Sebastopol Senior Center launches Wisdom Counts Membership Program

The New Year typically means new beginnings, and the Sebastopol Area Senior Center is launching a new beginning with the Wisdom Counts Membership Program.

As the boomers continue to move into retirement, our senior community continues to grow. The Sebastopol Area Senior Center needs to parallel this growth, which requires broadening our financial base.

It bears repeating that unlike most Senior Centers across the country, we are not a function of a city parks and recreation department. We are a private, non-profit organization, and must generate all of our assets and revenue through donations, grants, The Legacy, program fees, and bequests.

To parallel this growth, the Sebastopol Area Senior Center is launching its Wisdom Counts Membership program. Benefits will include

  • Discounts on field trips, classes, activities, and special events sponsored by the Sebastopol Area Senior Center
  • Value-add offers from the growing number of relationships with businesses throughout our community
  • Invitation to our regular socials for all members—a sort of a meet and greet for all Wisdom Counts members
  • Mailed subscription to our monthly newsletter, The Grapevine, a content-rich website, periodic email messages describing activities, classes, and special events
  • Most importantly, you WILL be able to say that you are a valued member of our vibrant community.


A class of people who hold the wisdom of the world. They are often seen giving advice to idiot kids who always refuse to follow it and then end up falling on their faces before they figure out that with age comes a bit of wisdom.

We understand that this will take some getting used to, and will be available to help new members become accustomed with the new system. During January we will hold an orientation on Fridays, the 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th, at 1:30 pm.

We appreciate you being a part of our community as well as your continued support. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

We would like to invite you to become a founding member of our new Wisdom Counts Membership Program. The cost of a membership is only $35 per person and $60 per two-person household. Click on the following link to become a member online.


We will be installing a new system at our front desk to make your experience at the Senior Center even better. Called MySeniorCenter, there will be a key-card issued to each Wisdom Counts member. Whether you come for a class, a social visit, or even a cup of coffee, just swipe your card and off you go. We will no longer have a need for the sign-in clipboard at the front desk.

Mr. Music Jim Corbett selected
2015 Aged To Perfection Distinguished Citizen

Jim Corbett, aka Mr. Music, will be honored as the Senior Center’s 2015 Aged to Perfection Distinguished Citizen on May 9, 2015.

The Sebastopol Area Senior Center has been honoring a Distinguished Citizen each year since 2005. The honoree is selected by a committee of the prior honorees. Criteria is a contribution to the community as a whole, not just the Senior Center.

Through The Mr. Music Foundation, Jim Corbett has been bringing quality music programs to schools throughout Sonoma County for over 25 years. The Foundation provides classroom music, after school music instruction, and high quality music assemblies. It is the mission of the The Mr. Music Foundation to bring more music education to more children in the local area. We also present and promote live music programs in the communities, and help and encourage local musicians and music teachers. Additionally, Jim is the leader, although he espouses that term, of The Love Choir, a local group of people who just love to sing.

Past honorees are: Harry Polley, Gail Dutton, Chip Castleberry, Brad Benedetti, Dr. Craig Campbell, Dr. Roger Delgado, Dr. Gary Herzberg, Pauline Pellini, Mark Sell, Joe Gazdowicz, Dan Davis, and Bob Cary.

A past honoree joked about the award being called Aging to Perfection. He certainly was not retired and felt that aging was less about age and more about growth. With that comparison, we are all Aging to Perfection, and Jim shows no signs of slowing down.
Aged to Perfection is the major fundraiser for the Sebastopol Area Senior Center. It includes food and wine tasting from some of West County’s best; live and silent auctions; customized artwork from Analy and Laguna students, AND a great night recognizing one of the best.

For more information about The Mr. Music Foundation, see website: