ANACOCO — The Anacoco Senior Center, on 519 West Street, is resetting in 2017 with a new focus to draw in more members.

ANACOCO — The Anacoco Senior Center, on 519 West Street, is resetting in 2017 with a new focus to draw in more members.

For many years, the Center’s focus was a women’s quilting group. They currently have 11 members, both men and women, who are ready to diversify.

“Ladies would just come and quilt. They didn’t want guys there. Now we want to start a new group, and we want to get some new people in,” said Maria Pamplin, treasurer of the senior center.

They plan to hold cooking classes, day trips, cake decorating and art classes, concerts, and anything else that appeals to seniors in the area.

Members of the group explained that they especially love cooking classes. If a member has a favorite dish, that person would give the class on how to make it. Afterwards, everyone eats, which is the best part, they said.

J.R. Knarr, board member for the Vernon Council on Aging, and president of the Anacoco Senior Center, said he has been involved with the group for about a year and a half.

“I’ve been trying to get the group to be more active, and one day they asked me if I would be their president,” he said.

Hornbeck is also in Knarr’s district, and he said they currently have 56 members at their senior center. He is hoping to boost numbers in Anacoco, as well.

The building which houses the Anacoco Senior Center was once home to Robert Foster Shadoin and Jesse Leona Cooley Shadoin. Robert was a depot agent at the Anacoco Railroad Depot. Jesse was postmistress of the Anacoco post office.

Robert and Jesse’s son, Robert Jr., donated the house to serve as the Anacoco Senior Center. Robert Jr.’s son, Rob, is currently a representatives in the state It is Rob who assists members of the senior center with any matters regarding the building or land.

According to a letter written by Jimmy Earl Cooley, nephew of the original owners, his Uncle Robert would be 121 years old today.

“I know they would be proud to see the improvements. It looks wonderful, cozy, and just right for such an esteemed group,” wrote Cooley.

Every Thursday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Senior Center is open for all seniors 55+ to come in and become a part of the group.