Thoughts from our Board Member, Mike Haynes

Heather Johansen

In the words of Yogi Berra, “You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.”

When I joined the board of the Senior Foundation of the Ozarks in 2008, I wasn’t sure what I was getting into. I knew that the organization helped seniors – which was a good enough reason to get involved by itself. What I didn’t know was the multitude of programs for seniors that we would be involved in over the next decade.

While we are very committed to our mission of funding help and hope for seniors in Southwest Missouri, it’s our activities to accomplish this that is so rewarding. For example, providing funds for additional freezers at a senior center and then receiving feedback that they are now able to provide home meals for over 100 new seniors. Or helping fund an emergency request to repair a roof at a center and finding out that they didn’t miss a day a services due to the quick response.

We also strive to make our fundraising efforts double as a community service. Our Fearless Aging Expo provides access to dozens of aging experts in one place every Spring. You can receive various health screenings, visit with attorneys that specialize in Senior Law, or enjoy group activities such as bingo and musical performances. Seniors along with their families and friends join buses full of seniors from assisted living facilities all over the Ozarks to experience this fun day at the Fairgrounds.

Our Fall Classic Charity Golf Tournament provides a great day in the outdoors for the many seniors that play in the tournament or help with the volunteer duties. This rewarding day includes special recognition of Veterans and opportunities to meet other people with a passion for helping seniors.

I started out this blog entry with a quote from a modern day philosopher, so I will close it with another – “It’s gonna take patience and time to do it, to do it, to do it, to do it, to do it, to do it right child” – George Harrison.

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