New Senior Center director emphasizing activity, technology

Noreen Johnson, second from left, plays cards with some ladies at the Ripon Senior Center. Pictured are, from left, Annette Hopp, Johnson, Elvera Perr and Betty Jaber.

When Noreen Johnson was approached about becoming the interim director of the Ripon Senior Center in September, she had no idea of what a senior center did.

How things have changed.

The woman who didn’t know anything about a senior center now is teeming with ideas on how to enhance seniors’ experience as they visit the Ripon Senior Center, located in the basement of City Hall.

Johnson fell in love with the center, and the city has embraced her as well.

As of Jan. 1, she is the permanent replacement for former director Mary Albright, who retired from the post last fall after 13 years as director.

Johnson is excited to take on the challenge.

“I’d like to have this center be a place where more seniors came and utilized it and had ideas,” she said. “I’d like it to be a place where we could be a hub for the seniors so they can connect up here.”

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