Saturday December 22, 2012

WESTMINSTER -- The Westminster Cares, Inc. Board of Directors met Dec. 5 at the Westminster Fire House with President Connie Sanderson presiding. The following board members were present: Susan Clifford, Pete Harrison, Heidi Anderson, Nan Blanchard, Barbara Carey, Don Dawson, Kathy Elliot, Susan Harlow, Arnie Knowlton, Miriam Lanata, Sally Ryea, Reggie Borden, Karen Walter, Director Ronnie Friedman and Assistant Director Donna Dawson. Westminster Cares creates opportunities for seniors and disabled adults to live with independence and dignity in the community.

Services provided: Meals on Wheels, 22 different volunteers delivered meals throughout the month to 14 people on a daily basis.

Transportation, During November four different volunteers provided rides for five different people to medical appointments, shopping, or programs for a total of 680 miles.

Nursing program: During November the nurse made four visits to four different homes in Westminster for a total of 5.25 hours and a blood pressure clinic at the senior lunch.

Several pieces of equipment were loaned out in November and several pieces were donated.

Westminster Cares is still are in need of walkers with wheels and seats, bed rails, four-prong walkers, shower chairs, lift chairs and crutches with arm support. Walkers, commodes, shower chairs, wheel chairs, hospital beds are available for loan.

Meetings attended in November included: Bookkeeper, Gazette, Development Director, web site, 25th anniversary committee, Senior Solutions, committees and care giving.

Programs during the November included: Two Secrets of Healthy Aging session, four yoga classes, 24 Strength Training classes and four Artist in Each of Us classes, and Wednesday walkers who meet each week at the Institute.

Anyone interested in learning more about Westminster Cares, volunteering to deliver meals-on-wheels or driving neighbors to doctor appointments, working on a committee, making a contribution or attending a workshop may contact Ronnie Friedman at 802-722-3607 or by e-mail at wecares@sover.net.

Memorial gifts and their donors received in December were: Fran Streeter from Jane and Philip Savoy; Bernice Cook from Lester Cook; Jeanne Parkhurst from Floyd Parkhurst; Hank Anderson from Phyllis Anderson; Donat Perrault from John and Suzanne Stoodley; Waew Cowles from Susan and Rich Talbot; Hank Anderson and in honor of Phyllis Anderson from Sue Gioulis; Harold Angers from Barbara Angers; Jim Grandy from Ruth Grandy; Frank Walter from Marcia and Tom Wessels; Katharine and Robie Palmer from Georgiana and George Cheney.

Also, Marilyn Crawford from Lois Woodard and Howard Reed; Barbara Greenwood from Karen Walter; Pat Jennison from Eshagh and Rose Shaoul; Albert French from Jane French; Mary Aiken from Artie Aiken; loved ones from Evelyn Rhoades; Hollis Cobb from Alice Cobb; Michael Malinguaggio from Celeste and John Majek; Marya Huseby from good friends; Marie Wright from Karen and Jon Wright; loved ones from Mary and Frank Mitchell; Mr. and Mrs. Victor B. Harrison from Pete and Judy Harrison; Hank Anderson from Heidi Anderson; Marguerite Dawson and Helen Cordano from Don and Donna Dawson.

Those receiving donations in their honor were: Karen Walter from Linda Haltinner and Cynthia Moore; Susan Clifford from Patrick Clark; Shirley Kelton from Doreen Kelton; loved ones we’ve lost from Lisa and Jim Calchera; Phyllis Green from Tracey Adams.

Westminster Cares welcomes donations throughout the year from anyone wishing to memorialize or honor a loved one or a friend. Send to: Westminster Cares, P.O. Box 312, Westminster, VT 05158.