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Friendship Centers of Emmet County welcomes Denneen Smith

IMG 2804Dear Friends,

I am honored, humbled and excited
to serve as the new Executive Director for Friendship Centers of Emmet County (FCEC). My name is Denneen Smith and I have worked in our community for over 21 years providing services to youth, families, individuals and seniors. Much of my career has been dedicated to partnering with community organizations, government entities and private businesses for the greater good of individuals within Emmet County. I have a Master’s degree in Human Services and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. I reside in Alanson with my husband of 24 years, Frank, and our two sets of girl/boy twins; Makenna, Connor, Delaney and Ryder. We live on our family’s centennial farm where we have cattle, chickens, dogs and a gold fish!


Thanks to individuals, families and the community, Friendship Centers of Emmet County has demonstrated continuous growth since its humble beginnings as a drop in center in the 1960’s and I am excited about the opportunities that lay ahead! I look forward to working with those who attend the Centers (whom I will refer to as “Friends”), the FCEC staff and the Board of Directors to enhance programs that are effective and provide foresight to future endeavors. I am thankful to Sue Engel, former Executive Director, for eighteen years of dedication and commitment to FCEC and am thrilled that she will continue on staff as a part-time nurse. 


In the days ahead, I will be visiting each center and would be grateful to hear from “Friends” who are willing to share stories and experiences related to Friendship Centers of Emmet County. This information is important to me as I learn and grow in this position and begin to chart a course for the future. I will be connecting with my colleagues in the community to remind them of the FCEC mission: “…to ensure that all senior citizens have the opportunities, information, and services necessary to live healthy, safe, and active lives in dignity,” and to work toward further collaboration for the benefit of seniors.

I am excited to serve in this capacity and begin this journey together! With your assistance, we will continue on the road of stability and development, leaving a lasting legacy to Emmet County. 


Kind regards,
Denneen Smith, Executive Director
Friendship Centers of Emmet County 

 
UPCOMING EVENTS!

Faces and Places Art Show
FCEC will host the Faces and Places Art Show, under the instruction of local artist Robert Scudder, on Monday, September 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Art Show will feature still life and landscapes by artists ages 60 and older. Exhibitis will be on display to the public, free of charge, at the Petoskey Friendship Center, 1322 Anderson Road. The FCEC Painting Group has been meeting for over twenty years. The class is held on Mondays at 12:30 p.m. in the multi-purpose room of the Petoskey Friendship Center. For more information, contact the Council on Aging at (231) 347-3211 or (888) 347-0369.

Scam Protection
Lieutenant Rodwell from the Emmet County Sheriff Department will have a short presentation during lunch on Tuesday, September 26 at the Petoskey Friendship Center about types of scams and how to avoid them.

Shuffleboard Come and enjoy the fun at the Petoskey Friendship Center on Mondays and Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m. All levels of play are welcome and instructions is available for beginners. Shuffleboard is a great way to stay active and get some fresh air, while enjoying the view of the beautiful Little Traverse Bay.

FCEC Theater
The Sense of and Ending will be playing on Wednesday, September 27 at 1:00 p.m. The mystery-drama film is about an older man who leads a reclusive and quiet existence until secrets from his past force him to face his first love and the consequences of decisions made long ago.

Food Presentation
On Thursday, September 28, Coveyou Scenic Farm Market will provide a Farm-to-Senior food presentation at the Petoskey Friendship Center at 11:30 a.m.

Bake Sale
Stop by the Petoskey Friendship Center on Wednesday, October 5 to purchase a sweet treat for you and a friend. The sale begins at 9:00 a.m. and lasts until the goodies are gone. Donations can be dropped off prior to the sale.






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Friendship Centers

Petoskey Friendship Center
1322 Anderson Road
(231) 347-3211
(888) 347-0369

Brutus Huber Center
6436 E Brutus Road
(231) 529-8803

Pellston Friendship Center
6274 W Edgar
(231) 539-8201

Board of Directors Finance Mtgs

2017 Finance Committee Meetings
2:30 p.m.
(except December)

January 26
February 23
March 23
April 27
May 25*
June 22

July 27
August 24
September 28**
October 26
November 16
December
(no meeting)

Meetings held at the
Petoskey Friendship Center Library
*Meeting held at the Huber Senior Center, Brutus MI

**Meeting held at the Pellston Friendship Center, Pellston MI

Board of Directors Mtgs

2017 Meetings
3:00 p.m.
(unless noted)

January 26
February 23
March 23
April 27
May 22
May 25*
June 22
July 18
(4:00 p.m.)
July 27
August 22
(1:00 p.m.)
August 24
September 28**
October 26
November 16
December 14
(1:30 p.m.)

Meetings held at the
 Petoskey Friendship Center Library
*Meeting held at the Huber Senior Center, Brutus MI
**Meeting held at the Pellston Friendship Center, Pellston MI

Winter Weather Policy

If Petoskey Public Schools are closed due to weather, the Petoskey, Pellston, and Huber Centers will be closed and all services will be suspended at all locations. Meals on Wheels will not be delivered on these days.

If Pellston Public Schools are closed due to weather, the Pellston Center will be closed. If Petoskey Schools are open on this day, all other services will be operating as usual.

If either Pellston or Alanson Public Schools are closed due to weather, the Huber (Brutus) Center will be closed. If the Petoskey Schools are open on this day, all other services will be operating as usual.

Save Your Grocery Receipts

We appreciate grocery receipts from Oleson's Markets and D&W Fresh Markets. You may bring receipts into any one of our Centers or mail them to FCEC, 1322 Anderson Road, Petoskey, MI 49770. This is a great way to bring in additional dollars to support our programs.

Vial of Life

We feel that the Vial of Life is a most important program for protecting seniors. We are proud to offer Vial of Life decals and forms to the community.

We thank American Senior Safety Agency Medical Alert Systems for donating these decals to our organization.


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