New council for San Jacinto Community Center installed

Michelle Granger
Members of 2018 Advisory Council (left to right), Sandy Hasson, Carol Gaughen, Brenda Greenberg, Margaret Morris, Ruben Gomez, Magdalena Plancarte, Hector Plancarte, Victoria Dominguez, and Dennis Fletcher. Not pictured are Susan Aktary, Kodiak Calkin, Mary Clark, and Maria Rodriguez.

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Last week the Family Service Association Advisory Council that provides support for activities at the San Jacinto Community Center installed its new officers. The 13-member group took over on August 1 as the second advisory council to oversee and support senior citizen programs at the San Jacinto Community Center. Programs are aimed at the 60+ community in the valley.
Hector Plancarte stepped down as outgoing President to become VP on the new council and Ruben Gomez took his place to become President. Other officers sworn in at the July 25 ceremony at the center were Secretary Margaret Morris, Assistant Secretary Brenda Greenberg, and three new Council Members Victoria Dominguez, Dennis Fletcher, and Magdalena Plancarte.
Services Director and Senior Program Coordinator at Family Service Association (FSA), who swore in the new council members, said, “We are so blessed to have our advisory council. So many things were accomplished last year. I am excited to see.
Michelle Granger, Food Services Director and Senior Program Coordinator at Family Service Association (FSA), who swore in the new council members, said, “We are so blessed to have our advisory council. So many things were accomplished last year. I am excited to see what the coming year will bring!”

Photos by Dennis Fletcher
Millie Riquelme, Site Manager for the Senior Center located in the San Jacinto Community Center, is the guiding light behind the smooth operation of the hot lunches and programs for seniors.

Present at the meeting were members of the public as well as Millie Riquelme, Site Manager for the Senior Center located in the San Jacinto Community Center that is operated by FSA. “It’s a wonderful feeling that we have the Advisory Council for the second year. We are happy to say that we have new programs that are continually being implemented,” said Riquelme.
The July council meeting began with Hector Plancarte announcing, “Wi-Fi is now installed and working at the San Jacinto Community Center, providing an additional level of service for our visitors.” The July Advisory Council meeting began with Hector Plancarte announcing, “Wi-Fi is now installed at the center.” In connection with this, he also announced plans for computer courses coming to the center in August.
Michelle Granger revealed that CPR, first aid, and defibrillator training will also be provided for all the Advisory Council members in August.
Ruben Gomez and Hector Plancarte announced that free exercise classes using rubber stretch bands are underway at the center. Classes will continue to run every Thursday, from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., until September 13.
Plans for other classes such as a fire safety and sewing were also discussed to be held at the SJ Community Center in the near future.
One permanent feature of the SJCC is their free-exchange library. Bring a book and take a book. Topics range from fiction to biographies to history. Moreover, the book supply is refreshed weekly. Additionally, free blood pressure readings are held every Thursday by Joyce Molacek of Destiny Home Health Agency from 9 – 11 p.m.
The center also functions as the only “Cool Zone” for the city of San Jacinto and is located at 625 S. Pico Avenue. For more information call 951-654-7212. The center is open Monday through Friday. Volunteers for meal service are always needed. To volunteer, contact Kathy Knox at 951-686-1096.

The San Jacinto Community Center houses the Senior Center and meeting rooms dedicated to both public and private counseling services. It is operated by Family Service Assn. (FSA). Pictured left to right are Receptionist Olga Valenzuela, Volunteer Jeff Miller and Site Manager Millie Requelme.

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