ll celebrate our accomplishments and look forward to checking items off our #TSCbucketlist; call 850-891-4041 to join us.
Expand your intellect and perfect you card skills!
By Pamela Flory
From left to right, Judy Etemadi, Dr. Julie Pestella, Leslie Mendleson and Beatrice Carter enjoy the camaraderie and competition as they play Duplicate Bridge at the Tallahassee Senior Center.
If you are looking for a fresh and mentally invigorating activity and an opportunity to make new acquaintances, you might consider bridge. Bridge is a card game that can be enjoyed socially or played competitively.
Not to worry if duplicate bridge is an entirely new venture for you, Tallahassee Duplicate Bridge Club (TDBC) and its companion Capital City Duplicate Bridge (CCDBC) have classes at all levels to educate you in standard approaches to the game.
Duplicate Bridge offers many challenges in spending a few hours with folks of like interest. A session lasts about three hours. Benefits include expanding intellect, perfecting strategies, improving card-playing skills, overcoming the opponents’ skills, and having fun in a friendly atmosphere. As your interest grows, there are mentors to guide you through twists and turns.
Tallahassee has supported duplicate bridge for over 50 years and roughly 250 members participate in games weekly. Both clubs abide by the zero-tolerance guidelines that penalize rudeness and guarantee an atmosphere of friendly competition. We are all “bridge buddies” and support each other in our desire to become better players.
Games are held regularly throughout the week at the Tallahassee Senior Center on N. Monroe St. and at the Oaks South Building on the Westminster Oaks campus just off Dempsey-Mayo Rd. For specific information, please contact Steve Ross, TDBC Club Manager, at 891-576-6593 or Steve Whitaker, owner CCDBC, at 850-222-5797. You can also find more information online at www.tdbc.info/.
Welcome Addie Carroll-Beal & Lori Swanson
Addie Carroll-Beal recently joined the Tallahassee Senior Center staff as a Participant and Volunteer Services Coordinator. She is a member of TSC Advisory Council and a Class #7 graduate of Tallahassee Active Lifelong Leaders. Addie serves as a volunteer with many local non-profit organizations, including coordinating and fundraising for a Pancreatic Cancer Research 5K walk/run annually. Her background includes public sector worksite marketing and employee benefits. Addie relocated from Los Angeles to Tallahassee in 1993.
Lori recently joined the Tallahassee Senior Center & Foundation as a Community Relations Assistant. She also teaches Pilates and Yoga at Wildwood Presbyterian Church. Her previous background was in training and development and has a long history of fundraising and volunteering in the Tallahassee community. Lori and her husband Mike moved to Tallahassee in 1988 and have three children. The youngest is currently enrolled at Florida State University; two are graduates.
Volunteer Appreciation Awards
The Tallahassee Senior Center honored the following volunteers for their service at the 2016 Silver Stars Gala.
Ann Booth, Labeler, Legal Receptionist
Lisa Meyer, Publications, Special Events
Lauchlin Waldoch, Legal Services
Craig Willis, Legal Services
Susie Anderson, Line Dance
Ken Brummel-Smith, Foundation Board
Mike Francis, Advisory Council, Stamp & Cover, Digital Camera
Angie Goodman, TALL, Age Friendly Community
Susie Howell, Reiki
Elda Martinko, Foundation Board
Jill Sandler, Advisory & Art Councils, Receptionist, Mahjongg
James Sorenson, Legal Services
Bev Vertuno, French Instructor
Donna Wells, Past Foundation Board
Sandra L. Ardley, Helping Hands
Rose Blackburn, Wii Games, Greeter
Norma English, Tai Chi
Kathryn Finch, Dancing for Fun
Dick Hagen, Ballroom Dance/Swing Dance
Rauha Jessup, Tax Aide
Steve Mayberry, Guitar
Catherine Mingledorff, Special Events
Glenn Mingledorff, Special Events
Peter Piper, Advisory Council; Computer Class Instructor
Gale Poteat, Art Council
Eleanore Rosenberg, Library
Lawrence Sack, Library
Mershell Sherman, Drumming
LaVerne White, Library
Florida: A Land of Many Cultures
By Susan Davis, Leon County Senior Outreach Coordinator
Discover a fascinating glimpse of Florida’s rich cultural history. No tests, no grades! If you are an active adult age 50+, let instructor and historian Pete Cowdrey share with you his lifelong appreciation of Florida’s unique past.
