First interest shown by group of individuals concerning program for senior citizens. Dr. William Wellman invited local leaders to a dinner to discuss how to address the needs of the elderly in this area.
City-wide Meeting on Aging held in North Hall of Mayo Civic Auditorium
Rochester Recreation Department started a Monday and Friday afternoon program in North Hall of Mayo Civic Auditorium
First employee, Miss Angela Kelly, hired to work part-time, compiling and tabulain the information from a survey that was distributed to area residents.
At Miss Kelly’s suggestion, her position was abolished until more services were needed.
Group incorporated and the official beginning of Senior Citizens Services, Inc. came into being.
Senior Citizens Services Inc. employed its first full-time Director, Miss Grace Gordon. Program then was increased to 5 days a week.
Moved to the American Legion area in the South Hall of Mayo Civic Auditorium. Day Center opened.
Rochester Recreation Department withdrew from senior citizens program.
Senior Citizens Services, Inc. moved into the Balfour House at 427 6th Avenue SW.
Three year Demonstration Grant was awarded to Senior Citizens Services, Inc.
First Executive Director, Roger Stasek, was hired.
Grace Gordon retires as Director
Membership = 211 and Attendance = 6,418 at year end.
Six county satellite centers were started: Byron, Chatfield, Eyota, Oronoco, Pine Island and Stewartville.
First full-time Program Director, Mrs. Mildred Alexander, was hired at Balfour House.
First city satellite center started at Town Hall Estates with a 2-day per week program.
Semi-monthly noon luncheons began at Balfour House.
Second city satellite center started at Samaritan Bethany with a 2-day per week program.
Senior Citizens Services, Inc. began a transportation program (through Minnesota Title III Project) with a 25-passenger bus providing daily service.
Weekly noon luncheons began at Salvation Army in lieu of semi-monthly luncheons at the Balfour House.
A third day of activities added to the weekly Town Hall Estates program.
First Nutrition Director hired.
Senior Citizens Services, Inc. relinquished its control of the Pine Island satellite program.
Five-day week Title VII Nutrition Program began.
Second half-day added to county satellites.
Senior Citizens Services, Inc. moved from Balfour House to Park Towers.
Discontinued Samaritan Bethany program.
Daily 5-day week activities began at Park Towers.
Beginning of meals program in Eyota, Byron and Stewartville.
Free book delivery to shut-ins via the Center’s bus.
Membership = 1773 and Attendance = 43,434 at year-end.
Bus service provided for Foster Grandparent Program.
First Secretary for Nutrition Program hired.
Began health programs through the Public Health Center – 4th Wednesday of each month.
The meal service in Eyota was increased from one to two days per week.
A social worker from Social Services was designated to visit our meal sites and accept referrals from our Agency.
First annual Senior Citizens Volunteer Day held.
Meal service at Chatfield discontinued.
An expanded physical fitness program was instituted.
Property tax and rent rebate assistance extended to the county satellites.
The Board of Directors moved to proceed with negotiations to obtain Armory.
An Outreach worker was employed through the Nutrition Program on a part-time basis.
Rochester City Council purchases “old armory” property from the MN Dept. of the Military at the cost of $45,000 to turn the building into a Senior Center.
The meal service in Eyota and Stewartville was increased from two to three days a week. Meal service in Byron discontinued.
Lifetime Membership was initiated for $30 per person. 126 people became Lifetime members.
Demolition of the Armory interior was started.
Senior Citizens Services, Inc. Program Directors worked at Disaster Assistance Centers aiding senior citizen flood victims. Free transportation was provided for these flood victims to the centers.
Public Health Nursing program for senior citizens was cut back.
Membership = 1,940 and Attendance = 53,940 at year end.
Agency moved into its new permanent quarters – the Armory. First janitor-maintenance person employed.
Programs officially began in new Center. Community Education program began at Center.
An open house was held at the new Center and an estimated 1,500 people attended.
A volunteer hostess program was instituted at the Center.
Membership = 2,403 and Attendance = 65,671 at year end.
Legal Aid started working out of the Center.
Membership Dues increased from $1.00 to $8.00 annually and $50.00 for Lifetime Membership. Before 1963, membership was free.
An Outreach worker was employed through Title III-B of the Older Americans Act. (Advocacy Program)
The third floor of the Center was completed and dedicated in honor of Mr. Fred Reed.
