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Seniors celebrate at the Castle

On June 20, 2014 Clare County Senior Services celebrated all of our wonderful volunteers with a Pizza Party!  Our volunteers where recognized for putting in 7438 hours of service driving meals,  taking seniors to medical appointments, and assisting staff at the centers for the year 2012-2013.  To put that in to perspective for you, that is 186 – forty hour work weeks or 3.5 YEARS all crammed in to one year!  Good thing we have many dedicated and valued volunteers that share the load!  We could never see to all the needs the seniors in our county have without these volunteers.

Our Volunteer of the Year, Joann Cornell, has been volunteering so long, no one else has been around long enough to know exactly how long.  Even dirt didn’t know.  Joann logged a whopping 556 hours all by herself for 2012-2013 and is well on her way to beating that mark for the 2013-2014 year. Joann was presented with a certificate of appreciation and a lovely big basket of petunias donated just for her from the Walraven’s.

Senior Services Director, Lori Ware, shared a cute story before leading us in prayer; One Thanksgiving Holiday, Lori’s daughter Gracen, who was around 4 or 5 at the time, wanted to say the dinner prayer.  After all the many guests had been seated and the lovely meal was placed upon the table, young Gracen, who was a bit nervous since this was her first Thanksgiving Prayer, leaned over to her mother and asked, “what should I say”, and her mother replied, “just say what mommy says”, and to this, a delighted Gracen, put her little hands together, bowed her head and said, ” Oh Dear God, why did I invite all these people to my house.”

We need a few more drivers for the home delivered meal program.  We delivered 51,735 meals to area homebound and convalescing seniors in 2012-2013 and have already delivered 43,232 this year with over 3 months to go!  Stop by one of the area Dining Centers in Clare – 386-7130, Harrison- 539-3066, Lake George-588-9841, ext. 01 and Lake-544-2836 and find out more how you can help with our Meals on Wheels Program.

Our Clare County Emergency Management Director, Jerry Becker, has a public awareness message for everyone:  When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors.  Summer is the peak season for lightning strikes.  On average, 53 people are killed and hundreds are injured each year due to lightning.  No place is safe outside when a thunderstorm occurs.  The best way to be safe from lightning is to avoid the threat and immediately find indoor shelter.

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