Strength, Grit & Resilience
What a privilege it is to meet, talk with, and get to know so many Greene County residents. The reasons for our interactions are varied, including information sharing, invitations to caregiver groups, referrals for our Partners in Care program, reviewing Medicare options, scheduling grab bar installations, participation in community events and programs, and most importantly ~ being present and listening with compassion and without judgment.
 
As we talk with and listen to seniors and caregivers, we continue to be humbled by the stories of strength, grit and   resilience.  So many have experienced and are going through things that would level the ‘average’ person. But their spirit, faith, sense of  responsibility, and pride have kept them going. We can’t help but wonder if we would handle challenging, heart-wrenching situations the same way.
 
We meet people who have faced significant health issues, outlived numerous family members/friends ~ including children and  grandchildren, struggled to meet the most basic of bills, experienced rejection and pain because of  gender, race, religion and beliefs, and the list goes on.  And while some have not weathered these storms well, the majority have become stronger because of and despite these challenges.
Your Council is here to be of service and support, but the  Council team has the best of two worlds.  We have the opportunity to make a positive impact on the lives of seniors and caregivers while at the same time we are given the chance to learn from  those we serve. 
 

We talk with  seniors ranging in age from 60 to 104 (at this moment, anyway).  And these seniors come from all walks of life, have unique stories, and one-of-a kind personalities.

Most lessons we experience result in a greater appreciation of our own lives.  Daily you will hear a team member comment how fortunate they are or their plan to check on a family member, friend or neighbor that evening. These lessons also make us better at our work, which for all of us is a passion. We are reminded of the importance of the varied perspectives of the seniors, caregivers and others with whom we are working.
 
For the seniors and caregivers reading this, we thank you for allowing us to be here for you and for all that you have shared and taught us. For all of us, there is always something to learn from others. Every experience is a  learning moment, for which we should be ready to embrace.  Even if the lesson is a tough one, it may be one that makes us stronger and possibly change how we view and treat those with whom we interact.
Holiday Gift Soiree and Open House
  
We are prepping for another wonderful Holiday Soiree and we hope you will stop in. Your Council team of elves has been busy preparing for this  special event, which includes the transformation of the Xenia Community Center and an experience you won’t want to miss!
 
This year, as you walk the main hallway of the Center, you will be transported to a winter  woodlands ~ although no coat will be needed!  Amidst the trees, you will be greeted by a variety of handcrafted birds and animals, as well as wreaths and other creations made from natural materials.
 
You will travel back in time as you explore the  Vintage and Old Fashioned room, with a display of old toys and Santas, an array of crocheted and knitted items, and gifts that sparkle and bring out the child in all of us.  There will also be a doll house dressed for Christmas and a few other    surprises.
 
There will be a number of decorated tabletop trees, centerpieces, ornaments, and jewelry items.
 
We have brought back The Furry Friend Corner, as it was quite popular last year.  You will find homemade treats and toys for our dogs and cats, and some pet-inspired gift items for the rest of us.
 
Candy Cane Lane will be loaded with sweet-inspired items, including terrific stocking stuffers, gifts and treats for co-workers, neighbors, and friends.
 
Your experience will also include holiday music and a chance to sample from our spread of homemade sweets and savories and sip on a cup of warm holiday cider or coffee.

F or those doing a bit of shopping, you can count on finding reasonably priced, unique, handcrafted holiday and other items that you will be pleased to give (or keep for yourself). All of the items are created by Council team members and volunteers.    
 
You will also find a tasty array of beautifully packaged treats in each area, including crème de menthe, thumbprint, snickerdoodle, gingersnap, cutout and other cookies, rosemary shortbread, spiced nuts, buckeyes, granola, breads, fudge, chocolate-covered pretzels, jams, and a variety of gluten-free treats. 
 

 
 
There will be a chance to win a gift basket  door prize and the Council’s 2016 printed calendars will be available.  
 
And we hope you will buy a  raffle chance or two for this year’s quilt  (show below) made and donated by Jackie Markunes.  The drawing is December 15th at the Council’s Membership  meeting and if the winner is not present, he/she will be called!  The tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5 and can be  purchased at the Soiree or the Council office.  
 
Please invite a friend or two (or three) and stop in to see us on the 2nd. It is sure to be a great time and we would be delighted to wish you Happy   Holidays in person!
   
