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Bemidji Minnesota P.O. Box 455 56619

Although Open World delegates from Russia and Uzbekistan have visited Bemidji several times before, October was the first time they made a stop at the Paul Bunyan Senior Activity Center.

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Since this year's Open World theme is "Women as Leaders" the Senior Center was an ideal place for the six delegates to make a stop as the leadership and day-to-day operations of the Senior Center are all basically handled by women. Diane Engle is our director and financial manager and, except for one male, the board of directors is made up entirely of women. Women are also in charge of the Lutheran Social Services Nutrition Program. Obviously there is a lack of senior centers in Russia as the delegates asked very basic questions such as how do you establish and get funding for senior centers and what kind of activities should be offered to prevent isolation in Russia's senior population? The delegates said that the non-profit programs which are taken so much for granted here in the United States are not available in Russia. One of the delegates said her biggest impression of Bemidji was the cooperation and interaction of people in the community. She said, "I have discovered here people's abilities to get together and do something really good like the projects at the Boys and Girls Club and Rotary Club."

I'd like to think that she was including the Senior Center when she made that statement.

Coffee Klatch

At least 15 dedicated coffee drinkers continue to meet week after week, year after year at the Senior Center. They drink coffee and usually have a treat. I never did know for sure what they talk about or if any important matters ever get discussed or any problems get solved. All I know is they are a bunch of good guys who enjoy one another's company, and we are glad they continue to enjoy their "digs" at the Senior Center because we like them being here. The Coffee Klatch is also very generous and we thank them for their recent donation of $500.

Students help out

On Oct. 16, 11 Bemidji State University students showed up at the Senior Center ready and willing to work. In just a few hours they cleaned the whole place from top to bottom. Many thanks to them for doing our fall house cleaning.

Upcoming events

E Nov.11, 1:30, Tribute to Veterans. Our program will include the American Legion Color Guard, patriotic music by our Senior Chorus and an address by special guest speaker Kerry Moen, storekeeper seaman, veteran U.S. Navy. Refreshments will be served.

E Nov. 13, 8-10:30 a.m., Our famous all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast. Craft Shop will be open.

E Nov. 18, 1:30-5:30 p.m., Health Fair with the BSU Department of Nursing Practicum Program. More than 20 vendors will be available to provide information and screenings to help us improve our health. Flu shots will be available through the Beltrami County Nursing Service. A free-will donation to the Senior Center would be appreciated.

E Nov. 20, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Fall Craft Show - Vendors wanted. Anyone interested in being a vendor should call the Senior Center at 751-8836 and ask for the gift shop or pick up the necessary paperwork at the gift shop. The cost is $12.50 per 8-foot space and one table is provided. The deadline for reserving space is Nov. 12.

E Nov. 20, 8:30 a.m., The Annual RSVP Jewelry Sale Fund raiser.

E Nov. 25-26, The Senior Center will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

For more information for any of these programs call Diane at 751-8836.

November schedule for Third Street Senior Singers:

E Nov. 11, 1:30 p.m., Veterans Day Tribute - Senior Center.

E Nov. 15, 2:30 p.m., Havenwood.

E Nov. 17, 2 p.m., GoldPine.

E Nov. 19, 2 p.m., Baker Park.

E Nov. 30, 3 p.m., Neilson Place.

Ann Daley and Pat Kroeplin are Senior Center volunteers.

Although Open World delegates from Russia and Uzbekistan have visited Bemidji several times before, October was the first time they made a stop at the Paul Bunyan Senior Activity Center.

Since this year's Open World theme is "Women as Leaders" the Senior Center was an ideal place for the six delegates to make a stop as the leadership and day-to-day operations of the Senior Center are all basically handled by women. Diane Engle is our director and financial manager and, except for one male, the board of directors is made up entirely of women. Women are also in charge of the Lutheran Social Services Nutrition Program. Obviously there is a lack of senior centers in Russia as the delegates asked very basic questions such as how do you establish and get funding for senior centers and what kind of activities should be offered to prevent isolation in Russia's senior population? The delegates said that the non-profit programs which are taken so much for granted here in the United States are not available in Russia. One of the delegates said her biggest impression of Bemidji was the cooperation and interaction of people in the community. She said, "I have discovered here people's abilities to get together and do something really good like the projects at the Boys and Girls Club and Rotary Club."

I'd like to think that she was including the Senior Center when she made that statement.

Coffee Klatch

At least 15 dedicated coffee drinkers continue to meet week after week, year after year at the Senior Center. They drink coffee and usually have a treat. I never did know for sure what they talk about or if any important matters ever get discussed or any problems get solved. All I know is they are a bunch of good guys who enjoy one another's company, and we are glad they continue to enjoy their "digs" at the Senior Center because we like them being here. The Coffee Klatch is also very generous and we thank them for their recent donation of $500.

Students help out

On Oct. 16, 11 Bemidji State University students showed up at the Senior Center ready and willing to work. In just a few hours they cleaned the whole place from top to bottom. Many thanks to them for doing our fall house cleaning.

Upcoming events

- Nov.11, 1:30, Tribute to Veterans. Our program will include the American Legion Color Guard, patriotic music by our Senior Chorus and an address by special guest speaker Kerry Moen, storekeeper seaman, veteran U.S. Navy. Refreshments will be served.

- Nov. 13, 8-10:30 a.m., Our famous all-you-can-eat Pancake Breakfast. Craft Shop will be open.

- Nov. 18, 1:30-5:30 p.m., Health Fair with the BSU Department of Nursing Practicum Program. More than 20 vendors will be available to provide information and screenings to help us improve our health. Flu shots will be available through the Beltrami County Nursing Service. A free-will donation to the Senior Center would be appreciated.

- Nov. 20, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Fall Craft Show - Vendors wanted. Anyone interested in being a vendor should call the Senior Center at 751-8836 and ask for the gift shop or pick up the necessary paperwork at the gift shop. The cost is $12.50 per 8-foot space and one table is provided. The deadline for reserving space is Nov. 12.

- Nov. 20, 8:30 a.m., The Annual RSVP Jewelry Sale Fund raiser.

- Nov. 25-26, The Senior Center will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

For more information for any of these programs call Diane at 751-8836.

November schedule for Third Street Senior Singers:

- Nov. 11, 1:30 p.m., Veterans Day Tribute - Senior Center.

- Nov. 15, 2:30 p.m., Havenwood.

- Nov. 17, 2 p.m., GoldPine.

- Nov. 19, 2 p.m., Baker Park.

- Nov. 30, 3 p.m., Neilson Place.

Ann Daley and Pat Kroeplin are Senior Center volunteers.

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