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Jet Oldsters help with Ferndale center

Ferndale Senior Activity Center/Jet Oldsters Association was established in 1974.

Purpose: The Jet Oldsters Association promotes the welfare of community seniors through operation of the Ferndale Senior Activity Center, where guests are warmly welcomed to join old friends and new for recreation and companionship in a safe and comfortable environment. The center is a hub for affordable programs, services and a support system for senior citizens in the greater Ferndale area. Activities are designed to interest, entertain, inform and accommodate the elderly and to encourage an engaged, healthy and active lifestyle. Current programs include fitness, daily lunch and nutrition, games, dance, sports, poetry, day travel, weekly live entertainment, billiards, computers and electronic device instruction, weekly movies, crafting and woodcarving. The association works with area agencies and providers to sponsor a full slate of services for seniors.

Volunteer highlights: Ione Widman Beyerlin moved to Ferndale in 1940 as a new high school graduate. Two years later she married Wilfred Beyerlin and together they raised eight active children in the community. When Ione retired from Kelley Farquhar and Home-Well over 30 years ago, her parents, John and Velma Widman, encouraged her to volunteer at the senior center. Since then Ione, currently a director on the Jet Oldsters board, has served the senior center and her community in countless capacities. She’s been the dining room coordinator, served on the bus committee, the entertainment committee, and as secretary, vice-president and president of the board of directors. She and Wilfred were even Jet Oldsters King and Queen, and rode in a convertible in the Old Settler’s Parade. If you need information about anything “Ferndale Senior Center,” ask Ione.

Signature fundraiser: Old Settlers/Ferndale Pioneer Days Barbeque Lunch and Bake Sale, July 30, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ferndale Senior Activity Center, 1999 Cherry St., Ferndale.

Wish list: Wireless computer printer and ink cartridges; office supply, grocery store and coffee gift cards; 8- by 10-foot neutral color indoor/outdoor area rug; 6-by-4-foot dry erase white board.

Current volunteer needs: Cooks, servers, cashiers for monthly pancake breakfast; computer, electronic device and tech instructor; book club organizer and facilitator; gardening and landscape assistants; fundraiser facilitators and assistants.

For more information, go online to ferndaleseniorcenter.org.

VOLUNTEER MONTH

April was National Volunteer Month and The Bellingham Herald has partnered with the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County to highlight local non-profit agencies that offer opportunities to become involved in our community. For more information online about the Volunteer Center of Whatcom County, go to whatcomvolunteer.org.

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