There seem to be many rumors swirling around the Senior Center these days. Most (about 99 percent) are honest misunderstandings but a few spill over into the category of just plain gossip, and very ill-informed gossip at that.

The Center is NOT closed at this time. The Center has undergone a professional accounting audit and a professional accounting firm in Tallahassee has handled all licensing and tax matters for us. We have also had a forensic audit of previous years of operations. The audits have established that the Centerís financial operations comply with all applicable regulations.

Our regular weekly activities still continue unchanged. We will resume serving lunches on the first Thursday of September. The lunch program depends primarily upon donations from generous patrons but is free to all who wish to eat a delicious meal. The lunch program is not able, at this time, to be revenue-neutral but we are actively seeking ways to extend the lunch program if additional funding can be secured.

The Senior Center was originally established as a venue to serve the seniors of Franklin County by providing informational programs to aid the seniors in the county in dealing with governmental and health issues as well as a place of fellowship where the seniors of the county could gather to meet with other seniors. The Center was NOT intended to be a restaurant. Serving food originally began as covered dish meals with the Center providing the main dish and folks bringing side dishes they were justly proud in presenting to their peers.

We have many ongoing programs for seniors in place and functioning smoothly. The Veterans Administration service officer is in the Center every Thursday. We have regular visits by persons who check both hearing and eyesight. Recent volunteer programs included group presentations as well as individual attention to persons needing help with Medicare and Medicaid programs as well as the new health care regulations. The Center is also available to organizations presenting other health care programs. We invite everyone to come play dominoes on Monday, enjoy the Art Club on Tuesdays, learn to knit on Wednesdays and get in a little line dancing on Thursdays.

Our physical plant is in very good condition. We are using the lunch hiatus for construction programs including the installation of new handicap-accessible toilets. We recently completed the installation of a new commercial grade gas range and vent hood. Funds for the range and hood were made available through the efforts of the Lions Club. We will be reconfiguring the Center to include an exercise area with low-impact exercise machines for those needing exercise or therapy. There will also be a new area for the use of card players and a reading area.

Farm Share is brought to this area through the efforts of a handful of dedicated volunteers and I am sure everyone appreciates their efforts.

As usual, we seem to have far more critics than volunteers willing to be constructive and help the seniors of the county. We would like to extend a cordial invitation to all who are willing spend a few ours helping others.

Ed Pattillo


Franklin County Senior Citizens Council, Inc.