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1/7/2014 11:02:00 AM
There's a new Senior Center board in Williams
Back row from left: Treasurer Ken Malpas and Senior Center Director Max Bishop. Front row from left: President Carolyn Kleck, Vice President Lydia Tanori, Secretary Bonnie Rutt and Sergeant at Arms Flora Hall. Ryan Williams/WGCN
Back row from left: Treasurer Ken Malpas and Senior Center Director Max Bishop. Front row from left: President Carolyn Kleck, Vice President Lydia Tanori, Secretary Bonnie Rutt and Sergeant at Arms Flora Hall. Ryan Williams/WGCN

Marissa Freireich
Williams-Grand Canyon News Reporter


Seniors elected five new officers in November to represent them at the Williams Senior Center. The officers are now preparing to step into their new roles.

Carolyn Kleck is the new Senior Center president.

"I conduct the meetings," Kleck said. "I bring up each topic that we want to discuss and open it up to the floor - old business, new business, any correspondence that we receive, any requests for donations, anything like that."

Kleck added that Senior Center meetings take place once a month and are open to the public.

Lydia Tanori will serve as this year's vice president of the Senior Center.

"I just fill in whenever (Carolyn's) not around," Tanori said. "But you always get involved with whatever goes on here."

Outside of her duties as vice president, Tanori is also the volunteer coordinator for the Senior Center's thrift store.

Bonnie Rutt is the Senior Center's new secretary.

"As secretary, I am the recorder of the meetings," Rutt said. "I record and conduct any correspondence that we might need with the guidance of the president."

Rutt also keeps other Senior Center records and is in charge of reading the previous meeting's minutes at each meeting.

Ken Malpas will serve as this year's treasurer for the Senior Center.

"I take care of the income from the thrift store and I bank it every month," he said.

Malpas added that the Senior Center uses that money for donations and expenses.

Flora Hall is the new sergeant at arms for the Senior Center.

"I go around and keep order," she said.

Hall is also responsible for setting up before meetings and finding people to do the prayer and Pledge of Allegiance.

The Senior Center provides services such as lending out medical equipment to those in need and organizing weekly trips to Flagstaff for medical appointments.

"Our thing is concerned with anything that has to do with the seniors here and to keep it going and to have what we need to function," Tanori said.

According to Kleck, the officers will determine their goals for the year at their meeting this week.

Tanori added that the goals change depending on what the community wants.

"Our main thing is we do a lot of donations," Tanori said. "And that's how we help the community, because we figure they help us keep up our thrift store."

For example, the Senior Center supports local Little League teams and donates meals or clothing from the thrift store to the less fortunate.

"Whatever the community needs the seniors step up and provide it," Kleck said.


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