Above -Rhonda Stokebrand speaks to the Exeter-Milligan seniors and their grandparents at the Senior to Senior Breakfast.
Below – The Exeter-Milligan seniors enjoying breakfast at the Exeter Senior Center.
It’s always a good thing to have a little breakfast in your stomach before you go to graduation practice and the Exeter Senior Center has made that happen for Exeter-Milligan seniors for fourteen years in a row.
Of course, it’s an added bonus that they invite the grandparents of each Exeter-Milligan senior to attend breakfast together at the Exeter Senior Center.
Friday morning 11 of the 13 graduates joined over thirty of their grandparents for a delicious breakfast of egg casseroles, homemade rolls, fruit, juice and coffee.
This program, the senior to senior breakfast, was initiated by Elva McBride, a long-time member of the Exeter Senior Center.
Rhonda Stokebrand, who works with Fillmore County Senior Services, spoke at the event noting, “It’s the parents who get all the recognition as they should. But we also know how important the love and support of grandparents can be in the lives of their grandchildren.”
The students and their grandparents were served the breakfast by the many volunteers at the senior center. Stokebrand also introduced all the officers of the Senior Center board of directors who were present.
After breakfast was consumed, Stokebrand asked the seniors to introduce themselves and elaborate on their plans after graduation. She also asked them to introduce all of their grandparents and family members who were present.
The grandparents were also given an opportunity to share stories about the graduates and evicted a few laughs from the crowd. The success of the class on the sports field and academically was mentioned. Also, the grandparents were very proud of the four graduates who are Eagle scouts.
J.J. and Judy Dinneen were invited as grandparents to the event and expressed their thanks to the senior center, “We both think it is a great experience and we are so excited that the senior center does this every year. It’s a great way to spend time with our senior graduates and for them to relax in the morning.”
Stokebrand reminded the graduates, “No matter what, always remember you’ll always have a link to the Exeter and Milligan communities and family, friends and neighbors like us who are thinking of you and supporting you all the way.”
The graduates enjoyed some time visiting with their grandparents at the conclusion of the breakfast.
The senior center gave away two Casey’s gifts cards to the graduates by drawing the names of Spencer Papik and Kirby Soukup.
Above – Elliot Erdkamp visits with his grandmother Kate Harre, left, and his great Aunt Jody Senter after the Senior to Senior breakfast.
Below – Jack Dinneen visits with his grandmothers Maxine Filipi, left, and Judy Dinneen, right after the Senior to Senior breakfast.