City of Rochester approved funding of $18,000 to finish the remodeling of the Center.
Senior Citizens’ bus was sold and transportation program discontinued due to lack of funds.
The Elderberry Gift Shop opened on the 2nd floor of the Center.
Silver Treads Square Dance Club was formed at the Center
County Commissioners informed Senior Citizens Services, Inc. they would no longer support the Agency.
Southeastern Minnesota Area Agency on Aging moved into the Library area and will remain there rent-free until July, 1982.
Library moves to the 2nd floor of the Center
Foster Grandparent program moves into a lower level office of the Center.
Due to financial cutbacks, the County Satellite program and the part-time Program Leader at the Center were discontinued at month’s end.
Held 1st annual City-Wide Prayer Breakfast
A second in-city meal site was started at Redeemer Lutheran Church.
Assistance in filing property tax refunds began. This was undertaken as a direct result of budget cuts at the Minnesota Department of Revenue.
The Senior Citizens Memorial Foundation was established and received its charter.
Began presenting “Monthly Advocacy Updates” to surrounding communities – Stewartville, Eyota, Oronoco, Dover, Byron and the two Rochester meal sites.
Membership dues increased to $12.00 annually and $175.00 for Lifetime Membership.
The S.C.S. Club raised their annual donation to the Center from $6,000 to $8,000.
Conducted a city-wide canvassing of senior citizens providing them with information about the Center’s programs.
Assumed the Share-A-Home program which was previously handled through Channel One.
Stewartville meal site increased its meal service from three to five days per week.
Notary Public service was made available.
Free dental check program began.
Paging and speaker system installed in building.
Part-time Meal Site Coordinator and Dining Secretary positions became one full-time position.
Celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Senior Citizens Services, Inc.
Began computerization with the purchase of two computers.
The third City Meal Site opened at Peace United Church of Christ.
First Director of Development, Darry Welde, hired.
Stewartville Meal Site moved to new Stewartville Civic Center.
Began Senior Citizens Services, Inc. sponsored activities at the new Stewartville Civic Center.
Senior Citizens Trip Program was contracted to Rochester City Bus Lines.
The Kitchen Band began practicing and entertaining at the Senior Citizens Center.
Celebrated 10 years of being in “The Armory” with an open house.
The Senior Citizens Center was named “Outstanding Center of the Region” by SEMAAA.
Began a fundraising partnership with Barlow Foods. Barlow’s donated 1% of total register sale tape dollars that were turned in.
First annual “Retired Treasures Sale” was held.
Sandy Retzlaff retired as editor of the monthly newsletter.
Lifetime membership fee was raised to $250.00.
City of Rochester assisted Senior Citizens Services, Inc. with a grant of $31,000 to offset utilities expense.
Major fundraiser planned to address future financial hardships. The first annual Million Dollar Hole-In-One golf event was staged at the Olmsted Co. Fairgrounds and netted over $10,000.
City of Rochester leased the parking lot north of the Center to Senior Citizens Services, Inc. This is the first Center regulated parking area in the history of the Agency.
City of Rochester increased its financial support to $39,500 for the Center’s utilities.
ABC began doing dishes for the Senior Center.
The first monthly All-You-Can-Eat Chicken Dinner was served to 120 people.
Membership dues were raised from $15.00 to $25.00 yearly. Lifetime Memberships were eliminated for new sales.
First annual Walk Around the Clock fundraiser was held.
Annual Million Dollar Hole-In-One golf event changed from 5 days to 4 days for tax reasons.
New carpet was installed on the first and second floors.
The Senior Citizens Center went smoke free.
Roger Stasek retired after 30 years as Executive Director.
Sally Gallagher was promoted from Program Director to Executive Director.
New Dining Site opened at Northgate Plaza high-rise.
The SeniorNet Computer Lab opened.
Million Dollar Hole-In-One event was held at Meadow Lakes Golf Club instead of fairgrounds.
New Dining Site opened at Park Towers high-rise.
Power assisted doors were installed at both entrances. This was made possible by a donation from A.F. of L. Labor Temple Association.
Updated the heating and cooling system of the Center.
Installed a file server for all computers.
Hired first Director of Development–Darry Welde.
Remodeled 2nd floor offices (former smoking lounges).
Installed new 3rd floor window at front of building.
