In response to letters regarding the Gig Harbor Senior Club, we are fairly new; building a viable organization takes time.
Four years ago, we had no senior club. Since it opened in 2009, I’ve been an active member who appreciates the many services offered.
An individual’s annual fee amounts to $1.90 a week; $3.60 per couple (that’s $1.68 each)! Can’t buy a cup of coffee a week for that.
Yes, there are some disadvantages under the Boys & Girls Club. Our own phone listing, better public identification and more visibility are needed. Even with some drawbacks, the Boys & Girls Club provides many resources, and that makes it financially possible for the senior club’s existence.
Members can make the club as “real” as they wish. No van? The club can’t please everyone, but lobby for your wishes without denigrating what is offered. Transportation was never promised, nor is the club an adult day care facility. It’s is the active retirement and senior club, where seniors participate in fun, healthy activities, make friends and socialize.
Some of the dozens of free activities geared to seniors: exercise and computer classes, Nintendo WII games and health services that focus on seniors are free or inexpensive. At tax time, AARP is on site with free tax help. The coordinator encourages member involvement, works diligently for us, and they are knowledgeable and dedicated to building a robust organization.