|The Hoodland Senior Center celebrates 40 years on the mountain posted on 02/01/2018|
40 years ago this month, 65 people, including Clackamas
County Commissioner Stan Skoko, celebrated the opening of the Hoodland Senior
Center, Information & Referral Center at the Lions Club. On Wednesday, Feb.
28, the Senior Center will celebrate four decades of serving seniors from Alder
Creek to Government Camp at its current location, 65000 E. Hwy. 26 in Welches.
The celebration will take place from 1-3 p.m.
Ella Vogel, the center’s director, noted that all their
efforts are supported by volunteers.
“They’ve been the backbone of this organization from the beginning,”
The group first formed in November 1976, devised by Reva Cox
as the Hoodland Senior Citizens, and held the first potluck luncheon at the
Lions Club on Feb. 8, 1977. 32 people came to the first meeting, followed by 52
at the second, with potluck luncheons becoming a monthly event.
“That’s what I found amazing, it was established by potluck
luncheons and just volunteers,” said Vogel, who has been combing through the
organization’s history in the recent months.
The center runs a variety of programs, including classes on
topics such as knitting and better bone health, offers trips to a wide range of
activities including Spirit Mountain Casino, OMSI and restaurants, counsels
seniors on Medicare and also operates the local Meals On Wheels program. Vogel,
one of two part-time employees, notes that the organization operates solely on
donations and stressed the importance of the volunteers, including the Meals On
Wheels drivers (Bob Boertien, Julie Bailey, Mary Imel McIntosh, Connie Mahlum,
Judy Simon, Susan Stindt and Barbara Vangelder), who delivered 2,785 meals, and
bus drivers (Doug Burk, Bob Fletcher, Ed Grenfell, David Marshall and Mark
Smith), who drove 4,571 miles and 1,401 one-way trips during the 2016-17 fiscal
Vogel hopes to make a list of volunteers throughout the
years and also create a “wall of memories,” featuring photos of them.
“There's nothing more than I‘d like to show them how much we
appreciate them,” Vogel said.
Vogel noted that one recent addition to the center has made
a difference – a shed that stores medical equipment, including wheelchairs and
walkers. Wheelchairs are offered at $1 a day (no charge for walkers), giving
seniors on the mountain an affordable option that is nearby.
And as for future programs, Vogel hopes to potentially add a
farmer’s market in the center’s parking lot sometime.
By Garth Guibord/MT