The normally bustling Lebanon Senior Center had an even larger crowd Wednesday as a special celebration was in order.
The center celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, and according to director Patti Watts, it is going strong with nearly 1,700 members.
Former director Wallace Alsup, who supervised the center for 22 years, was asked to say a few words during the celebration lunch.
“You’ve got something to be proud of here,” Alsup said.
He related a brief history of the center beginning with how it was formed thanks to a grant from the Older Americans Act and some help from the city of Lebanon, which owns the land.
He finished his commentary by telling the assembled members, “You are loved here.”
Former Lebanon Mayor Don Fox got a chuckle from the crowd when he said, “I remember when I became mayor. I just barely qualified as a senior.”
He said while the center has had its ups and downs, including struggles with funding, “I think it’s on top of the world as far as [senior] centers go.”
Mayor Philip Craighead read a proclamation declaring March 12, 2014 as Lebanon Senior Citizen’s Day. He said getting to this milestone “wouldn’t be possible without the support of the city, the county and you, the members.”
Center director Patti Watts said “25 years is very significant, and we are very happy” to celebrate the day.” Activities director Teresa Botts added, “We’ve been so lucky we’ve had such good support.”
The center is open to anyone 55 and over. Activities include card games, pool, dances and more. For information, call 615-449-4600.