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Central Crossing Senior Center Celebrates Successful Ten Years

Success Story for Central Crossing Senior Center Corporation

By Paula Andersen—Special thanks to Glenn Phillips for his imput and Photo

 Last Saturday night, January 16th, was the 10th Anniversary of the creation of the Central Crossing Senior Center Corporation in Shell Knob.  It was an evening celebrating the achievements of the many members and their ten years of hard and gratifying work. The thirteen member board met at 6 pm at the Central Crossing Senior Center building located on YY15 approximately 1/2 mile from the intersection with YY just east of highway 39. They met to consider their future goals and celebrate the history of the center.  The first board meeting was held in February of 1999 and was held in the Shell Knob’s Presbyterian Church.  At that time, there were only ten board members and they were looking for ways to encourage seniors to stay on in the local community after the loss of their spouse.  They felt the need to promote the local economy by providing senior services that were usually only found in the larger cities and towns.  As volunteers they sought out and toured several senior community service organizations for ideas. They were successful but felt the need for land and a building to call their own.

In 2000, they sought out the Southwest Missouri Office on Aging and agreed to couple with them in the building of a Central Crossing Senior Center.  Currently the center is providing a multitude of services.  The home delivered meals program is one of their most successful and can always utilize volunteers to deliver meals.  In 2009 8,400 meals were delivered to “Home Bound” seniors. This year during the Medicare Part D Enrollment program volunteers saved 92 seniors over $15,000 in medical expenses by providing consultation services.  The SKSC proves computer classes for seniors wanting to learn more about the Internet and basic computer skills.  A workout room is available and the sewing room houses a dedicated group of quilters that turn out quilts for fundraisers and special orders.  

The Senior Center serves 45-65 meals daily to seniors that enjoy the companionship of friends and neighbors.  The healthy meals are inexpensive and newcomers are welcome.

The newest addition to the center has been the Wii Bowling program.  This system has been invigorating for the senior members participating.  Dozens of seniors play in a Wii Bowling League two days a week and due to its popularity they are adding an extra league this spring. The Wii League held a dinner for players and trophies were awarded in all classes.  A Branson senior center group has challenged the Shell Knob seniors to play them in a session.  Organizers are arranging that for February.  For additional information  Martha Buessing, the Senior Center’s administrator is available for questions about the center’s facilities and services available.

Successful Ten Years!

Seated – Left to Right – Penny Muckle – Sharon Brown – Maggie Pelzl – Ann Henson

Standing – Left to Right – Bob Marts – Dave Felder – Howard Trimble – Richard Nierman – Jerry Arnold – Glenn Phillips – Melba Eakin.

Not Present for the photo – Mark Davis – Gib Urick – the Senior Center Administrator Martha Buessing

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