The Community Senior Center, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, was founded in 2010 by a small group of women who understood the importance of creating a place for people to continue to thrive, contribute and have a sense of wellbeing as they get older. (By Laws) We've been working to find a physical space for the Center, and, in the meantime, have been offering free monthly lifelong learning programs, a classic monthly movie series each winter, and in the fall of 2015, a series of wellness programs held in the Community Room at the Richmond Free Library. The programs have attracted a wide range of people from the three towns we serve and vary in content from local history, to music, art, cooking, nature, and travel programs. Each month new speakers are scheduled, an indication that the word is spreading, and interest is growing.
The Community Senior Center board usually meets the 1st Monday of the month at 9:00AM, however holidays may cause a change. Here is the schedule for 2017 Monday, Jan 2, 2017 9 AM Richmond Free Library~~~~~~~~~~Monday, Jul 10, 2017 9:00 AM Richmond Free Library Monday, Feb 6, 2017 9 AM Huntington Town Center~~~~~~~~~Monday, Aug 7, 2017 9:00 AM VYCC West Monitor Barn Monday, Mar 6, 2017 9 AM Richmond Free Library~~~~~~~~~~Monday, Sep 11, 2017 9:00 AM Richmond Free Library Monday, Apr 3, 2017 9 AM Richmond Free Library~~~~~~~~~~Monday, Oct 2, 2017 9:00 AM Richmond Free Library Monday, May 1, 2017 9 AM Richmond Free Library~~~~~~~~~~Monday, Nov 6, 2017 9:00 AM Richmond Free Library Monday, Jun 5, 2017 9 AM Richmond Free Library~~~~~~~~~~Monday, Dec 4, 2017 9:00 AM Richmond Free Library The Community Senior Center is currently governed by the following volunteer board of trustees and supported by a number of community volunteers.
Board Members Anne O'Brien, Richmond, Chair Elizabeth Emerson, Richmond, Vice Chair Deborah Worthley, Huntington, Secretary Velma Plouffe, Richmond, Treasurer Catherine Coggio, Richmond Mary O'Neil, Richmond Martha Nye, Richmond Jane Vossler, Richmond Doris Wheelock, Bolton
Program Committee Deborah Worthley Jane Vossler Lowell Nelson Martha Nye Anne O'Brien Peggy Curtis Liz Graves
Fund Raising Committee Anne O'Brien Martha Nye Velma Plouffe
Anne O'Brien: Anne has been a resident of Richmond for 30 years. She has a bachelors degree in nursing and is interested in community health and wellness; body, mind and soul. She holds a Masters degree in the Science of Administration. She is in her seventh year serving as Richmond's state representative and is a member of the House Appropriations committee. Anne is dedicated to the vision of a community senior center which serves Richmond, Bolton and Huntington.
Elizabeth Emerson: Betsy is a retired clinical worker, having spent her working life in Massachusetts. After moving to Richmond in 2008 to be near her son and his family, she and her partner Jane Van Landingham established Two Grammas Farm with a starter flock of five Shetland sheep (which has grown) and seven chickens. Betsy volunteers at the Joint Urban Ministry Project in Burlington and sings in the choir at her church. She enjoys cross country skiing, walking and knitting. In Richmond she leads a small knitting group at Richmond Terrace and is a member of the Grange and Hale and Hearty. She would very much like to see a Community Senior Center which provides a good ongoing fitness program.
Deborah Worthley:Debbie is a native Vermonter and resident of Huntington since 1972. She is a UVM alum, both undergraduate and graduate. Debbie retired from UVM after a 30-year career that included adult education, development of UVM’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Gerontology education. In Huntington she has served on the Brewster Pierce school board, the Senior Housing Committee and the HERO senior support program. Gardening, cross country skiing, walking, and dabbling in drawing are some of her interests. She looks forward to the reality of a permanent home for the Community Senior Center, a gathering place for continuous growth, learning and good company.
Mary O'Neil: Mary O’Neil, a native of Burlington, has been a resident of Richmond since 1973. She has a bachelors degree in Business Education from Trinity College and a M.Ed. from the University of Vermont. Mary retired from teaching at CVUHS in 2002. She is a member of the Our Community Cares Camp board and enjoys participating in various church, civic and educational groups and activities. A firm believer in lifelong education, Mary looks forward to the opportunities a community senior center will provide.
Velma Plouffe: Velma, who has lived in Richmond 40 years is originally from Royalton, VT and came to Burlington in 1963 to go to college. She has an associate degree from Champlain College and a bachelor of arts in secondary education and mathematics from Trinity College. Her professional experience is in the administrative/financial field, (having worked twenty years at IBM), teaching computer applications and mathematics to middle school students and serving as Richmond Town Clerk and Treasure for 14 years. She has been involved in volunteer work for the Richmond community, church and schools, in addition to other organizations such as the Richmond Historical Society, Hale and Hearty Club and Richmond Foot Clinic.
Catherine Coggio: Catherine, a native of Everett, MA, has lived in Richmond since 1967. Her sixth child was born here. Catherine is a retired RN who has worked in both psychiatry and school nursing. She has always been involved in her community and now devotes time to the Community Senior Center, in addition to other organizations such as the Richmond Historical Society, Hale and Hearty Club, and Richmond Foot Clinic.
Martha Nye: Martha, who has lived in Richmond since 1987, is originally from Lewis County, NY, and is retired from a career in non-profit development. Her current interests include woodturning, genealogy and advocating for a community senior center that fully enhances our lives.
Jane Vossler:Jane has lived in Richmond since 1990 and is retired from a career in teaching. She currently volunteers at the Richmond Food Shelf and Thrift Store, tutors English at Vermont Adult Learning, reads aloud to seniors, writes for the Times Ink and teaches evening courses at CVU's Access Program. She loves to read, garden, kayak, and travel.
Doris Wheelock: Doris Wheelock was born and raised in Merrimack, New Hampshire. She has been a resident in the town of Bolton for the past 29 years. Doris is currently employed at Global Foundries and previously worked 31 years at IBM. She graduated in the last class from Trinity College with an associate degree in Business Administration. For the past 14 years Doris has volunteered to provide meals once a month for the seniors in the town of Bolton. Her passions are providing nutritional meals and serving others. She is committed to seeing the development of a Community Senior Center to serve the communities of Richmond, Huntington and Bolton.
Lowell Nelson:Has lived in Richmond since 1987, is originally from Auburn Hills, MI.