Re-introducing Lakewood's own..Barton Senior Center!

Jean Anne Finlin, Director with Curt Brosky, Managing Director.
Barton Senior Center enters a new and exciting future with a new director on board. Jean Anne Finlin has been named to the position, replacing Charlotte Crews, who served for 11 years and retired in May amid much fanfare.

Finlin brings a history of skilled management and innovations from her 20-plus years of experience with the Cuyahoga County Department of Children and Family services as well as her work with the Lakewood Christian Service Center. She has successfully organized and planned numerous special events and fundraising activities for a variety of organizations. Finlin is active as a volunteer with the Lakewood Christian Service Center and is a member of the Forum for Volunteer Administrators and the Lakewood Advisory Counsel of Hospice of the Western Reserve. She is also a representative on the Community Relations Committee of Lakewood Hospital and has volunteered with the American Red Cross Disaster Services Team, assisting those who have been displaced due to disasters or fires. Living in Lakewood for over 25 years with her children Meghan and Tim, Finlin is familiar with the city, the community and the numerous amenities Lakewood has to offer its residents.

"The Barton Center's outstanding services and enriching programs for 'mature persons,' who want to remain active and learn new skills, bring even more incentives to remain in the community and join the 700 members and 300 volunteers," Finlin stated.

Barton Center is an activity center for people 55 and over and is located at 14300 Detroit Avenue in Lakewood on the ground floor of the Westerly Apartments. As a 501(C)(3)non-profit entity, Barton Center is a self-supporting organization that continues to thrive thanks to donations and fundraising events coordinated by those in the community who realize it's enhanced programming and commitment to seniors is surpassed by no other local organization. The Barton Center opened in 1964 as the first in Ohio, and became a model for many other centers. Today, it is still one of the biggest and best!

According to Finlin, Barton Center is an outstanding organization to join due to the variety of daily activities and events presented. People come to Barton Center from all over Greater Cleveland to meet old friends and make new ones, and to enjoy socials, luncheons, parties, special events and holiday affairs. Others participate in activities, classes, and programs, or visit the shops. The shops include Hodge Podge, a resale shop, and BookNook, both open to the public on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. There is also the Corner Store, Greenhouse and Beauty Shop. The Computer Center presents numerous educational and health related programs such as computer classes, book reviews, exercise classes, and ceramics classes. The Wellness Center offers blood pressure testing by Lakewood Hospital nurses, as well as podiatrist visits on a weekly basis. Barton Center truly meets many of the needs of mature adults in the community and is one of the best kept secrets in town!

New members are always welcome at Barton Senior Center. Just contact the Barton Center at 216-221-3400 to set up a time to view and/or participate in an activity before joining. Membership is only $15.00 per year and includes a copy of Barton Center's monthly newsletter the "Breeze". Individual volunteers and organizational supporters are also welcome to assist with various activities such as helping in the office, assisting with table top bowling, ice cream socials, pancake breakfasts, and special dinners. The Barton Center is here for you, the mature individual who wants more to do.

"Take advantage of us!", says Finlin.
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Volume 2, Issue 18, Posted 9:09 AM, 08.18.06