The members who participated in the first Super Senior Division of the DeMar Marathon are testimony to the fitness programs here at the Senior Center, and our community's support of the senior population. We had over 30 participants, many told their stories for the Keene Sentinel. They genuinely felt good to be part of such a community signature event as the Elm City Rotary's DeMar Marathon.
The center is inviting local artists to exhibit their work here. Dr. Jeffrey Newcomer's photographs are hung in the living room, Leo Richard's paintings in the library, and Fred Martin's wild life photos in the dining room. Dr. Newcomer's and Mr. Martin's photographs are for sale.
The Monadnock United Way (26% of our anual budget) is requiring all agencies to document how many participate in programs, how we work, and to demonstrate what we are doing is effective. We can easily prove how many people participate and how we provide them. However, we need to document if we are making a difference in your lives. To satisfy these requirements, the Senior Center will hold members' discussion groups at the end of October. We will follow up with a survey in early November. For us to apply for additional funding, we nee to capture your perception of your current economic well-being. To enable this to happen, we will be sending out ashort survey to all members in January 2014. All discussion groups and surveys will be conducted by a professional market research firm, Accelara Research from Harrisville, NH; its president Harry Wolhandler who is donating his services. As many of you know, Harry is my husband and I feel very fortunate that we can get this research done for free. He has had 30 years research experience and has completed other community-based projects including the new YMCA.
Since June, I have learned so much here at the Senior Center. I am impressed with the commitment by so many people. This place runs like clock-work because of you as volunteers, making it happen.
Pegg Monahan, a
Keene Senior Center 2013