Monthly Archives: September 2014

August 2014 Newsletter

I hope that you are having a good summer. Thank you for your volunteer time and commitment to helping a senior. We have three new Elder Help Volunteers: Anne Bowman, Richard Hill, and Bill Howe. We welcome them and appreciate their enthusiasm.

The Eugene Campbell Senior Center is having a neighborhood ice cream social on Thursday August 28th from 5:30 to 7PM that includes live music. The Campbell Center is at 155 High St. Eugene which is north of the 5th Street Market. You do not need to register in advance and you can call (541) 682-5318 for more information.

The Lane Senior Support Coalition will be having a celebration called “A Sweet and Sparkling Affair” on Friday October 3 from 6PM to 8:30PM. The celebration is at the Willamalane Adult Activity Center at 215 West C Street in Springfield and is the annual fundraiser for the group which assists low income seniors in need. The event includes hors d’oeuvre, dessert, and wine tasting, along with a silent auction. To purchase tickets for $15 per person for “A Sweet and Sparkling Affair” which occurs on Oct. 3rd please call 541-686-6212.

The Lane Senior Support Coalition wishes to thank the following sponsors of “A Sweet and Sparkling Affair”.

Presenting Sponsor:
Willamalane Park and Recreation District
Platinum Sponsor:
New Horizons In-Home Care
Gold Sponsor:
Trillium Community Health Plan
Silver Sponsors:
Patient Care Advisors, Noble Senior Living Referrals, Waddell and Reed, PacificSource Health Plans, Live Able Home Design, and the firm of Thorp, Purdy, Urness, Jewett, & Wilkinson
Bronze Sponsors:
Pacific Continental Bank, Long Term Care Associates, Directors Mortgage, and ElderHealth and Living
Food Providers:
Cornucopia, Fred Meyer, Churchill Estates, Sweet Life, and the Lane Community College Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management Department
Wine Provider:
J. Scott Cellars

The Lane Senior Support Coalition (LSSC) is a non-profit organization that works in partnership with Senior & Disabled Services and supports Meals on Wheels and Senior Meal sites. The LSSC also supports an Emergency Support Fund that assists low income seniors throughout Lane County with one time services or products not available through other resources (such as assistance with medical co-pays or products, utilities, minor home repairs).

When I came to town I was amazed to learn that Eugene’s first airport in the 1930’s and 1940’s was in the area south of 18th Street and east of Chambers where Jefferson School and the Boys and Girls Club are now currently located and that Springfield had an airport in the area where the Springfield WalMart is now located. If you or your senior has memories of these original local airports please let me know and I will share your stories.

With the hot weather please make sure that you and the senior you volunteer with drink plenty of fluids so that you stay hydrated. Enjoy the rest of the warm summer days.

You are not wealthy until you have something that money cannot buy.
—Garth Brooks

When you are good to others, you are best to yourself.
—Benjamin Franklin

Love stretches you heart and makes you big inside.
—Margaret Walker

Worrying does not take away tomorrow’s troubles, it takes away today’s peace.

Be kind to everyone, especially yourself. When you are grateful for both the peaks and the valleys of your life, you no longer allow fear to overwhelm you.

June 2014 Newsletter

As summer arrives with strawberries, blueberries, and the welcome addition of fresh greens and vegetables, we thank all the Elder Help volunteers for their time, commitment and support to their senior.

The summer festivals are starting with the Art & the Vineyard Festival at Alton Baker Park on Friday 7/4 to Sunday 7/6 starting at 11AM each day. This is sponsored by Maude Kerns Art Center and goes to 7PM or later each day for $7-$9 per person. On Sat. July 12 from 10AM to 3PM the Springfield Summer Fair is occurring at Island Park in Springfield and is only $1 per person or a donation of canned goods.

Plan ahead for attending a celebration called “A Sweet and Sparkling Affair” on Friday October 3 from 6PM to 8:30PM put on by the Lane Senior Services Coalition. It will be at the Willamalane Adult Activity Center on C Street in Springfield and is the annual fundraiser for the group which assists seniors in need. Future newsletters will provide information on how to purchase tickets for this fun evening.

For a change of pace let’s try some trivia from the Suddenly Senior website section on epic senior trivia.

  1. What was the name of the princess on the Howdy Doody Show?
    1. Princess Moonshadow
    2. Princess Sacajewa
    3. Princess Summerfallwinterspring
  2. What year was the first commercial microwave introduced and what year was the first countertop microwave for the home introduced?


  1. c. Princess Summerfallwinterspring;
  2. The first commercial microwave in 1954 was the Raytheon Radarange that was five feet high and weighed 750 pounds. Amana introduced the first countertop microwave for home use in 1967.


Joan Chittister in her book “The Gift of Years: Growing Old Gracefully” (2008) ends each chapter with a reflection on both the blessings and burdens of the topic.

Regarding success: The blessing of real success lies in the fact that sometime in life we come to the point where we never overemphasize any one side of it. Instead we come to live easily and fully in all aspects of life.

Regarding memories: A blessing of these years is to realize that our memories of both the sad and the happy, the exciting and the secure, the successes and failures of life are meant to guide us down these last roads with confidence.

Regarding fulfillment: A blessing of these years is the equanimity that comes from knowing that none of the side roads of our life were really wasted. The truth is we learned something invaluable on each of those roads.

Regarding dreams: A blessing of these years is the power to dream and the freedom to bring the voice of reflection, of reason, of feeling to the penetrating awareness that comes from having been wrong and setting out to right it.

To be kind is often more important than to be right. Many times what people need is not a brilliant mind, but a special heart that listens.
—Barb Schmidt; Peaceful Mind, Peaceful Life

Opportunity is missed by many people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work… Genius is one percent inspiration & 99 percent perspiration.
—Thomas Edison

Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.
—Mother Teresa

Among its other benefits giving liberates the soul of the giver.
— Maya Angelou