TROY — The Troy Senior Citizens Center has been a part of the community for a while, and is inviting new members to join the organization.
Executive director Tamara Baynard-Ganger said the organization and membership is open for anyone in Miami County who would like to join.
“Our primary membership is in Troy and Casstown,” she said. “We get members from Tipp City and Piqua and the smaller communities like West Milton and St. Paris. We also have a handful of members out of Huber Heights and Laura.”
The center hosts a full schedule of activities, including line dancing, low-impact exercise classes, Bible study, bingo and pool. Baynard-Ganger said the center also serves as a congregate meal site Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and has an active craft group, which makes homemade crafts for the holiday bazaar, in addition to organizing travel opportunities through Let’s Go! with First United Methodist Church.
“If you were a member and you just wanted to come in and have a cup of coffee and sit around and just be a part of the social element, you are absolutely welcome to be here,” she said.
President Betty Perrine said a popular activity at the center is the variety of card games, which include Euchre, bridge, hand ‘n foot, and eggs and jokers.
“If you wanted to be a member and knew a different game than what we’re playing, we’re always up to learn it,” she said. “When I started playing here, one girl brought a game in from Arizona that we’ve all started playing.”
The TSCC annual dues are $25. Per the Code of Regulations, after March 1, an additional fee of $5 will be added. Baynard-Ganger said the dues cover the year, and members who were on a limited income could work with the center on the matter.
“There are a handful of options,” she said. “If there were truly a hardship case, I would take it to our board. We are governed by a 16-man board of trustees. I have taken a hardship case to our board before and we also have a month membership for $5 if someone has a sister or brother visiting and they’re membership age. I know our board would work with a person if it were a hardship case.”
In addition to providing fun activities, the most important thing the Troy Senior Citizens Center provides is opportunities for socializing and friendship.
“I’m not originally from here,” Perrine shared. “I moved up here 22 years ago, and at the time was still working outside the home. But when I retired I didn’t know anybody, so I came here. I have all kinds of friends now.”
Baynard-Ganger shared how she thought many people don’t realize with retirement and the twilight years that there are a lot of changes, including loss, disability and some serious changes in seniors’ lives.
“In a center like this, they have friends that are going through the same things they are going through, so there’s a real connection,” she said.
The center will also bring in speakers and health screenings to cover a wide range of topics and educate seniors about the services they can utilize in the community.
“It’s better for a senior to be educated and well-informed with all the services out there for them so it keeps them living independent in their home longer and not feel isolated,” Baynard-Ganger said.
Troy Senior Citizens Center is located at 134 N. Market St. in Troy and is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For questions or more information, contact the center at (937) 335-2810.
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