Joe Dudley knows what it takes to keep the county’s senior center running smoothly. And while a budget is important, he also know that sometimes it’s the little “extras” the Center provides for its members that make it a fun and enriching place to go.
Many of those extras are provided through funds raised by this weekend’s annual ham and egg supper – a community tradition for many years.
The event is coordinated by the Senior Center’s Advisory Board, which oversees operations at the Center, but it takes the hands on efforts of more than a few individuals to make it a success.
For starters, there are the ticket sales. Championing this task is Conolus Scott, Jr., an advisory board member who spends long hours going door to door to “make the sale.”
“Conolus has sold over 300 tickets this year,” said advisory board chairman Will Mauldin. “We just couldn’t do it without him.”
Besides, Scott, members of the Rotary Club, Pilot Club, Anchor Club and others give their time to make sure the sale is a success.
Rotarians transport the food and supplies to the senior center and do all the cooking. Senior Center staff members volunteer their time to serve up the plates, while Pilot Club volunteers serve beverage and refills for those who choose to dine in.
Anchor Club volunteers from the high school shuttle meals from the kitchen out to the drive through area for those who pick up their meals, while their fellow Interact members monitor vehicle and pedestrian traffic to keep everyone safe.
“We really depend on those youngsters,” Mauldin says of the high schoolers. “They help us immeasurably by doing all that running around.”
Proceeds from the sale of tickets goes into the Advisory Board’s fund to provide for things not in the Senior Center’s county budget.
“For example, it was money from the supper that paid for all the exercise equipment at the Center,” Dudley said.
“It really means a lot to us.”
Mauldin agrees, and noted that over and above the money raised, he enjoys the fellowship the event provides.
“The most fabulous thing about it all it the volunteers who come to help and end up having a good time,” he said. “And we do have a good time.” Mauldin said it is enjoyable to just sit and watch families and friends sit and share the meal together. “I just love living in Madison County – and this is one of the reasons why,” he said.
Ticket sales for the event will continue through Friday (March 1). Tickets are $8 each and can be purchased at the Center. Meals are dine-in in the senior center or drive through from 5 to 7 p.m. For more information, contact the Senior Center at 706-795-2542.