Put In Bay Senior Center would like to start out this month by expressing heartfelt gratitude to the Put in Bay Recreation Committee for your continued support throughout the year for our program and all our activities at the Put In Bay Senior Center. Your incredible generosity is so very much appreciated by all the seniors and our staff. With your help, we are able to offer a first-rate
program for all the seniors of South Bass Island. And for that, we are very grateful. We have been both fortunate and blessed by your kindness.

Each May is observed nationwide as Older Americans Month. During this month we like to celebrate all the contributions our older citizens have made to society, and it is a chance for communities to give back and recognize the accomplishments of their elders. It is also a time to promote aging actively and encourage everyone, regardless of age, to live life to the fullest. I absolutely LOVE that motto and plan to take that sentiment and run with it!!! Our seniors here on South Bass Island are extremely active and always vivacious when attacking a new project or activity. This makes creating an exciting and yet diversified calendar somewhat challenging – but lots of fun! I am currently working on our summer program and would like to hear your input.

You are all invited to attend our May 4th Put In Bay Senior Center Site Meeting and bring your creative ideas to the table. And let me tell you, this group is game for just about anything! By the way, Ohio’s theme for Older Americans Month 2012 is: “NEVER TOO
OLD TO…” can you imagine what our seniors can do with this theme?!? Please be sure to check the “Calendar of Events” in the
Put-In-Bay Gazette for all our activities scheduled this month. Here is just a quick rundown for the next few weeks: Wednesday,
May 2nd at 3:15 pm Computer Classes for Seniors at the Put In Bay School provided by the Put In Bay Computer Club. Friday, May
4th, following our Strength Training Class, we will be holding a Put In Bay Senior Center Site Meeting to discuss current programming at the center and gather feedback and input for future activities, field trips, guest speakers, health topics,
home health needs, physical therapy, nutritional education or any other concerns you may have regarding senior services.

I encourage all seniors to attend this very important meeting and express your opinions and/or suggestions for our  Put In Bay Senior center. Monday, May 7th guest speakers from Neidecker, LeVeck & Crosser Funeral Home will be here to discuss the benefits to you and your family on prearranging your funeral, and the different options available for funding your funeral plan. On Wednesday, May 9th our Put In Bay Senior Center will be closed for the “Senior Day DISCO Party” at Camp Perry. This is a BIG celebration with lots of V.I.P.’s from across the county honoring our AWESOME Seniors and all their AWESOME-NESS!!! On May 11th, Dar Mensing from The Ohio State University will be presenting a Nutritional Program on “Food Safety – Proper Preparation and Storage”. The program will take place during our coffee social following Exercise Class.

Our Put-in-Bay Helping Hands Group will meet Tuesday, May 15th to start on our first “Out Reach Program” for the summer. You can help with this inspired organization. We will be joining with the ConKerr Cancer mission to brighten the lives of sick children in hospitals through homemade pillowcases. Call Candy at the Senior Center for more details on how you can get involved with this wonderful Out Reach Project and make a difference in a child’s life. Please join us in our quest for smiles! The American Legion Post 542 will hold their monthly luncheon and meeting at the Senior Center on Thursday, May 17th. Our Put in Bay Senior Center Book Club will meet on Tuesday, May 22nd at 2:00 pm to discuss and plan their agenda for the summer. Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 24th. The Ottawa County Health Department will be at our Put In Bay Senior Center for the 60+ Health CLINIC offering FREE Nursing Assessments, including Cholesterol Screening, Blood Test to measure blood sugar and for anemia, urine test, blood pressure checks, discuss weight and diet concerns, medication counseling and health education. If you would like to schedule an appointment, please call Candy at the Senior Center. Just a reminder, the Senior Center will be closed on Monday, May 28th to celebrate Memorial Day.