“Enrich­ing the lives of adults 50 and over by offer­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for inter­faith com­mu­nity ser­vice, life­long learn­ing, and assis­tance in main­tain­ing an inde­pen­dent lifestyle.”

2014 Senior Idol Final­ists Selected

Tick­ets are now on sale for the 2014 Senior Idol Com­pe­ti­tion Idol,” fea­tur­ing 12 tal­ented seniors, 50 years of age and older, com­pet­ing for a cash prizes of $300, $200 and $100 respec­tively, on Fri­day, May 16 at 7 p.m. at Vic­tory Taber­na­cle Church located at 11700 Gen­ito Road in Mid­loth­ian (Direc­tions). The com­pe­ti­tion, spon­sored in part by The Shepherd’s Cen­ter of Chester­field, Chester­field County Senior Advo­cate, Vic­tory Taber­na­cle Church, Lucy Corr Vil­lage, and Buford Road Phar­macy. Pro­ceeds will help ben­e­fit the senior ser­vices pro­vided by The Shepherd’s Cen­ter of Chesterfield.

Once again, we are expect­ing to see an amaz­ing com­pe­ti­tion with 12 of Greater Rich­mond Area and the Tri-​Cities’ most tal­ented senior enter­tain­ers,” said Susan McCam­mon, Exec­u­tive Direc­tor of The Shepherd’s Cen­ter of Chester­field, 501-​c 3 non profit. The Senior Idol Com­pe­ti­tion will help encour­age all seniors to lead a safe, healthy and active lifestyle.” Since its incep­tion in 2001, the Shepherd’s Cen­ter has been enrich­ing the lives of adults 50 and over by offer­ing vol­un­teer oppor­tu­ni­ties for com­mu­nity ser­vice and life­long learn­ing and help­ing them remain healthy, active and inde­pen­dent in their own homes for as long as pos­si­ble. This past year the Shepherd’s Center’s vol­un­teers have pro­vided the fol­low­ing ser­vices to our com­mu­nity: 593 free, accom­pa­nied rides to med­ical appoint­ment and gro­cery shop­ping for senior adults, made over 47 minor home repairs to help those on fixed incomes and liv­ing in their own homes, offered 108 edu­ca­tional classes result­ing in 333 low-​cost class reg­is­tra­tions and pro­vided 1,800 lunches to those attend­ing their Lun­cheon Forum.

Over 25 seniors came to per­form their hearts out for the chance to win a spot in the final 12 at a spe­cial audi­tion held recently at Lucy Corr in Chester­field. Each per­for­mance was judged on tal­ent, stage pres­ence and style.

The 12 per­form­ers cho­sen to advance to the final com­pe­ti­tion include:

  • Kitty Fowler of Henrico
  • L.T. Holmes of Prince George
  • Jo Ann Spain of Chesterfield
  • John Byrd of North Chesterfield
  • Cheryl Cross of Richmond
  • Judith Men­doza of Henrico
  • Bar­bara­Camp­bell of Petersburg
  • Penny Eliz­a­beth Humphries of Colo­nial Heights
  • Nancy Wan­zong of North Chesterfield
  • June Knight of North Chesterfield
  • Ed Pet­tersen of Chesterfield
  • Eugene Zega, Jr. of Petersburg

As part of The Shepherd’s Center’s of Chesterfield’s “Senior Idol” final com­pe­ti­tion, each of the 12 final­ists will have the oppor­tu­nity to impress the judges and audi­ence by per­form­ing one song. The judges will then select the top three con­tes­tants and one win­ner of the 2014 Senior Idol.

Tick­ets for The 2014 “Senior Idol” are now on sale for $10 and can be pur­chased at The Shepherd’s Cen­ter of Chesterfield’s office located at 6800 Lucy Corr Blvd or by click­ing the Tick­ets & Tuition menu item above , Buford Road Phar­macy, Chester­field County Senior Advo­cate office, Vic­tory Taber­na­cle Church of God or by call­ing 804706-​9198 or at the door the night of the event.

