Pickle Ball & Softball – Pickle Ball has certainly become a popular sport, especially among seniors! Our Pickle Ball courts are available every week day between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. We have two courts and anyone who wants to play is asked to pay a one-time, yearly fee of $25 for those 55 and over. The gym is also used for those who like to walk for exercise, at no charge.
2016 marked the second season of the “Cannon Falls Boomers,” a 60 and over senior softball team that plays in the Southern Minny League along with Faribault, Owatonna and Northfield. Under head coach John Hobert, the Boomers had a great year and are looking forward to the upcoming season.
“Adventures in Learning” – Our Adventures in Learning program has been in existence now for over 20 years. In 2016, we featured some very interesting speakers and programs. Our “Adventures in Learning” on November 11th featured probably our biggest crowd ever, with over 150 people in attendance. We gave special recognition to over 30 Vietnam Veterans and honored all veterans that day. In coordination with the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, those who served in the U.S. Armed forces at any time from 1955 till 1975 were honored and presented with a special lapel pin. Our featured speaker was Cannon Falls native, Major Jesse Johnson. We are looking forward to another great year of Adventures in Learning in 2017.
Financial Support – As I mention quite often, Shepherd’s Center survives solely on the support of the Cannon Valley area. Thank you to those who came to our concerts, who make donations, who volunteer their time and to those who give in memory and in honor of so many special people. In December, we received donations in memory of Paul Schluter, Melorie Ekstrom, Bev Scofield, Gene Giefer, Marlo Johnson, Lowell Nappin, William Cockriel, Josie Swenson and Clair Willis. All donations are greatly appreciated.
Concerts – What a wonderful concert we had in November, featuring our very own, Caitlyn Smith. These concerts are so very important to Shepherd’s Center and a major source of our funding for the year. Get ready for our first concert this year, to be held on April 7th at the Cannon Falls High School Auditorium. You’ll be transformed back to December 4th 1956, a night that was to see four large music talents, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash all sharing a microphone. The show will feature 90 minutes of rockabilly, country, gospel and pure 1950’s rock and roll music performed live and backed by an authentic rockabilly band featuring former cast members of the Broadway smash, "Million Dollar Quartet." Mark it on your calendar and be sure to join us on April 7th! Tickets will go on sale in February.
Board members –A special “thank you” to outgoing board members Jim and Bill Althoff, who served for a number of years and will be missed. Current board members include Helen Baughman, Gary Esterby, Loren Evenrud, Joyce Falink, John Hobert, Dianne Latterell, Dick Mensing, Jim Nelson, Dennis Sjoquist, Geri Torkelson and newly elected board members Kay Meyers and Carol Schiell. Twyla Geiken serves as the administrative assistant and I continue as the director. Next week we will all gather for our annual retreat to plan for the upcoming year.
Open House – Please join us on Tuesday, January 17th for our “Open House” at Shepherd's Center from 10:30 till 1:30 p.m. A special Vietnam Veteran’s presentation takes place at 11 a.m. with a Pickle Ball workshop and demonstration at 1:00 p.m. Food and refreshments will be available at Shepherd’s Center, located in the Cannon Community Center.
As we begin a brand new year, just remember…”You are never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream,” – C.S. Lewis. Happy New Year from all of us at Shepherd’s Center!