The Community Education Director, Sandy Retzlaff, retired. The position was not refilled.
Installed new alarm and security system.
Adopted new Mission Statement: “…to provide programs and services for all older adults which encourage an active, healthy and independent lifestyle.”
Membership dues changed to $27 per person or $50 per couple.
Added a new position of part-time Recreation Assistant.
The Senior Citizens Center connected to the Internet.
Purchased the Amoco property north of the Senior Citizens Center. Through a Capital Campaign, money was raised to purchase and construct a parking lot.
Received $93,666 from the Maynard Krueger Estate.
Received $20,000 from the Emma Schmidt Estate to make capital improvements to the Center.
Summer hours were implemented – Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Officially closed on the ownership of the Amoco property.
The Center remained open on Thursday evenings for activities.
Held a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the Senior Citizens Center’s new parking lot.
Received $15,000 from Carl & Verna Schmidt Foundation and $5,000 from Frank & Jean Judd designated for building capital improvements.
Due to budget cuts, the Senior Dining Director position will be eliminated as of March 31, 2000.
Held the first “Chocolate Fantasy Plus” fundraiser with over 200 attending.
Share-A-Home Program was closed due to funding cuts.
Program Director began producing the monthly “Newsletter” in house.
Long time Community Ed. Director, Sandy Retzlaff, passed away.
The Dining Program contracted with Head Start to prepare noon meals.
Announced the “Senior Legacy Society” at an estate planning seminar and dinner.
Ceramics Instructor resigned after 13 years.
Replaced 13 windows using a City Block Grant.
Upgraded the heating/cooling controls using a City Block Grant.
Rochester Senior Center Foundation received $225,000 (1/3 of Roy Hesby’s bequest)
Received $25,000 from Carl & Verna Schmidt Foundation ($5,000 for Center/$20,000 for Dining)
Received $5,000 from Jean Judd for building improvements.
Buck Zobel was recipient of the MN Vikings Community Quarterback Award ($3,500 to Center)
Membership for couples was eliminated. Dues are $27.00 per person.
A van was donated by Don and Arlene Strelow for delivering meals to the Dining Sites.
Held 1st annual SeniorNet Lab fundraiser at Outback Steakhouse.
A new dining site was opened at Fontaine Towers.
The 10th annual Hole-In-One fundraiser was held.
Silver Treads Square Dance Club celebrated 20 years.
Rochester Senior Center Foundation received final gift from Roy Hesby’s estate. Total = $668,000
Board Member Florence Schubert was named MN Outstanding Senior Citizen at the State Fair.
Rochester Senior Center’s Club Board changed their name to Advisory Council.
Installed new air conditioning units funded through City Block Grant funds.
Received $5,600 from Carl & Verna Schmidt Foundation.
The Board of Directors voted to continue the Dining Program for one year.
The Board of Directors voted to continue the Advocacy Program for the first quarter of 2002.
Seniors in Touch program ended after 8 years.
Membership dues were raised from $27 to $30 per person.
Rochester Park & Rec. agreed to plow the Center’s parking lot at no cost.
Olmsted County granted the Dining Program a Waivered Meals Contract for those clients.
Decision made to allocate $5,000 for Stewartville Program. County will fund $5,000.
Web site was developed for the Center. www.rochesterseniorcenter.org
Advocacy Program received new Title III-E Caregiver Grant to expand program.
SCS, Club (Advisory Council) no longer meets monthly or has President position.
Held 1st annual “Celebration of Life” event honoring 75 members age 90 or over in attendance.
Received $114,000 from Donald Hardy estate.
The Dining Program received “Employer of the Year” award from ABC.
New carpet was installed on 3rd floor using City Block Grant funds.
New dishwasher installed for Dining Program using City Block Grant funds
Received $15,000 from Carl & Verna Schmidt Foundation
New Dining Site opened at Central Towers.
Held a Winter Hole-In-One event at Rochester Airena Golf Dome
International Friendship Club began and was given office space at Center
Sustained water damage in 1st floor kitchen and dining room. The walk-in cooler pump valve ruptured. Insurance covered.
Sustained water damage – roof leaked due to rainfall. Pool room was closed 3 weeks. Insurance did not cover.
Began our Long-Range Strategic Planning sessions
One-year contract with Blue Cross Blue Shield for a blood pressure machine.
