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Volunteers keep Galeon going strong

Fifty-four years after the doors of Community Memorial Home were opened, I am just so very proud of all the people in our community who continue to donate their time and talents on a regular basis in support of our mission of service to the people living in and around Osakis.

Galeon Senior Living of Osakis has become a proven leader in the provision of wellness, care, and recovery services throughout central Minnesota and this simply could not have happened without ongoing support and encouragement from you and many, many people like you.

For example, at their meeting last week, the Ladies Auxiliary of Galeon donated three pocket talkers for the hearing impaired, an infrared thermometer, and a high tech pulse oximeter for use by the residents of Community Memorial Home.

All of these donations were made possible by various fundraising efforts that our Auxiliary chapters work on throughout the year. We couldn't be more appreciative of everything that our Auxiliaries have done for us and our residents!

Later today, we will be serving beautiful Lake Osakis walleye to the tenants of West View Assisted Living and BridgeWell Memory Care Assisted Living. Using my dear departed mom's secret beer-batter recipe, the fish we fry up are donated year after year by the generous fishermen and women who participate in our annual Osakis Lion's Club tournament. Careful to use only the fish that were not able to be released back into the lake after being caught, we always look forward to having several fish fries throughout the year. Thank you Lions Club members!

Talk about support from the community; our volunteer board of directors will get together next week for their regular monthly meeting and continue their efforts to make our community-owned non-profit organization be the best that it can be. Just last month, they made a decision to convert five more of our shared rooms into private rooms, knowing that this has become a bottom-line expectation of yours and of others we serve.

Please contact me or any member of our great staff if you have an interest in joining our Auxiliary or volunteering in other ways that help to create high quality of life for our residents and tenants.

Need a "My Pillow" for a special Mother's or Father's Day gift? Our Auxiliary will be selling medium and firm My Pillows from April 24 through May 5 at a very special price. Please stop by our reception desk at the Club Galeon Wellness Center to reserve yours today. All proceeds will go to our Auxiliary and, in turn, be used to improve life and services for everyone at Galeon Senior Living.

On a personal note, the staff of Galeon and Aegis Therapies recently helped my 91-year old mother-in-law recover from a nasty fracture that resulted from a fall at her home in Henning. From the perspective of a family member, I couldn't be happier with the efforts everyone made to help her through a very challenging time.Thank you, so much! Florence is much better now after receiving recovery and therapy services in Osakis that were second to none! Happy Easter, everyone!