Everyday Heroes - Virginia Danke

SPOKANE, Wash. - 22225336

For many, retirement is a time to slow down, take up a new hobby or do the things you couldn't while working. But not for Virginia Danke.

More than 10 years ago the now 82-year-old was looking for something to do, so she signed up for Meals on Wheels. Now rain, shine or snow, nothing keeps her from her rounds.

"We have a lot of great volunteers, but Virginia's definitely our superstar," says Meals on Wheels organizer Allison Adams. "She is dedicated. I mean, no matter what the weather is, she's here. She's here when she doesn't feel good. She's here as much as she can be. There's rarely a time when she can't make it. She's dedicated, she believes in it and she believes in keeping going as you get older."

Virginia is a senior on the go, and she does a whole lot more than delver Meals on Wheels.

"Tuesday is usually Meals on Wheels, Wednesday is my golf day, Thursday is my art class and Friday I work for the visitor's bureau," she explained.

In her younger days the Spokane native taught Physical Education at Lewis and Clark High School. She was a pioneer in bringing extra curricular activities to Spokane schools.

"I don't know if you remember the 'Ti-Girls,' the marching unit at Lewis and Clark? I had those girls. And the cheerleaders and all of that. Plus, I started gymnastics in Spokane and the present-day volleyball," she said. "It's a very fulfilling life, I'll put it that way."

Virginia never married or had kids of her own, but says staying active and involved in the community not only keeps her going, but keeps her young at heart.