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October 13, 2013

Senior center needs a new coordinator

ENID, Okla. — Enid Senior Center Coordinator Margy Weldon is stepping down Nov. 1, and with her resignation, the doors of the center could close unless someone else takes up her post.

“I’m wanting to let everyone know that I am retiring. I’m ready to move on,” Weldon said. “I was hoping someone would take it over by now and nobody has. I’m hoping by putting this in the paper, someone will take up the job.”

For more than half a decade, Weldon has acted as coordinator for the center, 202 W. Walnut, where seniors come for a variety of activities or just to visit.

When Weldon took over the position, she did so as a favor to a friend. She agreed to help for five years. This is her sixth year.

“We play a lot of cards and we have other things going on,” she said. “For somebody to take it over, I think they’re going to have to come up with some guidance.”

Weldon said financing would be the biggest issue for the next coordinator of the center. Membership fees are $2 a month, or $24 a year. The building is kept up by the city of Enid.

“The city has done everything for us,” she said. “Anybody that takes over will have a good relationship with the city because they’re very good to work with.”

Weldon said about 400 seniors come through the center each month. The Senior Center has been in Enid since 1977. It’s been housed at several locations and has been at its current one since 2003.

“The senior center needs to be restructured,” Weldon said. “They’re going to have to have some money making projects to make it go.”

Weldon said she was ready to offer her help to anyone who takes over the position.

“It’s pretty vital we don’t forget about our seniors,” she said. “The community of Enid needs a place for seniors. It gives people something to do.

“We have pitch on Tuesday and Thursdays. We have bingo once a month and a pot luck once a month that people will miss, so I hope someone wants to do it.”

She said members of the senior center also create the Bridge Results published in the Enid News & Eagle.

She said a project she hopes continues after she retires is the Memorial Day flowers Betty Walters does.

“She and I make these flowers and she has done it forever. I am just kind of a helper,” Weldon said. “I hate to see that go.”

She said seniors in the community will have nowhere else to go if the center closes after she leaves.

“Definitely, they’re going to miss it,” she said. “I hope they find somewhere else to go.”

Anyone interested in taking over the position can contact Weldon at (580) 234-3709.

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