Johnston Senior Center Director Anthony Zompa made it official this month when he announced his retirement after 20 years of working for the town’s elderly community.
Zompa said that he and his wife of 56 years have “many new adventures ahead of us.” His farewell letter, which can be read in its entirety below, will be included in the latest edition of the JSC newsletter:
“There is a universal truth that we all have to face, whether we want to or not, everything eventually ends. As much as I’ve looked forward to this day, I’ve always disliked endings. Last day of summer, the final chapter of a great book, parting ways with a close friend. But endings are inevitable. Leaves fall, you close the book. You say goodbye. Today is one of those days for me.
“As I look back on the accomplishments, I feel happy for what we’ve done at the JSC. We have worked endlessly to create a Center that has brought so much joy to so many. It is a place to get acquainted with new friends, visit with old friends, enjoy trips and activities, a place to receive education on so many topics, where many services are offered, and so much more!
“I’m remembering our beginnings. I picture a dumpster floating in the water of the parking lot, while we’re being flooded in the ‘old’ building on Priscilla Lane. We went from there to a beautiful ‘state of the art’ building that we have been in since 2007. Mayor [Joseph] Polisena, as incoming mayor, opened the doors to the NEW Johnston Senior Center! We went from 100 members and gradually to over 3000!
“One of the highlights was to receive National Accreditation from the NCOA for our center, which reflects the high standard of service that has always been given to our seniors.
“We had dinner dances, New Year’s Eve parties, and many fun trips here and abroad. All the great times we have had together!
“As I say goodbye, I want to thank everyone that has made all of this a wonderful experience!”