Celebrating 20 Years Of Caring


Bonnie Stalder devotes her time and talents to the P/S Senior Center Affairs Foundation assisting customers at the thrift store with smiles and kindness. SCAF will celebrate its 20th anniversary tomorrow with Customer Appreciation Day at the store with special sales, cake, refreshments and a drawing. The community is cordially invited.

Bonnie Stalder devotes her time and talents to the P/S Senior Center Affairs Foundation assisting customers at the thrift store with smiles and kindness. SCAF will celebrate its 20th anniversary tomorrow with Customer Appreciation Day at the store with special sales, cake, refreshments and a drawing. The community is cordially invited. Photo by Joy Hafford. |

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Members of the Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation (SCAF), Community Educational Recreational Cultural Association (CERCA) and the Arts and Crafts Guild will gather in the dining room at the P/S Community Center to celebrate SCAF’s 20th anniversary at a potluck at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 3. They will honor the many volunteers, past and present, whose dedication and service has sustained SCAF’s outreach for two decades in the P/S community.

They will commemorate three anniversaries and the special volunteers whose vision paved the way for the Pine Mall, community dining room and Senior Citizens Affairs Foundation.

It began in 1989 with a dream of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Crum, to open a thrift store in P/S to provide aid to the community’s senior citizens.

One good action led to another, and in 1992 an idea by Carl Savage to offer economical lunches to area seniors funded by the thrift shop became a reality with the opening of the community dining room.

Support was overwhelming, inspiring Jim and Mary Kocka to establish the Senior Center in 1993.

The Center rapidly became an integral part of the community where seniors could connect with one another and form new friendships while enjoying lunches, games, movies, educational presentations and community involvement through volunteerism.

So many volunteers have and continue to serve the community through SCAF. Terry Burkhart, manager of the dining hall and kitchen, stirs warmth and love into every meal in the tradition of predecessor, Carolyn Jentzen, credited with spearheading the first Navajo Taco Sale that became a popular and thriving fund-raiser.

Another valuable spin-off from the dining room is the Meals on Wheels program that fulfills an important need in the community and has inspired fierce dedication in volunteers from Ken Harland to Roger and Carol Fornoff.

From Bill Thompson to Dave Burkhart, Katie Calderon, Betty Rabinkoff, Willene Smith, Sheri Earp and so many more, the SCAF board has been the champion of our elderly and fostered and exemplified the spirit upon which P/S was founded.

Who will forget the friendly face of Bruce Thompson, as the volunteers gather tomorrow night in the dining room named in his honor, to celebrate those who give of themselves to keep programs going that help P/S residents?

The thrift shop stands today as an enduring symbol of love and charity. Community support in donating and buying items and volunteering keeps SCAF going strong, with programs as relevant today as 20 years ago.

Whether socializing or enjoying a nutritious meal, having one delivered, sharing a holiday dinner, consuming a taco, or attending a fashion show or storytelling event, SCAF volunteers make it happen.

SCAF is providing the meat for the potluck and side dishes are being contributed by group members. Volunteer awards will be presented and many remembered and honored.

To further commemorate SCAF’s 20th anniversary, the P/S Thrift Store wants to thank the community with Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, Aug 3. Please join them at the store on Highway 87 and Randall Place in Pine for cake, refreshments, special sales and a drawing for a new Cuisinart appliance at noon.

Store manager Rhonda Bossert expresses her deep appreciation to staff, customers, volunteers and board members for keeping the Pine Mall dear to the heart of our community.

Local poet at Pine library

Carena Del Uno writes poems inspiring beautiful thoughts and appreciation for nature and life. Her book, “Welcoming Oneness,” has been called a “transforming experience” and “a great book for balancing, centering and daily inspiration.” The book’s teachings point to the unity of all people and things and unconditional love.

Come meet Pine author Carena Del Uno and discover the truths revealed in her beautiful writing. She will be signing copies of her book from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 3 at the Isabelle Hunt Memorial Library in Pine. Refreshments will be served.

Expand your world at the library with wonderful programs for everyone. Visit www.pinepublic library.com.

August events

The P/S Business Community’s Mountain Daze Festival and Friends of the Strawberry Patchers Quilt Show are upon us.

On Saturday, Aug. 10 see the beautiful creations of local quilters in the Pine Cultural Hall beginning at 11 a.m. The auction starts at 1 p.m. Admission is free. Bring a non-perishable food item for the local food bank and be entered in a drawing for the opportunity quilt at the end of the auction.

On Aug. 10 and 11 the annual Mountain Daze Festival brings great family fun to the P/S Community Center with a classic car show, food and craft booths, kids crafts and music by Trouble in Paradise.

AWANA returns

The AWANA Club at First Baptist Church of Pine is a weekly adventure with God’s word, games, fun and friendship.

The club meetings begin on Aug. 19 with Sparks for K to second grade from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The church van picks up children after school on the school grounds. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., T&T is for third through sixth grade; Trek, seventh and eighth grades; and Journey 24/7 for high school students.

Kick-off night at 6 p.m., Monday, Aug. 12 on the church grounds with hot dogs with all the trimmings, fun and carnival games. Parents can register their children then.

Come enjoy a great evening, get acquainted and learn about AWANA. For information call the church at (928) 476-3552.

Some days you ride the Rim ... Some days the Rim rides you! The mountain bikers are out and about in the community gearing up for September’s Fire on the Rim Mountain Bike Race. With our mild temperatures, beautiful scenery and awesome events there is no better place to be than P/S. Come join the fun!

Please send your event information to haffordjoy1@gmail.com.

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