Vida McKenzie Community Center

Notes from the President


Walter Wilson,VMCC President


On May 5th we held the annual membership meeting. It was a lively meeting with everyone joining in with bits of information and ideas on the operation of the Center. Most everyone seems pleased with the direction the Center has taken over the years and how the Center has progressed since it incorporated from the McKenzie River Club to the Vida McKenzie Community Center in the year 2000.

Thank You


I want to thank several members that helps keep our Center running on a monthly basis:

VERN BLUMHAGEN: Vern as Treasurer of the Center provides an excellent accounting of our funds.

A lot of projects have been accomplished around the Center because Vern has had his hand on them.

LINDA SCHAEFERS: Linda is the Center interface with the general public. She receives most all the telephone calls regarding the Center.



* Re-graveled parking lot

* Installed energy efficient overhead lighting fixtures

* Purchased Hot Dog cooker with funds from Al Plath’s memorial fund

* Purchased highways sign for Vida-McKenzie Neighborhood Watch

* Late Bloomers Garden Club took over flower bed enhancement

* New Window Shades

* Weekly YOGA classed began

* Monthly Bingo continues to be a success

* 6th Annual Christmas Bazaar



* New Chairs arrived

* Name tags for chairs donated by Awards Service of Lynnwood WA thanks to Dick and Bernadette Barnes

* Dormer style entrance roof designed and built by Ron Short and members of the Center

* Members worked Cycle Oregon and they donated $1001.55 to the Center

* Started adding lighting to outside of building

* Concrete walk completed around side of building



* Asked membership to sponsor new chairs

* Poured concrete deck/patio out back and increased the size of the entrance pad

* First annual “Special Night” of Bingo in August as a thank you to the community for support

* Center on KMTR TV news with “I Dare Dave to Play Bingo,” with local newsman Dave Wenda

* First Business Card Ads (Dick Barnes-Seneca Wholesale Co. and Jim Canfield-Real Estate) appeared in VMCC newsletter



* Property Tax Exemption received from County

* Refinished floors

* McKenzie Gutter donated gutters for building

* First donations to community projects and organizations

* First scholarship award went to Kyle Sherman

* Donations received from Ike’s Pizza, EWEB,

Roseboro Lumber, Vern and Marilynn Blumhagen for new tables and table cart.

* Purchased lighted Bingo board with donations from the Bob Neilsen Jr. memorial fund


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