Morrow County Seniors honor members, board at luncheon
By LeAnne Gompf -
Despite the extremely warm temperatures, nearly 100 seniors made their way to the Morrow County Fairgrounds last week to enjoy a picnic honoring the membership of the Seniors on Center, Board Members and the Morrow County Chapter of the Gleaners, who help with ongoing projects for the center.
The Morrow County Seniors currently have over 200 members. Monthly and weekly activities are planned by Evelyn Barnett, Activities Director, for the membership to enjoy.
“I am pleased that so many could join us today given that fact it is 95 degrees,” Barnett said.
The membership collected items for the local dog shelter and she was excited to make the presentation to Dog Warden Sarina Atwell.
Atwell explained to the membership the workings of the dog shelter and her role as Dog Warden. She said that annually the shelter processes over 400 dogs and currently they are housing 22 dogs. She is extremely proud of the face that the Morrow County Shelter is able to adopt out most of the dogs they receive or they are sent to rescue groups. The most common breeds brought into the shelter are coon or hound dogs, along with black labs. She went on to explain the shelter is county funded.
“Our operating budget is very limited,” Atwell said. “We are open to take in strays and owner turn-ins. We only have 29 kennels and our focus is to promote and adopt out the dogs we take in.”
The shelter makes every attempt to discover as much about the animals as possible however, Atwell explained, “as with most shelters we do not know everything about each dog. Our fees to adopt are low, but we cannot guarantee the health of any animal.”
Atwell asked the senior membership for input and feedback on a program she is hoping to implement in the near future, Senior Dogs for Seniors. She is hopeful that seniors are willing to adopt a pet that would provide companionship for them. Statically, depression among seniors is reduced or limited when they have a pet to care for.
The Copycats were also on hand Thursday to entertain during the meal. Prior to their performance their director gave a brief explanation as to what they do for Whetstone Industries.
“The scanning department prepares the documents that are later scanned and converted to digital documents. Our employees are learning something new everyday and they thoroughly enjoy the work they do. Being involved gives them a sense of purpose and direction. The performance side of Copycats allows for both fun with music and exercise for our adults.”
At the conclusion of their program, the Copycats led the senior membership in a sing-a-long of Amazing Grace. The upbeat and jazzy version of this song was a hit with those in attendance. The Copycats mingled briefly with the seniors before departing and returning to work.