Saturday, March 3, 2018

It's Worth a Try

Some of my senior citizens have conquered e-mail...even if they fear pdf documents and asked me to send their newsletter in the regular mail.  And because this is a "younger" group than I inherited over 20 years ago, they are beginning to embrace technology, rather than think it's a sign of witchcraft.

Last week a woman, her husband and 17 year old granddaughter came by.  They'd just retired here from Bakersfield, CA and were looking for something to do.  She exclaimed she'd driven by before and didn't know we were there.  How long had we been here?

Forty three years, I sighed.

Ten minutes later, another woman walked in to join us.  I thought she was with them.  She said she'd been at the car wash out front and noticed our sign.  How long had we been here and why didn't she know about us?

Over 40 years, chimed in the other woman, still surprised. 

Because they built the car wash in front of us and made us move our sign back, I added.  Way the road.  The ones placed at my, urging, by the Highway Dept. point to everywhere but where our driveway is on the highway.

The second woman was looking for something to do as she'd just retired here.  From California.  Amazingly, she'd lived 30 miles away from the other couple.  They all promised to return.

The next day, a woman came in and said she'd been riding by and just saw our sign.

Yep, same conversation.

I'm sure part of this new "noticing" of our Center is because they built a Walmart Neighborhood Market next door.  It's increased traffic in the area...which is really horrible at quitting time when I'm trying to turn left to go home.  But I digress.

In an effort to make us more noticeable AND bring them into the world of technology, I received permission to create a Facebook page for us.  Oh yeah, pdf documents are scary, but FB they like.

So if you're in the Facebook neighborhood, you can find us at Spectrum Senior Citizens Center.   Come on by, maybe give us a LIKE so I can prove to the Boss that all my, requesting, wasn't in vain.  And thanks to my Blog World buddies who've done just that.  Any guesses as to who the 1st LIKE was?  Hint: he can really sing and if I raise a glass to him, I'll have to hand it over for him to drink for me.

Hey, if nothing else maybe it will cut down on the phone calls I get for the Spectrum CABLE company.  


savannah said...

What? Map beat me? It has to be the time difference! ;) I wish you well, sister! Can you contact a local news station for a human interest story? Maybe one of the members might have a great story or even how you're using technology to increase your visibility might be a good hook?

I was thinking about going over to the Senior Center near here to see if i could get one of the ladies to show me how to knit! Good Luck! xoxo

Ponita in Real Life said...

I think I was second right after that singing fella! :-) I agree with Savannah about the news station. Try both radio and tv. You're doing a great job with your seniors and I hope your boss thinks so too. xoxo

hope said...

Thanks ladies, for your support! The local paper use to allow us to list our calendar of events for free in their weekly calendar...then like all things, the world began to revolve around money. They'll only now list, for free, clubs/organizations which hold a monthly meeting. This seemed like the easiest "other" choice. They've just learned we have a page...and you should've seen their eyes when I told them we already had LIKES from other countries. :) I appreciate all you do to make this easier on me...because my former boss wanted the County in control of case we screwed up, it wasn't reflected badly on her. Sigh.

maurcheen said...

It isn't very often I'm first at anything, except when it's in a bar, the first round is always on me...just ask my taller pal. :)

Waves at Sav & Pon.


hope said...

I told the seniors at Lunch that our "first" LIKE was from my pal in Ireland. They repeated your country, as if I'd said you were from Mars. :) Then I added Pon is from Canada. I don't know how much the page will grow, but their eyes sure did. Between y'all and the unofficial "Scotland" wall in my office, they do wonder how I met everyone. :)