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Stone soup and volunteers at the Silver Foxes Den

“Stone Soup” is a folk tale in which three soldiers, carrying a pot back from the Napoleonic wars, were starving and stopped in a small village. They filled the pot with water, dropped in one rock, and set it on a fire. The soldiers then knocked on a few suspicious villagers’ doors, explained that they were making stone soup and asked for something to add to it, like an onion or potato. Eventually other villagers, overcome with curiosity and the desire to be included, stepped outside and brought a little of this and a little of that until a fabulous stew was bubbling and the entire community partied with the soldiers.

Last Thursday, we hosted our Volunteer Appreciation Lunch. Over 50 people attended to dine on brisket with barbecue sauce, asparagus, baked potatoes, rolls and strawberries with whipped cream. Musetta Wollenweber, director, recognized each group of volunteers and presented them with LED key chain flashlights, because the Senior Center volunteers are the light we want to see in our community.

Each week, we have volunteers in the kitchen cooking, in the dining room setting up, in the library shelving books, in the van running medical shuttles, in Arboles producing the entire luncheon, in their cars delivering meals, and here presenting special programs. Our volunteers make it possible to operate programs available to our people at no or low cost to them or our county taxpayers. They bring enthusiasm to their work, coming from very different walks of life, making true the quote by Dr. King, “Everybody can be great.? Because anybody can serve.? You don’t have to have a college degree to serve.? You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve … You don’t have to know the second theory of thermodynamics in physics to serve.? You only need a heart full of grace.? A soul generated by love.”

As our volunteers sat around the tables, Norma Jean Foust surveyed our dining room and pronounced, “The salt and pepper shakers (in the middle of the table) are Musetta and Jodi and the sugar dispenser represents the kitchen staff because they are so sweet (Dolores Sause, Dolores Gallegos and Rob Gaston). The water is the fluid peace, love and harmony that permeate the center.” She declared that it takes all of us together to make the Silver Foxes Den Senior Center a great place to serve.

It takes all of the villagers, with a little of this and a little of that to make a party every day. It takes all of the foxes to make a den.

Pancake breakfast

Pancakes! Woo hoo! Our second pancake fund-raiser will be Thursday, July 8, from 9 to 11 a.m. For $5 you can enjoy pancakes, your choice of ham or bacon, fresh fruit, coffee or tea. We even have real butter.

Opening chess

Beginning the second Friday in July, at 10 a.m., we are hosting chess games in the dining room. We need more chess sets, however. Please bring one with you. Or if you would pretty please like to donate a chess set, bring it to me or call me at 264-2167.

Help!

We need volunteers to help in the kitchen from 9 a.m.-noon on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Your duties might include food prep, dishwashing and lunch set up. Kitchen experience would be helpful, but reliability is a must. In return, you get a fabulous lunch, big love from the seniors and eternal gratitude from us. Call me, Jodi Starr, at 264-2167.

Thank you

Thank you to our new volunteers, Kent Schaffer, Diana Baird, Barbara Ayer, Jim Holsapple and Rick Sautel, angels all of you.

Services

Are you homebound or know someone who is? Let the Silver Foxes Den help you with your meals. We have expanded our service to the more rurally isolated areas of the county and would like to help you help yourself.

These meals are the same meals prepared in our kitchen by the same cooks who prepare those scrumptious senior center meals. Our hot meal home-delivery program remains available to those closer to town four days per week, with frozen meals on Thursdays. Meals are available to people age 60-plus for a suggested donation of $3 per meal. Give me or Musetta a call at 264-2167 for further information.

Weekly activities

Friday, July 2 — Geezers 9 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.; Tai Chi 11 a.m.; Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; Parkinson’s Support Group 1 p.m.; Wear red, white and blue day.

Monday, July 5 — Closed for holiday.

Tuesday, July 6 — Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; Meditation for Healing 1 p.m.

Wednesday, July 7 — Dance for Health 10 a.m; blood pressure checks 11 a.m.; poker 1 p.m.; Writing for Generations 1 p.m.

Thursday, July 8 — Pancake breakfast fund-raiser 7 to 9 a.m.; no lunch, administrative day.

Friday, July 9 — Geezers 9 a.m.; chess 10 a.m.; Stitchin’ in the Kitchen 10 a.m.; Tai Chi 11 a.m.; Gym Walk 12:30 p.m.; ASI board meeting 1 p.m.; Wear red, white and blue day.

The Archuleta County Senior Center Newsletter is now available on Archuleta County’s website, www.archuletacounty.org/Seniors/seniors.asp. Look it up!

ASI memberships

Is it time for you to renew or buy your 2010 ASI membership? You can purchase memberships at The Silver Foxes Den on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Folks 55 and over will benefit with discounts from many local businesses, including the local hot springs. This is one of the best deals in Pagosa Springs.

This week’s menu

Suggested donation for older adults age 60-plus is $3, kids 12 and under and guests $6. Our meal program is partially funded through the Older Americans Act, United Way, and Archuleta County, Town of Pagosa Springs and other contributions and grants. These funds help support the cost of the meal which is approximately $9.75. Please note our menu is subject to change. The salad bar opens at 11:30 a.m. with lunch served from noon to 12:30 p.m.

Friday, July 2 — Roast turkey with gravy, cornbread stuffing, cauliflower and broccoli with cheese sauce, cranberry mold, roll.

Monday, July 5 — Closed for holiday.

Tuesday, July 6 — Hawaiian chicken, salad, confetti slaw, brown rice, peaches.

Wednesday, July 7 — Roast beef with gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans with tomatoes, apricot peach compote, whole wheat roll.

Thursday, July 8 — Pancake breakfast fund-raiser, 7 to 9 a.m.; No lunch, administrative day.

Friday, July 9 — Roast turkey with gravy, cornbread stuffing, cauliflower and broccoli with cheese sauce, cranberry mold, roll.