Blaine Senior Center

Seniors in Action for a Better Community!

Director's Message

The Center officially closed on March 12th. I can’t believe its been six months. Per the Governor’s Phased Approach and the fact that Whatcom County is still in Phase 2, we will continue to remain closed until Phase 4. Most of what we do at the Center is social engagement – playing cards, playing pool, having lunch, spending time at the coffee bar are areas that we cannot take the chance. Even our gym can’t be open with the increase in social distancing requirement while exercising indoors keeps changing from six feet to 300 square feet per person in Phase 2 and 200 square feet per person in Phase 3. Bear with us as we go through this – and we will!

Walgreen’s will again be offering Flu shots on Thursday, October 8th. It will be on the H Street side of the building. I have enclosed a
Vaccination form to be filled out in advance. If you do not have access to a computer or a printer, please stop by the office and I will give you one. If you plan to come, please call and let me know. I will be taking registrations as the Pharmacist needs to know how many to plan for.

Kathy

Flu Shots

Flu season is upon us! Walgreen’s will be here on Thursday, October 8th to offer flu shots. I have included on the following page the Vaccination Administration Record (VAR) Informed Consent for Vaccination. This form must be filled out before you come to the Center.


1. You must register by Monday, September 21st by calling me (360) 332-8040 or via email kathy@blaineseniorcenter.org. This is important so the pharmacist knows in advance how many vaccines to order.


2. Be sure to bring you insurance information the day of.


3. We will have you park on the H Street of the building. We will be masked and socially distanced. We ask that you wear a mask too! I also ask that you be patient as we’ve never done this under these circumstances before. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

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Volunteer of the Month

Tom Burton

Like all of us I was saddened by the closure of our Senior Center and by the loss of the society that we have built together within its walls. But life is nothing but change and by our age we should have learned to deal with the good and bad gracefully. I joined the Senior Center for one reason and that was to use the weight room to recover my strength lost from surgery. It was while walking out from a workout that I discovered that there were people playing music in the big room. It was the Tuesday Ukulele group and they sounded pretty good and it looked like fun. All of my life I had wanted to play music but I had never figured out how to learn to do it and I thought that this would be a good opportunity to try. So I bought a cheap instrument and practiced a little bit and went to my first Tuesday afternoon session. No one laughed at my inexperience and they were very supportive of my attempts to play along, in fact Pat Madsen helped me buy my first real stringed instrument. I started playing every week and practicing every day and found out that I could play music good enough to satisfy me and bring some joy to my life. Then Rod Dement asked me to join him and a couple of others to jam on Saturday mornings and the whole Rodney’s Hollar thing took off. It was a lot of fun and we toured most of the other Senior Centers in the county with our show until the Covid crisis shut us all down. When this passes I hope to rejoin my bandmates at the Center and let our songs ring out again. The Senior Center was a godsend to me at a low point in my life and gave me a place to acquire some new skills to help me continue to enjoy life as I continue to age. Be Positive and Stay Negative.

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We are an IRS 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and are grateful for the support from the City of Blaine, Whatcom County Parks & Recreation and many other local businesses and organizations.

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