Phelps County Senior Companions celebrate 41 years – News – The Rolla Daily News – Rolla, MO – Missouri News

Phelps County Senior Companions celebrate 41 years – News – The Rolla Daily News – Rolla, MO –  Missouri News

The Phelps County Senior Companions celebrated over forty years of success with a hoedown-styled luncheon on Tuesday, June 13. New companions were honored alongside those who have been with the program for more than 20 years.

The Phelps County Senior Companions celebrated over forty years of success with a hoedown-styled luncheon on Tuesday, June 13. New companions were honored alongside those who have been with the program for more than 20 years.

Commissioner Gary Hicks gave an invocation before attendees were treated to a barbecue lunch courtesy of Bandannas. After lunch, Presiding Commissioner Randy Verkamp  gave a brief introduction before allowing Representative Jason Chipman to take the podium.

Rep. Chipman began by quoting Ghandi, saying “the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”

“I’m reminded of the senior citizens of our state,” Chipman said. “Seniors that have proven time and time again their willingness to jump at the opportunity to serve others. “

Chapman added that “right now our older population is growing at an unprecedented pace…and right now they are looking at ways to give back to their communities.”

The representative’s speech talked about the “far-reaching positive ripples,” of the program. According to Chipman, the Senior Companions program in Phelps County allows senior citizens to use the skills they’ve spent a lifetime honing in order to help others to maintain their independence and live their best possible life.

Chapman said the program is “fulfilling a need and…

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