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Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:13 am, Wed Apr 25, 2012.

Last year, the Lodi Senior Citizens Commission took action when they discovered that a bus line stopped a mile and a half away from Department of Motor Vehicles.

The distance was too far for most senior citizens to walk, so the city added a new GrapeLine route that was closer, said Jennifer Winn, the city's Senior Services Coordinator.

The commission gathers every month at Hutchins Street Square to discuss any problems facing senior citizens, as well as programs available to help them.

"We are advocates for senior citizens in the community, and ensure that they are being well taken care of," Winn said.

The commission has an open spot, and applications are currently being accepted to fill the position.

Appointments are for a four-year term, and the seven-member commission meets once a month.

There are no specific requirements for the position, though those with a passion for working with seniors are preferred.

"We are looking for someone who could be an advocate for seniors," Winn said.

Sitting commission member Terri Whitmire, who has been on the commission since 1991, agrees.

"We'd like somebody who is actively involved in the community. Someone that has some knowledge about seniors, and is willing to step up to the plate when asked," Whitmire said.

An important aspect of being on the commission is being able to work as a team. With only seven members, this is critical, Whitmire said.

Despite being associated with senior citizens, age is not a factor in the selection process, and Winn expressed a desire for experience more than age.

"Anyone with experience with senior citizens can apply. We have people on the commission in their early 30s, all the way up to their early 70s," Winn said.

The applications can be picked up at the City Clerk's office on 221 West Pine Street, or completed online at www.lodi.gov. The deadline is May 21.

Contact reporter Branden Wiens at brandenw@lodinews.com.

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