President’s Message Spring 2012

By Don Kjelleren— Board President

We have completed our first year of rejuvenation, reorganization and revitalization of the Vermont Senior Games. I am very pleased to report that we have satisfactorily accomplished meeting every goal we set for the transformation This year we are embarking on an even more aggressive set of goals focusing on rapidly growing the VSGA games, and to introduce a major new program designed to significantly increase our contribution to the health and well-being of the Vermont senior community.

I am very excited about our 2012 State Championship games and the 2013 NSGA qualifiers that will begin on June 1, 2012 and continue through the summer. Our goal is to double the 2011 Games participation to at least 500 registrations this year. With our terrific hard-working and enthusiastic volunteer sports coordinator organization, l have full confidence we will attain this goal. Accomplishing this goal would result in setting a new record for participation in the 29-year history of the VSGA games, and by more than 25%. As our reputation and the awareness for providing friendly quality games based on having fun and fellowship grows, we believe our games will attract more and more participants resulting in a continued significant rate of growth.

Up until this year our organization has spent 100% of its time, effort and resources on the annual games. This is about to change with the introduction of a new year—round non-competitive program designed to encourage and motivate the Vermont senior community to take greater interest in their health and well-being. We will be kicking-off our ”Move for Well-being” program at the end of May. Kim Mihan and her committee have worked hard to design and develop this exciting program. (See the article beginning on the first page of this issue.) The program will be funded through the generosity of Vermont businesses. it is through the uniqueness of the VSGA that we are able to make this commitment to offer and manage this initiative. We firmly believe that our providing this program has the potential for making a huge difference in the health and well-being of the Vermont senior community. Needless to say l am very excited about this program and will be giving it my full support. l hope every reader of this Vital Times! newsletter will register and actively participate in the “Move for Well-being” program.

l hope you are finding our newsletters and website interesting and informative. l really appreciate comments and suggestions regarding any aspect of the VSGA operations. Let us know if you have ideas on growing and making our organization stronger. Let us know if you would like to volunteer at our games or any other programs and activities we offer. We have room on our Board for a few more directors. if you are interested, please contact me. As you know, we are doing a lot on a very tight budget! Please consider a donation to the VSGA when you register for the games. We also welcome sponsorships and gifts.

My personal best wishes to each of you, and especially good luck to all the athletes participating in our 2012 State Championship games.