All proceeds will benefit the Council’s Charitable Account with the Greene County Community Foundation, to be used for programs and services for future Greene County seniors and caregivers.
2016 GCCOA Calendars
The printed 2016 GCCOA calendars are    going fast, so if you have not picked yours up, please check with your senior center, church, or stop into the Council office.  The theme is careers & work and features some wonderful Greene County seniors who shared their work stories and photos with us.
2016 Senior Artisan Show Set
 
Invitations to known Greene County Senior Artisans will be sent out before the end of the year for the 2016 Senior Artisan Show, to be held the first three Sundays in March at the Fairborn Art Association.  The purpose of this special event is to showcase the work of Greene County Artisans (60+) who work with a variety of mediums, including watercolor, pastels, acrylics, clay, wood, mixed media, and photography.
 
If you would like to receive entry information, please contact the Council at info@gccoa.org or 937-376-5486 to be added to the list. 
It's My Money! My Stuff! My Life!
 
The 2016 It’s My Money! My Stuff! My Life!   Program is set for the five Tuesdays in March.  This exceptional program brings   together local professionals with expertise in legal, financial,  and long term care issues.  It will run for five (5) Tuesdays from 6pm—8:30pm, starting March 1st and will take place at the Xenia Community Center. The cost is $40 per household.  Handouts and heavy refreshments are provided, and space is limited.  If you are interested in receiving the brochure,  please contact the Council at   376-5486/info@gccoa.org.  The brochure and registration form will also be posted on the Council’s website and Facebook page in early January.
 
In Honor of:   
Elva Fallis Crider

In Memory of:
Genevieve Berryhill
W. Ray Crider

Donors:
Carol Ann Bouchard
Eleanor Fulton
Hospice of the Miami Valley
Phyllis Jackson
Margaret Mercer
Sharon & Jerome Raflik

Energizers - Those Giving of Time & Talent:

Glenn Anderson
Pat Beal
Carolee Buccalo
Linda Bullock
Jack Busby
Judy Cartisano
Leah Donohue
Dorothy Douglas
Phyllis Desch
Marlene Elliott
Betty Gibson
Fran Hagerman
Gilbert Hamilton
Cecelia Hightower
Muriel Keyes
Brian Kruse
Jackie Markunes
Frannie McPherson
Ray Mueller
Zoe Mueller
Namcy Mullins
Foy Neff
Carolyn Ponder
Joe Radin
Ken Richardson 
Pam & Joe Sowder
Priscilla Stephens
Pat Welch
Barbara Werth
Dee WIllis

Appreciation to the following individuals and organizations for their suport of the Council's Fall Programs and Events:

Jarry Mahan
Pete Stephan
David Cusack
Dave Peterson
Sara Amend
Justin McColaugh
Eric Sears
Tammy Cox

Buckeye Home Care
Elmcroft of Xenia
Global DME Co
Greene Inc.
Greene County Parks & Trails
Greene Oaks
Legacy Village
Pro Seniors
Hospice of the Miami Valley
Summit at Park Hills
Greene CATS Public Transit
Greene Memorial Hospital & Soin Medical Center
Hospitality Center for Rehabilitation & Healing
Ralph Keyes & Greene County Public LIbrary
Patriot Ridge Community
Margrit Tidings-Petrie
WBZI
Xenia Adult Recreation & Service Center
Upcoming Events
Wednesday, December 2nd ~ 11am—6pm 
Holiday Gift Soiree & Open House
Xenia Community Center ~ 1265 W. Second, Xenia
 
December 7th
Last Day for Medicare Open Enrollment
ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT!
Please Contact the Council or your senior center for assistance
 
Tuesday, December 15th ~ 2:30pm
GCCOA Membership Holiday Meeting
Xenia Community Center ~ 1265 W. Second, Xenia
 
Looking Ahead:
 
2016 Senior Artisan Show ~ First Three Sundays in March
Fairborn Art Association
 
Tuesdays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 2016 ~ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
It’s My Money, My Stuff, My Life
Xenia Community Center ~ 1265 W. Second Street, Xenia
 
  

Find all our events on our website calendar
Greene County Council on Aging
937-376-5486
Committed to Seniors and Caregivers
Our mission: To promote independence and quality of life for Greene County senior citizens and caregivers by facilitating and supporting the development, implementation and continual improvement of a comprehensive and coordinated system of contact and care.