The “full service” menu is what struck me about the The place is brimming with programs and services offered by three different groups—the Laguna Niguel Senior Citizens Club, the city of Laguna Niguel and Age Well Senior Services. Talk about “one-stop shopping.”
After a phone call and a visit to the senior center, I discovered several stories for the Savvy Senior column. For this one, I decided to feature the Laguna Niguel Senior Citizens Club. Even though 453 members know about this nonprofit organization, I sure didn’t. Maybe you aren’t aware of it either.
Keep reading and you just may find you are heading out the door to check it out.
When I called to learn more about the Senior Citizens Club, I spoke with Vicki Hayes, a volunteer and board member who was managing “the desk.” Turns out she is also the editor of the newsletter. That explains why she knew so much about the club. By the time we finished talking, I would have joined over the phone if credit cards were accepted for payment.
The club’s 16-page monthly newsletter describes events including adventurous outings such as a four-day package to Bryce Canyon and Zion National Park, and a day trip to see the Palm Springs Follies. The tours are open to everyone in the community. Members generally receive $2 to $5 off the non-member rate.
Other activities announced are a monthly lunch with entertainment on the third Friday of the month, bingo on Wednesdays, and party bridge on Wednesdays and Fridays.
My visit to the club office was a treat, thanks to volunteers Sandy Simonson and Betty Asahino. Simonson, the entertainment chairperson, was helping a member with photocopies (5 cents each), and Asahino was answering phone calls, among other tasks volunteers handle from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. This is a perfect opportunity for seniors to volunteer their time, make new friends and have fun. I sure did, just watching them!
What touched me the most about this group was the commitment to help support the mission of several nonprofits. There’s Operation Interdependence, which provides care kits for the troops with personalized notes of appreciation tucked inside. Greeting cards are collected and donated to local schools for art projects. The club also has a Home Fix-It Brigade, which provides free neighbor-to-neighbor home repair by club members, for club members. The labor is free; the recipient only pays for materials used. That’s a deal!
Membership in the Laguna Niguel Senior Citizens Club is also a deal. Annual dues are $15 per person or $20 per couple. For more information, visit ci.laguna-niguel.ca.us. Or just call one of those friendly volunteers at “the desk.” That number is 949-362-2937. As for all the other great programs, services and activities at the Sea Country Senior & Community Center—stay tuned.