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