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Bemidji, 56619
Bemidji Pioneer
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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

The Blackduck Community Senior Center held its quarterly meeting April 13 with 17 members in attendance.

President Rich Ferdig called the meeting to order and asked for the secretary's report. Leona Ferdig, read the minutes from the 2009 annual meeting. Having no corrections, the minutes were approved.

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The treasurer's report was reviewed and a few questions were asked. A ham dinner replaced one pancake supper night and was very successful. Bev Gibson was thanked for taking on this task. Bev said she had lots of good help.

A new electronic piano was purchased with funds from various memorials to the center. Some memberships are still unpaid for 2010. The inquiries satisfied, the report was filed for audit.

The current Board of Directors consists of Rich Ferdig, President; Leona Ferdig, Secretary and Activities Director; Eva Fisher, Membership; Bev Gibson, Crafts; Carol Hannigan, Treasurer; Jean Slindee, Fundraiser; Dick Fisher and Ted Carter, Maintenance; Cedelia Peterson, Director at large. Jean Tipp is the center's manager/coordinator and is doing an excellent job.

The speaker that was scheduled to talk about nutrition today cancelled. Leona then reviewed some ideas for future events, one of which was a Lake Itasca Tour on a 141 passenger boat.

The basics include a two hour afternoon ride with lunch and a tour guide. A snack bar and restrooms are available. Ann Floura has experienced this event and highly recommends it. Leona will research further and provide members with more information. The Woodtick Theatre at Akeley and the Paul Bunyan Playhouse Sunday Matinee for $10 at Bemidji are other options.

Jean Slindee thanked all volunteers for past and future assignments. We wouldn't be able to support the center without this kind of participation. The senior center brunch, bake and craft sale is scheduled for May 7 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. An omlette with toast or a sweet roll and coffee is $6 -- a small price to pay/donate for such a substantial meal.

Bev Gibson heads up the Friday afternoon crafting. Members are invited to stop in, get involved and enjoy each other's company to boot. This group is looking for new ideas and is in need of fabrics (large and small pieces) and other craft materials. The back room as been converted to a gift shop and has numerous articles for sale. Everyone in the community is welcome to stop in and shop here.

About the only maintenance worth mentioning was that Rich said the snow blower has been switched for the lawn mower! Members/hostesses are reminded to make sure the coffee pots are shut off and the doors are locked when leaving the building.

Eva said that we have 105 paid memberships so far, with a few more to be added. If you haven't paid your 2010 dues of $5, please do so soon. There was some discussion regarding the dues amount, along with what the expected donation should be for coffee and snacks. Some individuals are under the impression that we receive aid from various resources, however, that is not true. Donations received for morning and afternoon coffee, plus planned fundraisers, is what we operate from. Hostesses donate the treats that they make available every morning and afternoon for which we are very grateful.

Afternoon coffee and snacks, for a donation, are available to all who visit the center.

It was agreed that this is a sensitive issue, but we also agreed that this is a wonderful place to gather, visit with friends and neighbors and have a good cup of coffee!

Coffee times are 9-11 a.m. and 2-4 p.m. Afternoon activities usually run from 1-4 or 4:30p.m. Membership starts at age 55. Come on in and see what's going on.

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