LICKING BRIDGE BUILDERS, INC. SENIOR CENTER
116 Green Street
Licking, MO 65542
Contact: Cindy Wampner, President of Board of Directors
We are a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Organization and all donations are tax deductible.
Licking Bridge Builders Mission:
The Mission of the Licking Bridge Builders, Inc. is to provide a full range of services to the Senior Citizens in Licking and surrounding areas. The purpose of these services is to promote the physical, mental, and social well-being of our Senior Citizens, enhancing quality of life and providing assistance in maintaining independence. Our Center relies on donations, contributions, membership fees, fundraisers, and assistance from volunteers to provide these services to all of our Senior Citizens. Our organization shall provide the opportunities to enjoy each other’s company and enjoy playing leisure games, put puzzles together, watch TV, play Bingo, participate in the toe nail clinic, eat meals together, take trips together, play card games, participate in fundraisers, crafts, play pool or ping pong, checkers, and many, many other activities to help them enjoy their Senior years.
Licking Bridge Builders History: The first meeting of the Licking Bridge Builders was February 22, 1973 at Ward's Cafe which was owned and operated by Mr & Mrs Ward. There were other meetings following this meeting. Later they had a meeting at Intercounty electric and elected the officers, those that Gladys Ward knew would be able to get what is known to us today as the Licking ridge Builder's Senior Center off and running. It was at this meeting that Dora Sherrill read this Bridge Builder's poem and it was voted to name this organization "The Licking Bridge Builders":
The Bridge Builder
An old man, going a lone highway
Came at evening, cold and gray,
To a chasm vast and deep and wide,
Through which was flowing a sullen tide.
The old man crossed in twilight dim, The sullen stream had no fear for him,
But he turned, when safe on the other side,
And built a bridge to span the tide.
"Old Man', said a fellow-pilgrim near
"You are wasting your strength with building here,
Your Journey will end with ending day.
You have crossed the chasm deep and wide,
You never again will pass this way.
Why build you this bridge at eventide?"
The builder lifted his old gray head,
"Good Friend", in the path I have come, he said
"There followeth after me today
A youth whose feet must pass this way.
This chasm that has been naught to,
That fair-haired youth may a pitfall be,
He too, must cross in the twilight dim,
Good Friend, I am building the bridge for him." (by Will Allen Dromgoole, Author)
From there they began looking for a building where meals could be served. They found a building, but had to have $1800.00 to get started which was donated by Logan Buckner, Junior Ray, and George Boren. Then they began having bake sales, taking donations, and raising money anyway possible to pay for it and take care of other expenses. They purchased the building for $4000.00, but when they had $3000.00 paid down on it, they just gave it to us (knocking off the other $1000.00). We believe Phil Wulff was responsible for that. At the time we had only three rooms. Then there were more troubles. Houston Senior Citizens wanted to cook our meals and deliver them to us. Logan buckner had to take a survey to see how many senior citizens we had in our community. He had to make several trips to Springfield and Jefferson City and as a result we got our own kitchen and our first cook who was Mrs. Udell Floyd. The first meal was served to 17 people. Our second cook was Mrs. Uher. And Don Fox let us park our vehicles on his property.
In 1974 they had another election and elected new officers. Since that time we have had many new officers and have grown by leaps and bounds. It may not seem so by a lot of people, but when we look back and see what has been accomplished, we can count our blessings. We are incorporated, have our own by-laws, and are a non-profit organization. We have 2 busses to take folks to the doctors, grocery shopping, etc. and anyone may ride our busses. We also operate a small minivan so we are able to deliver home-bound meals.
All of this we could not have had if it weren't for a lot of good people giving donations of money and time and hard work. It takes many volunteers everyday to keep our work going smoothly. Many have passed on and others have their jobs and continue to work. I dare not mention any names, as I would be sure to miss some very important people. Donations have run from 25 cents to $100.00 to $500.00 to $10,000.00 and some have their estate to the Bridge Builders.
This poems was written by Edith Boren:
We had senior citizens in mind
A place to meet we did find
We elected Officers at first
A party served drinks to quench our thirsts.
We hear of a place that could be had.
We looked it over and was we glad.
A man said, Let's make a deal.
And soon we had our first meal.
Some thought it would not pay,
We had the will, we found the way.
Little by little it had grown
Till we've made it another home.
There's bingo, Ping Pong, and Pool.
Another place to keep warm or cool.
A place on God's word to feed
or there's TV, or to rest, or to read.
A name we chose the path to lay
For the next Seniors on their way.
It's all been very much labor of love
We have been blessed by God above.
A home away from Home we now possess.
Now I think you would call that
Now here we are 40 years later in 2014, honoring a woman who poured her heart out to a community, to see that there was a place for seniors to gather. We've had many laughs, had a lot of good felowship in our center which we still proudly call our Licking Bridge Builders.
On October 12, 2014 at our monthly Board of Directors meeting, we paid honor to a wonderful lady by giving her a plaque and stating to Gladys Ward:
"It gives us Great Honor to present to you, the lady that we would like to call the "FIRST LADY" of the Licking Bridge Builders."