... getting into the Milano Center is easier these days
The Melrose Rotary Club recently installed two automatic door openers on the Milano Senior Center’s front entrance doors. The door openers were long on the Center’s wish list for easy access but, until now, their high cost prevented installation. Pictured (L-R) are: former Mayor Jim Milano, Mayor Rob Dolan, Rotary President Millie Rich, COA Executive Director Jack Beckley, Rotary past President Phil Ogren, Roger Rexrode of In & Out Pedestrian Doors, Inc., and Rotary Club members John McCarron, Steve Buker, Ron Seaboyer, and Neil Collins. Seated is Marjorie Enos, one of the many senior center regulars who will especially appreciate the door openers.
The Melrose Rotary Club recently installed two automatic door openers on the front doors of the Milano Senior Center. Pictured (L-R)celebrating their installation are former Mayor Jim Milano, Mayor Rob Dolan, Rotary Club Presidents Millie Rich and Phil Ogren; Roger Rexrode of In & Out Pedestrian Doors. Inc., and Rotary Club members John McCarron, Steve Buker, Ron Seaboyer, and Neil Collins. Seated is Marjorie Enos, a Center regular who will especially appreciate the openers.
Thanks to the generosity of the Melrose Rotary Club, two automatic door openers were recently installed on the Milano Senior Center's front entrance doors. The door openers have long been on the Center’s wish list for easy access but, until now, their high cost prevented installation.
Arthur Richmond, a scooter user who has since left the city, brought the need for the doors to the Rotary’s attention. He pointed out that, even though they meet code requirements, many people with physical limitations found it hard opening the doors. Appreciating how the door openers would benefit to the community, former Melrose Rotary President Phil O’Gren approached the Rotary membership to have their installation designated as one of the club’s community projects. The project continued to be supported and was completed under the tenure of current president Millie Rich.
Former President O’Gren and Rotary member Ron Seaboyer managed the installation and worked with electrician John McCarron who donated his services. The expensive hardware was provided at cost by In & Out Pedestrian Doors, Inc.
Council on Aging executive director Jack Beckley stated “These automatic doors are a great convenience for our frailer guests and those using walkers, wheelchairs, and scooters. At the same time, they signal ‘Welcome, we want you to come’ to everyone who previously struggled to get through the doors.”
Carol McCormack (left), a member of the Thursday afternoon Women's Strong Bones class, has just pressed the automatic door opener button to let afternoon coordinator, Helen Buckley, into the Center.