Received $5,000 from the Carl & Verna Schmidt Foundation.
Sustained water damage – sprinkler head in boiler room on 3rd floor malfunctioned. Water damage on all three floors back stairways. Insurance covered.
A new roof was installed and a new air conditioner compressor for 1st floor was installed using City Block Grant funds.
A van was purchased for the Dining Program’s use in delivering meals. Rochester Exchange Club donated $3,000 toward the purchase.
Received the balance of Donald Hardy’s estate – $39,984, for a total of $153,984.
Adopted new mission statement…”A community partnership providing programs, recreation, and services which encourage active, healthy, independent lifestyles for people over 50.
5th annual Chocolate Fantasy fundraiser held with 350 in attendance.
Held year 2003 Annual Meeting and Luncheon.
Began creation of the “First Class Coupon Book” fundraiser.
Held the 22nd annual City-Wide Prayer Breakfast.
The 11th annual Golden Generation Expo was held at Mayo Civic Center.
Held the “First Class Coupon Book” fundraiser unveiling.
Updated the fire protection system and did tuck pointing on the building using CDBG Funds.
Opened Dining Site at High Pointe Senior Housing Complex
New online registration tool created by Board Member Deb Nusbaum and husband Dave.
Electronic Billboard installed
Bathrooms on 2nd floor updated to meet ADA standards using CDBG Funds.
Started in-house bookkeeping and record-keeping using QuickBooks.
Initiated Chair-ity Drive to raise funds to purchase 650 chairs for the Center.
Senior Dining Site in Eyota moved from Holy Redeemer Church to Arbor Gardens. Meals now provided through contract with Arbor Gardens.
Somali Program began due to special funding from the United Way.
2nd Senior Stars on Broadway talent show. (1st one held in 1994)
Castle Café opened offering Monday-Friday Soup/Sandwich/Salad Bar option, open to the public.
Vision statement changed to “Providing opportunities for seniors to age well and be successfully independent.”
Silver Treads Square Dance Club celebrates 25th Anniversary 6-13-06.
Rochester Morning Pride Lions held 1st annual Charity Golf Classic benefitting the Senior Center.
Additional day of Foot Care Clinic now available.
Foundation received anonymous gift of $102,727.
Van donated to the Senior Center to use for programming from the Socrates Futbal Club. Received additional donation of $1900.
Began Meal Service at Salvation Army, Adult Day Program.
Jo Hess retired as the Stewartville Site Coordinator after 20 years of service.
Agency Board of Directors selected Henry Lester & Associates of LaCrosse, WI to conduct research study for the Center.
Heather Larson hired as new Stewartville Site Coordinator.
Implemented cash register system in the Business Office.
Monthly donation book to raise funds for Senior Dining Program now available.
Received 250 chairs from Chair-ity Drive for 1st and 2nd Floors
Rochester Senior Center Foundation voted to purchase assets of Circus World Bingo from Lourdes Foundation.
Received $10,000 grant from the Schmidt Foundation to apply towards start of Respite Program.
New freezer installed using CDBG Funds.
Rochester Senior Center Foundation began operation of Circus World Bingo (CWB).
Chocolate Fantasy Plus cancelled due to low restaurant participation.
Agency and Foundation Board of Directors implemented Drug & Alcohol Testing Policy.
Collaboration with Catholic Charities RSVP Program, providing office space at Center in exchange for assistance with volunteer recruitment.
Rochester Senior Center listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Schmidt Foundation grant transferred to Chair-ity Drive from Respite Program.
Research Study results ready for review by Agency & Foundation Board of Directors.
Sold programming van for $800.
Director of Development Darryl Welde retired.
Held Grand Opening at CWB, now known as Flamingo Bingo. Name suggested by Denise Stachnik
Received $61,000 bequest from Ruth Polzin estate.
Heather Larson resigned as Stewartville Site Coordinator.
Agency Board of Directors voted to continue supporting Stewartville Program for 2 months, will re-evaluate after seeing good progress.
Agency and Foundation Board of Directors adopted recommendations from research study to expand our facility and meet the demands of our growing aging population.
Respite Program began as collaboration with Elder Network, offered twice a month.
Received all-clear from Pollution Control, old Amoco Wells were capped off.
New boilers installed using CDBG Funds.
