Saturday January 26, 2013

WESTMINSTER -- The Westminster Cares, Inc. board of directors met Jan. 8 at the Westminster Firehouse with Vice President Susan Clifford presiding. The following board members were present: Susan Clifford, Pete Harrison, Heidi Anderson, Don Dawson, Kathy Elliot, Susan Harlow, Miriam Lanata, Sally Ryea, Reggie Borden, 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. Support to this care-giving organization is a way for all of residents to take care of local friends.

Meals on Wheels: 22 different volunteers delivered meals throughout the month to 16 people on a daily basis. During December, four different volunteers provided rides for six different people to medical appointments, shopping, or programs for a total of 100 miles.

During December the nurse made five visits to three different homes in Westminster for a total of six hours. Several pieces of equipment were loaned out in December. Several pieces were donated, including an electric wheelchair and an electric scooter. They are available if anyone needs one. Batteries will be needed for both. Also available are walkers, commodes, shower chairs, wheelchairs, and hospital beds. Crutches with arm support are needed.

Meetings attended in December included: bookkeeper, Gazette, Development Director, website, 25th anniversary committee, Senior Solutions, committees and caregiving.


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Programs during the December included a Secrets of Healthy Aging session, two yoga classes, 24 Strength Training classes and three Artist in Each of Us classes. Wednesday Walkers meet most weeks 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 email at wecares@sover.net.

Memorial donations received in December were: In memory of Judy Brown, longtime school teacher, from Richard Brown; In memory of Anne Fairchild from Carolyn Fairchild; In memory of John T. Fletcher Jr. from Clarence and Audrey Gochey; In memory of Charlie Edson from Cyndy Fine; In memory of Waew Kasetrevatin from Tim Cowles; In memory of Millie Ward from Paul and Lillian Chaffee.

Also, In memory of Giles Friedman, Fran Streeter and Anthony Spaulding from Edward and Patricia Walsh; In memory of Ralph Harlow from Lori Larue; In memory of Giles Harte Friedman from Frances Harte; In memory of Giles Friedman from Ronnie and Richard Friedman; In memory of Virginia Manning from Anonymous; In memory of Giles Friedman from Joan Harte and Janet Lynch; In memory of Norah Payne from Doug Sherwin and Yvette Durell; In memory of Issy Parda from Steve and Valerie Barry.

Also, In memory of Marie Wright from Norman Wright; In memory of Pat Jennison from Cheryl Jennison; In memory of Giles Friedman from Tim and Annette Harte; In memory of Charlie Edson from Richard Michelman; In memory of Norah Payne from Bill and Joan Smidutz; In memory of Phyllis Norman from Scott and Wanda West; In memory of Helen Cordano from Melinda Underwood; In memory of Ralph Harlow from Paul Harlow.

Donations in honor of the following were received in December: In honor of my parents’ 70th wedding anniversary from Kathryn Bowry; In honor of Karen Walter from Hugh and Betty Haggerty; In honor of Richard Johnson from Pete Harrison; In honor of Ronnie, Donna and the Board from Sarah Waldo; In honor of Bill and Harriet Connor from Rebecca McKenny; In honor of P, W & R Clark and M, M & C DeRienzo from Susan Clifford.

During January, memorial donations received were: In memory of Norah Payne from Jim and Colleen Grout; In memory of Gertrude Kuttler from Tatiana Schreiber; In memory of Joan Parker from Tom Walsh; In memory of Rosalie Coven from Judy and Tony Coven.

Donations in honor of the following were received in January: In honor of Ronnie Friedman from Kathleen Pirruccello; and In honor of Susan Clifford from Warner Clark.