The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Opinion

October 20, 2013

Enid Senior Center is seeking a new coordinator

ENID, Okla. — Enid Senior Center needs someone special.

Longtime coordinator Margy Weldon is stepping down Nov. 1. That means the center, which sees some 400 people each month, will need someone else to carry on or risk closure.

Enid Senior Center has been around since 1977 in various location, and has been at its current home, 202 W. Walnut, since 2003.

Seniors come to the center for a variety of activities, or sometimes just to visit with friends. There is pitch on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and bingo and a pot luck both once a month.

Money to keep the facility operating always is a concern, although the city of Enid keeps up the building, which helps.

Membership fees bring in some money. They are $2 a month, or $24 a year, to keep the cost reasonable. A big fundraiser each year is the Memorial Day flower arrangements. Betty Walters is the driving force behind the project, with an assist from Weldon.

The flowers bring in around $1,500 to $2,000 a year for the center, with the money used for upkeep and supplies.

Fundraising will be a concern for the new coordinator, but Weldon has said she would help out the person who takes over the job.

Anyone interested in the position can call Weldon at 234-3709.

As Weldon said, it’s vital the community doesn’t forget about its senior citizens. Enid Senior Center gives people a place to go to enjoy a favorite activity and to socialize. It would be a shame to lose that.

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