After an abrupt interruption in the usual bingo games at the Moorpark Active Adult Center, bingo will finally resume once more on September 20 and will regularly operate every Thursday from 1:00 PM to 3:30 PM. For the past 20 years or so, people have been participating in the bingo activities at Moorpark Active Adult Center. It was put on hold on June 28 2011, and now, with the help of the Rotary Club of Moorpark and American Legion Post 502, it will resume. This is an official statement made by Angel Sierra, the center supervisor of the Adult Center.
Mayor Janice Parvin, a Rotarian, was able to find out during a meeting with the president of Rotary Club Moorpark, B Scott Farrenkopf, that the bingo program has been running for 25 years and that the Moorpark Senior Citizens Inc. would shut it down once Anthony Bellasalma, the owner, retired. They originally planned on putting the bingo equipment on sale. Once the news was published, both the American Legion Post 502 in Moorpark and the Rotary Club of Moorpark discussed with Mr. Bellasalma that the equipment ought to be redeployed in the center, instead of ending up somewhere outside the city. The American Legion Post 502 volunteered to pay for 1/3 of the equipment and also took responsibility to host the program every week. The remaining costs of the equipment will be paid by the Rotary District 5240.
Cost Benefit Analysis for Bingo Entertainment
The cost for administering the program is relatively low. And it is largely restricted to the labour of the individuals who will set up, clean up and guide the players during the events. Before this regular activity was put on hold, at least 34 senior citizens were regularly participating. Bingo has been a means for senior citizens to still be able to maintain a social environment where there is a possibility for building new friendships. This was one of the most effective ways to keep them safely entertained outside of their homes. Fun-filled entertainment is the order of the day at traditional bingo games.
Bingo is Back!
Once the bingo resumes, the program will be offering more than fun and games. The administrators will prioritize mental and cognitive workouts and a lot of socialization. They believe that this is vital during the aging process. Deb Holler, the assistant district governor of the Rotary Club, said that she was very proud of the job that the city has done to revive bingo. The Moorpark Rotary Club pulled a lot of strings to save this program for the community.