2017 1st Quarter Newsletter

First Quarter, January – March, 2017  (click to download pdf file with images)

Bruce, of Teton Valley Weather, reminds us ….

It gets slippery out there!  Sidewalks and parking lots become a sheet of ice or blanket of snow, and what’s a walker to do to keep from piling up on the ground?

One answer is to attend a Fit and Fallproof class to keep yourself in shape for getting around.  It’s one of several classes offered at the Senior Center from time to time, and any of them can benefit your well being out on the ice and snow, or any other time.  Check with the Center for schedules and details.

Another solution is a good ol’ walking stick.  For extra security in icy weather, you can take one of those retractable claws that sometimes come on the end of a crutch and put it on the end of your stick.  When it’s slippery, flip those claws down and keep yourself a little bit steadier.

Yaktrax, or some similar brand of removable traction cleats for the bottom of your shoes are another option on slick ground.  They can really add grip to the soles of your shoes or boots in the snow.  But you have to remember to take them off when you go indoors.  Trax can slide on certain kinds of floors, especially poured concrete, and especially when they’re wet; making it more likely you’ll fall instead of less.  We don’t want that!

Whatever you use to keep yourself upright, do get out and enjoy our fabulous winters here in Teton Valley.  They have a special kind of beauty that people travel the world to find and we should never take for granted.

Our newsletter will be published monthly beginning in April.  Watch for this exciting change!
Thanks Teton County, Idaho and Teton County, Wyoming for your yearly support of our Senior/Community Center and our Home Delivered Meals program!
Living Well with Diabetes

Seniors West of the Tetons, in conjunction with Qualis Health, will be offering a free workshop open to anyone living with diabetes.  The purpose of the workshop is to learn how to better manage your diabetes or to help you live with and understand a loved one with diabetes.  Topics include healthy eating, safe exercise, managing medications, communication skills, dealing with depression & stress, and preventing low blood sugar.

The workshop is a six week course  Wednesdays from 1:00 – 3: PM at the Seniors West of the Tetons Community Center, 60 S Main, Driggs.

Call Brenda Franson (208) 383-5940 to register for this free, 6-week workshop.

Seniors West of the Tetons’ mission is to provide health, nutrition and social connections for seniors in Teton Valley, Idaho and Wyoming.  Adopted January 2015

Join us for lunch Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays from Noon to 1 O’clock.

60 S Main Driggs Idaho 83422

PO Box 871 Driggs Idaho 83422

(208) 354-6973

www.tetonseniors.com/ swot@tetonseniors.com

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SWOT Board of Directors:

Bruce Mason –Chair

Jeanne Fagg – Vice Chair

Jo Haddox – Secretary

Lauralie Blake – Treasurer

JP Trudelle- HDM Coordinator

Ty Young

Sheila Russell

Eva Marmsater

 If you are interested in being on our Board of Directors, being an ambassador or volunteering, please call us at 354-6973 or email us at


 For Home Delivered Meals:

Call Eastern Idaho Community Action Partnership


Or for more information call


The Chairperson’s Corner:

Hello Teton Valley!

It seems that every day something new and wonderful happens at our beautiful Community Center.  As 2016 draws to a close, let’s look back at some of them.

During 2016 our Center got a great new look.  Those plain beige walls were livened up with a bit of beautiful green paint in just the right places.  Looks great!  Thanks to our friends at SilverStar, we have a nice new flat screen smart TV and Roku service in the lobby for you to enjoy after a good meal.  And at last report, the furnace problems that have bothered us in years past are over; it was toasty warm in the Center as temperatures dropped outside this week.

Some of the upgrades were behind the scenes where most visitors never see.  In the kitchen, our old floor has been improved and brought up to specs without cracks or peeling.  Numerous repairs and upgrades were made to our kitchen appliances, large and small, most notably repairs to our dish washer and a new professional glass front refrigerator.  And in the office, our new high capacity copier/printer is just the start of other high tech upgrades in the works.

