Monthly President’s Report MAY 2019 It’s May already! Spring is in full bloom and summer is just around the corner. With the Memorial Day holiday on May 27, we will be remembering our loved ones that have passed. Their gifts and lessons are the foundation of all the good things we enjoy today. Keeping memories of them alive on this day and always is a loving way to honor them. Another day for remembrance in May is Mother’s Day. We all know that mothers are special people who mean so much to all of us. Reach out to your mothers on this day, be it in memory or person, and let them know they are loved. I would like to acknowledge the work that was quietly happening at Active Generations from January to April 13. The 60 AARP Tax-Aide Volunteers were helping people file their taxes as part of a wonderful assistance program. These appointment takers and tax counselors completed over 2500 tax returns. This a fantastic community service that we thank AARP, Citi, and the IRS for sponsoring along with thanking these volunteers for giving of their time and talents. Some of you will be reading this article before our 18th Annual Gourmet Guys fundraising event happens on Sunday, April 28th. This event raises money for all the Active Generations departments and programs. Winners from the event and photos will be in the June paper. However, I want to acknowledge all the groups and people that are making this event a huge success again this year: Our financial and in-kind sponsors like our three Signature Sponsors, First PREMIER Bank and PREMIER Bankcard and The First National Bank in Sioux Falls. Our five Gold Sponsors, Avera Health, Citi, Ophthalmology Ltd., Sammons Financial Group, and Sanford Health. A complete list of all sponsors will be available in the June paper. Our 30 Gourmet Guys, their assistants and their excellent culinary skills. A complete list of chefs and their assistants will be listed in the June paper. Over 70 volunteers that work before, during and after the event to make it run smoothly. The Gourmet Guys planning committee led by Marilyn Paddock, Avera Heart Hospital; Chris Conrad, First Bank & Trust; Stacia Klock, Touchmark at All Saints; Dee Lundeen, Community Volunteer; Veronica Houston, AG Board member; Sandy Johnson, Community Volunteer; Linda Olson, Avera; Newt Anderson, Avera Heart Hospital; Brad Coleman, Sandford Health. Be sure to attend some of the activities that are happening at Active Generations in May. Start with the Active Living Expo on May 2rd and use that information to spring into a healthier life. The Spring Follies with the Gold’n Silver Drama club will be a joyful event on May 9th as well as the Book Sale on May 8th – May 10th. Or you can get your feet moving at the Spring Fling Dance on May 21nd. Hope to see you at these events throughout the month!