The Center has partnered with the News Virginian on a public forum program called “Let’s Talk”. The next one is going to be Friday, May 10 at 12:30p.m. and will cover the topic of emergency preparedness. The panel consists of these leaders from the community representing various aspects of emergency response:
- Chris Hoover—Deputy Coordinator of Emergency Services for Augusta County
- Raymond Watson—Disaster Relief Services Program Manager for American Red Cross
- Rebecca Joyce—Senior Planner for Central Shenandoah Planning District.
News Virginian General Manager, Anne McKenzie will be the moderator. We’ll also have doorprizes. The forum is designed to be an interactive conversation between the presenters and the attendees. It is open to people of all ages from the public.
The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) Leader Training that was scheduled to begin May 9 in Waynesboro has been rescheduled for May 22, 23, 29, 30 2013 from 9:00am until 4:30pm. To get more information or register for Leader Training please call Joyce Nussbaum at 540-820-8567 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leader Training for the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is scheduled for May 9, 10, 16, and 17 from 9am – 4:30pm. The Leader Training will be held in the conference room at the VPAS Corporate office in Waynesboro and light snacks, lunch, and all necessary materials will be provided. At least 12 people must be registered in order to hold the training and additional participants are still needed.
This free four-day training provides participants with the skills and certification necessary to be leaders in the You Can! Live Well, Virginia! Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) which is evidence based program developed and licensed by Stanford University. CDSMP leaders co-lead workshops which are held for 2 hours one time each week for six weeks and are designed help adults with chronic illnesses such as asthma, arthritis, diabetes and heart disease learn ways to manage their condition and take charge of their life.
Anyone who would like to register or get more information should call Joyce Nussbaum at 540-820-8567 or email to:email@example.com.
Two staff members in the SAW Region have moved into new roles with VPAS. Former Director of Senior Services Jenn Chestnut has been promoted to the role of Chief Administrative Officer for VPAS, and will oversee daily operations of the organization over all four regions. Former Waynesboro Senior Center Director Janice Gentry was then promoted into the Director of Senior Services position for the SAW Region. This leaves an open position in the Waynesboro Senior Center Director role. Applications are being accepted from qualified candidates until May 3.
In December 2012 Waynesboro Senior Center Director Janice Gentry and Program Coordinator Brandy Wade discussed event plans for 2013.
Among those plans was an Auction, which Brandy volunteered to coordinate and host at WSC as a fundraiser. With much hard work and very generous donors, the Absolute Awesome Auction on Friday, April 5 was a big success! To date, WSC has made a profit of over $4,000 with contributions continuing to come in.
Those that attended enjoyed a BBQ dinner prepared by the WSC kitchen staff, and then snagged some great deals on donated auction items. There was something for everyone from dinner gift certificates, to prints by P. Buckley Moss.
A special thank you to all who donated items to be auctioned, those who volunteered time to help plan and set up, and to the auctioneer Mark Craig who generously donated his time for the event.
As spring temperatures arrive, the Center is kicking off a new walking program for our members. Our inspiration is the One Book One Community book “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson. Our walking team will be tracking our steps with pedometers and averaging our distance each week in an attempt to get to 545 miles which is the length of the Virginia part of the Appalachian Trail.
We’re going to kick this off on April 8 at 12:30 with a talk by two couples from the area that decided to walk the entire Appalachian Trail in segments by doing that on their vacations for about nineteen years. Jim and Judy McKinney and Ed Plunkett completed their goal in 2010. They will be joined by Charlene Plunkett who hiked a large part of the trail, but did miss some segments due to some extenuating circumstances. They will bring books, maps, and hiking gear to show, and will let questions from the audience drive their talk. This program is open to the public.
Their example of achieving their goal through consistent work and breaking it down into manageable pieces, is the perfect way to motivate us on our new walking program.
The Waynesboro Senior Center is having an auction fundraiser on Friday, April 5. There will be a BBQ dinner for sale (just $7) starting at 6p.m. and the live auction will start at 6:30p.m. We have received great support from the community in terms of donations of quality auction items. Click here to see many of the items that will be sold at the auction, including
· Restaurant gift certificates
· Artwork from local artists
· Tickets to events/theater/local attractions
· Gift baskets
· Gym memberships
There are a wide variety of items that will appeal to people with many different interests. All proceeds from this event will help us continue to offer services to older individuals in our community such as Meals on Wheels, Medicare Insurance Counseling, Information and Referral services, and of course programming and meals at the Center.
Every year the Senior Centers in Waynesboro and Staunton participate in the national Mayors for Meals Day sponsored by the Meals on Wheels Association of America. On a designated day in March, hundreds of local government officials across the United States deliver Meals on Wheels in conjunction with their local Meals on Wheels organization. March for Meals Day 2013 was March 20. This program is a great opportunity for local officials to serve and converse with meal recipients directly and a great way to showcase one of the most utilized services the Centers provide.
In Waynesboro, Mayor Bruce Allen and city councilmen Frank Lucente delivered meals with volunteers from Waynesboro Senior Center. We appreciate our local government officials taking time out of their busy schedules to participate in this annual event.
Waynesboro Senior Center had a “Grand Renovation” Ribbon Cutting with the Greater Augusta Regional Chamber of Commerce on March 14. Waynesboro Mayor Bruce Allen and VPAS Chairman of the Board Jim Bennett spoke at the event in front of a large audience. Jay Crawford, with the Chamber of Commerce, said the event had better attendance than any ribbon cutting he could remember. There were 76 people at the ribbon cutting itself and with additional people coming in for the Open House.
Thanks to the snow in early March, our normal monthly yard sale was cancelled. The volunteers decided to come together to have a sale on Tuesday, March 26 from 10a.m. to 1p.m. in order to have a chance to sell some of the Easter decorations they had placed out for sale. The next Yard Sale after that will be the first Thursday of April (April 4) with the same hours. There are plans to have some additional sales in April as well. Call the Center after the first of the month for details.