Corbin Senior Activity Center promotes a
philosophy to seniors, which encourages continuing education, keeping
active in mind, body and spirit, making friends and enjoying life. As a
goal, Corbin will continue to enhance its programs to meet the needs of
the growing senior population.
A part time staff person was hired as a secretary
in 1967 to assist the center’s director. In the early years the center
operated on a very limited schedule. It wasn’t long before interest
began to grow. Potlucks, card parties, knitting, crocheting, arts and
crafts became the nucleus of activity. An idea was born……DAY TRIPS!
Routes were scouted out and then a bus was hired so they could take
groups out on “tour”. The idea caught hold very quickly and soon people
were asking for more than a day trip. Before we knew it, a very
successful Tour Program was begun, Corbin Tours. In the mean time the
center was growing and a monthly newsletter was published. The Spokane
Parks & Recreation department was very involved in the funding of the
center. In 1972 the grant money from the Older Americans Act was running
out but at the same time the tours were really showing signs of success.
In 1974 a full time secretary and activity director were hired. The
center itself was becoming busier and busier with new classes and
activities being added monthly.
It is now the year 2012 and we are employing 2 full time and 2 part time staff members. Corbin is currently serving the needs of over 1,000 members! We have a new coffee station and are working on getting an elevator.
Our continuing education program has expanded to include Spokane’s Community College Senior Act II Programs; oil, water and china painting; bridge, pinochle, scrabble & mahjong; American history, genealogy, Spanish and German language classes; tai chi, hiking, low impact aerobic, hula, ballroom, clogging and line dancing. We have completed an addition to our building that now houses Corbin’s Thrifty Boutique, a valuable fundraiser for Corbin. The building is busy 24 hours a day! Many groups use the building to hold meetings, potlucks, parties and family celebrations.
Corbin’s Day Tours have also grown from just a couple every month to offering 15-20 tours each month! We travel around our area locally and also go to events outside of town. Once a month we go to dinner at a local restaurant (taking as many as 36 people), picking fruit in the Green Bluff area, cruising on Lake Coeur d’Alene, going to the Othello Crane Festival and many others. Corbin also takes people to the Civic Theatre, North Idaho College Theatre, the Arena and the Spokane Opera House for special events. It is just so much more fun to go in a group rather than by yourself!
Although the Focus and Mission of Corbin is to serve the senior population, we believe that we must include the whole family into our center. We do not have an age requirement for membership or participation. (The Institute for Extended Learning/Senior Act II Programs does have an age requirement, it is 55 and older.) Whole families travel and play together at Corbin; there is something for all. We encourage everyone to become members and attend our center. We have evening and weekend classes/workshops, specialized outings that focus on an activity i.e. Christmas Drive & Gong Show plus different types of activities to bring generations together.
In 2000 & 2001 Corbin Tours sent travelers to the following destinations; Germany, British Isles, Ireland, Scotland, France, Kenya, Canada, Mexico, Panama Canal, China, Tournament of Roses, Branson, San Francisco, Wallowa Lake, Oregon, Hawaii, and many other exciting places! Most of Corbin’s Tours are fully escorted tours that start right from our own parking lot. You might travel with a group of people from Spokane or possibly with some of our clients who live elsewhere in the country. Corbin Tours is dedicated to providing you with the best that the travel world has to offer.
We are now pleased to offer our members and our
community a full service Cruise and Tour agency. We are now able to book
individual travel as well as groups. Corbin Tours also has a fulltime
cruise consultant to assist with your travel needs. Did you know that
your travel dollars go to support the City of Spokane’s largest Senior
Center? Things are changing at Corbin Tours; we’re not just for seniors
anymore! Corbin Tours is dedicated to providing quality customer service
and unique travel experiences.