County Senior Outreach classes begin in Sept. at the Northeast Branch Library, 5513 Thomasville Rd on Mondays from 10–11:30 a.m. The classes to be offered are: Sept. 12, International Rivalry as Depicted on Early Florida Maps; Sept. 19, the English Florida and the American Revolution; Sept. 26, WW II and the Sunshine State: Florida’s Unique Role; and, Oct. 2, Masterpieces of Florida Architecture: A Sampling from Many Cultures.
Mr. Cowdrey grew up on both coasts of Florida’s peninsula and is fascinated by the state’s Native American past, as well as by the European cultures that came later. He holds an MA in history from Florida State University and is a retired educator from the Museum of Florida History and Leon High School.
Classes are $3.00 each and include refreshments. Space is limited. Reservations are required; to RSVP, call 850-891-4033. Leon County Senior Outreach is a program of the Tallahassee Senior Foundation and is funded by the Leon County Board of County Commissioners. Come join the fun!
Monticello Fencer Stays Active in the Sport
By Nick Gandy, Florida Sports Foundation
There was a time when Monticello’s Wayne Frey and his three daughters earned gold medals for their fencing talents. From 2002-2012, Wayne and a combination of his daughters, Nicole, Rachel and Claire, were Sunshine State Games Fencing medal winners and had a strong presence in the amateur sports community in Florida as members of the FSU Fencing Club.
Frey has successfully guided two daughters through college and into professional careers and the last one is on path to success. Now, it’s only Wayne climbing onto the medal stand.
At the 2016 Sunshine State Games in Palm Beach County, the registration database showed Wayne as the lone Frey, registered in four events, two in the Veteran’s Division. The now 50-year old Frey claims it’s his “bullheadedness,” that keeps him coming back to Florida’s largest fencing tournament that annually attracts 200 or more fencers from around the state.
Frey’s daughter Rachel is a recent graduate of Drexel University with a Law Degree. “I went to visit Rachel up north for Christmas and convinced her to compete in a tournament with me,” he said. “It’s a bit more intense in the northeast than it is in the south.”
When not running his “horseshoe business,” Wayne Frey Farrier Service, where he puts several hundred shoes a month on horses in the rural Monticello area, Frey continues to be active in the sport “with some geezers here in Monticello still playing around with fencing.” “There (are) still some teenagers left in the sport to outsmart,” he says. “I’m not as quick as I once was.” Frey looks to come up with new ways to outsmart and beat younger fencers as well as his peers.
2016 Silver Stars impress us with living full lives as they enrich the lives of others
How do you summarize the lives of stars?
Courage and talent well used indeed.
They are champions, servants, counselors, learners and lovers.
Businessmen, assistants, island girls and dots.
Teachers and presidents. Military, marketers, mentors.
And let us not forget, “formerly eligible bachelors.”
Far from retired, ever young. Though really aging, as fine as wine.
Disciplined, dynamic, dedicated to service, to diversity, to charity, to life.
Blessed but not entitled or privileged.
Generous. Fair. Sensitive to all.
Rather humble and approachable.
Believers in people and their needs.
Servants at heart, with a knack for caring and never refusing a helping hand.
Whether hiding or seeking, shaping lives or shaping trees,
Or just hanging out making wooden shoes look good,
They are teaching and touching, everywhere, everyone and everything.
Planting and sustaining gardens of impact and positivity.
What have they done?
Harnessed the sun. Housed the homeless.
Footed the fiddle. Squared the dance.
Counseled the wanderers and the wonderers.
Mentored and molded minds and hearts.
Given of talents and treasures and self.
Lived fuller lives and enriched the lives of others (and even a parakeet’s along the way).
