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2014 VISION Award Winner Jim & Doris McLeaster

Congratulations to James and Doris McLeaster for winning the 2014 Esther McDermott Spirit and V.I.S.I.O.N. Award. The McLeasters have provided outstanding volunteer service to the Senior Center and City of Westerville for more than 13 years.
Jim has served on the Senior Center Advisory Board as well as on the Westerville Serving Our Seniors Board. Doris and Jim have been instrumental in ensuring the success of Snowflake Castle as well as the annual Senior Center Garage Sale.
 Jim & Doris McLeaster VISION winners






Westerville Senior Center Earns National Accreditation 

   Members of the Accreditation
team include Senior Center staff,
Senior Advisory Board Members
and Jay Morgan, NISC Board Member.
Last year the Westerville Senior Center set out to earn the highest honor bestowed on Senior Centers - National Accreditation. The National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC), created recognized standards rooted in nine different categories that thoroughly evaluate and scrutinize a Senior Center’s facilities, programs and operations.

The Westerville Senior Center team completed the self evaluation process, collected the necessary documentation, and mailed the large document to NISC headquarters. Two fellow senior services professionals meticulously scoured over the Center’s documents. Following this, one of the two reviewers made a visit to Westerville to view firsthand the Center’s operations and further validate the Center’s claims.

Recently the Westerville Senior Center received word that they were officially an Accredited Center! There are an estimated 15,000 senior centers in the U.S. today with only about 200 currently accredited. That puts Westerville into the top 1% of senior centers nationally.

Emerson Elementary School and Senior Center Card Project

Emerson 5th Grade Class, with teacher Bethany Morris, crafted 400 greeting cards. 365 (one year's worth) of these cards were donated to the Westerville Senior Center.

Present to receive them were Senior Center Members Pat and Howard Freund, Robin and Roger Howard, and Phyllis Self, Recreation and Operations Superintendent for the Westerville Parks and Recreation Department.

Senior Center Wins OPRA Award of Excellence

At the recent Ohio Parks and Recreation Association's annual meeting the Westerville Senior Center was awarded first place in the older adult programming category for their musical Thanks for the Memories - A USO Tribute Show. The show changed the lives of so many deserving older adults. The participants in the performance made several new life-long friendships as they gave back to their community standing together and peddling their passion for performance.

The show was written in-house through the countless hours of talented volunteers who diligently created a time-honored and entertaining masterpiece which delighted hundreds in attendance. Finally, and most importantly, was the opportunity to raise money to send 29 deserving WWII veterans to Washington D.C. so they may see firsthand the monuments erected in their honor.

 OPRA Banq Acceptance Randy/Phyllis/Chris




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