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Sedgwick Senior Center Celebrating Five Years In New Building

Posted 10/12/2017

By Pilar MartinTHE old city building at 107 W. 5th was the original senior center.THE old city building at 107 W. 5th was the original senior center.

SEDGWICK—The Sedgwick Senior Center is celebrating its fifth anniversary in its new building at 107 W. 5th. The red and brick building with its homey interior serves as a gathering spot for seniors in the community.

The senior center’s history began with a group of seniors that used to get together at the Coop for fellowship and meals. Then in May 1980, thirty senior citizens met to THE new senior center was officially opened in 2012.THE new senior center was officially opened in 2012.determine if they wanted to organize a senior citizens program in Sedgwick and find a permanent location. The old city building at 107 W. 5th, was offered to the group as a permanent location.

Several renovations were needed to make the place habitable for the group. That building once housed the city clerk, and a fire truck was even parked inside the garage area. An old concrete jail sat just east of the building.

In August of 1980, the group chose the name The Sedgwick Senior Citizens Club. Officers elected were President Lawrence Crandall; Vice-President Ada Plumer; Secretary Dorothy Smith; and Treasurer Alberta Clark. The group chose to meet twice a month. Meetings, dinners, parties and all kinds of activities were held there. Volunteers helped to add on a quilting room, one of the favorite activities at the building.

The Sedgwick Senior Citizens Club met at the old City Hall building for 20 years. They started having problems with the building. Dorothy Hall said she remembers seeing termites up in one corner.

“At one time we had a big meeting there and the termites were flying around,” Hall said. “We knew we had to do something at that point.”

The group got busy trying to figure out its options.

“We started working on the idea in around 2003-2006,” Clara DeHaven said. “My late husband Keith DeHaven was the mayor. He and (former City Administrator) Jaci Reimer were really the main ones who helped us get this built.”

Reimer helped the group pursue grant funding through the USDA. After three tries, the group received a Community Development Block Grant for $500,000.

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