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Sparta seniors ride

On Friday, September 10, the Sparta Senior Neighbors hit the road in a caravan of 15 motorcycles. Hal and Sharon Vandervoord, of Sparta. approached the Senior Center and offered another ride experience to the seniors of this community. It was just a few years ago that Jane Ringler, coordinator for the senior center, had approached the Vandervoord’s about the possibility. The Vandervoord’s were excited to find bikers who would volunteer their time and bikes for this experience. It was such a success in 2019, that the Vandervoord’s reached out to Jane when the center re-opened after being closed for over a year for the pandemic.   

This was the second ride for some, but most were first timers. This great group of bikers brought excitement and smiles to every senior who was able to climb aboard and be transported around the community back roads. Each senior was provided a helmet and leather jacket or vest. For some of the seniors, getting on the bikes brought a little anxiety. But, according to Jane, the bikers made them feel safe and comfortable. 

“It turned out to be a very fun and memorable morning,” she said.

This adventure was made possible by the Sparta Moose Lodge and the Sparta American Legion. 

The seniors were transported to the Sparta Moose Lodge where they were treated to a delicious lunch and dessert prepared by Sharon Vandervoord, and the expenses donated by the Moose Lodge and Legion.  

Bus transportation back to the Sparta Senior Neighbors center after lunch was provided by Liz Hearn, community service representative for The Oaks at Belmont. 

The Sparta Senior Neighbors center and seniors are very grateful for these very generous community friends who gave the gift of a memorable experience.   

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