Sela Senci seniors gather for lunch and mortgage burning party.
October 26, 2000
Seeley Swan Pathfinder
Seeley Lake, Montana
by Eileen Sansom,
Missoula Aging Services,
The Seeley Lake (Sela Senci) Senior Center celebrated the burning of its mortgage October 18th, 10 years after the community came together to build the new building in 1990.
The center celebrated with a lunch of turkey and all the trimmings. About 60 local seniors and guests enjoyed the meal and program emceed by Pastor Kvamme.
Also in attendance were representatives of Blackfoot Telephone Cooperative, Earl R. Owens, Chief Executive Officer and Dave Dickman, Vice President of Finance. Mr. Dickman and Susan Kohler, Executive Director of Missoula Aging Services, prepared the original loan application. Mr. Owens also acknowledged the efforts of cooperative board member Joe Nagy, who was a dedicated advocate for the project.
Eileen Sansom extended congratulations on behalf of Ms. Kohler and Missoula Aging Services to all those involved on reaching their goal of providing a focal point for activities and nutrition for area senior citizens.
The cooperative was the lending intermediary for the funds provided through the Rural Utility Services zero-interest loan program and guaranteed the money would be repaid. Cooperative representatives also noted that the same loan program is helping fund the new Seeley Lake medical clinic.
Gratitude was expressed to Jeff Macon who donated the land for the center. Mr. Macon attended the celebration and expressed his satisfaction at seeing the project succeed.
After presentations were made, John Burt, the current Board Chairman, burned the loan document as Pastor Kvamme led the assembly in song.
Pastor Kvamme recalled the community effort that resulted in the center and thanked all of those involved. From donations and volunteer labor, the endeavor has resulted in an excellent gathering place and meal site for seniors in the community. Those in attendance also cited the many ways the center has helped the community, such as knitting and crocheting hats and mittens for underprivileged children, supporting a welcome committee, helping with the Swan Valley bike tour and many other projects through the years.