ST. MARYS — A lively crowd of area seniors gathered Tuesday afternoon at the Auglaize County Council on Aging for its annual Senior Day celebration.
Senior Day is celebrated in conjunction with National Senior Center Month.
“National Senior Center Month has been celebrated since the 1940s,” Auglaize County Council on Aging Director Christina Roby said. “We want to give back and have a little fun.”
Roby said Senior Day is an opportunity to thank area seniors for their support. The celebration began with speeches from Auglaize County commissioners, the Area Agency on Aging and the United Way of Auglaize County. Following the presentations, 2011 Outstanding Seniors Edward Noble and Eldon Montague were recognized. Noble thanked the community for the help he has received.
“One doesn’t do these things without the help of others,” Noble said. “I’ve been blessed with the people I’ve worked with in St. Marys.”
Montague recognized their secretary, and thanked her for her contributions.
“Thank you very much for all your help throughout the years and I hope to continue in the future,” he said.
The Auglaize County Council on Aging Board of Directors was also recognized for their efforts.
“You make my job a lot easier,” Roby said of the board.
“I appreciate it beyond words, so thank you for your time.”
In addition to recognizing each of the board members, Roby also thanked her staff at the facility.
“They’re working for us because they’re good at what they do and they love it,” Roby said. “They don’t do it for the accolades. I want to thank them from the bottom of my heart.”
Volunteers were also honored before a lunch was served.
Following lunch, three area seniors spoke about their experience with the Auglaize County Council on Aging. Sue Fullerton said that before she began attending the activities at the Wapakoneta site, she was going through a rough time.
“I had lost my personality,” she said. “I was sad.”
Fullerton said she now lives for Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the Wapakoneta center and feels that she now has a family with the people there.
“We have fun at Wapakoneta, and I am blessed to have all of my family at Wapakoneta,” Fullerton said.
Jody Wertz reached out to the Auglaize County Council on Aging when she realized she could no longer complete her household chores on her own. She noted that she suddenly had something else to do.
“There’s only so much reading books and watching TV you can do before it starts driving you nuts,” Wertz said, noting that the Wapakoneta center has given her something to do.
Wertz noted that she appreciates the people at the Auglaize County Council on Aging.
“The alpha and omega of this is God’s love and what you see in the people that work for this agency is God’s love,” she said.
Throughout the day, seniors visited 27 tables where they received information and promotional items from area organizations and businesses. After visiting each of the 27 stops, seniors could enter their name in the drawing for door prizes. Raffle prizes and a 50/50 were also available at the event.
Roby noted that the Auglaize County Council on Aging offers a variety of services to area seniors, including transport service, chore services, homemaker services, transitional meal services and a friendly visitor service, among others.
Roby said anyone interested in obtaining services from the organization to contact them.
“I encourage them to call up here and ask for an outreach specialist,” she said, noting that they would arrange a home visit to determine what help the organization can offer.
For more information on the Auglaize County Council on Aging, call 419-394-8252 or 419-394-4217 or visit the website at AuglaizeSeniorServices.com.