As you may have realized, we love celebrations at SCOR. We celebrate our members who are 90 or older, our volunteers and, of course, the holidays.

This year, we held a special celebration picnic July 9 to mark the 30th birthday of SCOR with the theme, "Cheers to 30 Years."

Having recently learned the history of SCOR, I thought I'd share it with you. A desire for an association for older residents of Reynoldsburg became strong in the fall of 1970. The city arranged to hold an organizational meeting in the Beech-Maple Lodge in Blacklick Woods. The meeting was advertised in the local news and 25 interested individuals attended. These individuals, along with then-Councilwoman JoAnn Davidson, were responsible for the founding of the Senior Citizens of Reynoldsburg (SCOR).

Membership increased to 73 by December of that year. As SCOR continued to grow, more and more space was needed for its activities and meetings.

In 1987, the city approved the construction of a new Senior Citizens of Reynoldsburg center. Partial funding was procured from the state of Ohio. This grant was obtained through the efforts of Phil Kiser, Davidson and Grace Maratta. Ground was broken in October and construction began.

The center was dedicated on Aug. 27, 1988. At that time, there were 400 members. Today, our members (age 55 and older) total more than 1,500.

As our membership increased, so did our programs and activities. We have continued to evolve, but our purpose has not changed. SCOR continues "to provide activities in a safe, comfortable place where you can: socialize; exercise your body and brain; meet new people; foster relationships and create memories."

Here's to 30 years and many more! Why not join us?

Here's what's happening at SCOR this month:

* Saturday, July 14: Volunteer Allan Meisterman from OSHIIP (Ohio Senior Health Insurance Information) will be at the center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. to answer questions regarding Medicare and supplemental health insurance. Appointments are necessary. Please check with the SCOR office for availability.

* Tuesday, July 17: A group will leave the center at 8:30 a.m. for a "Gangsters and Ballplayers" day trip.They will visit Newport, Kentucky, to learn about the gangsters, girls and guns that inhabited the area. Then they will go to Cincinnati to focus on the controversial 1919 World Series.

* Friday, July 20: Attorney James Hardgrove will discuss prepaid funerals at 9 a.m.

* Tuesday, July 24: Jeanna McElroy will be at SCOR at 11:30 a.m. to discuss senior support services that may be of help now or in the future. She is a geriatric care manager as well as a certified dementia practitioner trainer. Please call ahead to reserve your spot.

* Friday, July 27: The Food and Flicks group will leave at 11 a.m. to catch a new release at a local theater. Lunch is on your own.

* Tuesday, July 31: a group will leave the center at 9:30 a.m. for the Ohio State Fair.

Looks like a hot and busy July!

Debbie Mullarkey is a Reynoldsburg resident, a retired teacher and a longtime member of the Senior Citizens of Reynoldsburg.