Exeter-Milligan senior Claire White shares a special moment at the Senior to Senior Breakfast with her grandmother Bonnie Cudaback .
The Exeter Senior Center was full of grandparents and special guests for the Senior to Senior Breakfast.
It’s a tradition now, the Exeter-Milligan seniors are invited to the Exeter Senior Center for breakfast before graduation but they also get to share the time with special seniors in their own lives, their grandparents.
For eleven years the members of the Exeter Senior Center have baked breakfast casseroles and muffins, decorated the Senior Center and honored both sets of seniors.
The project started when then board member Elva McBride recalled the special breakfast her own school had and wanted to duplicate that in her adopted community of Exeter. The Senior Center recognized Elva for this contribution with a bouquet of flowers.
Fillmore County Senior Services advisor Brenda Motis noted that the idea met with some resistance “as all new ideas do,” but after a few years it became a popular event. It gives the graduating class a few extra moments with their grandparents without parents around.
After the meal was served Motis took the opportunity to talk to the group. She reminded the seniors that "No matter what, always remember you'll always have a link to the Exeter and Milligan communities and family and friends and neighbors like us who are thinking of you and supporting you all the way. We take the time to acknowledge the time and effort your grandparents and special friends have put into your lives.”
When the group had finished eating, the graduating seniors were asked to introduce themselves, tell the audience about their future plans and introduce their grandparents and guests.
In addition to serving the breakfast the Senior Center also held a drawing for Casey's gift certificates. The female gift went to Brittni Kotas and the male gift went to Brady Bristol. They also drew names for all of the balloon bouquets that were used as decorations.
The volunteers who made the event possible were Elva Mc Bride, Evelyn Elznic, Bonnie Cudaback, Evelyn Michl, Doris Hall, Roma Rhodes, Elaine Krejci, Marion Geiger, LaVonne Guthrie, and Frances Pracheil