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Check out new canasta group at the senior center

By Becky Herman
PREVIEW Columnist

There’s a recipe for everything, and I don’t just mean refried beans or upside-down cake. We follow the examples of others who have written down what worked for them, and, maybe more importantly, what didn’t work. But we have to carefully pick and choose the examples we follow.

When the Archuleta Seniors, Inc. board decided to go after the job of serving seniors, we were lacking the necessary cookbook to concoct a senior services program. We didn’t even know where to look for one — a cookbook, that is. And if that wasn’t enough to cause alarm, we had 10 cooks ready to begin. You can imagine how tough it is to make decisions when 10 people are offering ideas about what to do and how to do it. And yet, here we are.

Well, as it turned out, a recipe found us. Christina Knoell, director of the San Juan Basin Area Agency on Aging came along. The best thing about her help was that she didn’t tell us exactly what to do, but she kept pointing us in the right direction.

Little by little, we took each task, thought about it, examined options from every angle, and found solutions. Each board member has strengths and weaknesses. We built on the strengths of 10 individuals, each one of us taking on what we thought we could do well.

At this point, one month into it, we trust and support one another. Frankly, it’s something of a mystery how everything has played out.

Some time ago, in December, a member of the board overheard a visitor to the center talking. His opinion is one we should have been able to trust. But his words were, “This will never work.” I guess that each one of us has had “this will never work” moments. And yet, here we are.

Don’t misunderstand. There is still an enormous amount of work to do, and we all realize that. But the feeling of the board and of most people who come regularly to the center is that this truly will work.

Canasta group

Diana Milan is our activities chairperson. She tells me that several people have been asking for a canasta group. Even before the first of the year, a canasta group had been meeting on Monday afternoons at 1 p.m. So if you are interested, please come in to check that out. Diana’s phone number is 264-0826. Please contact her; she will welcome your ideas about other activities.

New writer

Starting next week, someone else will be writing this column. Please offer ideas and support to the new person. The comments I got after each issue of The SUN were welcome and appreciated.

Menu

Friday, Jan. 31 — Ground beef tacos, refried beans, fiesta corn, winter fruit salad.

The menu for Feb. 3-5 is not available at this time. Call the senior center for more information.

Don’t forget, the new hours for meals are 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; salad whenever you like and your main meal whenever it’s announced. The suggested donation for seniors is $4; the fee for a guest meal is $10. You will find the donation box just inside the door to your left as you come in.

Reservations are required by 9 a.m. of the day you want a meal; for your convenience, you can make a standing reservation and simply notify the center whenever you will not be eating. Please use the following phone number for making reservations, 264-2167.

This story was posted on January 30, 2014.