The Grantsville Senior Center is encouraging all older residents of the own to get involved and stay active.
The organization, for residents 55 and older, will be trying to spur more participation with a membership drive at the senior center on Friday.
Amid the food, entertainment and door prizes, Grantsville Senior Center board officers hope visitors will get a glimpse of what the center is all about.
“We have such a good time here, even just with the camaraderie. It’s just a good place to be,” said Karlla Hammond, second vice-president of the Grantsville Senior Center Board. “It’s a place to gather, even if you just want to sit in a corner and put puzzles together.”
Although no membership is necessary to participate in any of the activities, including bingo, quilting, pool, bunko, pinochle, classes, meals and monthly birthday dinners, Hammond said members can have more say in the activities and how the organization is run because they can run or vote for board positions. No membership is necessary to sit in on the board’s meetings, she said.
“Even if there’s only five members on the board, it’s an open meeting,” she said. “Anybody can come. Anybody can make an opinion. This is where we get all of our extra activities. There’s so much associated with the senior center people don’t know about.”
Hammond said many of the center’s activities are service-oriented, whether it be by visiting homebound peers, sponsoring a family at Christmas or other community improvement projects.
“It’s more like the Grantsville Sociable where everybody knows everybody and when you need someone’s help they’re there,” she said. “It does not just center on the seniors, even though it’s called the senior center. We have lots of different people, lots of different nationalities that gather here. We have a good time.”
The membership drive will be held at the Grantsville Senior Center, 120 S. Center Street, on Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call the senior center at 435-884-3446.