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Newsletter – June 2020

June 29, 2020

This website published the problems of distributing a newsletter by email.  We have simplified our newsletter so that more go through.  Judging from the boards experience it’s working.

A side effect is that it’s now possible to embed the newsletter in a post;

Here is the June newsletter:





Thursday July 16 at 10 am.



Learn how to attract and identify backyard birds. This one time  Zoom event, led by Fred Rentschler, will be on on Thursday, July 16 at 10 a.m.  Email Fred, with your name and email address, at

Fred will send you an invitation by email with a link to the Zoom session a day or two before the meeting.  Mark your calendars.


LET’S PLAY BALL, Creakers Update by David Dredge


With the current pace of reopening allowed by the state, county and city of Walnut Creek, the Leadership Committee for the CREAKERS is planning for a possible opening of play in July or early August.  As such, the Leadership Committee has developed Creaker Best Practices which has been emailed to all registered Creakers for the 2020 season.  Copies have also been sent to Creakers without email addresses by regular mail.

The Creakers Best Practices document provides rules created by Senior Softball Organizations and our fellow Creakers to play and participate in softball activities in the safest possible manner during the Coronavirus pandemic without huge compromises in the actual play of the game.

In addition, a new Waiver Form has been developed by the WCSC to include the risks associated with possible exposure to Covid 19 as well as the risks of other communicable diseases.  All Creakers returning to play when fields are opened must agree to and sign both documents.  We hope to be on the fields soon!



Continuing ZOOM Meetings




July 7, at 1 pm

August 4, at 1 pm

First Tuesday of the month.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 819 7443 5873

Password: 863721


July Book:

Ben Lerner, The Topeka School 

Adam Gordon is a senior at Topeka High School, class of ’97. His mother, Jane, is a famous feminist author; his father, Jonathan, is an expert at getting “lost boys” to open up. They both work at a psychiatric clinic that has attracted staff and patients from around the world. The Topeka School is the story of a family, its struggles and its strengths.


August Book:

Charlie Lovett, First Impressions

This is a literary mystery woven around Jane Austen.



LET’S SING on Zoom

Fridays at 1 pm.

The group sings solos and duets as song leaders. Participants choose their songs each week from a long list of available songs. When a participant sings, the rest of us Mute so that we can sing along at home without being heard by others. That avoids problems of a sound delay. A lyrics booklet is available for printing at home.

If interested, email Robin at to receive an email invitation with a link to join the Zoom meeting.



TRIVIA on Zoom

Wednesdays from 2 to 4 pm, twice a month.

Bob and Cindy lead this Trivia group that meets on the first Wednesday of the month and usually on the third Wednesday of the month. If you are interested in coming to a Zoom meeting, email Bob with your name and email address. Bob’s email is  You will receive an invitation by email with a link to the Zoom session a day or two before the meeting.




Wednesdays from 10 am to 10:40

Share your gardening experiences, get some tips, ask questions to see if anyone has had the same problem or a similar success story. This a chance for participants to show others what they are growing. The leader is an urban gardener who grows herbs, flowers, and green beans from seed. Her plants are on a patio of a condominium. All types of gardeners are welcome. If you are interested, email Robin at with your name and you will receive an invitation a day or two before the meeting.




City Budget Cuts and the WC Senior Center

The Walnut Creek Patch news service reports that the City of Walnut Creek has a $15.7 million budget shortfall. During the Covid-19 shutdown, the City lost revenue from sales taxes, parking fees, occupancy taxes from hotels and motels, and the cancellation of Arts and Rec classes. Now over 20 city employees are facing possible layoffs and programs will be altered. Every city in the state, regardless of size, is facing a similar budget problem.

Fortunately, the Walnut Creek Seniors Club is a non-profit which uses volunteers for drop in programs and for organizing events. In the past, the Seniors Club has relied on city staff at the Senior Center for important services, such as newsletter production and help with organizing events. Sadly, there may be a reduction in Senior Center staff.  For the time being, the newsletter is being produced by volunteers on the Seniors Club board.

The City facility at Heather Farms has temporarily closed and summer camps have moved to the Civic Park Community Center, which houses the Senior Center.

The date for opening the Senior Center is uncertain, but the earliest target date would be mid to late August. Surveys have shown that although many seniors  are reluctant to return to indoor programs, there is great interest in outdoor programs based at the Senior Center and Zoom programs run by Seniors Club volunteers and some city staff.

Your newsletter will keep you updated as the situation develops.




Our 200 Most Vulnerable Seniors


The Seniors Club News is currently sent out by email. However, the Club has 200 members who do not have the internet. These tend to be seniors who are older and more isolated. The Club pays to have the newsletter printed for hand delivery to these seniors.

