By Lucy Elmore
The 127 Senior Center, 1460 S. Main St. in Crossville, is an organization that is privately managed by elected officers for the benefit of the membership.
Membership in this organization shall be of the active class and open to men and women 50 years of age and over, of good character who are residents or visitors of Cumberland County and its surrounding area. There shall be no restrictions because of race, creed or nationality. Dues are $10 per person per year.
About the Club
Members meet every Friday morning, with people showing up around 8:30 a.m. and bingo starting at 9:30 a.m. Bingo prizes are donated by Quality Health Care, Bob Folger of State Farm Insurance, Buckeye Home Health, Ophthalmologist Dr. Galloway and Preferred Health Care.
A meeting follows bingo for about 20 minutes. At 11 a.m., they have entertainment lasting until noon. They have a potluck lunch, and people who are going to stay and eat are to bring a dish to serve eight people. Types of dishes to bring are vegetables, salads or desserts. Members are asked to sign in at the front desk, and if no dish is brought, members pay $4 for the lunch. Meat, coffee and tea are provided by the center.
On St. Patrick's Day and Thanksgiving, they have a specially prepared meal with a charge of $7 per person (date to be announced). They also have a picnic in July and a special meal in December for Christmas, for which you must sign up, and the cost of these meals is $7.
They also have seven to eight one-day trips during the year, plus twice a year they have a three to 12-day trip. These trips are posted for members first then are opened to the public. Some of the trips scheduled for 2013 are: March 9, Renfro Valley; April 15-19, Memphis and Tunica, with visits to Graceland, the Tunica Museum and guided tour of Memphis; June 15-30, The British Isles, England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland; Sept. 8-13, Mackinac Island, Sault Ste. Marie and Frankenmuth, MI. Contact Jan Neitzke for availability and prices at 788-5662.
They also ask members to help out at least once each month, making coffee, assisting with the dishwashing and clean-up jobs or helping in the kitchen. Lists are passed around for signup. If they all pitch in to help, it makes things run smoothly.
Every Thursday, they host bluegrass music that is free and open to the public, starting at 6 p.m. This program is run by one of the members, Gene Brown.
Other clubs using their facilities are the Plateau PC Users Group, Volunteer Coin Club, Cumberland County Piecemakers Quilt Guild and the Fleet Reserve Association. See the listing of the clubs and times posted by the door to the dining room.
Major Sources of Revenue
The 127 Corridor Sale is in August, and items are sold that have been donated by the membership and others for resale. Members are asked to bring in suitable items throughout the year to be stored until the sale. No food items, clothing or out-dated items are requested. They also offer breakfast and lunches for sale during the sale and have a drawing of a beautiful quilt each year, which is donated by the Piecemakers. AII members are asked to volunteer some time to help with setup, work throughout the sale and clean up afterwards. Volunteers are also asked to donate baked goods and to help in the kitchen. Sign-up lists will be passed out during meetings prior to the sale.
They have a two-day book sale every year and request book donations as well as volunteers to help with the event. They offer donated homemade goodies for sale during the book sale, too.
The center also apply and receive grant monies from the city of Crossville, Volunteer Energy Cooperative and Middle Tennessee Natural Gas.
For all of these events, members are asked to give of their time and participate in these fundraisers. All money raised goes into the general fund for the operation of the center.
Join them Friday, weather permitting. The center will open at 8:30 a.m. for a time of fellowship and a great potluck lunch.