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Submitted by the Orcas Island Seniors Center.

15 minutes per week Qi Gong workshop

Soothe the mind and strengthen the body with the Ease Please Qigong series by Joan Roulac. These quick 15-minute sessions will gently release tight muscles, boost immunity, establish better balance, and increase energy. This gentle practice is like visiting your chiropractor for a vibratory tune-up. The fees for the Wednesday and Thursday Ease Please series are $ 40. The December series begins Wednesday December 1 at 9 a.m. and Thursday December 2 at 12:30 p.m. and weekly thereafter via Zoom.

Joan has been teaching Qigong and T’ai Chi Chih since her accreditation by Justin Stone in 1987 and has taught thousands of students in California, Oregon and Washington.

For all inquiries and registration, please contact Joan Roulac directly at 360-298-2789 or [email protected]

Orcas Seniors Center says goodbye to Lynnette Wood

Orcas Senior Center bids farewell to Lynnette Woods, who has served tirelessly on the Orcas District Committee (ODC) for three years and has served as its chair since 2019. The ODC is the governing body of the OSC and operates under the Senior Services Council. of San Juan County (Council). Lynnette’s tenure with ODC has come to an end and she leaves an incredible legacy, having renewed and strengthened the organization on many levels. During the pandemic shutdown, she maintained OSC services and facilitated the development of the buddy registration program in response to the COVID-19 isolation. The “Meeting of Minds” lecture series was started by Lynnette and includes topics of interest about the San Juan Islands, from frogs and fish to air quality monitoring. Her strong leadership is revealed in many examples: she helped recruit even more members to the ODC, advised the hiring of additional staff, worked on the implementation of improved functional systems and operating rules. and strengthened working relationships with San Juan County staff. As an applied mathematician, Lynnette provided statistical support for the 2017 OSC Senior Needs Assessment, which is part of the reason why the new Home Maintenance and Repair Pilot Program was developed. She also balanced the OSC’s budget and updated bookkeeping practices and software, which will allow the OSC to continue to operate smoothly to serve seniors and adults with disabilities in our community.

Lynnette’s accomplishments don’t end there, but we know that instead she would like to thank all of the amazing staff, volunteers and partners she has worked with to make all of these positive changes possible. The OSC looks forward to its new President, Tom Eversole, to take the reins, and they are very pleased that Vice-President, Elsie Pamuk, continues in her role. Thank you, Lynnette, and we look forward to seeing you around the OSC again… but not in the meetings!

Home maintenance support for GiveOrcas

GiveOrcas is here and Orcas Senior Center is seeking donations for the new Home Repair and Maintenance (HM&R) pilot program. One of the main barriers to aging well on Orcas is the reduced ability of seniors and adults with disabilities to maintain a safe home. The project stems from a critical need that was discovered as part of the HM&R Feasibility Study funded by a grant from the Orcas Island Community Foundation. He shed light on the fact that many seniors and adults with disabilities are unable to cope with home repairs and ranked this even higher than health issues. Today, the problem is compounded by the fact that many entrepreneurs in the San Juan Islands are currently too busy to take on small projects.

The one-year HM&R pilot program will connect seniors and adults with disabilities with contractors to perform maintenance and repairs, allowing them to age safely in their homes.

Would you help the OSC launch the HM&R pilot program so seniors and adults with disabilities can age well in their homes? Please consider making a donation December 1-15 at giveorcas.org. To learn more, visit orcasseniors.org.


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