River Valley Senior Center

Annual Meeting


The River Valley Senior Center held its Annual Meeting on October 16th at 10:00 a.m.  The Nomination committee presented their slate  to fill the open and expired seats on the Board of Directors. There were no nominations from the floor.  Elected to the Board were: Ellie Rogers, Peggy Wagner, Dorothy Palen, Marilyn Griffiths, Frank Schmidt and Deborah Bellaire.  The financial report was given by Rebecca Gloe of  Advantage Accounting.  Tim Hawkins, Executive Director recapped activities of the past year and the plans for the future. 


Toys for Tots


Toys for Tots is a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve which distributes new unwrapped toys to children whose parents cannot afford to buy them gifts for Christmas.  Please drop off toys in the box by Dec. 13th.


The Giving Tree


Its hard to believe that it is time already to get prepared for “The Giving Tree”.  Come help us decorate “The Giving Tree” with hats, scarfs, mittens, gloves, socks and footies for the needy children and adults in our service area. Items should be new and not gift wrapped.  The tree will be up on November 8th.  Last year was a huge success.. Please put items on tree by Dec. 12th.


Christmas Tree Lighting

Wednesday, Nov. 28th 11:00


After lighting the outside tree come join us for hot chocolate, cookies and fellowship including singing Christmas carols


Holiday Bazaar

Sat,, Nov. 9th 10 to 2


If you would like to participate, and display for sale your arts and crafts etc. the cost is $20.   We do have some tables available.  Any questions please call the Center at 269 469-4556

Health News

By Kathy Steinke

Cold and Flu season is almost upon us!  The season generally starts mid to late October and may go as late as May.  Flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses.  Because these two types of illnesses have similar symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone.  In general, flu is worse than the common cold and symptoms are more intense.  Colds are usually milder than flu.  Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations.  Flu can have all or some of these very serious associated complications.  So, is it a cold or flu?  Symptom onset with a cold is gradual, flu is abrupt.  Fever with a cold is rare, flu is usual.  Aches with a cold is slight, flu is usual.  Chills with a cold is uncommon, flu is fairly common.  Fatigue/weakness with a cold happens sometimes, with flu it is usual.  Sneezing with a cold is common, flu is sometimes.  Stuffy nose with a cold is common, flu is sometimes.  Sore throat with a cold is common, flu is sometimes.  Chest discomfort/cough with a cold is mild to moderate, flu is common.  Headache with a cold is rare, flu is common.  If you are having cold or flu symptoms all of the old advice still holds true – stay home, stay in, stay warm, rest, take Tylenol as directed by your health care provider and drink plenty of fluids. 

Christmas Party

Tuesday, December 10th - 11:30

Pot Luck,  Bingo, Gift Exchange


Come join us for Bingo, and a  potluck lunch (the Center will provide the meat entree),  Please bring a dish to pass.  Please bring a $2.00 wrapped Christmas gift to exchange (something Christmas like an ornament, candle, etc.).  We will raffle off a table runner provide by the River Valley Senior Center Quilters and we will have a table runner and we will have Turkeys as runner up prizes  Santa and Mrs. Claus  will be here.  Mark your Calendar for this special event. Sign up or call for reservation by December 1st at 469-4556



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