Senior Center staff have developed a group of volunteers in the program, Neighbor Express, who among other things, deliver the printed newsletter to our 200 seniors without internet.This person to person visit is important because those shut-in seniors often have few visitors and tend to be lonely. Volunteers often chat with the recipient, while social distancing.

A Seniors Club board member received phone calls from at least 7 different people who had the last newsletter personally delivered to their front door.  Every one of them was thrilled and delighted to be remembered.  Two of them wanted to know if they could expect this to happen again – it meant that much to them.

If you know someone who would like to receive the Seniors Club News, email

If you know someone who would like to volunteer to deliver newsletters, please email




Memorial Donations Requested for Eileen Kempker


Eileen Kempker was the lively front desk receptionist who passed away recently. Knowing how important the Senior Center was to Eileen, her family has requested that memorial donations be made in her name to the Walnut Creek Seniors Club. If you would like to make a donation, make your check payable to the Walnut Creek Seniors Club and write “Eileen memorial gift“ in the subject line. The Walnut Creek Seniors Club is a nonprofit and donations are tax deductible. Mail to Walnut Creek Seniors Club, 1375 Civic Dr., Walnut Creek, CA 94596.




History of Accidental Inventions

Sometimes important inventions come from accidental discoveries.

Charles Goodyear discovered vulcanized rubber when a batch of rubber was accidentally left on a stove.  Goodyear had thought heat was a problem for rubber, not the solution!

Wilson Greatbatch developed the pacemaker when he accidentally grabbed the wrong resistor from a box when he was completing a circuit. It would seem that eureka  is Greek for “oops”!



Help Us Write the History of the Walnut Creek Seniors Club 

The Seniors Club would like to put together a history of the Walnut Creek Senior Center for the Newsletter. This will need to be an oral history, made from the memories of people who have taken part in Senior Center activities over the years.  Please send your memories and experiences to this newsletter at




For Your Amusement

Once again The Washington Post has published the winners in its yearly neologism contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternative meanings for common words.

  1. Coffee (n.), the person upon whom one coughs.
  2. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.
  3. Balderdash (n.), a rapidly receding hairline.
  4. Frisbeetarianism (n.), (back by popular demand): The belief that, when you die, your soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.
  5. Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk.





We need your support!  If you have not already renewed your 2020 membership in the Walnut Creek Seniors Club, you can mail in your $15 membership fee in one of two ways. With the form below, filled in. OR, with a sheet of paper with your name, address, phone number and email address. Make checks payable to Walnut Creek Seniors Club.


Walnut Creek Seniors Club

1375 Civic Dr.

Walnut Creek, CA 94596


2020 Membership Application
The Walnut Creek Seniors Club Annual Membership dues per person are

$15.00 from January to December 2020

Checks payable to: Walnut Creek Seniors Club Please do not staple check to application

Member #1

DATE: ____________________

I am a NEW Member to this club

I am renewing a current or past membership

I am age 90 and qualify for a free membership

Name _____________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________ City ________________________ Zip ___________________ Home Phone # ( ) _____________________________ Cell Phone # ( ) _____________________________

Member #2

DATE: ____________________

I am a NEW Member to this club

I am renewing a current or past membership

I am age 90 and qualify for a free membership

Name _____________________________________________ Address ___________________________________________ City ________________________ Zip ___________________ Home Phone # ( ) _____________________________ Cell Phone # ( ) _____________________________

*E-mail address ________________________________  *E-mail address_________________________________ 
Birthdate (mm/dd/yyyy) ______ /_______ /________ DOB required  Birthdate (mm/dd/yyyy) ______ /_______/_________ DOB required 
In an emergency, who should we call?

Phone # ( ) ______________________________________ Name _____________________________________________ Relationship ________________________________________

In an emergency, who should we call?

Phone # ( ) _____________________________________ Name ____________________________________________ Relationship _______________________________________

*NEW* Newsletter Delivery Method: Mail E-Mail (Please Choose One) 
I am interested in becoming a volunteer.


Donations: If, in addition to your dues, you would like to make a tax deductible donation to the Walnut Creek Seniors Club programs and activities, please show your level of support below. Thank you very much for your donation and support. The Walnut Creek Seniors Club is a non-profit corporation, exempt from taxes under section 501 (c)(3) of the IRS code.

Optional donation to the Walnut Creek Seniors Club programs & activities: 

$ _____________

Standards of Behavior: For the enjoyment and safety of everyone, the WCSC expects all participants and spectators to treat the people and facilities connected with the program with respect and abide by all rules and direction from the staff. We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for failure to abide by these standards.



___ PAID: Cash ____ Ck#______ 





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