DEC 2016

Dear Friends,

It is already the end of 2016. It has been an eventful year. I want to thank all of you who supported “independence and dignity for elder Americans” by being sponsors and donors of our very first Annual Campaign. I want to thank our Board of County Commissioners and City Council for moving the needs of seniors up on their list of priorities. Thanks go out to our Board of Directors and Staff for the work they do on behalf of seniors. Many thanks go out to a very special group of people: our Volunteer Staff. Without these caring people we could not offer the services which we provide. Volunteer Staff provide classes in the arts and crafts, quilting, painting, jewelry making and much more. Volunteers run our Gift Shop. Volunteer Staff entertain us with theatre productions and live music from country to pop every Wednesday. Without Volunteer Staff we could never provide the guided services offered in the Gym. Our popular Friday Night Dance is DJ’d by Shirley McManus and directed by Susan Mytych. Both of these ladies are Volunteer Staff. Our hats are off to ALL of you. Merry Christmas and the happiest and healthiest of New Years

Your Friend,
Deborah B. Freeman
Executive Director

Robert Woodard and Brenda Brown with the many snacks that were donated.

Customers of Edward Jones Financial Advisors donated snacks for The Club, dementia specific Adult Day Care facility at the Lifestyle Enrichment Center.  They collected fruit cups, jello, juices and other items for the elders that participate daily at The Club.  These gifts make a big difference for the people who will enjoy them throughout the New Year.  Many Thanks to those who contributed to this gift.

Bernice Brown
Bernice Brown was born in Americus, Georgia and attended Richardson High School.  She worked as a waitress and later at PCS Phosphate.  She retired from PCS after 26 years of service as a truck driver.  She has three children, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren.  She has traveled to the Bahamas, Chicago, New Jersey and Ohio.   Her favorite hobby and talent lies in planting flowers and caring for them. She also likes collecting antiques. Bernice describes herself as “a Christian woman who loves God and is very outgoing.” She likes all the people at the Enrichment Center for socializing and meeting new friends.
We salute you Bernice as our Senior of the Month.
Christmas Tree at the Center
Susan Mytych and Sharon Crews Volunteers who served up the punch

On Friday, December 9, the Lifestyle Enrichment Center hosted a special Christmas Ball.  The main course of ham and turkey were provided and the guests brought their special foods to share.  Dancing and live entertainment filled the room for nearly 65 guests.  Everyone enjoyed the special ambiance and Christmas decor of the center.

Savvy Caregiving is a free six-week training program designed for caregivers who assist persons with dementias & Alzheimer’s. Sessions will be held:
Tuesdays, January 31 – March 14, 2017 – 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Lifestyle Enrichment Center
628 SE Allison Court
To register contact Lauren Dean @ Elder Options @ 352-378-6649 ext. 177
We were so blessed to have these wonderful sponsors and we cannot thank them enough for making 2016 a success in helping the 60+ people in our community.
Imperial Productions by Amy * Charles Peeler Construction * New Millenium *Peoples Bank * Edward Jones Investments * James Montgomery *The Advertiser*Odom, Moses & Co., LLP 
Please call us if you would like to be a 2017 sponsor for this Newsletter or other special items at 386-755-0235 extension 108. Your name will appear with your company logo and information in a prominent space.
Bill is back for Computer training
Bill Bennett returns to teach those of us who are computer challenged how to use this technology for fun, research and for keeping track of those tech savvy kids and grand kids in our lives.  A new series of Beginner classes starts on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 1:00 PM.  The class will run for six weeks.  The new series of Intermediate classes begin on Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 2:30 PM.  This class will also run for six weeks.  There is a waiting list.  Please call Barbara at 386-755-0235 to reserve space.