June 2018



Kathleen Felice presents a $1,000 from our beloved Ms. Ruth Rowe to Board Members Kathy Schack and Board Treasurer Tina Magnetta for our future parking lot addition!  Zak Klehr, Community Development Specialist from the McHenry County Department of Planning and Development was here to update us and answer questions regarding funding and timing for this much needed project!  




The Shred Day Fundraiser held on May 26, 2018 from 9:00am to 2:00am at First National Bank was very successful thanks to Tina Magnetta, our Board Treasurer who coordinated the Shred Day event and her wonderful staff who helped to set up the refreshments and donation table.  This was an opportunity for the seniors at the center and people of the community to shred their unnecessary documents.  During this event donations were collected and approximately $400 was raised! First National customers also had the opportunity to donate inside whether they needed to shred or not. Thank you to all who participated in this opportunity to raise funds for the Harvard Community Senior Center and Food Pantry parking lot expansion project.




Thanks to Kathleen Felice’s $75.00 Walmart gift card raffle, we raised an additional $120.00 for the parking lot fund!

Senior Farmers Market Coupons

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The Harvard Community Senior Center is working with The Area Agency on Aging (AAA) to become a distribution site for Farmers Market Coupons for qualifying seniors.  There are income and age guidelines.  These coupons come in a booklet worth $15 – $21 per year to be used at vendors at local Farmers Markets. There is a registration form  to be filled out by each Senior that will be returned to the Area Agency on Aging.   Each Vendor that accepts these coupons will display a sign stating that they accept WIC and Senior Farmers Market Coupons.  This program is provided through the Illinois Farmers Market Nutrition Program (FMNP). There are several Markets that accept these coupons in our area including Woodstock, Harvard, and Crystal Lake Farmers Markets.

PEARLS (Program to Encourage Active Rewarding LiveS)

PEARLS serves individuals over age 60 and individuals of all ages with Epilepsy who suffer from Depression. This is a free, countywide, program led by the Harvard Community Senior Center to provide clinical depression treatment and medication management in the participant’s own home or other comfort setting.  The program is evidence based, runs for 19 weeks, and is funded by the McHenry County Mental Health Board, McHenry County Senior Services Commission and a McHenry County Community Development Block Grant.  

 PEARLS Referrals – Anyone can refer an Older Adult or individual with Epilepsy to the PEARLS program.  If you are concerned that someone you know is depressed, call 815-701-6605.  A trained social worker will respond and set up an initial assessment.

AARP Driver’s Safety Course

The Senior Center and AARP are partnering to help you become a safer driver. The AARP Driver Safety Course will be held at the Harvard Community Senior Center on Wednesday and Thursday, June 13th and 14th from 12-4pm. Space is limited, so register by calling the Center at 815-943-2740 or stop by the Senior Center. Our current hours of operation are Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. The cost is $15.00 for AARP members and $20.00 for non-members.


Our Yoga class is glowing and growing!   Yoga helps to release the stressors that can build-up  and brings peace and balance to mind, body and spirit! Dorothy Robin leads the group every Monday from 2-2:45 pm in a wonderful round of strengthening, joint health, and flexibility.  One class with Dorothy will leave you wanting more! Thanks to an anonymous donor and the Full Circle Foundation, the class fees are only $2.00 for members and $3.00 for non members. As always, Senior Center Lifetime Members are welcome to participate at no charge.   


Walk With Ease®

Would you like to compete for a Fitbit Activity Tracker?!

Please join us on Thursday, June 7th 8:30 a.m., at the Mercyhealth conference room for a Walk With Ease® Reunion Session.  Whether you have been walking with us at Walmart through the winter months or would like to join us and learn what we will be doing for the next 6 week walking session, please save the date above and hope to see you all there!  The Thursday information session line-up will be available after the Reunion.

If you require more information please email or call the Senior Center on days of operation between 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Looking forward to seeing everyone!


SHIP (Senior Health Insurance Program) 

The Senior Health Insurance Program continues with appointments every Monday.

You can schedule for 3:00, 4:00 or 5:00 pm.  Please bring your Medicare card, any other medicare supplement (GAP) insurance card, recent notices from your insurance or Medicare, and a list and doses of medication if you would like to discuss your Part D coverage.  Call the Senior Center at 815-943-2740 to schedule your appointment with our Counselor, Sharon Smith.


Make and Take

Laura Zaraza of Stampin up is here one Monday of every month (check your calendar) to lead us in making beautiful hand-made cards.  Anyone can do it!  It takes about an hour. We have excellent conversations while creating one-of-a-kind greeting cards.  Please join us.  



