On Wednesday, June 12, the Wilton Senior Center will honor its volunteers at a noon luncheon at Ogden House.
The senior center has come a long way since 1973 when it was in a basement room in Center School and designated the Adult Social Center. In the years following, Adele MacGregor and Dot Tracey initiated a program of weekly luncheons prepared and served by the Wilton Presbyterian, Zion’s Hill Methodist, Wilton Baptist, and Our Lady of Fatima churches. The Woman’s Club supported the early venture by arranging programming for lunch-goers. Cis Cohen was named the first official volunteer director. Dorothy Wright and Jody Heussner followed in her footsteps.
The group moved to Ogden House in 1983 where they paid rent to use the great room, library, kitchen, and craft room for activities and then to Comstock Community Center in 1992. Here one room was dedicated to the senior center. Several years later, the name changed from Wilton Adult Center to Wilton Senior Center. The first town-employed coordinator, Marie Key, was hired in 1990 for 14 hours. Usage of the senior center increased under the direction of successor coordinators Tessa Donnelly and Jan MacEwen. Lizabeth Doty became the first full-time coordinator in 2002.
There has been one constant in all the years of transition: the volunteers. Volunteers contribute time and talent each day at the senior center. Volunteers lead book discussions, prepare and serve lunches, set up for events, moderate the writing group, lead the play-reading sessions, and teach computer classes. At this annual luncheon, we congratulate and thank our faithful volunteers who continue to give of themselves in such a generous way.
All activities take place at the senior center (203-834-6240) unless otherwise specified.
For the week of June 7:
Friday, June 7, 9, Mental Health First Aid Training; 10, Jewelry Workshop with Viola Galetta; 10, Move, Strengthen, and Stretch with Julienne Camhi; 12, Bridge with Eleanor Mihailidis; 1:30, Beginner Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 1:30-3, free swim for seniors at the Wilton Y.
Monday, June 10, 9:20, Enhance Fitness with Laura Mars; 10:30, Line Dance Fusion with Beatriz Araujo; 12, Movie: Tom Jones.
Tuesday, June 11, 10, Painting with Althea; No Yoga Today; 2, Chair Yoga at Ogden House.
Wednesday, June 12, 9:45, Tai Chi with Debbie Dong; 10, Duplicate Bridge with Dan DeVlieg; 12, Volunteer Lunch at Ogden House; 1:30, Mah Jongg.
Thursday, June 13, 9, Enhance Fitness with Leslie Hinshaw; 10, Yoga with Denise O’Hearn; 12, Lunch; 12:45, Bingo.