But by far, the most wonderful gifts we have been blessed with are the people here.  Everyone from our many guests and donors to our Staff and Board of Directors is enjoying the Center and their part in making it grow and better serve our community.  Their enjoyment shows and is contagious.  Volunteers show up almost every day, eager to offer their skills in support of our very satisfying work.

THANK YOU to everyone involved in the community give-and-take that makes a true Community Center like ours the smashing success it is.  That goes for everyone, young and old, who has come and enjoyed one of our now 4 times weekly Community Lunches, received one of our Home Delivered Meals or volunteered to deliver them, attended one of our special events or leased the Center for one of your own, or donated anything from cash to cattle to furniture to electronics.  It goes for all of our generous grantors and volunteers who pitch in their skills and talents and resources, everything from making music to scraping floors to repairing appliances to leading classes and clinics to cooking.  It goes for our amazing inspired Board members and to our fabulous Staff and professional helpers, artists in the kitchen and in accounting and in information technology.  Without any of you, this place simply could not work.  We appreciate you more than we can say, but our commitment to our Mission Statement will make that appreciation visible to all, every day of 2017.  We promise!

Happy New Year!

Bruce Mason, Chairman and Best Beard


Heidi Hochstrasser

Phil Campbell

Robert Young Sr

Elda Wood

Darla Zollinger

Gregory Moffat

Mary Woolstenhulme Walker

Sara Peterson Brown

George Dockery

Mary Hill

Bud Squires

Timothy Soose

Director’s Minute

The old year passes and a New Year begins … a time of reflection and goal setting is the tradition.

We have lost some dear friends and have gained many new ones.  We have new Board members, and new ideas and energy.  We will be changing to a bigger, better newsletter in April and we always welcome your feedback.  It’s your community center!

We plan to start some classes and clubs so let us know any special requests.  Alta Elementary has asked us to develop a “mentor” program for some wisdom in the lives of youngsters.  We will begin our lap craft club in January.

I am personally so grateful for the opportunity to serve the community and I am very appreciative of all the love and support I receive in doing this job.  I couldn’t do it on my own!!

May we all have peace and prosperity in 2017!

Debra Parsons

Introducing Seniors West of the Tetons newest Board member:

Eva Marmsater

I was born in Stockholm, Sweden 1946. I married Lars Marmsater 1974 and we have 3 boys. We all 5 moved to Florida June 1991 where Lars had got a great job. We came over to US to stay here for 3 years and we are still here. Lars and I have become naturalized citizens.

All 3 boys live here in the US, one in Boulder, one in Atlanta and one here in Driggs with us.

I’m a retired nurse, got my education in Sweden and graduated 1970. I have worked as a nurse in the US after taking my RN test here 1993. I have worked in the psychiatric field here for 5 years, as a home health nurse for 10 years and last I was sales manager for a pharmacy in Panama City.

When we both retired we decided to move from Florida and after a recommendation of our oldest son to look at Victor and Driggs, we found a lovely house in City of Driggs and moved here January 2015.

We love this area, people are very friendly and helpful. We also like to hike, bike and ski. We have a motorhome and we would like to visit all national parks and Idaho’s state parks.

I’m excited to join the Senior Center’s board. I’m also a board member of the Teton Valley Aquatic Center.

Eva at Music on Main, Summer, 2016

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Each office is independently Owned and Operated

Call Sharon Froberg and ask her about the Supplemental Food Program for senior citizens!!

Her number is 399-2020 to sign up for your provisions box!!

Health Clinics at SWOT Community Center from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Toenail Clinic: 3rd Tuesday of each month – may change due to scheduling conflicts

Blood Pressure: 2nd Thursday of each month

Mark your calendar!

Join us — Moose Gumbo plays for lunch the last Thursday of the month

Jan 12 – Knitting, crochet & lap craft club – held the 2nd Thursday of each month

Jan 16-20 – Snow  Stomping & Ice Sculpting on the City Plaza

Jan 21 – Snow Ball

Feb 1 – Mar 8 – Diabetic Management Workshop, Wednesdays 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Feb 14 – Annual Valentine Dinner

Mar 16 – St Patrick’s Day Luncheon


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