Community says ‘thanks’ to Joyce Flury

Served as Crow River Senior director since 2005

by Samara Postuma

Contributing Writer

 

After 22 years, Crow River Senior Center director Joyce Flury has officially retired.

A retirement party was in her honor at St. Michael City Center last Thursday afternoon and the 100 plus seniors, city officials and community members are clear evidence of a job well done for Joyce. She has been with the Senior Center since it opened in October 2005.

“You can see the impact she has had on the community by looking around this room,” St. Michael Community Development Director Marc Weigle said.

Former St. Michael City Administrator Bob Derus was in attendance and able to share some history of the very humble beginnings the Crow River Senior Center started with including the fact that the original space was 970 square feet.

In addition to Weigle and Derus, St. Michael Mayor Jerry Zachman, former Albertville Mayor Ron Klecker and Deb Taylor from Senior Community Services all spoke about the great work Flury did and how much she mattered to the St. Michael, Albertville and Hanover communities.

“You are a key piece in this community,” Derus told Flury as he presented her with a large keepsake key from the city of St. Michael.

Flury was overwhelmed by the support of the community leaders and seniors in attendance. “I’ve never been at a loss for words before, thank you,” she said also thanking the many volunteers who have supported her and the senior center over the years.

The presentation at the party ended with some singing by the Crow River Senior Center choir. Flury explained that in May three members signed up to be in choir with no director, no piano and no plan. Twenty members showed up for the first meeting and everything just came together.

The choir sang a parody rendition of “Favorite Things” aimed at all the things she can look forward to in retirement now.

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