Community and Seniors Together (CAST) is a 501(c)3, non-profit organization providing free activities, programming, information and services to all those age 55+ in the New Ulm area. We do not have membership dues. CAST is governed by a Board of Directors and administered by a Program Director.
CAST activities include twice-weekly Chair Workouts, weekly Bingo, Card Games (Bridge, 500, and Sheephead), Cribbage, and Scrabble. Monthly, services including Blood Pressure Checks and Medicare Counseling are available. We have an ongoing Books, CDs, DVDs and Puzzles Exchange. Specialized groups include Greeting Card Recycling and the Little Dresses Sewers.
We offer a printed monthly newsletter, The Weaver, filled with local events, information and resources. In addition, we provide an online-only weekly newsletter providing the same information plus a wide variety of virtual programming and activities. See the Newsletters page for more information and to request your copies of The Weaver and the Weekly Weaver.
CASTLE Lifelong Learning is a membership-based group offering in-person, college-level programs and courses in art, history, music, literature, wellness, and more! See the CASTLE Lifelong Learning page for complete details and registration information.
We partner with the Lutheran Social Services (LSS) Senior Dining program, offering in-person dining in the Cafetorium, meal pickups or delivery by Meals On Wheels. See the Senior Dining page for complete details.
We are located in the Community Center (600 N. German St.), which is operated by the City of New Ulm Park and Recreation Department. Our hours are 8am-4pm Monday-Friday.
Who We Are
CAST Board of Directors: April Ide, Bernice Schmitz (Secretary), Dawn Brown (Vice-President), Deb Betty (President), Jesse Capparelli, Ken Vonderhaar (Treasurer), Lisa Langer, Liz Malloy, Mary Lee Shoen (Golden Age Club Representative), Phil Davis, Sarah Anderson, Tom Borgen and Wayne Wagner.
CASTLE Steering Committee: Bernie Schmitz, Eileen Jacobson, Judy Roberts, Kathleen Sullivan, Lee Weber, Lynae Flatau, Nip Hauser, Ruth Koelpin, Wayne Wagner and Yvonne Weber
Board Development Committee: Deb Beatty, Jessie Capparelli, Lisa Langer
Finance Committee: Bernice Schmitz, Deb Beatty, Ken Vonderhaar
Personnel Committee: April Ide, Dawn Brown, Jessie Capparelli
Program Committee: April Ide, Liz Malloy, Mary Lee Shoen, Sarah Anderson
CAST/CASTLE Program Director: Cara Knauf
Senior Dining Coordinator: Bonnie Roebbeke
Little Dresses Sewers Coordinator: Mary Warner