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RICHLAND SENIORS ASSOCIATION



Info Updated: December 19, 2013

CONTENTS:

1. Richland "House" Souvenir Ornaments

2. Richland Seniors Association - History & Purpose

3. Richland Seniors Association - Membership

4. Building Fund - Richland Community Center


SECTION 1. RICHLAND SOUVENIR ORNAMENTS
Richland Souvenir Ornaments

The Richland Seniors Association is celebrating Richland's heritage in a unique way.
Ornaments depicting some of Richland's alphabet-houses have been designed.
Our local high school mascots are also commemorated on
RICHLAND BOMBERS ornaments and HANFORD FALCONS ornaments.

Ornaments are made of light-weight "gold finish brass." These ornaments
(for your window, souvenir, or Christmas) will be an unusual gift for
parents, neighbors and friends, children, and grandchildren.

ORNAMENTS CURRENTLY AVAILABLE are….

A-House
B-House
Ranch-House
Prefab
F-House
Precut
H-House
C-House
R-House
RICHLAND BOMBERS
HANFORD FALCONS

Ornaments may be purchased in our GIFT SHOP at the new Richland
Community Center (8-5pm). Evening and weekend pick-up can be arranged
(phone Sue, 946-9087).

Ornaments may also be purchased by mail.
Richland Souvenir Ornaments
SEND TO:
Sue Pritchett
1015 Perkins
Richland, WA 99352

Questions?
Sue (RHS-'58) 509-946-9087 or jgsue.p@worldnet.att.net


SECTION 2. RICHLAND SENIORS ASSOCIATION (RSA)
History and Purpose

ABOUT THE GROUP: The Richland Seniors Association (age 50+) was formed
in 1995, with volunteers making up the Board of Directors and Officers.
This "social" organization was originally established to keep in contact
with others in our age-group.

The RSA is incorporated in the State of Washington as a non-profit
organization, with IRS-501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
We have a monthly meeting at the Richland Community Center
(1 pm, third Thursday each month except July and August).

OUR PURPOSE: As our By-Laws specify, our purpose is to "… unite senior
citizens in friendly fellowship… provide educational, recreational, economic,
and community service programs… enable seniors to work together for their… needs,
interests, and enjoyment." The senior population in Richland and the
Tri-Cities area is growing rapidly, and we strive to accommodate
a variety of interests.

FIRST COMMUNITY-SERVICE PROJECT: At a very early gathering of our
group, it was recognized that it would be much more pleasant to meet
in a new (or upgraded) facility. We also felt that more senior citizens
would participate if we had a decent building in which to meet.
The senior center was old (1940s vintage--originally a car
maintenance garage; later a teen center; and then City Library).

We formed a Citizens Committee and worked for two years toward a
new Richland Senior Center. A property-tax bond for the stand-alone
facility failed, but we were undaunted.
After much soul-searching, we decided to work toward a new
Richland Community Center--"a place for all ages"
(combining the current Community House and Senior Center
activities into one facility).
A property-tax bond passed May 18, 1999.

Seniors committed $100,000 to the project. Through a variety
of fundraisers (dances, a chili feed, bazaars, fashion shows, and
yard sales) and donations by individuals and local businesses, we
met that commitment. The RSA presented a $100,000 check to
the City of Richland during Grand Opening ceremonies
on October 19, 2001.

WE DID IT..... The building is beautiful, and it was designed to
hold the activities previously in the old Community House and
old Senior Center. Rooms are also available for rental to Richland
residents and community groups. We're proud of our accomplishments.

The RSA continues fundraising efforts on behalf of the
new Richland Community Center. Additional money is needed for
flagpole, property entrance signs, furnishings, a top-notch sound system, etc.
These funds will not be used for building operating expenses.


SECTION 3. RICHLAND SENIORS ASSOCIATION
Membership

Located in the Tri-Cities (Richland, Kennewick, and Pasco) in
Southeastern Washington, the Richland Seniors Association is
open to anyone who is interested in the welfare of Richland's seniors.
Membership dues are $5 per person per year (January 1 through December 31).
Although younger folks are unable to attend meetings due to
school or work obligations, many have joined as a way to
show their support for our activities.

Dues bring members 5-6 newsletters each year with information about
activities. Dues also pay for postage, stationery, and necessary supplies
for fundraisers (advertising, coffee/punch, plates/napkins, etc.).

Show your support by sending $5 per person to:

RSA Membership Dues
Attn: Stan Spohr, Treasurer
44 Galaxy Lane
Richland, WA 99352

NOTE: We intend that every Richland citizen who wishes to become a
member can do so. If we learn of someone who cannot afford
dues, we'll make them a member--no questions asked. Our treasurer,
Stan Spohr, will be happy to discuss this with them.


SECTION 4. BUILDING FUND - RICHLAND COMMUNITY CENTER

A special Building Fund account has been established by the
Richland Seniors Association for all donations. In a signed Trust
Agreement, the Building Fund account is specifically designated for the
new Center. Donations to the Building Fund are not co-mingled
with membership dues, etc.

You can help with a generous contribution to the Building Fund.
Donations of $25 or more will be acknowledged by letter, and the
donor's name will be engraved onto artwork in the lobby. Large
donations will be announced to the public (only if you wish);
media events will happily be arranged.
MEMORIALS and HONORARIUMS are additional ways to show that you care.
You can make a donation "in memory of [parent, neighbor, etc.]"
You can even make a donation "in honor of [parent, teacher, or…]"
who is still living. Memorials and honorariums will be engraved
on the artwork in the lobby area of the new facility.

SEND ALL DONATIONS to:

RSA Building Fund
c/o Stan Spohr, Treasurer
44 Galaxy Lane
Richland, WA 99352


ABOUT THE ARTWORK: The Richland Seniors Association commissioned a
Northwest artist to design and construct artwork that acknowledges
donations of $25 or more. The artist developed a wonderful sculpture
he titled STAFF OF LIFE. The metal sculpture is unbelievably
beautiful and reflects our area very well. The sculpture depicts
a silvery moon behind stalks of wheat (this description does not do it
justice--you must see it to appreciate its beauty).

There are several levels of giving:
Level #1 - $10,000+ (single name per leaf)
through Level #7 - $25 (50-60 names per plaque)
For details, contact the RSA


Examples of donor name possibilities: John Smith, John & Mary Smith,
Family of John Smith, Smith Tool Company, In Memory of Joe Block, Columbia River Dance Club.

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    Picture of all the Letter houses with link to a page for each house
    Richland Souvenir Ornaments - including order form


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