Hired new Development/Foundation Director, Dean Stenehjem.
Duplicate Bridge class moved to Flamingo Bingo due to space constraints at the Center.
Replaced carpet on 1st floor and 2nd floor (hallways, library, offices 201-204) using CDBG Funds.
Began Community Consensus Process meetings in Stewartville to determine plans for the future.
Chairs from Chair-ity Drive received for Fred Reed Hall.
Held Open House event to kick off evening programs. Offered $10 off membership during the month of September. 102 members joined during the month.
Extended hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am to 9pm. Offering new programs in evenings.
Extended hours on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am to 9pm. Offering new programs in evenings.
Hispanic programming began through partnership with IMAA, Elder Network and Hawthorne Education Center.
Drain issue in the kitchen turned into major problem, pipe was corroded extending all the way to the hallway. Floor was taken up and pipe replaced. Lost one day of dining program service, served pizza instead.
Board of Directors voted to not accept allocation from United Way of Olmsted County; requested $122,000; allocated $40,000. Recreation programs no longer funded.
SEMCAC took over the Stewartville Senior Dining Program, using Gleason’s Catering.
Received last payment from United Way of Olmsted County. Staff hours cut from 40 to 37 hours a week. Center closes at 1:00 p.m. on Fridays.
Stewartville Senior Center now falls under the Stewartville Area Foundation. Stewartville funds that we have on the books will be used for Stewartville programming expenses until fund is depleted.
Received Community Partner Award from SEMCIL
Resealed and Restriped parking lot; 1st & 3rd floor bathrooms updated; through use of CDBG Funds.
Give to the Max Day 11/17 raised $4,080 from 37 donors; received match of $164.90.
Switched Health Insurance Plan for Employees from BlueCross BlueShield to Health Partners.
Directed Giving Alliance accepted by Local Independent Charities of America, 13 organizations involved in Alliance working to increase charitable donations through workplace giving.
Fiscal agent for MN Theatre Company in order for group to receive funds. One-time arrangement, we received $100 administrative fee.
SchedulesPlus software added additional capabilities thanks to volunteers Deb & Dave Nusbaum. Can now do registration, volunteer hour tracking, and room reservations on one system.
Received full Accreditation from the National Institute of Senior Centers through the National Council on Aging. Accreditation is good for 5 years.
Received one-year grant with SEMAAA for Live Well at Home program. Social worker add’l hours.
Mission changed to “To enrich the lives of older adults.”
Painted interior of Center, new ice machine and counter unit in Dining Room, through use of Community Development Block Grant Funds.
End of Meal Contract with Salvation Army Adult Day Program.
Presented joint proposal to City Council appointed Sales Tax Extension Committee for funding for Remodel/Expansion of Rec Center for Community Center/Senior Center.
Signed Purchase Agreement to purchase the Podein Property for future expansion.
Signed Lease Agreement with Podein for the continuance of the business until which time we need the property.
First Annual Quilts on Parade Quilt Gala event held. Gala/Auction/Dance Friday night, Showcase of quilts on Saturday. Net profit $19,000. Major Sponsor: Med City Mobility
Eliminated Ceramics Instructor position.
Board President Deb Nusbaum accepted to present workshop at National Conference in San Francisco in April 2011. Topic: Volunteers: Your Best Asset
Board decided funding not available for 2 presenters to attend National Conference.
Membership age for Senior Center changed to 62 due to requirements by HUD in order to receive Community Block Grant Funds. Associate Memberships available for anyone 61 years or younger.
Walt Podein officially signed the lease for the continuance of the business on the property
City Council included Community Center/Senior Center in proposal for 1/2 % Sales Tax Extension.
New Single Member LLC created for the Rochester Senior Center Foundation.
Board of Directors voted to have administration of Senior Dining Program revert back to SEMCAC.
Membership = 1,685 and Attendance = 82,999 at year end.
Senior Center and SEMCIL overseeing County’s Vital Aging Committee; their purpose it to advocate and advise the County Board.
Contract with HeadStart ended 1/31/2011.
Donation based meal program ended 3/31/2011. SEMCAC administering program effective 4/1/2011. Senior Center meal site has been closed due to low participation.
Personnel policy changed to follow other Center policies. Sick/Vacation/Holiday pay discontinued for part-time staff (under 32 hours/week).
Board approved new Telephone Reassurance Program.
