If You Give – The Miracle Can Happen To You

If You Give – The Miracle Can Happen To You

In the 1988 movie “Scrooged,” Bill Murray’s character, Frank Cross, is a miserly, closed-hearted man who reinvents himself. Frank is transformed into a person with an open heart who embraces the world around him rather than withdrawing from life.

He does this by listening, by learning and by leaving his worst parts behind. Rather than focusing on himself, he recognizes the life that’s happening around him. He experiences personal growth that affects how he treats others.

Yes, I know it’s May and I’m writing about a holiday movie. I actually find it odd that emphasis is placed on being nice to everyone only one time of the year. As someone who doesn’t really “do” holidays, this movie serves as a valuable lesson in the spring as well as during the yuletide season.

“We all act a little nicer; we smile a little easier; we cheer a little more,” according to Frank. “For a couple of hours out of the whole year, we are the people that we always hoped we would be.”

We are blessed with having the absolute best members here at the BA Senior Center. We have leaders who volunteer so others can enjoy activities and programs. We have a Master Gardener who takes care of our garden and flower beds. We have people who help set up and break down rooms for programming. We have several nurses who’ve stepped up in times of medical need. We even have a civil engineer who can create scaled drawings. We have member after member who has helped when needed.

“You have to do something,” Frank explains at the climax of the movie. “You have to take a chance. You do have to get involved. There are people who are having trouble making their miracle happen. If you give, then it can happen – then the miracle can happen to you!”

Thank you to everyone who volunteered to make the Senior Health and Resource Fair a success for the 29th straight year. Thank you to the volunteers who work in the kitchen every day to feed 100 people for lunch. Thank you to the person who makes the popcorn for the movie when I can’t make it on Wednesdays.

Volunteers help us advance our mission. They help us to deliver more than 50 programs a week. They assist with providing a safe place with activities to help people 55 and over stay physically active and socially engaged.

Thank you all for the help you provide.


Sean Simpson



A Closer Look: From the Director

Dear Members –

It might be a story of love, friendship, loss, hope, survival, success or failure. That story is your story and it is worth telling. More than that, it is worth living and continually adding memories and experiences.

In 2013, inventor Jamie Siminoff brought his idea for a video doorbell to TV’s “Shark Tank,” hoping to find a backer for his new company. His idea was rejected, but Jamie left undeterred. That failure was a low point for Siminoff, but he believed in his product and more importantly he believed in himself. That belief pushed him to achieve success.

The product, Ring, became a huge hit. I even installed the perimeter protector at my house last year. Amazon recently purchased Siminoff’s  company for more than $1 billion. Persistence, confidence and commitment helped him navigate a course from failure to success. His story is so compelling others can’t help but want to be a part of it.

The Broken Arrow Senior Center is thriving and we have a great story to tell – a story others want to be a part of too. More than 2,600 committed members and days filled with programs and activities.

Want to learn to play poker, bridge, pool or dominoes? You can. Interested in a healthier you? We have Zumba, Tai Chi, yoga, dancing, exercise and a fitness center. Want to tap into your creativity – explore painting, crafts, creative/novel writing and photography. Plus guitar lessons, movies, support groups and computer training.

If you want to make a difference in someone’s life, consider giving the gift of a membership to the BA Senior Center. Especially for someone who could greatly benefit from the social interaction and camaraderie we see every day.

Everyone has a story to tell. The BA Senior Center can help you write your next chapter.


Sean Simpson




Our Focus: Health & Wellness

The Broken Arrow Senior Center is one of the best 55+ facilities in the country and a huge asset for residents. The Center is constantly adapting to the changing needs of our members to provide the best possible programs and services. The Center serves as a focal point in the community for quality emotional, intellectual, physical and social health.

One of our priorities is to provide members with more wellness-related education and access to preventive health care. In the past few months, we’ve expanded our wellness sessions by adding a variety of resources on subjects such as heart health, vision, hearing, foot care and osteoporosis.

The focus on increasing the overall health and wellness of our members is centered in four areas:

Emotional health – Participation in Center activities helps our members feel positive about their selves and about life, which contributes to their overall emotional well-being. Members make friends and contacts and interact with people who become their extended family.

Intellectual health – Our members can expand their knowledge, skills and abilities while discovering the potential for sharing one’s gifts with others. All our activities have activity leaders who step up to share their talents with others.

Physical health – A person’s health can show marked improvement through the Center’s nutrition program, fitness room and more than a dozen exercise classes. We’re not going to experiment with duplicate bridge Zumba or tai chi dominoes, but you’ll find there are plenty of activities to participate in to make positive strides toward your physical health goals.

Social health – Personal interaction leads to personal satisfaction when our members contribute to their community. Involvement in Center programs and a commitment to continuous learning leads to an enriched and fulfilling life.

We hope you can see that we are committed to delivering on our promise to improve the overall health and wellness of our members. We’ll provide the access and opportunity – it is up to you to engage, get involved, embrace change and take charge of your life.

The Future is Already Here

How do you answer this question: “Where do you see yourself in three years?”

This can feel like a bit of a trick question, because if you are interviewing for a new position, sometimes the answer is “not in this job.” In couples counseling, the answer might be “not in this relationship.” And in life, maybe the best response is “at a bigger, better opportunity elsewhere.”

The Broken Arrow Senior Center is facing the same question, and our response will – and should – be framed with input from our current and future members.

Before you know it, there will be an additional BA Senior Center building across Main Street. This will give us the opportunity to better serve older adults in our community. And, quite frankly, we need the room now.

Come to one of our Zumba classes and you’ll find space is at a premium. At line dancing, you might have to share a line with someone else. Yoga and tai chi are other activities with lots of interest among our members.

Join in our crochet, quilting or crafting activities, and you’ll see that we’ve expanded beyond the four walls of the classroom.

Some days the domino and card room is nearly standing room only. Our community events like Bunco sell out in record time.

We have to ask the question of where we see the Broken Arrow Senior Center in three years, but we need to ask that question today. We have to set a course for how we are going to get there in 36 months in order to be prepared when that time arrives.

Without generous support from community volunteers, our activities and programs wouldn’t be possible.

From teaching a class to helping us improve and expand our services, there are many ways to get involved. If you have specific input on where you see the BA Senior Center in several years, please stop in and let me know your thoughts and ask your questions.

There’s so much energy and excitement about what the Broken Arrow Senior Center already is, where BASC is going and what it can be as an organization. I’m really looking forward to being part of it. I hope you are as well.