pen pal photo

This year’s Leadership Oswego County class has decided to take their mission, to connect seniors in the community, one step farther. They have begun recruiting volunteers at various senior living facilities to participate in a pen pal project.

Each person who participates will fill out a questionnaire about themselves. Members of the class will pair up those who appear to have the same interests. “If we can help others make a connection they may not have made otherwise, we consider that a success” explained Erin Nalle, member of the project.

In the first week of May, the pen pal volunteers will receive their matches. In addition to the pen pal delivery, the class will be distributing special gifts. The delivery locations will include, Towpath Towers and Fulton Mill, located in Fulton, Springbrook in Pulaski, SimeonDewitt and St. Lukes in Oswego, and Meadowview, Central Square.

The leadership class began collecting donations in January. The final donation site will be the Central Square Walmart, on Saturday April 27th from 12-2pm. Members of the class will be on site handing out a list of items still needed.

The Oswego Elks lodge recently presented a donation to Leadership Oswego County’s Supporting Our Seniors Campaign.


Incoming Exalted Ruler of Oswego Elks Helen Milam, center and past Exalted Ruler of BPOE Eric Cronk, right, present a large donation to Chena Tucker, co-chair of Leadership Oswego County class of 2013 initiative to brighten the day of senior Oswego County residents in May with gift bags. SOS (Supporting Our Seniors) is connecting Oswego County communities at the same time.

Since 1897, the Oswego Lodge of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks has been an active part of the Oswego community; providing assistance to those less fortunate, veterans, youth, and those with disabilities. “Since our inception, we have provided well over $100,000 to various community programs as well as providing thousands of volunteer hours for numerous events. We are proud to be able to work with the Leadership Oswego County class of 2013 on this project, and look forward to more collaboration in the future.”  Says Eric Cronk past Exalted Ruler of BPOE

“We are thankful for the contribution given by the Elks Club. Their donation gave us the ability to scale up our project and we hope to provide the Supporting our Seniors gift bags to over 700 seniors within our county.” says Chena Tucker from the Office of Business and Community Relations at SUNY Oswego. “And because it was the twentieth anniversary of Leadership Oswego County we hoped to do something really special for our community.”

LOC Class of 2013 is “Supporting Our Seniors” and connecting Oswego County Communities by collecting donations and assembling gift bags for selected senior living facilities in Oswego County.

Key Items Needed:

Small address books
Pocket calendars
Shoe horns
Emery boards
Small note pads
Individual tissue packs
Tic Tac’s
Sugarless gum
Small packages of bandaids
Key chains with bracelet bands
Greeting cards
Little flashlights
Jar grippers

Sample Sizes:

Hand sanitizer
Hand lotion

To make a donation please contact Chad Whelsky, collections chairman, at 315-297-8882.

Marietta Corp

Oswego Elks Lodge

Pathfinder Bank




Fulton Savings Bank

Carrie’s Corner

Oswego County FCU

J&S Promotions

Kinney Drugs

PCI Paper Conversions, Inc.

Virginia Pratt

Our Mission:      The Leadership Oswego County (LOC) class of 2013 has dedicated itself to serving the senior population in our community.  We aim to bring awareness to issues specific to our seniors and connect these citizens to groups and organizations that are working in our community to meet their needs.

Our Seniors:       The senior citizens of Oswego County are one of our greatest resources.  They are the generation who has shaped our families and our community.  Unfortunately, the senior population is not immune to issues of poverty, hunger and neglect.  Many seniors are homebound and their social and nutritional needs are not being met.

Services in Our Community:       Fortunately, there are many individuals and organizations in our community who are dedicated to improving the lives of our senior citizens.  Groups such as RSVP, Oswego County Office for the Aging, Senior Nutrition Services and Meals on Wheels  work continuously to provide seniors with the services and support they need.

Your help:           Please join with us to help serve the senior population and connect them to services in our community.  We are currently collecting donations to make the days of some of our seniors a little better and brighter.

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