Dear Friends,

As so many of you have done, I am retiring! My last day as executive director for Red
Wing Area Seniors, Inc. will be no later than Wednesday, September 30th. 

I have been with RWAS for more than 13 years. During that time I have grieved the loss
of my parents, gained a son-in-law, witnessed the birth of two grandchildren, and celebrated with my husband on his retirement. There’s been a lot of living and, I hope, even more ahead for me.

I’ve been with the organization through the expansion of Annadee’s Closet to its downtown location, the purchase of the Pottery Annex building, and the creation of Pier 55. Red Wing Area Seniors, Inc. has given me the opportunity to serve my community, and for that I am grateful.

What am I going to be doing after I retire? Cleaning out and organizing our basement is
something that must be done, but playing with my 3– and 5-year-old grandchildren sounds like more fun! I know I’m still going to be traveling with RWAS. Mark and I have already signed up for the San Diego & Baja Cruise in January.

My thanks to the Board members I worked with over all these years. Each one of you
shared your time, talents and treasures in your own way, but always to the betterment of Red Wing Area Seniors, Inc. Thank you for the challenges that inspired and the support that encouraged.

And my thanks to all of you! We shared laughter and a few tears together. From you
I learned about living each day to the fullest and letting go of things that cannot be
changed. You showed me that growing older takes courage and that true love requires daily commitment and the occasional adventure!


Please join me for a cup of coffee and a piece of cake at the Good Life Celebration on Friday, September 25th at 3:00-5:00 pm. While you’re here, please sign your name on my “memory pillow”. I’m leaving this place with so many great memories. I wish all of you good health, good friends and good times! 


                                                                       Nancy Swanson
Author Adventures! 
Mary Logue is an author of at least seven adult mysteries in the Claire Watkins series, five books of poetry, 10 children/young reader books and a number of other
stand-alone fiction and non-fiction books, and she lives nearby!  She enjoys being "bi-riverbank", living on both the Minnesota and Wisconsin sides of the Mississippi.
We are fortunate and excited that Mary has consented to do a talk entitled "Creativity and Longevity" along with book signing/sales at our "Good Life" open house on Friday, September 25.  To prepare for the spectacular occasion, we have scheduled  book explorations at Pier 55:

Blood Country      Friday, Sept. 18, 10:30-11:30am

Buy your own copy, or order through Red Wing Public Library.
Call to reserve your spot.  Deadline for reservations is Sept. 14th.
ABOUT US
Pier 55 is open to all individuals age 55 and over.The Center is handicapped accessible and no one shall be refused access to programs because of race, religion, sex, color, economic status, or disability.

MISSION
Our mission as Red Wing Area Seniors, Inc. is to enhance, stimulate, accommodate and support ever-changing
and active lives.

CONTACTS
Phone 651-327-2255
Mon - Frid.  9:00 to 4:00    Harrison Street, Suite 2
Red Wing, MN 55066 reception.pier55@gmail.com
"Like" us  on facebook.
Officers
President.................Tom Walsh
Vice-president......... Ralph Ryan
Secretary............... Jack Strobel
Treasurer............  Gary Johnson
Past President...Marcy Underwood

Directors:   
Sandy Giles           Kathy Holthe
Dan Mjolsness      Ben Stephani
Phil McNairy          Teresa Miller

Staff
Nancy Swanson....Executive    Director
Tonya Schmitt ......Program Coordinator
Shirley Perkins...............
                   Administrative Assistant
Sheryle Plank.....Annadee's Manager
John Simanski.....  Annadee’s Janitor


Hours 
Monday- Friday  9 am to 4 pm
Time to Celebrate.Coming in September.

Mark Your Calendar! Friday, September 25, 10a-6p
Pier 55 will host a big variety of activities. What’s in the works? Mini golf: play and/or design your own hole, line dancing, 50s/60s/70s dance, art classes, square dance basics, pottery wheel practice, fitness, yoga and cooking classes, caregiver toolbox, “Creativity and Longevity” talk by author Mary Logue, stress-relief, and MORE!

The event is free, but some activities may have small fees. Registration for activities is a must, or they may be canceled due to low enrollment. Look for details in September’s newsletter or on the website (www.redwingareaseniors.org).   This is a true community event, packed with active fun for everyone! Bring family and friends;  make it a date!
Care for the city
flower baskets.
             Live Your Adventure

September 27-October 3 is Active Aging Week, and the theme is  "'Live Your Adventure".  On Friday, September 25, we host our Good Life Celebration.  Throughout the day, there will be many opportunities for you to live your adventure by trying something new, something you haven't done in years, or something you already enjoy. After the 25th, and throughout the month of October, we have a number of great "new" things for you partake. The options include (but are not limited to) Hay Creek Cabin, Meditation, "powerful Tools for Caregivers", Yoga Flow, "Eat Smart, Live Strong", and "The Singing Cowgirl"! Live your adventure with Red Wing Area Seniors, Inc.!
Walk to End Alzheimer's

Get some exercise and fresh air, while supporting research to end Alzheimer's. Encourage friends and family members to walk with you. 1 mile and 3 mile options.
Free to walk. Saturday, September 26 at Colvill Park
9am Registration — 10am Opening Ceremony
Join the RWAS team and walk with us! For information call 651-327-2255 or
go to: alz.org/walk.
 
Wish Nancy well on her next adventure!