“We will have a lot going on, and we want people to come down and check us out,” Quilter said. “We want to offer programs that people want or we aren’t serving their needs.”
The holiday luncheon at Tivoli Terrace is one of the seniors’ favorite activities, and the opening of the new center won’t change that if at least two past presidents have any say in the matter.
“If asked to vote I’d say we celebrate at Tivoli and play cards at the center,” Pauline Walpin said.
Louise Buckley said the Tivoli luncheon has become a tradition that she favors and would fight to continue.
Other past presidents introduced by Quilter at the luncheon included Virginia Schott, Skipper Lynn and Marthann Newton, all of whom contributed so much to the realization of a modern, gracious center of for the seniors.
“It’s beyond my wildest expectations,” said Capital Campaign Co-Chair Ann Quilter. “It is going to be fabulous. And we are working hard to furnish it so it doesn’t look like an institution.”
She thanked the city for its contributions.
“Sometimes the city gets a bad rap, but they have been wonderful,” Quilter said.
The city was well represented at the luncheon. Mayor Kelly Boyd and his wife, Michelle, attended. along with council members Toni Iseman and Verna Rollinger, Mayor Pro Tem Elizabeth Pearson — revered by the seniors for her early and steadfast support for their center — City Clerk Martha Anderson, City Treasurer Laura Parisi, Assistant City Manager John Pietig, Community Services Director Susan Cannan, Senior Center Coordinator Patty Koss and Vic Opincar, Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee member.