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LOCKNEY – Have you ever thought about all that Lockney Senior Citizens has to offer?
Laverne Carthel had a dream to start a Senior Citizen Center in Lockney right after he attended a meeting in Hale Center at their Senior Citizen Building.
On Thursday, January 29, 1987 his dream came true with the firsts meeting being held. The agenda for the first meeting was to discuss what the vision for the Senior Citizen Center be and what the Center would do for the citizens of Lockney. The discussed varies programs, activities, formal luncheons and the frequencies of future meetings. The most important topic discussed was the location of the new meetings. After the meeting the 42 attendees enjoyed some good old fashion fun… games of 42, bridge, dominos, and varies other board games.
The second meeting was held on February 5, 1987 with more than 40 Lockneyites attending. Retired Judge Robert Work of Crosbyton who advised the group of the next steps needed to make their dream happen. During the meeting many ideas were presented on potential locations with parking and storage being a key priority.
The third meeting was held on February 12, 1987 which began with a Mexican buffet, musical entertainment and an auction. Dorothy Stansell was elected as Chairman with B.J. Wofford, Edna Workman and Bill Thomas all a part of this committee.
Later that month the Senior Citizens purchased the Lena Fay dry goods store which was located on West College street for $10,000.
The very first Board of Directors were elected. They were O.C. Allison as President, Laverne Carthel as Vice President, Hazel Johnson as Treasurer, and Virginia Sissney as Secretary.
Throughout the year the Center held several fundraisers and were able to raise $17,000 which they were able to purchase equipment, renovate the new building, as well pave the parking lot.
In May 1987 the membership to the Senior Citizen Center climbed to over 140 members, which was remarkable. They continued to hold various fundraises to help improve the building. Everyone’s hard work and dedication paid off. On October 11, 1987 the Senior Citizen Center open house was held with Mayor Dan Smith cutting the ribbon.
The Senior Citizens Building has seen many changes over the years, but one thing is for sure it is an important asset to our community.
Everyone is invited to come out and play Bingo on the 3rd Monday of each month at 6 p.m. They will serve a meal at 5:30 p.m.
Membership rates are $30 per year. With the membership you will receive discounts on many meal options that are serviced at the Center.
If you are looking for a place to hold a baby shower, family reunion, or a company party please call Renee Armstrong at 806-652-2745. Remember this is a place where our community can come together to rejoice with one another. This is a place that we can have fun, spend time with our wonderful friends and loved ones. We can make memories here that will last a life time.
“Over the Christmas holiday the Center ran into a little trouble, Armstrong said. “We had a refrigerator go out. Lucky we were still there. Sparks flew out of the bottom and smelled like smoke.” Senior Citizens is now in need of help from our community.
A new refrigerator is desperately needed, and heating duct work is needed to heat the back room where Lockney’s Rotary holds meeting. About $5,000 is needed to purchase the new appliance and to complete the heating duct repairs.
“The Center is a nonprofit” said Armstrong. “We rely on the kindness and generosity of the community,”
If you’d like to donate to the Center, you can drop off your gift with Renee. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated.