Michael's Message - Hooray for Spring!
The month of April brings many opportunities to focus on our tagline:
Friendship * Recreation * Education
April 2 is International Children’s Book Day, so you might want to get together with a young person you know and read a book to each other, or ask a young person what they like to read. In this electronic age, we can do our part to encourage reading of real books — paper — or electronic … whatever works!
April 6 and 7 Shipley Center will be at the Building Expo at Sequim High School! Our informational booth, donated by First Federal, will help us spread the word about the great things Shipley Center is up to, and will have the latest drawings of our upcoming Health & Wellness Annex, which we are about to apply for the building permit.
April 7 to 13 is National Volunteer Week. Here at Shipley Center, we try to make every week a special week for our volunteers. Thank you SO much for all you do — all 100+ of you! Members who have donated 20 or more volunteer hours over the past year should watch for their invitation to our complimentary Volunteer Luncheon in May. If you have not been logging your volunteer hours at the front desk clipboard, see Shamya or Deb to verify that your name is on the May invitation list!
April 15 is the Boston Marathon. Have you ever run in this race, or any full or half marathon? If so, let us know, and we can list your name in the next newsletter.
April 15 is also Tax Day and I’d like to thank AARP Tax Aide for doing such a great job helping over 800 people with their tax returns … for free! Shipley Center is proud to host this annual service to seniors and others in the community.
April 22 is Earth Day. Shipley Center recycles huge amounts of cardboard, paper, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and printer ink cartridges every year. In addition, those who subscribe to this newsletter by email help not only the environment, but help keep Shipley Center’s postage and printing costs down in a small way.
April 23 is Take A Chance Day. Is there some trip or class or activity you’ve been thinking about joining in on? Nervous about it? You might decide that April is your time to “Take a Chance” and try something new at Shipley Center and in other areas of your life.
And finally, April 27 is Tell a Story Day. I hear people all around the Center telling stories about their lives. For instance, one couple told me the story of how they met a wonderful SHIBA volunteer here at Shipley Center who helped them save over $1,000 per year on their Medicare supplemental insurances! Another said that one of our exercise classes was recommended by a friend, and now, after participating for several months, she feels stronger and has a better sense of balance and confidence. Stories encourage others to try new things and get the help they need.
Whenever a staff member or Shipley volunteer, class, service, or event makes a difference in someone’s life, there’s a story that should be told! What’s your story? We’d love to hear it.