Seniors volunteer time for Chamber mailings

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Monique Shields (standing) of the Tacoma – Pierce County Chamber of Commerce introduces Jaynie Jones, Community Relations Coordinator from Bridgeport Place, to the senior volunteers processing the Chamber’s newsletter mailing.

By Jaynie Jones

The Tacoma – Pierce County Chamber of Commerce holds the University Place – Fircrest Division meetings each month at the University Place Presbyterian Church. The Chamber helps hold down its membership costs by utilizing volunteers to process the monthly mailing of the Chamber’s newsletter.  Half a dozen senior citizens give of their time to ensure that the mailings are assembled to meet all USPS mailing guidelines. Bridgeport Place Retirement and Assisted Living in University Place, provided lunch to the volunteers Wednesday.

One volunteer mentioned during the lunchtime break having been involved in the monthly task for the past ten years; another quickly announced that he has been helping with the mailings for twenty years.  Kudos to the volunteers for their loyalty and dedication in serving the Chamber businesses in their quiet, behind-the-scenes way year after year while enjoying a unique camaraderie.

Spring 2010 AARP Driver Safety Class filled

2010 April AARP Class006

Bridgeport Place welcomed 20 guests to the Spring 2010 AARP Driver Safety Class, which is an eight-hour course spanning two days’ time, and is geared toward drivers who are 50+.  The class was taught by Merrie Sullivan, certified instructor, who is already scheduled to return again September 24 & 25 for another session. The Suburban Times graciously carried the announcement about the Spring 2010 Class.  Drivers who complete the course receive a certificate that can be utilized for a discount on their auto insurance premiums.   The class members were treated to coffee and pastries each morning and a complimentary lunch buffet each of the days.  They expressed not only their appreciation for the use of facility as a meeting place for the class, but were also pleased by the hospitality and warmth of the staff and residents who welcomed them in, and the range of amenities.  Some of the comments they penned included “Kudos to the chef!” … “This is a very warm and friendly facility.  It’s like a country club.  Thank you for the wonderful meals and snacks” … “The two meals broke my diet, but it was worth it” … “What could have been a grind turned into a great experience thanks to your hospitality and generous buffet.  Have talked to some residents and they are so positive and happy here.”  More than half of those who attended the class requested a tour of Bridgeport Place.