Chamber honors Pickens Senior Center

PICKENS — The Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce recently congratulated the Pickens Senior Center for being its Chamber Member of the Month. The Senior Citizens of Pickens Inc. is a non-profit organization founded on the principles of securing a permanent meeting place for the seniors of Pickens. The organization also seeks to provide fellowship, recreational activities and communal meals to the senior citizens of the Pickens area.

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Pictured are Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce board president Liza Holder and the many members and supporters of the Pickens Senior Center.

This encourages seniors to be active mentally, physically and socially in order to better live their lives with quality and dignity. The senior center also recently announced the upcoming opening of its state-of-the-art auditorium by the end of the year. This 165-person capacity auditorium will soon host a multitude of events and will be a great addition to the community.

“Time and time again, I hear how unbelievable our senior center is and what a gem we have in our backyard, and it truly is,” chamber director Kim Smagala said. “Thank you to all the many members, volunteers, and supporters of this fabulous organization.”

Meals, which are all volunteered prepared, are served at below cost of the requested donation. Fitness classes are free and provided by Cannon Hospital for the senior center in exchange for space to do their other classes.

Entertainment (all volunteer) and education are included for the donation for lunch or dinner. The center is in the substantially renovated Hagood School, owned by the city of Pickens but leased and renovated by Senior Citizens of Pickens. The center also has a small lending library and internet access. There is a nominal annual membership fee, and membership is open to anyone over 55 in the area.