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ORPA's Section for Older Adult Resources (SOAR) is a special interest network for professionals who are committed to addressing the diverse needs and interests of people 50+ in the areas of recreation, education, and social services.  SOAR provides networking and educational opportunities on the latest trends in this growing field.

SOAR serves professionals working in senior centers, community centers, recreation, education, and social services.  We deal with the needs of the older adult population with changing demographics, flexibility in changing needs, and using volunteers.  SOAR: the sky's the limit!

Contact SOAR President Diane Sconce to learn more about this section and to get involved with SOAR.



SOAR Section meetings are an opportunity for those who work with seniors, senior programming, or adult community centers to get together and network with other professionals.  Meetings include updates for SOAR, a topic of discussion, and a site tour of a facility with lunch to follow.  Section meetings happen quarterly.



SOAR Conference Call

The SOAR Section meets via Zoom every other week on Wednesdays at 11:45 AM.  Learn more.




For upcoming events, workshops, and section meetings, visit the ORPA Calendar.


Past Events




SOAR Board

The SOAR board consists of older adult professionals who volunteer to design events and activities that benefit ORPA members and other professionals who focus on adult recreation and programs.

SOAR leaders welcome your concerns and ideas related to the section.

  • President: Diane Sconce, City of Eugene
  • President-Elect: 
  • Secretary: Kindra Oliver, Lebanon Center
  • At-large Director: Tina Johnson, Milwaukie Center
  • At-large Director: Kathy Wiseman, Pioneer Center (Oregon City)
  • Past President: Trish Phetteplace, Willamalane Adult Activities Center (Springfield)

Become a Section Leader.


Section Awards

Each year the Section for Older Adult Resources recognizes the outstanding work of people and agencies making a difference in senior centers and programs.  We accept nominations for the following awards:

  • Outstanding Community Service
  • Outstanding Program Service

Nominations for these awards is now closed for this year.  Please check back next year for more information. 



Senior Center Accreditation

Get your center the recognition it deserves through national accreditation!

To receive national accreditation, a senior center must engage staff, leadership, seniors, and community partners in a dialogue which includes a comprehensive evaluation of the senior center in nine standard areas.  The standards are developed by National Institute of Senior Centers (NISC), a unit of the National Council on Aging (NCOA) and are used to determine that the Senior Center is meeting its mission in a nationally accepted fashion.  The starting point is "Self Assessment" and any Center of any size will benefit from this process.

For more information on how to get started in the accreditation process, contact Diane Sconce at 541.682.5521.


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