Closed on the purchase of the Podein property.
Use of credit cards now accepted.
Transition of Rooms made due to space constraints and need to make more welcoming. Gift Shop moved to NE corner, Library/Lounge moved to 1st floor.
Expanded Castle Café on Broadway opens. Now serving Continental Breakfast from 7:30-10 am and Lunch from 11 am-12:30 pm.
Center was accepted to have booth at Thursdays on 1st & Third, seven dates this summer.
New allocation formula from Foundation to Center. 5% of rolling 3-yr average of net assets; Bingo contribution is above & beyond Foundation contribution.
Board President, Deb Nusbaum, featured on cover of Today Magazine
Began paying part-time Gambling Manager, Deb Nusbaum.
Celebrated 50 Years of Incorporation with week of festivities.
Board supports new Fundraising Event, Deuces Wild! Dueling Pianos, as part of WinterFest.
Received 4 technology cash grants from IBM – $3,000 for SeniorNet, $10,000 for SeniorNet, $5,000 for Senior Center, $3,000 for Senior Center Foundation.
Senior Center and SEMCIL no longer participating in County’s Vital Aging Commission.
Med City Mobility partnering with Senior Center in 2012. Financial support of $27,500.
First Deuces Wild! Dueling Pianos fundraiser held at the Wicked Moose. Net profit $10,300.
Sally Gallagher and Deb Nusbaum members of City’s Sales Tax Extension Steering Committee.
Health Insurance Plan for Staff returned to Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Staff hours reverted to 40 hours per week. Center Hours remain M-Th 9 am-4 pm and F 9 am-1 pm.
City Council appointed Sandra Means to Agency Board of Directors.
Monthly Evening Theme Meals held in the Castle Café.
Sale Into Spring (former Retired Treasures Sale) charged $1 for Pre-Sale, 1 hr. prior, 231 attended.
Touch-Screen Computers installed on all 3 floors for Attendance/Volunteer Hour Tracking. Paid for by Grant from IBM.
Received Bequest from D. Cockroft Estate, $92,765.
Foundation started investing Senior Center funds (reserves). Separate accounts, not co-mingled.
Gambling starting paying back Foundation for start-up loan. First payment, $10,000.
Board approved in the Spring the hiring of a PT Volunteer Coordinator position. New hire starts mid-June.
New website developed for Senior Center by Board Member Deb Nusbaum.
Foundation being audited by the State for Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT).
1st Celebrity Bartending Event held at Big Brad’s on Broadway. Sally and Dean bartended, raised $472 in tips for the Center.
Successful passage of Sales Tax Extension! Senior Center moving to the Rec. Center Property!!
Break-in at Flamingo Bingo through office window, resulted in 2 closed days.
First of 3 Strategic Planning sessions held at University of MN-Rochester.
Agency & Foundation Board Members at Strategic Planning session #3 moved to merge the two organizations.
Boards adopt the new Strategic Plan; will start holding Joint Board meetings in Jan. 2014.
Boards voted approval of deeding the Podein Property to the City, selling the Center’s parking lot to repay the Foundation.
Received notice that may not be able to renew lease of Flamingo Bingo building for 2014.
Board approved implementation of Political Policy effective January 2014.
Merger between Rochester Senior Center Foundation and Senior Citizens Services, Inc. became effective.
Flamingo Bingo moved to The Elks location at Hillcrest Shopping Center
Flamingo Bingo Charitible Gambling operation closed
Board gives approval to get appraisal of Center owned parking lots
New Center Naming Committee Appointed by Board
Board President, Bruce Swanson died unexpectedly. Vice-President–Mark Cairns, assumed duties.
Construction bids due for New Center on March 17th. Three construction firms bid the projects. ‘Best value bidding process was used. Highest scoring bidder was Kraus Anderson. ‘Lowest price bidder was Kraus Anderson. However, the lowest cost bid was $2.3M over the construction budget.
Senior Center & Park & Rec. worked with KA to find construction cost savings (value engineering). ‘$1.3M in savings was identified, leaving a $1M gap. Senior Center and Park & Rec. requested the City fund the $1M gap allowing the project to move forward on time.
City Council voted to approve KA as the construction contractor, with the reduction of $1.3M to be made to the contract. City did not approve providing an additional $1.3M from the general fund to cover the gap.