Art Class – Don’t miss our next Watercolor Session on June 21st at 1:00 with Barb  Youhn! There is a $2.00 fee for supplies.







Wii Exercise and Games

Beginning on Thursday, June 7th at 12:00 pm (right after Bingo) Stay for a few rounds of Wii fun.



Please consider ‘SHOPPING TO SERVE SENIORS on AmazonSmile. You shop exactly as you would on Amazon with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the Senior Center. Go to smile.amazon.com, look for “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on the product detail pages. You use your same Amazon account: Look for “Supporting”
Click on the down arrow.
Click on ”Change”
Look for “Pick” and type in
Harvard Senior Community Center.



The Garden

Monday afternoons, in June through the Harvest, come help weed & tend to the Sr. Center garden and partake of the fruits of our labor!  Big thank you to Kevin Wood (Woody) for creating the garden critters that add fun and color!



SAC Meeting will be on Wednesday, June 13th at 12:00.  If AARP Driver’s Safety class is in session, we will meet in the Lounge.  Feel free to join the discussion.



Spring Fling pics – This year’s Spring Fling raised $262.00!!!  Thank you SO much to all the seniors who participated and donated food, drinks, supplies and lively fun and conversation!  Looking forward to our Fall Bash!!

Phil and Kerry Bruchman are treating the seniors to a wonderful Rosati’s  lunch

on June 20th at 12:00 right after Bingo.  Please join us.






We are doing great with our supplies!  Keep our table in mind when you are grocery shopping! Plates, napkins, cups, plastic wear, food items that we can stretch to last such as trial mixes, popcorn, package cookies, water, and any other drink items you are willing to donate are greatly appreciated.  

Thank you to all who donate to the regular supply and operation of our Center!

Also, a heart-felt thank you to all our seniors who continually strive to create a joyful and welcoming atmosphere here at the Harvard Community Senior Center.  Although we have had our moments of dispute, we always bounce back!!! Thank you for your good-natured spirit that helps us move forward on a positive road for our beloved Center and senior community.

Senior Volunteers & Contributors:

Barb Youhn, Barb Cheek, Peg York, Rose Berglund, Peg Bankson, Deb Marlow, Ruth Greenlee, Beverly Stuyvesant, Dorothy Berry, Kathleen Felice, Ruth Rowe, Verda Blaizer, Mary Lou Collier, Clara Shotliff, Bob Reed, Marilyn Creps, Dan Wirtz, Geri Neff, Bob Bandovich, Daniel Serdar, Chris Zalewski, and Glenda Stewart, Carol Gauger from Websites Done By U Steve Santeler, Sharon Smith, MCCF, Full Circle Foundation, Carol Waggoner, Justin from X-Tek, Tina Maggnetta, Penny Goad, Nancy and Bob Berkholtz

Looking Ahead, Thoughts & Ideas

Kathleen Felice has reached out to McHenry Community College to secure help from Technology students seeking to do internship and/or volunteering for Computer Lab with students who know their way around new technology.

How about a Senior Family Picnic Western Style?  We are looking into inviting a local country band to entertain.  Will keep you posted.

Pancake Breakfast revival.  We are discussing plans to have a pancake, eggs, bacon and sausage breakfast.  Stay tuned.

Corporate Sponsors

Founding Sponsor — The City of Harvard

Diamond  Sponsor –Mercy Harvard Hospital,  American Family Insurance


*First Presbyterian Church of Harvard

* Harvard Ranch for Seniors


*Grant Resource$, LLC

*First National Bank

A-OK, Inc. Harvard Products, Inc.



Shepherd Premier

*The State Bank Group

Community Giving Leaders –

Full Circle Foundation

Covenant Transtions

KA Fund – Bank of America

Board of Directors

Penny Goad, President

Tina Magnetta, Treasurer

Nancy Berkholtz

Mike Clingingsmith

Kathy Schack

Brenda Gratz

Senior Advisory Council

Bob Reed

Barb Rowe – Chair

Barb Cheek – Recording Secretary

Peggy York

Kathleen Felice as Co-Chairperson

Kathleen Robson

Dorothy Berry

Barb Youhn

PEARLS Counselor – Megan Williams

PEARLS Case Manager – Jane Montgomery

Harvard Community Senior Center

6817 Harvard Hills Road, Harvard, IL 60033

Phone: 815.943.2740


Sharon.Smith@harvardseniorcenter.org    Sharon Smith, Grant Manager

Glenda.stewart@harvardseniorcenter.org  Glenda Steward, Site Manager


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