Pictured, artist Paula Stover and Monterey Senior Citizens Director Frances
Allen with the "Flower Basket" and "Pansy" quilt squares. Photo: Dale Welch/HIlltop Express
The Monterey Senior Citizens Center was first organized
in the early 1970s. The first advisory board was organized in Aug., 1998. By 2002, the center moved from the Monterey Community
Center into their present location. The building was originally the Monterey
Rescue Squad Building and then, served as the Putnam Ambulance Substation Building. An extra exercise room
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was added in April, 2003, when seniors applied for and were given one of the surplus school buildings.
In 2010, the senior citizens center began a major renovation, thanks to monies from the Putnam County Commission
and Co. Executive Kim Blaylock. The new project added much needed kitchen, storage and office space. A USDA-RD grant
purchased much needed furniture and new appliances.
Monterey Senior Citizens is open 4 days per week (Mon. –
Thurs.) from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Every Wednesday, there is a covered dish lunch and informative speakers. Throughout the
week, seniors participate in various exercise classes and fun games.
Other Monterey groups meet at the center,
including the Monterey Depot Historical Society, Sons of Confederate Veterans and more. Families rent the center for reunions
and other occasions.
A committee picked the "Flower Basket" and the "Pansy" as old fashioned
quilt squares that are now in place at teh Monterey Senior Center on the annex facing Commercial Ave, next to the flower garden..
The squares are in honor of former board chari Mrs. Geri Lusk and Mrs. Ruby Vail.