- 2018 Posts
- Caregiver Specialist Heather Resnick on Caregiver Support
- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
- Center Launches North Shore Senior Options
- On Blindness, Alzheimer's and Love
- Shared Vision: Winnetka Congregational Church Woman's Society Benevolence Committee
- Protecting Seniors and Adults with Disabilities: Adult Protective Services
- A Jack of All Trades: Al Davis
- Family Tradition: Gone Fishin'
- Dedicated Volunteer: Fern Kamen
- Generous Soul: Mitchell Slotnick
- Assessing the Older Adult Members of your Family
- Giving Back: Fay Goldblatt
- Adult Protective Services (APS) Program Benefits from Shamrock Shindig
- Humble Beginnings: Bobbi Halloran
+ 2017 Posts
- Arts and Crafts at the Center
- #GivingTuesday at North Shore Senior Center
- Leisure Time Well Spent - Daytrips at the Center
- New Advisory Council Formed
- Playreading with Vivian Mitchel
- North Shore Senior Center's Foundation Board
- Wills vs. Trusts
- Joan Golder Distinguished Senior Lecture Series showcased actor Mike Nussbaum
- 20/20 Corporate Campaign
- Functional Fitness: Training for Everyday Life
- Benefits of Pet Therapy for People with Memory Loss
- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Benefit from Oktoberfest
- Small Screen Big Stars: Oh What a Night!
- Sharing a Common Thread
- Helping You Make Informed Choices for Care
- 2017 Janet Burgoon Philanthropic Excellence Award for Distinguished Community Partner
- 2017 Janet Burgoon Philanthropic Excellence Award for Dedicated Corporation
- 2017 Janet Burgoon Philanthropic Excellence Award for Outstanding Philanthropist
- Special Needs Trusts
- Gifts in Kind Increase the Center's Impact
- Enrich your Life with Lifelong Learning
- A Little TLC Goes a Long Way
- PEARLS: Reducing Symptoms of Depression Home-based Counseling Services Available
- Big Stars to Chair Annual Benefit
- Evanston Community Foundation
- Million Dollar Round Table Foundation
- Super Senior Day
- New Physical Therapy Services Now Available at North Shore Senior Center!
- Stroke Prevention Tips
- Why Powers of Attorney are Important to You!
- Get Expert Help with Your Tax Returns
- North Shore Senior Center Awarded Gold Status for Philanthropic Efforts
- Fitness as a Goal for Life
- Men's Club Offers Unique Programs to Community
- Spread the Love at North Shore Senior Center
- Jean Griswold Foundation supports House of Welcome Adult Day Services
- "I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for people." - Maya Angelou
- "A true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart." - Zeus from Hercules
- Winter Safety and Health Tips
- "A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." - Joseph Campbell
- A Granddaughter's Love for her Grandmother
- Six Things to Consider Before Making Gifts to Grandchildren
- Lending Closet for Durable Medical Equipment at North Shore Senior Center
- Seniors Can Save Lives by Donating Blood
+ 2016 Posts
- Lifelong Learning Catalog Wins International Award for Best Brochure
- Life Stories are Gifts that Keep on Giving
- Visiting Aging Parents During the Holidays
- Edna Weber Garden of Light Wing at the House of Welcome
- Learn More About What Makes This World Tick
- 60 Years of Service: Advocacy
- 60 Years of Service: Compassion
- Myrna and John Cruikshank, III: Steady and Committed Philanthropists
- Kenilworth United Fund: Longstanding, Civic-Minded Community Partner
- Radford Green at Sedgebrook: Dedicated Corporation and Vested Supporter
- Simple Tips to Improve Your Balance
- 60 Years of Service: Creativity
- Daily Money Management Fosters Peace of Mind
- Opportunities for Learning, Exploring, and Connecting
- The Edna Weber "Garden of Light" Wing
- Protecting Vulnerable Seniors: Adult Protective Services Promotes Quality of Life
- Top Ten Reasons Why Older Adults Continue to Work
- Super Seniors We Admire!
- Scams and Fraud: Protect Yourself
- The State's Devastating Impact on Our Budget
- North Shore Senior Center Southern Hub Moves to Niles
- Alzheimer's Family Support Group
- Evanston Support Group for Family Caregivers
- Family Caregiver Support Group in Skokie
+ 2015 Posts
- Music + Dance + Dialogue = A Musical!
- Flex and Strengthen Your Muscles
- Generous & Caring Corporate Citizen
- More Than Service and Fellowship
- Art Gallery a "Hidden Gem" at North Shore Senior Center
- Sound Off on Hearing Loss
- Making Sense of American Poltics
- Fitness Center Enhances More Than Muscle Strength
- Virtual View of Art: From the Basics to Specialties
- Social Connections are a Key to Successful Aging
- North Shore Senior Center Celebrates Super Seniors!
- Super Senior Spotlight
- What is a Senior Center?
- MDRT Foundation Aids Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program
- Social Worker Reaches Out to Seniors in Need
- How to Achieve Your Healthiest Brain Yet
- AmazonSmile: Your Online Shopping Can Help NSSC!
+ 2014 Posts
Super Senior SpotlightMay 15, 2015
By Maura Rogan, Director of Volunteer Services and Community Engagement
What makes someone a Super Senior? When it comes to the honored volunteers at our May 21 Super Senior Day, I find the common thread is an extraordinary commitment to one’s volunteer role and to his or her organization.
This year marks the 42nd annual Super Senior Day at North Shore Senior Center. During this festive event, volunteers from area organizations (such as libraries, churches and synagogues, clubs, and senior communities) are honored. It is a day to celebrate their work and their passion as honorees receive a corsage or boutonniere and enjoy a lovely lunch and musical performance. The day culminates with a recognition ceremony during which each volunteer stands while a statement is read about his or her service.
For the past 13 years, Super Senior Day has been planned by Vivian Mitchel, the Center’s Program Manager of Travel & Enrichment. I remember when Vivian first told me the story of her mother being recognized as a Super Senior back in 1982. The importance of this recognition to her mother was made very clear when, 18 years later upon her death, Vivian found the Super Senior pin in her mother’s jewelry box.
For 2015, North Shore Senior Center’s honoree is Cheri Nolan. In the past decade, Cheri has volunteered tirelessly for the Center, displaying and selling items at Mim’s Gift Shop (the Center’s shop of donated and handmade treasures.) Merchandise at Mim’s changes weekly and the shop brings in more than $30,000 annually – critical funds that help the Center offer an array of programs and services for seniors and their families. Cheri volunteers at least two days weekly at Mim’s, sometimes coming in extra hours to prepare one of her beautiful table displays. “The June wedding table is my favorite,” she says. “It’s filled with all of our best pieces – silver, crystal, and white linen and china. Everyone oohs and ahhs; I love that.”
With a professional background in display, Cheri has an eye for color and layout and you can see her touch everywhere. She goes the extra mile – literally – to enhance the shop’s offerings and appearance. On more than one occasion, Cheri has been out running errands on foot and has come across a store that is getting rid of display racks or shelves. She has physically carried them home to bring them to the Center. Once, she was on an excursion and brought back, by train, a book case that a store was throwing out!
It’s that level of commitment that Super Senior Day celebrates. And I’ll admit it right now—I have never made it through the event without getting teary. There is something incredibly moving about being amongst these individuals, many of whom are in their 80s and 90s, who give of their time and talents so completely. Each has made a choice to devote their time to an organization, and all of them approach their work with a tremendous ethic and sense of responsibility. There’s a joy experienced by these volunteers from their giving—and a pride.