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Friendship Centers of Emmet County is looking for candidates to serve on the Board of Directors. FCEC's mission is to ensure that all seniors have the opportunities, information and services necessary to live healthy, safe and active lives in dignity.

The Board of Directors supports the work of Friendship Centers of Emmet County and provides mission-based leadership and strategic governance. Board of Directors serve two-year terms and are eligible for up to two additional terms. Board meetings are held monthly and committee meetings are held as scheduled. Regular and consistent attendance at meetings and special events is expected. Ideal candidates will demonstrate:

     *Extensive professional experience with significant leadership accomplishments in business, government, philanthropy, or the nonprofit sector
     *A committment to and understanding of FCEC's beneficiaries
     *Savvy diplomatic skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals
     *Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of FCEC's beneficiaries
     *Resides within Emmet County or is considered a part of the Emmet County community

To request more information or to receive and application packet, please contact Denneen Smith, Executive Director, by calling (231) 347-3211 or via email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .



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Share the Love with Vulnerable Seniors This Year

Exciting news! For the eleventh year running, the Meals on Wheels Network is participating in The Subaru Share the Love Event. We're incredibly grateful to Subaru and its retailers for supporting our organization and the seniors we serve. 

From November 15, 2018 through January 2, 2019, for every new Subaru vehicle purchased or leased, Subaru will donate $250 to the customer's choice of participating charities. Meals on Wheels is one of four national participating charities and has been since the inception of the event. Through this event, as a member of Meals on Wheels America, Friendship Centers of Emmet County will receive a share of the donation from Subaru vehicles sold in Michigan.

You might not be in the market to purchase a new car, but if you are, please look into the Subaru Share the Love Event to learn more. If you're not shopping for a new vehicle, you can still help by spreading the word to your family and friends. A quick and easy way to do that is to share our posts about Share the Love on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/FriendshipCentersofEmmetCounty/


And remember, this holiday season you can ensure our senior neighbors are not forgotten when you buy or lease a new Subaru and select Meals on Wheels as your charity of choice.


 
Upcoming Events
Satellite Centers Schedule Change
Effective December 1, 2018, Friendship Centers of Emmet County is changing the days the Pellston Friendship Center and the Huber (Brutus) Senior Center will be open. Beginning Monday, December 3, the Pellston Friendship Center will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.; the Huber Senior Center in Brutus will be open Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Accompanist Needed


FCEC Chorus is in search of an accompanist. If you would like to join the choir as a singer and/or a piano player visit the Petoskey Friendship Center on Friday mornings to meet with Meredith.



Gift Basket Raffle
FCEC is raffling off Holiday Gift Baskets to support services to seniors. Baskets are on display at the Petoskey Friendship Center and can be viewed on Facebook. The drawing will take place during the 'Tis the Season luncheon on Thursday, December 13. You do not need to be present to win. Tickets can be purchased at the Petoskey Friendship Center or by calling (231) 347-3211 with credit card information and the names of the baskets you hope to win. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. Thank you to the following businesses for donating basket items: Hotel Walloon, Grandpa Shorters, Art Van, Fustini's Oils & Vinegars, Bearcub Outfitters, Roast and Toast Cafe, The Rocking Horse Toy Company, Dunworkin, Walmart, and Grain Train Natural Foods Market.
 
'Tis the Season Annual Meeting & Luncheon
Join us in celebrating the joy of the holiday season. The 'Tis the Season Luncheon and Annual Meeting is Thursday, December 13 at the Petoskey Friendship Center. The dining room opens at 11:00 a.m. and you must be seated by 11:30 a.m. for musical entertainment by Harbor Light students. Students will then serve guests an elegant lunch, while the FCEC Ukulele Group provides backgrounds music. The annual meeting with FCEC's Board of Directors follows lunch. The event is open to all donors, supporters, and friends of Friendship Centers of Emmet County. Meal is available for a minimum suggested donation of $3.00 per person for seniors age 60 and older and their spouses. Those accompanying a senior, but not yet of age, can purchase a meal for $5.00 per person. The wonderful meal will also be served at the Pellston Friendship Center. If Petoskey Public Schools are closed due to weather, the event will be rescheduled for Friday, December 14.

Reading and Discussion Group
Come in out of the cold and join discussions that are sure to enlighten you. Pamela, a retired art teacher and librarian, will lead a Senior Reading and Discussion Group. The initial meeting, on Thursday, December 13 at 1:00 p.m., will formulate how to pick books to read and discuss. Meetings will then take place on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at the Petoskey Friendship Center library. For more information, email Pamela at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . What a great way to make new friends and share experiences! Consider coming for a hot lunch at noon before the meeting.

Huber Christmas Party
Come make new friends and celebrate the holiday season at the Huber Senior Center on Friday, December 14. Appetizers will be available at 10:00 a.m., entertainment featuring Brad Hersey begins at 11:30 a.m., the salad bar is served at 11:45 a.m. and the main course is served at noon. This event is reserved for those age 60 and older and their spouses for a minimum suggested donation of $3.00 per person.

