She said if she could have one wish granted for the center it would be that more seniors participate.
“The days here are so enjoyable,” she said. “If they knew how nice it is to just get out and have lunch, or even coffee and cookies. We have a lot of fun here.”
Regular visitors to the center also wanted to get the word out about the center. One woman said, “People in Nappanee don’t know how lucky they are to have this place here — to have free van service within the city — not many places do.”
Doris Hoffman also spoke of how fortunate the city is, saying when she lived in another state she had to pay $11 to $14 for the bus.
Key to the city
Nappanee Mayor Larry Thompson and some department heads stopped at the center to wish Fink well. City officials held a luncheon for her the week before, too.
The mayor first presented Fink with a gift as a representation of her careful use of funds. He gave her 15 legal-sized pads with the 2013 city letterhead and teased her by saying, “As frugal as you are if you use one a year these may last a lifetime.”
Thompson had Fink share how she turned in loose change she’d found around the center with her year-end report.
He presented her with the key to the city and thanked her for her years of service. “God Bless, Connie — what a gal,” he said.
Fink said she has no real plans after retirement other than to rest and visit her children and family.
Hoffman also praised Connie saying, “She’s been a pleasure to work for. You couldn’t ask for a better boss — honest as the day is long. She’s our ‘little spinning tornado’ and we’ll miss her.”
“I’m really thankful for the job — for the opportunity I had to be the Elder Haus director,” Fink said. “I feel I’ve been blessed. I will surely miss the people who’ve become like family.”