For more infor­ma­tion about The Shepherd’s Cen­ter of Chesterfield’s “Senior Idol,” please call 804706-​9198 or visit our Senior Idol Page.

An Inter­est­ing Musuem For Seniors

The Vir­ginia Tele­phone Museum
Pio­neers Museum Web­site
713 E. Grace Street Rich­mond, Vir­ginia 23218 (804) 7721118
E-​mail: vtmrva@​wcast.​info
To Sched­ule a Tour, please e-​mail us with a date/​time
request and some­one will get in back in touch with you soon.

The Museum began assem­bly in 1991 in the back of the Pio­neer Office at 3520 Elwood Avenue in Rich­mond, Vir­ginia. Ded­i­cated retirees gath­ered exhibits, wired switch­boards to phones, set up dis­plays, cat­a­loged items and finally opened in May of 1993 dur­ing the annual Old Domin­ion Pio­neer Reunion. Exhibits expanded over the years, with cor­po­rate con­tri­bu­tions of equip­ment rep­re­sent­ing tele­phony over the years from out­side plant, cen­tral offices, pbx’s and pri­vate homes. Pho­tos, tools, paper records, man­u­als and pay­roll cards rep­re­sented a por­tion of items. Build­ing signs, Vail Awards, pho­tographs, newslet­ters and even some of a retiree’s per­sonal library accu­mu­lated in 1999. Bell Atlantic was com­plet­ing a merger with Nynex and advised staff that the Ell­wood build­ing was to be vacated. That move was delayed until the GTE-​Bell Atlantic merger formed Ver­i­zon. After things set­tled from that merger, Ver­i­zon pro­vided space for the Museum in the 713 E. Grace Street build­ing. Pack­ing began in Sep­tem­ber 2004, with the move com­pleted in Octo­ber of the year. Setup at the new loca­tion was com­pleted in the spring of 2005, with the offi­cial open­ing in June. All work after the move has again been done by retiree vol­un­teers. The new loca­tion has a library space, which holds tele­phony and Pio­neer items for research and sim­ply brows­ing. Cur­rently the museum is open by appoint­ment, by call­ing 800423-​3422. School class trips are always wel­come, and funds are avail­able to assist with the cost of school busses to trans­port stu­dents to and from the Museum. Addi­tional vol­un­teers are always wel­come. For infor­ma­tion call the pio­neer office.

2014 Senior Idol Vol­un­teer Opportunities

Senior Idol volunteer opportunities

Please con­tact the office at 7069198 or send an email to shepcenter@​gmail.​com to find out more infor­ma­tion about excit­ing Senior Idol vol­un­teer opportunities.

You can also sub­mit a Vol­un­teer Inter­est Form online. Be sure to check the Senior Idol inter­est box on the form.

2014 Senior Idol Final­ists Audi­tion Photos

Save the Date for Shirley Plantation

Please save the date for The Shepherd’s Cen­ter of Chesterfield’s excit­ing free lun­cheon on The Shirley Plantation’s his­tory with Julian Char­ity
on Wednes­day, April 30th at 12:30 pm.

Shirley Plan­ta­tion is Virginia’s first plan­ta­tion. Founded in 1613, only six years after the first per­ma­nent Eng­lish set­tle­ment at Jamestown, the crown grant carved Shirley Plan­ta­tion of the Vir­ginia frontier.

The chron­i­cle of Shirley Plan­ta­tion best exem­pli­fies the period in our nation’s his­tory between the set­tle­ment at Jamestown in 1607 and the move­ment towards Amer­i­can inde­pen­dence from Great Britain in 1776. Dur­ing its long his­tory and under the lead­er­ship of one fam­ily, Shirley Plan­ta­tion has sur­vived Indian upris­ings, Bacon’s Rebel­lion, the Amer­i­can Rev­o­lu­tion, the Amer­i­can Civil War, and the Great Depression.

Chester Bap­tist Church
The Great Hall
4317 School Street
Chester, VA 23831

For more infor­ma­tion about our free lun­cheon series please call 804706-​6689.

