BY KRISTIN SCHULTZ
NISKAYUNA — “It has been said that if you continually give, you’ll continually have,” town Councilwoman Lisa Weber said at a program to recognize Niskayuna Senior Center volunteers.
Twenty-one volunteers had an afternoon of appreciation Feb. 15 for the giving they have done.
Town Supervisor Joe Landry, Senior Center Coordinator Rosemarie Mullaney and program assistant Sue Whitaker joined Weber in handing out certificates and calling attention to each individual’s contribution.
Maryde King was specially recognized for 30 years of teaching line dancing. Every Tuesday, King can be counted on to instruct and call out steps.
“It is astounding to think of think of her coming once a week to teach and lead line dancing to an ever-changing group for three decades,” said Mullaney. “We are so appreciative of her commitment to this program and for sharing her time and talent with so many others throughout the years.”
Others were recognized for their work in 17 of the 35 senior center programs including teaching computer classes, organizing and library, working in the garden, and participating in the Pages Across Ages reading program at Craig Elementary School.
Attendees enjoyed fruit, coffee and cake, as well as a video presentation that celebrated the volunteers in service in 2016.
“This is better than my bar mitzvah,” said library organizer and volunteer Ted Vinick.
“[The Senior Center] saved my life,” said volunteer Elizabeth Paul. “I was disabled and didn’t go anywhere, but this has become my second home.”
Among other programs, Paul has been involved in the center’s MoonCatcher project, which makes washable fabric pads that enable girls in poor countries to stay in school during their menstrual periods. She even delivered some to India on a visit last year.
“We are pleased to recognize the valuable contributions of our volunteers,” said Mullaney.
A total of 32 volunteers offer their time for senior center programs; 21 were present for Wednesday’s appreciation event and 11 couldn’t attend. Also in attendance were Nicole Salamone, town director of administration, and Lori Peretti, the town’s coordinator of community programs.