The Quiet Angel; Alene Fink retires

S6300168 At the October 21 Fall Meeting, retiring director of the Northfield Senior Center, Alene Fink, is pictured here with Cannon Valley Elder Collegium director, Bill Carlson and chair Vern Faillettaz. Alene spoke to the 75 Cannon Valley Elder Collegium students and faculty about changes in the concept of aging she has observed during her career. From being considered low income, frail and lonely, seniors are now perceived to be active, wealthy, engaged and assets to the community.

Bill read from a framed citation presented to Alene:

Alene’s leadership of the Senior Center during the past 25 years moved the organization from a dining group with a small membership and a small budget to the premier center in Minnesota with over 1600 members and a budget approaching one half million and assets over one million. Her clear goals and her leadership have made all this possible by quietly moving people beyond their expectations. Alene always had time for and genuine personal interest in all members.

Beginning January 1, 2008, Alene will have time to do many of the things her demanding work has prevented, including enrolling in Elder Collegium courses. The full text of the citation, as well as the list of the winter Elder Collegium courses can be found at: