We had a great volunteer appreciation dinner at the Dietert Center last week. The center would not be able to serve our community so well without our many, many volunteers, and we love to be able to thank them for their service. 

I want to say a special thank you to Community First National Bank for loaning us their awesome barbecue pit and to my husband and brother for being the grill masters. Food, fun and fellowship was spectacular. 

Volunteers attending with the most years of service were Kermit Grace with 28 years and Larry Maris with 26 years. That is amazing.


Next up on our event calendar is our Mother’s Day Tea from 2 to 4 p.m. May 11. This free event gives all of us a chance to celebrate our moms, being a mom and all the moms in our lives. 

We will have a variety of teas, hot coffee and punch, along with savory and sweet treats. Be sure to wear your favorite hat to be a part of the Hat Contest. Prizes will be given for the prettiest and craziest hats in the room. 

This year, we are bringing back the fashion show. Thank you to the Hill Country Youth Ranch Thrift Shop and an array of volunteers who will show off some “out on the town” and “casual attire” outfits that will be great for all ages and occasions. Join us for this special event and feel the motherly love in the room. I so wish my mom could be here so I could honor her, so in her absence, get ready to get extra hugs from me. 


A very important event is coming up on May 15: From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Peggy Pilkenton, our Dementia Care Advocate coordinator, will provide a great caregiver seminar: “The Ups and Downs of Caregiving.” If you are caring for a family member or friend with a chronic condition that affects their memory, you will benefit from this seminar. 

Pilkenton and her team will explore the many facets of caregiving and how that can bring joy as well as lead to physical, emotional and spiritual fatigue. Join other caregivers in learning how to recognize stress and burnout, identify self-care tools and look for those moments of joy that will help you as you help your loved one. 

The cost is $20, and lunch is provided. Sign up soon to reserve our spot. You can register online, by phone or at the front desk. 


The third annual James Avery Tennis Open is set for May 17-19, and this year it benefits the Dietert Center. If you are interested in participating either as a player, sponsor, silent auction contributor or donor, contact Diane Asper, our development director.


Club Ed has some great activities and learning opportunities coming up, including Done in a Day Art on the Saturday, Falls Awareness on May 7 and Elder Law & Medicaid for Long-term Care on May 9. 

The summer Kerr Kids guide is full of great activities to keep the kids busy this summer. You can pick up one of the guides at the front desk if your child or grandchild didn’t come home with one. 

The Summer Club Ed Catalog is here, too, and will be in your mailboxes in the next week or so. If you can’t wait, stop by the center to pick one up. 


We are trying something new. Chef Karen Privett is filling the pastry case daily with some of her famous items and new recipes. There are usually some gluten-free options and some wonderful cookies, along with some special treats. I saw some cream cheese pie, chocolate fudge pecan brownies, almond snack bars, coconut cream pie, sausage klobasnek goodies and homemade English muffins. 

It’s not always about the sweets, though, as she also added some of her awesome tuna salad. 

Stop by for a special treat for that afternoon break or a quick lunch of tuna salad and soup. 

For lunch this week, we are serving barbecue chicken today, Mexican beef on Thursday, pork fritters on Friday, chicken strips on Monday, krabby cakes on Tuesday and country-fried steak with gravy on May 8.

Brenda Thompson is the executive director of the Dietert Center.


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