Colley Senior Complex celebrates older Americans month

Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, May 21, 2013

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Colley Senior Complex volunteers were honored at a ceremony Tuesday afternoon.

The Colley Senior Complex celebrated Older Americans Month Tuesday by honoring the volunteers who “make it happen” at the Complex.

Cathrine Jordan, complex director, said that older adults have an important role in sharing the knowledge, wisdom and understanding of the history of the community.

“Through interactions with children, youth and adults from other generations, senior adults share the fruits of their knowledge and experiences,” Jordan said. “At the Colley Senior Complex, we share in those life experiences as our seniors continue to live life to the fullest.”

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Jordan said the Complex has about 120 programs that provide nourishment for the entire body.

“We have aerobics for the arms and legs; bridge, painting and dancing for the mind; and stained glass, pottery and ceramics classes for the hands,” she said. “At the Colley Senior Complex, we have programs for almost every interest from the accordion to yoga.”

However, Jordan said that it would not be possible to offer the wide variety of programs if it were not for the many volunteers who give so generously of their time and talents.

“We wanted to take a few minutes to recognize the volunteers who are such a vital part of all that we do at the Colley Senior Complex,” she said. “Without our volunteers, we could not do many of the things that we do. To all of our volunteers who make things happen, we offer our sincere thanks. You are special to all of us.”

Jordan presented gifts of appreciation to the Colley Senior Complex volunteers: Jo Rape and Lee Stephens, aerobics/exercise; Catherine Allard, bridge; Betty Minton, ceramics; Martha Girdner, clogging; Betty Renfroe, crochet; Sallie Fenn, exercise; Beverly Capozzoli, Martha Knight and Elaine McLeod, line dancing; Andy Martincak and Judy Baxter, pottery; Charlene McMahon, smocking; Susan Berry, crafts/gardening; Rosalyn Baugh, crafts; Joyce Lee, scrap booking; Suzette Helms, stained glass; Jim Wadowick, music; Nuir-Abdur Raham, yoga; Jewel Griffin, Mary Turner and Dorothy Norris, quilting; and Carter Sanders and Ned McClendon, drivers.

Jewel Griffin was also recognized as the top salesperson for the quilt raffle. Also, recognized was Muhammed Blair, a Troy University student volunteer.

Jordan expressed appreciation to Troy Mayor Jason Reeves and the Troy City Council and to the Pike County Commission for their continued support of the Colley Senior Complex.

“We have an outstanding senior center here in Troy and we enjoy the support of our elected officials,” Jordan said. “They are a huge part of our success and we greatly appreciate all they do for our seniors.

“We invite the seniors who are not currently members of the Colley Senior Complex to visit us and see what all we have to offer,” Jordan said. “We’ve got it going on.”