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July 2022 Newsletter

The Senior Times -A Publication of The Senior Network


Golden Nuggets


Did you know that there are 25 countries that celebrate their independence in the month of July? Most of them have big celebrations with parades, picnics, and fireworks. According to the dictionary the word “independence” means not depending on another’s authority; self-governing; not controlled by others. It seems like most of our lives we are seeking to be independent. As a toddler we tried to walk on our own; as a teen we strived to make our own decisions; and as an older adult we try to stay independent and live on our own. Yet, independence should not be thought of as a form of isolation. Our real goal should be to commit to relationships that make us interdependent. We need each other and interdependent relationships allow us to experience the freedom of making our own choices while still relying on others for companionship. Just like our human interactions with each other, God also wants us to know that although we have freedom of choice, we need to rely upon Him. Proverbs 3: 5 and 6 states, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him and He will make straight your paths.” What comfort to know that God is there for us and shows us how true interdependence on Him will allow us to live a life that is both free and full. Our choices will decide what type of companionship we have with our Maker.


HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!!!!


 

Humor Me


I was sitting in the waiting room for my first appointment with a new dentist. I noticed his degree on the wall, which bore his full name. Suddenly, I remembered a tall, handsome, dark-haired boy with the same name had been in my high school some 45-odd years ago. Could he be the same guy that I had a secret crush on, way back then? Upon seeing him, however, I quickly discarded any such thought. This balding, gray-haired man with the deeply lined face was way too old to have been my classmate. After he examined my teeth, I asked him if he had attended the same school as mine.


"Yes. yes, I did.” He gleamed with pride.


"When did you graduate?" I asked.


He answered, "In 1977. Why do you ask?"


"You were in my class!!!!”, I happily exclaimed.


He looked at me closely. Then, that old, bald, wrinkled faced, gray-haired decrepit, man, asked, "What subject did you teach?"


 

Senior of the Month


Ken Stallings

Ken was born and raised in Durham County and graduated from Southern High School where he played basketball and baseball. He received a scholarship to play baseball at Duke University where he received an accounting degree.

Ken worked for Carolina Telephone in Tarboro, NC for 15 years which was interrupted for 6 months while he was on active duty in the Army National Guard.

While in the Guard, Ken graduated from OCS and was promoted to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. He was honorably discharged after serving a 6-year term.

After working in data processing and accounting, Ken was promoted to director of one of Sprint’s four regional data centers in Bristol, TN where he served for ten years. Then Ken returned to Carolina Telephone and worked for the final 8 years of his career in Wake Forest where he retired early.

While in Tarboro, Ken and his father sang and played a few years in the annual country gospel special program. That was the first time that Ken played the guitar in public, and he remembers being a little nervous.


Ken has enjoyed playing golf, tennis, civic/church league softball and basketball. Currently he enjoys his bluegrass band. He plays guitar and has a banjo player and a dobro player. They play regularly at Brookdale in WF and in Chapel Hill. They are often asked to play at various places, including churches and played in TSN’s “April Love Senior Talent Show” earlier this year. The trio is called the “Cross Country Boys”.

Ken’s son, Kirk, went to East Tennessee State on a drum scholarship and works in computers and drums for the top cover band in Minneapolis, MN. His daughter, Kendra, is a CPA but also is a full bodied, gun carrying FBI agent in Manassas, VA . Ken wanted a grandchild and prayed that God would grant his wish. Kendra was forty when she finally gave birth to his granddaughter, Reagan.

Ken married Teresa in the late nineties; and they reside in Wake Forest. Ken sings in the choir and men’s chorus at WF Baptist Church.

 

Sharing With Seniors


Saturday, July 16th, 10 AM

203 Capcom Avenue, Wake Forest, N.C.

Physical Therapy for Seniors
Holt McPherson, PT
A Story of Change
Helen Voss

Are you looking for a place of warm and genuine senior community? Do you desire to be a part of a local elderly community? Then what are you waiting for? We meet every third Saturday of the month for a time of fellowship, fun, and community. Come on out and see what we are all about!

Have any questions about this event? Do not hesitate to contact us at info@theseniornetwork.org!


 

The Lodge


Monday, July 25th, 10:30 AM

203 Capcom Avenue, Wake Forest, N.C.

Don't Be A Scam Victim
Kevin Farley
A Special Story
Tom Haywood

Are you looking for a place of warm and genuine senior community? Do you desire to be a part of a local elderly community? Then what are you waiting for? We meet every third Saturday of the month for a time of fellowship, fun, and community. Come on out and see what we are all about!

Have any questions about this event? Do not hesitate to contact us at info@theseniornetwork.org!


 

Adopt A Grandparent


Perhaps you are a senior and have no family or no family in the area. Or your family is very busy and you do not have a lot of communication with them. Perhaps you have never been a grandparent. Perhaps you feel lonely, even depressed. This program might be for you!

Perhaps you are a single person or a family that would like to “adopt” a senior. Maybe you no longer have grandparents or they are far away. How rewarding it would be to brighten up the day of a senior! This program might be for you!

 

Other Events


Monthly events are also held for residents at Cadence and Crossings in Wake Forest, Gardens in Wakefield, and Grande in Rolesville.


These events are free to the public, so feel free to come out and join us!


If you would like to share with seniors, please contact us. We are looking for speakers, door prizes and entertainment.

 

Contact Us


If you are interested in volunteering, want more information about our non-profit organization, or have a special prayer request, please contact us.


Office: 954-666-2040 Fax: 919-373-8823

Email: info@theseniornetwork.org




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