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Prime Time: Membership supports programs for seniors

Russell Bahr poses with Santa at the Paul Bunyan Senior Activity Center.

To be a member means to be part of a group with a common goal.

The goal of the Senior Center is to provide a place for active adults to socialize and enhance their independence. So to be a member means that you are supporting the programs that help seniors stay active, independent, and in their homes longer.

Anyone can be a member at any age and it is very quick and easy to do. Also, any membership amount above the $20 Basic Level is a tax deductible contribution.

The Senior Center does not receive any federal or state funding. Our major contributions come from the United Way, township donations, fund raisers, donations and memberships.

We also have gift memberships for that someone special such as a family member, grandchild, or friend.

Consider also that if you would like to assure that the Senior Center is here for another 50 years, for your grandchildren's generation, you can support the center with a membership in their name.

Benefits of membership include a discount to rent the center and discounts on our day trips, and knowing that you helped the Senior Center to continue our services for generations to come. You can get a copy of the membership form at our website at and click the tab on the left "How to Join."

Just print the form and mail it in with your check. Or you can stop in, pick up a membership form at our front desk and also enjoy a cup of coffee.

We would like to thank Bemidji Bus Line for contributing their driver, Lyle, and the use of the bus for our Christmas Light Tour in December. We would also like to thank the Johnsons for turning on their very large, beautiful light display especially for us that night. With the lack of snow this year, the light tour put us all in the mood for Christmas.

Thank you to all of you who had your gifts wrapped by the Senior Center at the Paul Bunyan Mall, the mall for supporting the center, the volunteers for your hard work and to Sentence to Serve for helping us transport our supplies.

If you use Our Family products, we are collecting the labels to benefit the center. Please be sure that the UPC Code is attached and not damaged as this is the part that we send in. You can drop them off at the front desk.

We would also like to thank the people who have responded to our Christmas Wish List for their kindness. We still could use the following items: copy paper, paper towels, 13-gallon garbage bags, window cleaner and coffee.

The Paul Bunyan Senior Activity Center is located at 216 3rd St. NW, Bemidji. You can also call us if you have any questions at (218) 751-8836.


Diane Engel is executive director at Paul Bunyan Senior Activity Center.