June/July 2016, Vol. XVI, No. 6
A Time of Recognition

Congratulations to the 2016 Senior Leadership Award winners. These awards were presented at the April 27th Senior Recognition Luncheon to individuals sharing their time and talents with their senior centers.

This year’s recipients are: Dave Dalhamer of Bellbrook, Jeanie Hughes of Spring Valley, Nan Durnin of Cedarville, Ellen Brunson & Connie Newman of Fairborn, Jim Felder of Yellow Springs, Frances Ferguson of Clifton, Mae Giehl of Beavercreek, Toni Charles of Xenia, and Ora Mae Bottorff of Jamestown. 

The Outstanding Senior Award was presented to Joan Dautel for her contributions to the Greene County community, including her work with the Family Violence Prevention Center, Greene County Library, Greene County Board of Developmental Disabilities, and the Greene County Community Foundation.


It was our honor to recognize this 
inspiring group!
Special thanks to our MC Tony McIlvaine, McCoy’s Catering, our featured speaker Dr. Sarah Twill, the family, friends, and guests who joined us for the celebration, and our sponsors Added Touch, Brookdale Assisted Living, Friends Care, Legacy Village, Patriot Ridge, and Visiting Angels. It was a special day honoring all of our Greene County seniors!
A Time of Fun
A fun time was had by all who came out for the May 17th SeniorPalooza. Our Connections theme directed the day, starting with a 5K and Scavenger Hunt for our early risers, followed by a variety of activities in the Assembly Building at the fairgrounds.
We enjoyed simple and 1000+ connect-the-dot puzzles, K-nex and other connecting toys, putting our spin on a paper chain, and a wood project. In addition to displays, doorprizes, and a tasty lunch provided by Soin Medical Center, we also moved with fitness guru Shawnah Tibbs-Sargent, learned about each other during the Friend Connection, and closed with a unique game of Connect Four with our own Monty Duteil Hall!
Our thanks to all who came out to participate and volunteer, as well as our wonderful community sponsors who helped make this annual event possible. The planning for 2017 has begun and anyone interested in being involved should contact the Council.

Sharing Your Time and Talents: Making a Difference
Our last newsletter included the names of the 130+ volunteers who had shared their time and talents with the Council over the previous year. On April 13th it was our pleasure to honor these individuals with an Enchanted Forest Reception. It was a loving expression of our appreciation for the countless hours they share with the Council and those we serve. And we cannot help share that these individuals bring an abundance of joy to the Council team.
We had an “Inspiration Tree” at the reception, which is on display in the Council’s office entry. We invited our volunteers to write what inspires them on a leaf and hang on the tree. Here are a few of their inspirations: “the love of my family & friends”; “bringing hope to others”; “caring for people”; “learning other people’s life stories”; and “seeing people smile”. So in addition to having a very special tree to greet those coming into the office, these inspirations are inspiring all of us who read them.
The Council, senior centers, parks, hospitals, schools, churches/synagogues, and other organizations rely heavily on the time and talents of volunteers. A short or long-term need is identified, which is then shared with other volunteers and community members, and the recruitment process begins. On the potential volunteer side, however, your availability, skills and interests are critical so it is important to take your time and find a good match for you. 

 Availability, in most situations, is the easiest to address. Determine what days, weeks, times and so on work for you and write them down to refer to. Don’t just consider when you have a blank on your schedule. Consider what schedule you would like to have and what is not a good fit. First thing in the morning might be ideal for some while a late morning, afternoon or evening schedule is better for others. When looking at what skills you have to share, don’t short change yourself. We can all do more than the obvious. 

Yes, the accountant can crunch numbers, but she may also be terrific at problem-solving, listening, and/or planning. Another consideration is the list of skills you may not want to share. For example, a retired elementary school teacher may not want to work with children or the medical professional may not want to do anything related to health care. This is where your interests come in!
Doing something new and different, helping with a specific cause, being around others who make you laugh, stretching your brain, testing out a potential career change, or going with a friend to their volunteer work may determine what opportunities you pursue. No matter what you do, we hope you find something that fills you up, gives you purpose, and brings you joy. The organization with whom you share your time and talents will benefit, but the greater benefit should be to you. If you need someone to help you process the items above, feel free to e-mail or call (info@gccoa.org or 937-376-5486).   

  GCCOA Energizers Since Our Last Newsletter
Elizabeth Bair
Pat Beal
Joan Burdeshaw
Jack Busby
Linda Bullock     
David Cusack
Phyllis Desch
Jerri DeVoe   
Betty Gibson
Bill Greenawalt
Linda & Jim Jones
Cyndamarie Gunn
Muriel Keyes
John Kinsel
Tony McIlvaine
Frannie McPherson
Sondra Morckel
Foy Neff
Carolyn Ponder
Joe Radin
Ken Richardson
Pam Sowder
Lisa & Sam SanGregory
Priscilla Stephens
Ginny Vikmanis            
Dr. Sarah Twill
Ginny Vikmanis
Shawnah Tibbs-Sargent   
Barb Werth
Polly Werth       
Dee Willis
A Facelift in the Works for Our Home

Last year at this time we were sharing with you the news of our ‘purging, packing, and cleaning’ efforts as we prepared for our move to 1195 W. Second Street. You may also recall that we reported on additional renovations planned for 2016, as resources became available. Because of the generous gifts of a number of individual and business donors, our automatic door has been installed and we are finalizing the details of a permanent sign and a new building façade. If all goes as planned, we should have a new look by the end of the summer. Other projects still to come include the resurfacing of our parking lot and some additional landscaping. Keep an eye out for the changes, as you ‘safely drive by’!