Walked the paths and run the miles. Traveled. Crossed the pond.
Taken on the great adventures, bowled for the gold.
Knitted and created patchworks of passion and love, shared freely with others.
Made safe spaces for growth and healing.
Created family from friends, new and old.
And managed to get in a bit of fishing and crabbing and swimming along the way.
What advice should we heed?
Do the best we can.
Live and Learn. Learn to Live.
Learn for a living. Give of your learning.
Enjoy while you can. Live to fullest. Do what makes you happy.
Work, don’t sit at home. Walk, don’t drive.
Not where you are from but where you are going that counts.
Find something you love along the way.
Look at things positively.
Ignore the bad.
You can’t square dance and think of your problems.
Find the perfect partner to twist and twirl with.
Keep the popcorn popping.
Wash your ears and wash your hair, but if you don’t who really cares?
And especially, most importantly, when asked, just say, “yes ma’am”
Let me close with a reminder one star gave us all.
God told us to do two things…love him and love others.
These lives- their actions- show that really is how they live their lives.
Thank you for your efforts, for the charity, for the community and leadership. Nice job. Merci. And amen, amen, amen.
|Silver Stars Gala
Recognizing Stars who “live life to fullest while enriching the lives of others!”
By Audrey Byrne
We celebrated and honored the 2016 Silver Stars, Senior Center volunteers and sponsors at the University Center on May 26. A gala that twinkled and sparkled with glamor – 480 guests socialized in their finest cocktail attire, listened to music by Darryl Steele & Vicki Herlovich, ate delicious food, and enjoyed beautiful centerpieces. Tony Carvajal emceed the event, while Anna Johnson-Riedel presented the Silver Stars awards. Senior Center volunteers received appreciation awards for 5, 10, 15, and 20 years of service from volunteer coordinators Gena Varn and Addie Carroll Beal.
The highlight of the evening was watching poignant videos of the Silver Stars interviewed by third-grade students from Cornerstone Learning Community. Tony provided closing remarks on how the 2016 Silver Stars impress us with living full lives as they enrich the lives of others; to read his poetic summary visit www.talgov.com/seniors/. All who attended had a spectacular evening and many felt that it was the best one yet!
To view more photos from the event, visit www.facebook.com/TallahasseeSeniorCenter/. Visit www.youtube.com/user/WCOT to watch interview videos, produced by Jamieson Redd of Redd Camera. Photo credits: Betsy Barfield.
|From left, City Manager Rick Fernandez congratulates Silver Star Dr. Carolyn J. Ryals with Henry Steele and Wayne Tedder, Assistant City Manager.
Silver star Dr. Ada Burnette prepares to be escorted down the red carpet by Cornerstone Learning Community student Anna Iseman.
Silver Star Martha Rodeseike hugs her escort Charlotte Siervogel, student, Cornerstone Learning Community.
|Natalie Strouse and Pandora Flam escort Silver Stars and dance partners Cooper and Nina Mingledorf.
Representing Galaxy Sponsor Capital Health Plan, Dr. Neelima Ravi provides encouraging words for active living to open the gala.
City Commissioner Curtis Richardson greets Silver Star Stephen Beasley at the VIP reception.
|A few Senior Center Advisory Council members join in the celebration, from left to right, back to front, Sheila Salyer, TSC Director, Ed Vertuno, Mike Francis, Tina Niggel, Foundation Assistant Director, Peter Piper, Nancy Daws, E. Ann Cleare, and Patty Parkhurst.
|The Stars gather at the VIP reception. Front Susan Ilanfeldt and past Silver Star Margaret Hamilton. Back current Star Barbara Mann, Adelle Grosskopf, and Director Sheila Salyer.
||Always a fun and glamorous evening, director Sheila Salyer, supporter Linda Smith, and Foundation Board President Linda Roberts pause to capture good memories with good friends.
|Silver Star Dot Skofronick enjoys this special evening with husband Jim, daughter and grandson Gretchen and Steven Desch, and family from Madison, Wisconsin, who traveled to Tallahassee for the event.