Board approved moving Podein property lease from Walt Podein to Post Bulletin Delivery.
Castle Café closed due to low attendance and high operating costs
Board approves and gives Finance Committee authority to negoiatate and develop MOU with the City of Rochester for the New Center.
Membership dues raised to $70/year for age 65+
New Name Committee presented new name, logo, etc. selected for the New Center.
Asbestos found in the old dump material at the construction site. Work is halted to understand the conditions.
Board Training for New Center Capital Campaign
Board accepts updated Naming of Gifts Policy Board accepts updated Gift Acceptance Policies & Guidelines
Construction significantly behind schedule due to the unforeseen soil conditions. Pool, locker rooms, etc. will not open as scheduled in September.
Annual Rummage Sales will discontinue with the removal of the Podein building.
Major facility expenses–broken air handling shaft and A/C condenser unit replacement costs will be covered by the City.
Groundbreaking Event held on July 7th for New Center.
New Name for New Center Announced–125 LIVE.
City Council Approves MOU with the Center & approves another $1.7M for the project construction.
Board approves final version of MOU with City of Rochester
Board reconfirms and supports keeping 125 LIVE as New Center name.
Board approves bringing on Beth Witt as a consultant to assist preparing for the new center move-in.
Board approves refinancing the Podein property loan with Sterling State Bank.
Board Campaign for New Center Capital Campaign ends. 100% participation achieved.
Membership Kick-off Event held for the Membership portion of the New Center Capital Campaign.
Out-of-Area membership option approved.
Computer Volunteer Team voted and decided to drop its association with the national SeniorNet program.
SeniorNet Computer Program volunteer team voted and new name for the program will be Adult Technology Learning Center, Rochester, MN
125 LIVE Center opens with 497 members.
125 LIVE Art Gallery opens with 6 gallery spaces
Social Membership for people ages 18-49 added RNeighbors and Rochester Park & Rec adapative sports program both take up residency at 125 LIVE.
The City of Rochester buys the Podein Building from Senior Citizen Services/125 LIVE
One year after opening, 1,456 members
Sally Gallagher submits her resignation after 29 years as Executive Director
Sylwia Bujak Oliver named Operations Director to lead 125 LIVE while the Executive Board searches for a new Executive Director.
Sylwia Bujak Oliver officially named new Executive Director of 125 LIVE.
The woodshop opens at 125 LIVE
125 LIVE facility closes after the Governor issues at statewide shelter-in-place order due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Governor’s stay-at-home order is extended for another two weeks; facility remains closed. “Curbside services” are allowed outside, with a maximum of 9 people who are all at least 9 ft. apart.
“COVID-19 Preparedness Plan” is developed in anticipation of reopening the facility safely. Social programs can re-open at 50% capacity, but no Fitness programs open yet.
Fitness programs re-open at 25% capacity or 150 people max in the facility, per the Governor’s orders. Masks required by all participants, as well as temperature checks before entering the facility.
Schools still on distance learning; 125 LIVE Learning Pods Program launched for elementary-aged children to help with math and reading on Wednesdays from 1-3 pm.
“Trunk-or-Treat” outdoor Halloween event held in 125 LIVE parking lots for local family; a huge success Sunday Brunch started for fitness members who scan in at least 12 times per month.
Due to the rapidly rising number of COVID-19 cases, the Governor again orders all gyms to close
350 curbside meals distributed to members for New Year’s Eve Facility re-opens with regular hours on Dec. 19; still no fitness classes allowed, but fitness center is open. Exercise equipment is spread out to allow for 6 ft. distance and masks are required. Maximum of 10 people (2 households) may gather for social programs; masks must be worn at all times. No indoor food consumption allowed.
Fitness classes resume with a maximum of 25 people per class, at 9 ft. distance apart. Facility remains at 25% capacity or 150 people max in the facility. Pool re-opens with a maximum of 10 people; masks not required in the pool
Though the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the Governor removes all restrictions on fitness facilities, thanks to the availability of vaccines.
Food Pantry opens at 125 LIVE for those struggling with food insecurity.
Senator Amy Klobuchar hosts roundtable discussion at 125 LIVE, focusing on fraud against seniors.
125 LIVE begins hosting congregate senior dining, sponsored by SEMCAC and SEMAAA. Over 475 meals are served to area seniors the first month.