When he moved to Hilton Head Island in 2006, Bill Krepfle was looking for ways to be more active when his daughter-in-law read about S.H.A.R.E., the Senior Hospitality, Activities, Recreation, Education center on the island.
There, Krepfle met people looking for the same thing. At the senior center, people age 50 and older can take part in social gatherings, day and night trips, health screenings, exercise classes and seminars.
"People come to the senior center looking for things to do," he said. "It's real easy to make friends. Everybody that walks through the door is friendly."
Krepfle began volunteering at the senior center seven years ago -- setting up card tables for games and the exercise room for stretch and weights classes. He now works the front desk, enjoys golfing and bowling with the senior center, and drives the van for day trips.
Moving from its previous location in Sea Pines Circle to 70 Shelter Cove Lane in August, the center is now in a newer building that is more centrally located on Hilton Head.
A grand opening for the senior center's new building will be held at 10 a.m. Sept. 20. The opening will include a short program and ribbon cutting with Mayor Drew Laughlin. Those planning on attending are asked to register by calling 843-785-6444.
"We have more space in the new building. It's beautiful and accessible to many more seniors in the community," senior center director Jennifer Beckley said. "We're hoping to draw more people being mid-island."
The senior center is a program of the Island Recreation Center and has more than 1,000 members.
"The objective of the Senior Center is to maximize the quality of life for the active adult population in our community by providing programs which facilitate social interactions and promote a healthy, active lifestyle," Beckley said.
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