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From The Director – May/June 2015

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It is important that the East County Senior Center to be a leader in the County for the betterment of Seniors and Senior Centers in Snohomish County. We have taken a lead role in the formation of a loose association of all the Senior Centers to act with one voice when addressing governmental officials and the United Way. Our efforts have proven to be very successful in increasing both funding and awareness. We are now taking this to the next level. The Greater Everett Community Foundation (holders of our Legacy Society endowment funds) has offered a matching grant to the Centers to engage the services of 501 Commons, an organization of retired, highly experienced individuals in a feasibility study for us. The intended outcome will be to see what further steps we could collectively take to increase funding for all of our communities. It may not sound all that exciting, but trust me, this is a major step forward for all of us. I would be happy to explain the whole concept in greater detail to anyone who asks me.

Please join us for Seniors on the Beach in Seaside, Oregon May 12-15th. See the front desk or Jacob for details.

We did not have a dinner dance this past April for a number of reasons. All the more incentive for you all to turn out for our Annual Backyard BBQ Bash on June 27th with the Moonlight Swing Orchestra.

The East County Senior Center annually has over 1600 different individuals who walk through our doors or use our Mobility Lifeline. Last month, we took the time to thank all of our wonderful volunteers who do so much for this Senior Center. I would like to take a moment to thank the staff. We manage to maintain a welcoming environment filled with interesting and varied programming and services with a relatively small staff. I am not looking for any pats on the back for me, but I do ask you to recognize the wonderful performance and stability of the employees we have working here. Jacob, Michelle, Kathy, Annie, John, Bonnie and the two Larrys all are dedicated to making the East County Senior Center thrive. Please take a moment to reflect on what we would be like without them and to congratulate Jacob on 10 years here.

Planning ahead a little, I want to take this opportunity to set my retirement date. It will be the 1st of May, 2016. More on that later.

–Marc Avni

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