Leadership Bedford provides new pavilion for senior center

Friday, May 3, 2019

Shelbyville-Bedford County Senior Citizens Center had on its wish list an outdoor pavilion. As its community service project, the 2019 adult Leadership Bedford Class used their heads and hands to make the center's wish come true.

The class of 10 was present Thursday for the official ribbon cutting under the new pavilion. Lunch and cake culminated the day's events.

"It's been a great learning curve," classmate Whitney Collier said earlier this year. "I feel blessed to be in this group."

The Leadership Bedford program, which has a new class of members each year, involves class members in monthly educational days, during which class members learn about various aspects of the community. But each class also chooses and completes some sort of service project. There is an adult Leadership Bedford group as well as a youth group.

Shelbyville City Council approved for the Leadership class to install the structure. As part of its lease agreement with the city, the center will now provide any necessary maintenance.

The center serves nearly 300 seniors a day with its varied activities‚ including providing meals on site for 65 people Monday through Friday and delivering 55 to 60 meals to homebound seniors.

Many activities

Seniors can shoot pool‚ play cards‚ attend birthday parties‚ take yoga classes and participate in educational programs on home safety‚ financial issues‚ and health and wellness.

"We are so excited that Leadership Bedford chose this as their project and extremely thankful that the city gave its approval," Senior Citizens Center director Sonia Miller said,

Miller thanked everyone at the ribbon cuttting, especially those sponsoring businesses, for their tireless commitment.

Seeing such a community project to fruition is the icing on the cake for a Leadership Bedford Class, one class member said.