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Marion team to help seniors "reach higher" in the community
by DJ Kauffman Correspondent · June 15th, 2017

"My goal is to make Marion a place where people of all ages experience an unequaled quality of life," said Mayor Nicolas AbouAssaly during a Seniors Connection meeting on Monday, June 12, at 8:30 a.m. in City Hall.

Such meetings have been set in the conference room for the second Monday, every other month, from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m., where progress reports are given and ideas are discussed about how to help area seniors stay connected. The sessions are open to the public and seniors are encouraged to attend.

The group was established by the Mayor after he took office, in response to concerns seniors conveyed to him while he was campagning for the position. Some seniors worry they may be left behind as the City progresses forward, AbouAssaly said. "This is one way of letting seniors know they are a vital part in the community."

Last year, the Mayor began by inviting City leaders and senior community supporters, such as Aging Services, to a meeting on the matter. As the group began to form, several members have taken on vital committee roles. "With the Mayor's support we have this group going," said Summit Pointe Community Outreach Director Cathy Weber.

Besides Weber, those present at the meeting were the Mayor, City Council Member Paul Draper, and Senior Community Representative Dianne Kamp. They discussed developing strategies in packaging and publicizing available information for seniors, as well as, ways to receive feedback from seniors. Transportation, discounts, meals, and social interaction are some of the concerns facing community seniors. "We can be a sounding board for seniors," Draper said.

"Seniors want to keep active and healthy," Weber said. And "one of our biggest successes is at Lowe Park." According to Weber, a Lowe Park luncheon, held on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 11:30 a.m., has been a huge success in helping seniors stay connected.

During the event, speakers from the City, library, etc. talk about issues facing seniors today, while those attending enjoy a reduced price meal thanks to Summit Pointe, Weber said. "It is a great way to offer seniors a quality of life we all enjoy." (Transportation is not currently provided.)

Other events and opportunities seniors might enjoy are the Farmer's Market and volunteering in the community. Kamp said Marion Hy-Vee has agreed to display submitted senior event and activity table tents, in their eatery. The Marion Public Library and Park & Recreation also offers several fun, free events.


There are many ways to stay up-to-date on the latest parks and recreation news, programs, events & more

1. City Website―

2. Facebook―Marion Parks and Recreation Department

3. Monthly E-newsletters―Contact the Parks and Recreation office at 447-3590 to be added to the distribution list and receive our monthly e-newsletter.

4. Phone―Call us at Lowe Park, 447-3590 or

Call us at Thomas Park, 447-3580

5. Visit Us―At Lowe Park, 4500 N 10th Street or

At Thomas Park, 343 Marion Boulevard" '[]

Marion Public Library; 1095 6th Avenue. "Ask a Librarian when you need information or have a question or comment about a library program or policy." Phone: 319.377.3412; hours 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.[]

Contact Cathy Weber for more information at, 319.373.4242.

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