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Forget Me Not: Creating a senior center is a fantastic initiative in Craig

Noelle Leavitt Riley

Noelle Leavitt Riley

For the past few months, a large group of elders and committed community members have held numerous meetings in an effort to open a senior center for Craig's older population.

As managing editor of the newspaper, I get news releases, calendar listings and updates from the group on a weekly basis — they are organized and determined, and I love their tenacity and focus in working on such an important project.

On Tuesday, they held a meeting to finalize the name of the center. It wasn't as though they got together and came up with a name. Instead, they got the community involved by hosting a voting contest at the Mother's Day Bazaar at Centennial Mall a couple weeks ago.

Chairwoman Kathy Fagan dropped off a news release to the newspaper Friday, highlighting the process.

"The name, Senior Social Center, was voted on from a list of five in a contest," the release stated.

What a great name. A Senior "Social" Center is what every community needs — especially Craig. Our elderly loved ones need a place to socialize with one another, a place to get away from home or assisted living, a place where they can integrate themselves into the lives of those from their generation.

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"The next step is to launch a contest for community members to submit their ideas and designs for a logo for the Senior Social Center," the release states.

The contest will start June 9 and submissions for the logo can be mailed to: Senior Social Center Contest, P.O. Box 591, Craig, CO 81626.

Community members will have an opportunity to vote on their favorite logo at the Whittle the Wood Rendezvous from June 11 to 14 at Loudy-Simpson Park. The logo with the most votes will be used for signs and stationary.

Hooray. Another great idea — keeping Craig and Moffat County residents involved. The wisdom and thought going into this process will produce wonderful results. I'm impressed.

At the committee's Tuesday meeting, they also discussed how the Senior Social Center will receive funding.

"We want to make it clear we are not asking for tax money. We want to find other funding," Fagan said to her fellow interim board members.

To date, the group has collected $207 from donations and from those who gave money to vote in the "name contest" on Mother's Day weekend.

"It's a start," Fagan said in a statement. "I'm not a senior yet, but I will need the center soon. That's why I've given my support to this project."

The mission statement for the Senior Social Center is “to establish a permanent accessible gathering place to enhance the quality of life for senior citizens through socialization, exercise, creativity and education.”

Anyone wanting to get involved in the center can reach out to the interim board members, who include Evelyn Tileston, Jackie Camp, Eldon Holland, Norma Levitt, Jean Jones, JoAnn Baxter and Kathy Fagan.

Noelle Leavitt Riley is the managing editor of the Craig Daily Press and the Saturday Morning Press. Her husband, Shawn Riley, and her run the Forget Me Not organization where they take donated flowers to elderly in nursing homes, letting them know they are not forgotten by society. Contact Noelle Leavitt Riley at 970-875-1790 or nriley@CraigDailyPress.com.