By Paula Walter
Kathy Motsinger is the new director of the Johnson County Senior Center. She stepped into the job on January 2nd and there has already been an increase in the number of seniors who have visited to check out what the senior center has to offer. “We’ve had a big jump in our enrollment already,” Motsinger said. At this time, there are close to 70 Johnson Countians who come to the center not only to enjoy a meal, but also to spend time with friends and take part in the long list of activities offered every day.
Under Joe Ray’s guidance, breakfast is served on Thursday mornings. Most mornings there are between 50-55 hungry people who arrive for a breakfast that includes apples, biscuits and gravy, sausage, two eggs and hot coffee. Meals are available for a $3 donation for breakfast and $1 for lunch.
Helen Wood is the kitchen coordinator and under her care, lunch is served at 11:15 Monday thru Friday and the menu varies every day. Parmesan Chicken, rotini pasta with sauce, Italian vegetable, baked apples and Texas toast is just one example of the scrumptious lunches the center serves. They also offer soups, sandwiches and home style cooking. The center will be holding a baked spaghetti fundraiser on January 31st that includes spaghetti, green beans, cheddar biscuits and dessert. Fundraisers held raise monies to provide extra activities at the center, which is a non-profit.
Not only are home cooked and delicious meals available, but the Johnson County Senior Center offers a wide range of activities that include quilting, billiards, rook, crafts, Bunco, local shopping, exercise classes, sing alongs, line dancing, bridge, trips to Walmart, Bingo, a scrabble match and lots of time for socialization. In addition to games, activities and meals, there is also an exercise room with treadmills, elliptical and recumbent bicycles for those who are interested in more strenuous physical activities.
In addition to the activities held each week, there are two trips planned for this year, one to New Orleans this April and a trip in September to Mackinac Island in Michigan. The New Orleans trip is already filled up with 48 eager participants. An adventure to Mackinac Island in September is in the works, and the group will enjoy horse, bicycles and carriage rides. Sue Shupe, who has become an experienced trip planner, coordinates the trips. For the rest of the story pick up a copy of this week’s Tomahawk.