Spring Fling is Thursday in Worthington
WORTHINGTON — “Earn – Share – Give” is the theme for the annual Spring Fling for Seniors event, which is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday at American Reformed Church, 1720 N. Burlington Ave.
The event is coordinated by the Nobles County Senior Concerns Committee, whose members include representatives from regional agencies and organizations as well as seniors.
“The Earn – Share – Give theme is summed up by what you are given you should have gratitude for to make the gift,” said Anne Foley, chairman of the Nobles County Senior Concerns Committee.
Foley said the name of the committee might be in for a change in the near future.
“We had a ‘Boomers Summit’ where we gathered about 50 to 100 community members and asked them age-specific questions,” Foley explained. “What we found was that the Baby Boomer generation prefers to not be referred to as seniors. Most of them are kind of sandwiched between helping their own parents who are seniors with services and assistance, or they’re very involved with their kids and grandchildren’s lives.”
While the committee is looking for a new name, it has yet to decide on one.
The Spring Fling event was also a topic at the Boomer Summit, at which time the committee decided that two different times were preferable for the event — instead of it only taking place during the daytime.
“Most of the people that will attend the Spring Fling are still working,” Foley said.
“What we found out at the summit was that people love the event, but they are not willing to take a full day off of work to attend it,” Foley said. “Their suggestion was to make it as close to the end of the work day as possible, which is why we scheduled two separate times.”
Foley said the same speakers, entertainment and booths will be part of both Spring Fling time blocks, so that people don’t miss out on anything. The daytime hours, though, will be geared toward seniors, as a lasagna lunch will be provided at 11:45 a.m. The evening program is for boomers, and there will be munchies and finger food to snack on instead of a sit-down meal.
The keynote speaker at the event this year will be the Revs. Mark and Margaret Yackel-Juleen, who have created their own non-profit organization called Shalom Hill Farm.
“The whole theme of the event has some philanthropic undertones to it, and we’re sprinkling the seeds of giving back to the community,” Foley said.
Mark and Margaret Yackel-Juleen are active in the local community and are residents of rural Jeffers. They both had jobs in the pulpit, but wanted to give back to the community. They will be speaking about rural ministry in Greater Minnesota.
Shalom Hill Farm, their non-profit organization and retreat center, is a home to retreats and meetings for different kinds of organizations. They also host different seminars at the farm, and students from the University of Minnesota come down to spend quality time at the farm and to experience what a farm is like.
“They talk to students about rural Minnesota and the great things about it and also the challenges,” Foley explained. “Not every student will get their first call for a job in the Twin Cities. It might be in a place like Fulda or Brewster, and at least now they’ll have a small taste of it.”
Foley said she hopes people take away from the presentation that they can help their community with more than just money.
The entertainment speaker will be Pat McGill, who will be speaking on the “Power of Five.”
“McGill has spoken at various things in the community before and she’s very funny, but she also has a message,” Foley said.
There will also be more than 20 booths set up with free trinkets for attendees to have, as well as fun door prizes.
Anyone attending the event must register. For more information or to register by phone, call Community Education at 376-6105.
Daily Globe Reporter Erin Trester may be reached at 376-7322.