Dalrymple takes over as Director of Pampa Senior Citizens Center

(Photo by Miranda Ellis | The Pampa News) Above, Teresa Dalrymple is pictured next to some Halloween decorations at the Pampa Senior Citizens Center.

Miranda Ellis

After 26 years of dutiful service, Teresa Dalrymple took over as the Director of Pampa Senior Citizens Center on Oct. 1. Dalrymple says that while she has some big shoes to fill, she is excited to be taking on the position.
“I learned from the best,” Dalrymple said of the Senior Citizen Center’s former Director, Nancy Looper, who recently retired from the position.
“She still volunteers on Tuesdays and she gets free lunches for life, so she gets to come eat with us and she still gets to come see everybody. She has told me that if I need any help at all that I can call her any time.”
“I’ve spent 26 years up here actually learning from her, so it’s weird to be taking over. I’m excited and I’m scared all at the same time.”
Dalrymple says that the reason she’s never gone anywhere else in 26 years is because she loves the people who come into the center.
“I like the people. I have never considered them to be seniors because they’re still so young at heart, and they can tell you some jokes you wouldn’t believe. They are just fun to be around, and I have learned so much history. I love to listen to them talk,” she said.
“Like Nancy, I’ve just grown to love the place itself and I want to see it succeed.”
Other than rearranging the furniture in the front foyer since taking over as Director, Dalrymple says that the plan this year is business-as-usual and to keep her patrons entertained and engaged with one another.
“I’m planning on having a Halloween costume contest on Friday, just before Halloween on the 30th and try to get the get them to dress up. I haven’t figured out what the prizes are yet, I’m still working on that. But I was going to at least do the top three best ones, and I’m going to have some non-partisan judges that are just part of the crowd that can judge for me,” she said.
She also says that she wants to host a Christmas party in the coming months, depending on what happens with COVID-19.
The Pampa News would like to congratulate Teresa on her hard-earned promotion and wishes Nancy Looper the best in her retirement.
For more information about the Pampa Senior Citizens Center or to just have a hot lunch, stop by and see them during business hours at 500 W. Francis.

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