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River Valley Senior Center


Text Box: Volume 22,  Issue 5                                                                                                                                               MAY 2022

                      “Sue’s News”

A Message from the Board President


In the next few months, our Board of Directors will start the process of Strategic Planning.  This will basically be a long-term plan for determining the direction we want to go with the River Valley Senior Center.  It will include setting goals for all services, staffing, marketing and operation of the Center.

We will begin with some information gathering: 

A three-question survey is enclosed in this newsletter for you to fill out, giving us feedback about what is working now, and what we can improve. Copies of the survey will also be available at the Center.

Consult the Staff at the Center with questions from their point of view.

Taking that information, the Board will meet several times to look at our Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats.  By analyzing all of these elements we will set goals for the River Valley Senior Center to follow as we head into the future.

In 2014, the Board developed the Strategic Plan which we are currently working under. The general goals included:

Improve the facility to make it accessible to Seniors.

Using available resources to provide programs, services and activities.

Let the community know about what is available at the RVSC.

Obtain funding through grants.

Form a succession plan.

We are happy to report that these goals have been consistently met through the last several years!

Would you like to be a part of determining the future of RVSC?  If so, please fill out a survey and place it in the Survey/Suggestion Box in the lobby.

Sign up for Harding’s Community Rewards program and earn money for the River Valley Senior Center while you shop .  It’s easy and only takes a couple of minutes.   If you would like assistance signing up please stop and see our Thursday morning receptionist Karie.

Philanthropy Strikes a Positive Chord with RV Senior Center

The School of American Music recently arranged the donation of a top-quality Weber console piano to the River Valley Senior Center. The piano was the gift of an area resident who prefers to remain anonymous. The costs of transportation, tuning and installation were paid by a grant from the Michiana Arts Foundation - a donor-directed charity funded by Harbert resident Garth Taylor.

Donna Mitchell, Executive Director of the Music School said: “People call the Music School to offer donations of musical instruments and it is a gift to be able to link up pianos that people want to donate with Harbor Country organizations that want to up the ante of their music program. This one sounds great and has a great touch.”  Tim Hawkins, Executive Director of RVSC, said: “We look forward to having this wonderful piano available at the Senior Center for lessons, group singalongs, rehearsal for shows at the new performing stage in Harbert Community Park, and maybe a jazz concert or revue from the American Songbook.”  Garth Taylor, grantor to the Foundation, said: “Pure philanthropy is a blessing to those who give and to those who receive.”

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