Featured Volunteers

You Make IT Happen!

You Make IT Happen!

The key to our success rests in our volunteers who embody the spirit of greatness by saying, "Yes I can, and so can you!" We want to thank all of our volunteers so very much for dedicating their extra time to the Burleigh County Senior Center. Without all of you, our mission to enhance the lives of older adults and help them remain independent in their homes would not be possible!



Terryl Roningen has been volunteering with Home Delivered Meals for more than a year, delivering lunches to seniors in our community. She saw
Loretta on the Senior Center television commercial and was inspired to get involved!

Terryl is employed at UND as an online instructor for the Certified Dietary Managers Course. She is also a consulting dietitian to local healthcare facilities.

Terryl loves outdoor activities such as kayaking, fishing and hiking in the summer. In the winter, she enjoys skiing and snowshoeing.

Terryl is married with two daughters. Her oldest daughter is a Freshman at Carleton College in Northfield, MN. Her youngest is a sophomore at Century High School. Terryl grew up in
Bismarck but also lived in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

Terryl looks forward to seeing the people on her route weekly, knowing she is making a difference and helping them to stay in their homes by receiving daily meals. Terryl also says that the people are so wonderful at the Senior Center, so friendly and kind!

Thank you so much for everything you do,


Mel served three years in the army before going to college at Minot State University and University of Colorado. Mel taught English and coached the Debate Team in Minot for seven years, then lived in Montana before moving to Bismarck where he taught at BSC. After 18 years, Mel went to Law School, became an attorney, and owned his own business with a partner until he retired.

Mel married Beatrice, who was a nurse, and together they had two daughters. One daughter works in the corporate world and the other is a graphic artist. Mel and Beatrice were married for 56 years.

Mel loves horses, dogs and all animals. When they moved to Bismarck, they bought land and raised 26 horses. He has since downsized, but still lives in the country.

Mel lost Beatrice a few years ago and was lonely. When he found the Senior Center, he was hooked! He likes how friendly and welcoming everyone is. He enjoys visiting and making new friends. He makes everyone feel welcome!

Mel has been volunteering for two years. He helps us out as a tray carrier. People tell us how helpful, welcoming, and kind he is! In Mel's spare time he likes to read and do the usual house chores, but best of all he likes visiting with people!

Thank you, Mel, for your service!