Senior Idol Spon­sor­ship Opportunities

The busi­nesses of Chester­field County and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties have a long and loyal his­tory of sup­port­ing the ser­vices and pro­grams of The Shepherd’s Cen­ter of Chester­field. Here is your oppor­tu­nity to show your com­mit­ment to our senior friends and neighbors.

Spon­sor­ing the 2014 Senior Idol Com­pe­ti­tion is an excel­lent oppor­tu­nity to make your busi­ness bet­ter known to the to the cit­i­zens of Chester­field County and sur­round­ing areas. The adver­tis­ing ben­e­fits to your com­pany include:

  • Hav­ing over 3000 adults age 50+ and scores of other cit­i­zens under 50 see your company’s name in lights.
  • Hav­ing your name and logo to appear in newslet­ters that reach over 1500 fam­i­lies that donate to char­ity.
  • Hav­ing your company’s name to appear 4 to 200 times in our com­mu­nity at a very afford­able cost.
  • Hav­ing your company’s name regarded as civic-​minded and charitable-​a com­pany that gives back to their com­mu­nity.
  • Hav­ing your com­pany rec­og­nized and applauded for your sup­port in front of the home­town crowd where the media is tak­ing notes.
  • Hav­ing your com­pany receive char­i­ta­ble deduc­tion help when it comes time to file your 2014 taxes.

Con­tact our office today about becom­ing a spon­sor!!!
Office Tele­phone - (804) 7066689
Office Email — shepcenter@​gmail.​com

Our Upcom­ing Events


04/​23/​2014 9:00 am — 2:00 pm
Spring AIL Class


04/​30/​2014 9:00 am — 2:00 pm
Spring AIL Class


05/​07/​2014 9:00 am — 2:00 pm
Spring AIL Class


05/​14/​2014 9:00 am — 2:00 pm
Spring AIL Class


05/​16/​2014 7:00 pm — 9:00 pm
4th Annual Senior Idol Com­pe­ti­tion Fundraiser

Include The Shepherd’s Cen­ter of Chester­field In Your Estate Planning

Include The Shepherd’s Cen­ter of Chester­field In Your Estate Plan­ning Have you reviewed your long-​range finan­cial and estate plans recently? Your will, liv­ing trust, retire­ment plans and other gift and estate plan­ning vehi­cles can pro­vide an oppor­tu­nity to sup­port your favorite char­i­ta­ble inter­ests. If you would be inter­ested in mak­ing a gift of ongo­ing sig­nif­i­cance, these ideas may inter­est you:

  • A gift included in your will or liv­ing trust is one way to estab­lish a last­ing legacy.
  • A gift of retire­ment assets, such as pen­sion plans or IRAs, may allow you to give more than you thought pos­si­ble, while elim­i­nat­ing taxes that may oth­er­wise largely con­sume these assets.
  • Con­sider gifts of life insur­ance. Gifts of poli­cies or pro­ceeds you may no longer need offer excel­lent tax benefits.

We sin­cerely appre­ci­ate your inter­est and sup­port in help­ing The Shepherd’s Cen­ter of Chester­field enrich the lives of adults 50 and over by pro­vid­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties for inter­faith com­mu­nity ser­vice, life­long learn­ing and assis­tance in main­tain­ing an inde­pen­dent lifestyle. Please con­tact Susan McCam­mon at (804) 7069198 if you are inter­ested in these ideas.

Memo­r­ial and Honor Gifts

Memo­r­ial and Honor Gifts Memo­r­ial or honor con­tri­bu­tions offer many ways to rec­og­nize peo­ple who are spe­cial to you. Memo­r­ial gifts ben­e­fit the com­mu­nity by mak­ing a mean­ing­ful dif­fer­ence in mem­ory of some­one spe­cial. Honor gifts can express thanks and appre­ci­a­tion, extend con­grat­u­la­tions or con­vey mes­sages of best wishes. When you make a memo­r­ial or honor gift, The Shepherd’s Cen­ter will notify the fam­ily or indi­vid­ual of your thought­ful­ness if you include their con­tact infor­ma­tion with your gift.

Ama­zon Smile

Shepherd’s Cen­ter of Chesterfield