Ping Pong
The Ping Pong tables will be set up for play at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 19 and Thursday, December 20; at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, December 26; and again at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 27. Join the fun at the Petoskey Friendship Center.

Holiday Bakesale
The Holiday Bakesale is Wednesday, December 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Petoskey Friendship Center. Stop by to purchase some cookies, breads, and pies to take to your next holiday gathering. Baked good and homemade holiday crafts can be dropped off prior to the sale. Donations are welcome.

Christmas Sing-Along
Come join the sweet voices and share the holiday cheer on Friday, December 21 at 11:15 a.m. at the Petoskey Friendship Center. A Christmas Sing-Along will be led by the FCEC Choir and will feature 3rd grade students from Central Elementary School. Lunch will be served immediately following.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year
Friendship Centers of Emmet County will be closed on Monday, December 24; Tuesday, December 25; and Tuesday, January 1 to celebrate the holidays.

AARP Driver Safety Program
Held on Monday, January 14 at the Petoskey Friendship Center, the AARP Driver Safety Program sponsored by FCEC is aimed at drivers age 50 and older and covers traffic situations most challenging to seniors due to normal age-related changes in hearing, vision, and reaction time. The class takes place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost of the class is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. Preregistration is required. Sign up at the Petoskey Friendship Center of call (231) 347-3211 or (888) 347-0369.

Watershed Council Presentation
Northern Michigan contains some of the most important, diverse, and pristine water resources on earth. Join us at the Petoskey Friendship Center at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 16 for a presentation by the Tip of the Mitt Watershed Council. Education and Outreach Coordinator, Elijah Baker, will explain the history and mission of the council and talk about their volunteer and educational programs.


Facebook Presentation
Facebook has become one of the most popular social networking sites on the Internet and it's an excellent way to keep in touch with family members and be able to view pictures of your grandkids. On Monday, January 21, FCEC Executive Director Denneen Smith will teach you the basics so you can join the fun. Learn about how Facebook works, the benefits of it, and how to get started, and the basics of using Facebook. Join us for lunch at the Petoskey Friendship Center prior to the presentation which will take place at 12:30 p.m.


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Friendship Centers

Petoskey Friendship Center
1322 Anderson Road
(231) 347-3211
(888) 347-0369

Brutus Huber Center
6436 E Brutus Road
(231) 529-8803

Pellston Friendship Center
6274 W Edgar
(231) 539-8201

Board of Directors Finance Mtgs

2018 Finance Committee Meetings
2:30 p.m.
(except December)

January 25
February 22
March 22
April 25*
May 24
June 28

July 26
August 23
September 27
October 25**
November 15
December
(no meeting)

Meetings held at the
Petoskey Friendship Center Library
*Meeting held at the Huber Senior Center, Brutus MI

**Meeting held at the Pellston Friendship Center, Pellston MI

Board of Directors Mtgs

2018 Meetings
3:00 p.m.
(unless noted)

January 25
February 22
March 22
April 25*
May 24
June 28

July 26

August 23
September 27
October 25**
November 15
December 13
(1:30 p.m.)

Meetings held at the
 Petoskey Friendship Center Library
*Meeting held at the Huber Senior Center, Brutus MI
**Meeting held at the Pellston Friendship Center, Pellston MI

Winter Weather Policy

If Petoskey Public Schools are closed due to weather, the Petoskey, Pellston, and Huber Centers will be closed and all services will be suspended at all locations. Meals on Wheels will not be delivered on these days.

If Pellston Public Schools are closed due to weather, the Pellston Center will be closed. If Petoskey Schools are open on this day, all other services will be operating as usual.

If either Pellston or Alanson Public Schools are closed due to weather, the Huber (Brutus) Center will be closed. If the Petoskey Schools are open on this day, all other services will be operating as usual.

Save Your Grocery Receipts

We appreciate grocery receipts from Oleson's Markets and D&W Fresh Markets. You may bring receipts into any one of our Centers or mail them to FCEC, 1322 Anderson Road, Petoskey, MI 49770. This is a great way to bring in additional dollars to support our programs.

Title VI

Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin in programs and activities receiving Federal financial assistance. Specifically, Title VI provides that "no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance" (42 U.S.C. Section 2000d).

FCEC is committed to ensuring that no person is excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of its transit services on the basis of race, color, or national origin, as protected by Title VI in Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Circular 4702.1.A.  If you feel you are being denied participation in or being denied benefits of the transit services provided by FCEC, or otherwise being discriminated against because of your race, color, national origin, gender, age, or disability, or for more information, you may contact our office at:

Friendship Centers of Emmet County
Deborah Francis
1322 Anderson Rd.
Petoskey, MI  49770
(231) 347-3211
deborah@emmetcoa.org


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