Mark Your Calendars!

Homemade Treats & Jam Fest
Wednesday, August 17th
4:00 to 6:30pm
Assembly Bldg, Greene Co Fairgrounds
Please join us for a delightful afternoon of music by Mad River Railroad, plentiful appetizers, sweets, & beverages, homemade baked goods and other creations to buy at the  Country Store, a 16 bracket Cloud Racing Tournament at 4:30pm, and the unforgettable Homemade Treats & Jam Auction at 5:30 with auctioneer Lee Duteil and his trusty sidekick Ed Marrinan.  Tickets are $10 and all proceeds are for senior and caregiver programs. 
We will also have a pre-sale of select cookies, pies and jams the first two weeks of August for those unable to join us. The order form will be available on our website and Facebook Page, as well as at our office.  For more info or to purchase tickets, please contact Susan   Allen at 937-376-5486 or info@gccoa.org .

Council on Aging Yard Sale
Stop by our office (1195 W. Second St in Xenia) on June 2nd or 3rd for our second annual yard sale. We've been collecting fun and practical items to sell, and we'll throw in a bake sale to tempt your taste buds. Proceeds will support Council programs. 
  Promoting Brain Fitness: Music and the Brain

Join us for an afternoon of interactive displays and activities related to the impact of music on the brain.

Wednesday, July 13th
2:00pm to 5:00pm                                      

Xenia Community Center - 1265 W. Second Street (across from the Nazarene Church and next to the Council Office).

To receive a detailed brochure, please contact the Council at 376-5486 or info@gccoa.org

Registration is required by July 6th.  There is no fee, but we ask that you bring an item or two for area food pantries (peanut butter, cereal, tissues)
Donor Spotlight  
Please join us in thanking these generous donors who shared a gift since the last newsletter.  All unrestricted financial donations go to our charitable account with the Greene County Community Foundation, for future senior and caregiver services/programs.   
In Memory Of:
Fred Berry
Cheryl Dunaway

Judy Baker
Bruce G. Conner
Mary Hamer
Stanley Smith
Robert & Ann Williams

Organizational Donors:
Added Touch Cleaning
Elmcroft Senior Living
Brookdale Senior Living      
Clossman Catering
Greene Oaks                    
Legacy Village
Greene County Library       
Patriot Ridge
Greene County Parks & Trails
Pristine Senior Living
Homecare by Blackstone      
Senior Helpers
Village at The Greene         
Senior Pathways
Greene Memorial Hospital/Soin Medical Center

Our Building Fund Donors:
George & Susan Allen
James & Cammy Grote
Joe & Andrea Harkleroad
John & Emily Haynes
Ed & Lynn Martin
Paul & Caroline Mullin
Ed & Fran O’Shaughnessy
Brenda Pollock
Alan & Karen Puterbaugh
Louis & Becky Schatzberg
Brian & Stephanie Stephan
Barbara Werth
Tony Zydbek
Added Touch Cleaning
Brentwood Builders
Dynamic Senior Solutions
Ellie Home Caring
Homecare by Blackstone
Fairborn Senior Center
Hammond, Stier & Stadnicar
Hospice of the Miami Valley
Greene County Community Foundation
Greene Memorial Hospital/Soin Medical Center
Reichley Insurance Agency
Senior Resource Connection
Stephan & Stephan Law Group
Xenia Adult Recreation & Services Center

Upcoming Events
GCCOA Yard Sale & Baked Goods Sale
Thursday & Friday, June 2nd & 3rd, 9am-2pm
GCCOA Office, 1195 W. Second St, Xenia

GCCOA Annual Luncheon/Meeting
Tuesday, June 21st ~ 12:30pm
Faith Community UMC, 100 Country Club Drive, Xenia

Memory Loss, Dementia & Alzheimer’s Disease
Thursday, June 7th ~ 6:30pm-8:30pm
Xenia Community Center, 1265 W. Second St, Xenia
Thursday, July 21st,  6:30-8:30pm
Beavercreek Health Park, 3095 Dayton Xenia Rd, Beavercreek
Brain Fitness Symposium - Music and the Brain
Wednesday, July 13th, 2:00-5:00pm
Xenia Community Center, 1265 W. Second St, Xenia

Homemade Treats and Jam Fest

Wednesday, August  17th, 4:00pm to 6:30pm 
Assembly Building, Greene County Fairgrounds
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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.