New faces appear on FOSC board

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By The Staff

As old faces left the Friends of the Senior Center (FOSC) Board of Directors, new ones appeared.  

Jim Strapp and Lorraine Thorn were nominated and approved to step on board during the directors’ meeting and luncheon Dec. 11.

FOSC Treasurer John Stewart nominated Thorn, who works at the Betty Ehart Senior Center, and member Krik Krikorian nominated Strapp, who is a member of the Steering Committee for the White Rock Master Plan.

Although new members are now serving the boards, FOSC has had to deal with the loss of several members.

The current board lost former member Marty Holland this year. Holland was key in the success of FOSC accomplishments and had previously been honored as a Los Alamos Living Treasure. Board members said Holland will be missed by the group for his work, his humor and his fantastic stories.

Prior to his retirement from the board, Don Keigher has served in the role of board members, president and past president. Keigher has overseen many projects during his tenure and many years prior to the establishment of the FOSC organization and the Betty Ehart Center itself.

His most recent accomplishment has been to complete the Memorial Trees project. Seniors have donated funds to honor the seniors lost in the community with a ceremonial tree planting.

The board also lost Jerry Bower this year. Bower’s service to the center, the community and area youth will be forever showcased in the Bower Garden at the BESC Center, which he worked to create. Once funds are raised, the work to refinish the pergola will be donated by Dick Tatro and RSVP volunteers.

The FOSC board of directors officially began on June 12, 1996 and has approximately 200 members, 65 of which attended the luncheon.

Bev Keenan, Faith Stephens and Bill and Geneva Stoms were instrumental in the creation of the FOSC.

“They worked very hard in numerous ways in the early days,” current President Mary Brooks said.

The Stoms did a large amount of the baking in the early days to acquire the funds needed to pursue the 501-c (3), nonprofit status. The bake sales, generally held at Fuller Lodge, were successful.

The Friends of the Senior Center organization has seen only three presidents and two vice presidents during its 13-year history. The work of the board involves meeting the needs that arise at the Betty Ehart Senior Center and White Rock Senior Center and helping to secure additional monies to solve them.

This year, the board work included subscriptions to the Wall Street Journal, a flatware retriever for the lunchroom, paying to tune two center pianos, the purchase of two rocking chairs, helping to finance a steamer for the kitchen and purchasing books for the BESC library.

The FOSC has also recently returned the computer lab fund to the BESC computer users group, which pays for the center’s Internet connection.

The board continuously collects contributions. Donations of $100 or more are recognized on the Century Club roster that hangs in the entryway to the Great Room. Any donations received by the FOSC treasurer prior to Dec. 31 are eligible to be used as a 2009 tax deduction.

Pauline  Powell Schneider, Los Alamos Retired and Senior Organization director, said she is quite proud of the work of the FOSC Board and is always willing to lavish praise on their helpful nature.

“They are consistently contributing to enhancing our senior centers,” Schneider said.

To find out about joining the Friends of the Senior Center or to make a tax deductible donation, call Schneider at 662-8920.