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96 - CAPE GAZETTE, Friday, September I - Monday, September 4, 2005 Galbraith receives RSVP 2 5 year service award Mary Galbraith of Lewes was honored for her 25 years of volunteer service with the Re- tired Senior Volunteer Program at the Lewes Senior Center. Galbraith, left, received the hon- ors from Linda B. Rogers, RSVP volunteer coordinator, Wednesday, Aug. 23. She was given a 25-year pin, an RSVP afghan, and a gift certificate for dinner at Bob Evan Restaurant. Gal- braith, 91, has done a variety of jobs as a volunteer, including creating more than 8,000 dolls and sewing seat cuhions sold at the center's thrift hop. "I started when the senior center was on McFee Street. I baked 10 or 12 cakes the first time wehad something there. They all old," said Galbraith as she received her gifts and awards. Galbraith grew up on a 130-acre farm in Whitesville, between Laurel and Delmar, with seven brothers and two sisters. Her parent were from Italy and she grew up speaking Italian and English. Galbraith is a gradu- ate of the University of Delaware and was a teacher in the Milford and Seaford districts. Lewes Continued from page 94 improvement. We'll always be asking, 'Are you happy with what's going on here?" says Moore. With nearly 500 members, the Lewes Senior Center offers ongo- ing monthly social activities, daytrips, non emergency medical transportation services, educa- tional opportunities, social bond- ing, outreach, support and refer- rals for a variety of needs. "There is always some type of educational program going on and there might be two or three of those a month depending on the issues seniors need to be kept fabreast on," Moore says. She said as Sussex County con- tinues to have the fastest growing senior population in the state, services provided by senior cen- ters becomes more important. "We're offering more full- fledged services. Organizations i have to make sure that individu- als, 50 and over, are supported, educated and connected. If it were not for our members we wouldn't be here," says Moore. She says America's "throw- away society" mentality is begin- ning to change as it relates to find- ing value in seniors. "I think it's improving but it's going to be a slow process, As communities change, interactions change. There's a challenge to that. Change is in everything. If you cease to change, you die," says Moore. "As baby boomers retire they're going to be looking at what other contributions they can make to society," says Moore. She said the age at which people are perceived to be older, is now much younger. "Age 40 is the magic number where age discrimination begins. It's not blatant but there's an undercurrent," she says. Moore says senior center administrators everywhere are examining the changes they might need to make; remain staunchly independent, freestanding agen- cies or combine operations to remain in business. The Lewes Senior Center, like many, is a nonprofit agency, receiving most of its money from the state's grant-in-aid program. Moore says from 50 percent to 75 percent of the center's regular operating budget comes from grants. She says there's very little chance of seeing increases in those grants. "There are going to be some tough decisions to make," she says. Moore said the center had a total budget of $131,000 last year. But with the cost of everything rising - the center's electric bill jumped from $750 to $1,300 a month - money doesn't stretch as far. "We're going to have to get really creative to raise funds, live within our means and continue to meet our customers' needs," says Moore. She says Delaware is one of only a few states allowing indi- vidual seniors to belong to as many centers as they'd like. "It would behoove centers to work together a little more proac- tively. We need to talk more with one another," says Moore. Henry J. Evans Jr. photo Reunite your family End years of feuding! 302-226-3661 I ml m  m"