Fitchburg Senior Center Friends
Updates From The Fitchburg Senior Center Friends
1. As a fund raiser, the Fitchburg Senior Center Friends (FSCF) will be serving ice cream at Eplegaarden (2227 Fitchburg Road) for an Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social on Labor Day Weekend. Serving times will be from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (August 31 to Septem-ber 2). The ice cream is free but donations will be accepted and will go to the Fitchburg Senior Center Wheelchair Transportation Fund.
2. The FSCF Board of Directors is looking for candidates to replace current board members whose terms will be expiring September 30, 2013. Anyone interested in applying for these positions should contact Jill McHone, Fitchburg Senior Center Director, at 608-270-4291.
News Release Name Change:
The Fitchburg Senior Advisory Council has changed its Name
The Fitchburg Senior Advisory Council, Inc. has changed its name to The Fitchburg Senior Center Friends, Inc.
The name change was approved by the Council’s Board of Directors at their monthly board meeting on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 to better reflect its mission, that of advocating for seniors by supporting programs and activities that are not funded by the Fitchburg Senior Center budget.
Why the name change?
The name, Senior Advisory Council, was confusing for many. Many people thought it was an advisory group to the Senior Center staff and the city. SAC ‘s mission was always support and advocacy through fundraising and senior community programs, such as the Pancake Breakfast, Pig Roast, Concerts in the Park and travel programs. This mission will continue as the Fitchburg Senior Center Friends.
SAC fundraising allowed it to contribute significant funds to the physical expansion of the Senior Center in 2011-12, paying for the kitchen remodeling and equipment, new tables and chairs, artwork, fireplace and bookcase to name a few. All funds were raised by SAC through generous donations and fundraising events.
The Senior Advisory Council (known as SAC) was formerly known as the Fitchburg Senior Citizens and then as the Committee on Aging.
The Commission on Aging (COA) and SAC evolved from these earlier groups as Fitchburg became a city. The Commission on Aging exists today as a City Council liaison group, while SAC became a non-profit advocacy and support group working to support seniors through the programs and activities of the Fitchburg Senior Center.
We welcome your continued support and participation in the fund raising efforts and programs of the Fitchburg Senior Center Friends, benefitting all senior residents of Fitchburg now and in the future.
Meeting Minutes :
Current SAC Members
Bob Rottman is Chairman
Mary DeVaal Vice Chairman
Bob Hillner Treasurer
Peter Eaton, Mary Cochems, Bob Davis, Mary Ihlenfeldt, Denny Olin, Georgia Ascher, Peter Eaton, Sue Sheets, Tom Swant, Marie Weber, Elinor Zach, Judy Bruenig, Peter Smelser, Kevin Thies, and Jill McHone.
What is the Senior Advisory Council (SAC)?
SAC was established as a 501 © (3) non-profit in 1979 and incorporated in 1986.
It originally functioned as the operating body of the Center but when the Senior Center became a City department in 1987.
SAC’s role became advisory to the Center’s director.
Through their 501 © (3) status, SAC is able to fundraise.
Monies earned are often used to
support Senior Center needs.
The board of 15 meets monthly.