Kristin Surdej
President, Network in Aging

As I write this message I feel we have truly turned the corner to Spring, a welcome site. Let’s me take a few minutes to recap for you some of the wonderful activities at the Network we are fortunate enough to have experienced thus far in 2017.

We started the new year with the January Social at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens. The Special Events Committee did a smashing good job, as usual, pulling the event together.  A special thank you to our sponsors – event sponsor Harris Beach PLLC, sponsors for desserts were Allwel, Univera Healthcare and People, Inc. and the photo booth sponsor was Buffalo Ultrasound.  Our honorary charity was Journey’s End Refugee Services, Inc., which welcomes and assists refugees in becoming healthy, independent and contributing members of our community. It was an enjoyable and successful evening.

In February Network with the Network paid tribute to our service men and women. The theme was USO: the Swing Era hosted by Brookedale Williamsville along with co-host Woods Oviatt Gilman, LLC. WNY Hero’s, Inc., an initiative to provide service animals to veterans in need, was on hand for the event and the recipient of donations from guests.

The Network had some March Madness of its own going on. First, we had to postpone our Network with the Network due to the weather.  We are a hardy group and it was a difficult decision by our hosts and the Membership Committee that came down to the wire.  Next, thanks to the hard work of the Education Committee we had a very well attended and informative workshop in March held at Hospice Buffalo in Cheektowaga.  The topic was Scamming the Elderly/Senior Exploitation.  The afternoon started with lunch and a video called “Fleeced”, followed by our presenters from the FBI.  We closed out the month of March with the rescheduled Network with the Network hosted by Meals On Wheel and co-hosts GCM of Western New York, Pfalzgraf, Beinhauer & Menzies, LLP and Home Instead Senior Care. If you were in attendance Irish eyes were smiling. Those who attended were entertained by Irish dancers and had the chance to meet the Network’s very own leprechaun.

I close by wishing all our members good health and happiness. May you have a spring in your step as we welcome all the sights and signs of the Spring time season.