Last month we highlighted 2017's most popular programs from the trips, transportation and event categories.
This month, we're trying something different; we're going to look at innovative events.
This will (hopefully) give all of us insight into potential new
programs to offer - events that might be new and hip. In the spirit of the Olympics, it's like being the first to jump onto the curling bandwagon.
As an aside, a new curling barn just opened
about an hour from Boston and we can't wait to participate in our first Bonspiel (curling tournament)!
Let's have a look at all the new and innovative programs you organized for your participants last year.
Welcome to...Fun Facts - the BONSPIEL edition
Don't forget to vote for your favorite logos! We'll recap the results next month. See the section on the left called "It's Time To Vote!" for more information
and then click the Gold Medal:
Sure, everbody has Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Valentine's Day, Veterans Day, St. Patrick's Day or other standard holiday celebrations, but some Centers go the extra mile to
celebrate oddball "holiday" and theme days. These are all events that are held on specific days of the year (in chronological order):
Our favorite St. Patrick's Day-themed event in 2017 was called 'Corned Beef and Crap'. Hilarious!
The North Olmsted, OH Senior Center held their 8th Annual International Food Cook-Off fundraiser in November. Area chefs and senior living facilities cook internationally-inspired cuisine
and compete for the People's Choice Award. Tickets are $5 and all proceeds go to the Senior Center. Awesome job Jackie, Tiffany and team!
Speaking of food, BBQs, fish fries and clambakes were big in 2017. Here are some of the more popular or creatively named events:
Due to the horrible increase in financial scams on seniors, we saw many programs in 2017 dedicated to awareness and prevention. Most of these programs were performed by, or in conjunction
with, local police departments. This is not only a great way to help reduce the risk of scams, but also to build relationships with local public safety personnel. Some of the more popular
class names included: Scam Awareness, Fraud Prevention Seminar, Scam Jam, Scam and Fraud Talk, Scams: No Joke, and our favorite, Coffee with a Cop. We expect that these will
become even more common in 2018.
Thank you to Shonna Halterman from Clovis, CA for the idea to highlight new, rare and innovative events in an issue of Fun Facts. Finding them is a little tough and we relied heavily on
anecdotes from many of you. We think this is just scratching the surface though and would love to highlight more innovative programs. Please
send us an email let us know about a program (or two) your Center runs that you think is unique.
Based on how many we receive it could become a regular feature in Fun Facts.
Help out the Network by voting for your favorite logos. Your opinions will greatly benefit Centers who are looking to re-brand in the near future. Just click any of the three Gold Medals above,
on the left or below. Keep an eye out for the results next month!