WESTMINSTER -- The Westminster Cares, Inc. Board of Directors met Jan. 8 at the Westminster Firehouse with President Pete Harrison presiding. The following board members were present: Heidi Anderson, Don Dawson, Kathy Elliot, Susan Harlow, Miriam Lanata, Sally Ryea and Director Donna Dawson. Westminster Cares creates opportunities for seniors and disabled adults to live with independence and dignity in the community.

Services provided included: Meals on Wheels, 21 different volunteers delivered meals throughout the month to 16 people on a daily basis. In addition seven people receive frozen meals on Fridays for the weekend.

During December, four different volunteers provided rides for two different people for a total of 40 miles driven.

During December, the community nurse made eight visits to six different homes in Westminster for a total of 5.25 hours.

Meetings attended by staff in December included: bookkeeper, Gazette, grant writing, home visits, committees.

Programs during the December included: One Secrets of Healthy Aging session, three yoga classes, 18 Strength Training classes and three Artist in Each of Us classes.

A new volunteer is now making friendly visits.

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 Donna Dawson at 802-722-3607 or by e-mail at wecares@sover.net. For further information, visit www.westminstercares.org.

Walkers, commodes, shower chairs, wheel chairs, hospital beds, scooters and an electric wheel chair are available to borrow. Several pieces of equipment were loaned out in December. Currently, Westminster Cares is overstocked and out of storage.

Westminster Cares welcomes donations throughout the year from anyone wishing to remember or honor a loved one or friend.

Memorial and Honor donations for December and January include the following:

December (continued): In honor of Bill and Harriet Connor from Rebecca McKenny, In memory of Richard Morse from Richard License, In memory of Richard Morse from Bill and Joan Smidutz, In memory of Richard Morse from Peter and Judy Harrison, In memory of Theresa Hodgkins and Richard Morse from Barbara Comtois, In memory of Mr. and Mrs. Victor Harrison from Peter and Judy Harrison, In memory of Bernice Cook from Lester Cook, In memory of Pat Jennison from Cheryl Jennison, In memory of Charles Edson from Richard Michelman, In memory of Clarence Woodard from Lois Woodard, In memory of Brad Ryea from Kathleen Pirruccello, In memory of Marie Wright from Norm Wright, In memory of Norah Payne from Laurie Alberts and Tom O’Neill, In honor of Ronnie and Karen on behalf of the Sojourns’ Staff, In memory of Marguerite and Clifford Dawson from Don and Donna Dawson, In memory of Robert E. Nelson from Jeanette Nelson, In honor of Ronnie Friedman from Fred and Mary Robling.

January: In honor of Ronnie Friedman and her great spirit and years of dedication to this wonderful organization from Sarah Waldo, In memory of Doris Bowen from Mary and Dan Davis, In memory of Ed Shore from Joan Shore, In memory of Jim Grandy from Ruth Grandy, In honor of Susan Clifford from Patrick Clark, In memory of David Wright from Trudy and Bob Byington, In honor of Ronnie Friedman from Carol and David Buchdahl, In memory of Norah Payne from Jim and Colleen Grout;

Also, In memory of Jean K. Schreiber from Tatiana Schreiber, In memory of Lee Sanderson and Brad Ryea from Kathy and Tony Elliott, In memory of Ralph Harlow and Jean Harlow Larue from Lori Larue, In memory of Rosalie Coven from Judy and Tony Coven, In memory of Giles Friedman from Ronnie and Richard Friedman, In memory of Richard Morse from Chroma Technology Corporation, In memory of Peter Keil from Jack and Barbara Keil, In honor of Ronnie Friedman from Heidi Anderson, In memory of Phyllis Norman from Scott and Wanda West, In memory of Harry "Bud" Weiser from Elsie Weiser, In memory of Richard W. Goodell from Claire Goodell, In memory of Richard Morse from Clifford Funeral Home, In honor of Susan Clifford from Anonymous.