At the Community Church Erikson served of directors and was finance chair for several years. She served the chamber of Commerce as a member of its board of directors. She has served as chair of the Schroon Lake Associations annual arts and crafts fair since 2000.
Erikson is probably best known for her work with the local senior citizens club. She has served two terms as president and been elected secretary and vice president as well as a member of the board of directors. In 2003 she started the clubs annual Garage Sale in the Park and is the editor of the groups monthly newsletter.
She was named Senior Citizen of the Year in 2000. In 2005 she received a lifetime certificate and gold pin from the Essex County Retired Senior Volunteer Program.
In 2004 Erikson was given the Robert J. Uplinger Distinguished Service Award by the Schroon Lake Lions Club.
I fight for what I believe in, Erikson said. I believe in the dignity of senior citizens.
Erikson became involved in senior issues when her mother and father-in-law both began having health problems and moved into her home.
At that time I realized senior citizens cant be characterized as a group, she said. Theyre more more of an individual than a child. They each have their special requirements and theyre not going to change.
The Schroon Lake Senior Citizen Club is a thriving organization. It has 207 members.
Its a wonderful group with vast experiences, she said. Theyve traveled the world, raised children, fought in wars, lived through the Great Depression. Theyre diverse and engaged.
Erikson is at the senior citizens club every day.
If somebody has a problem, I want to be there to listen, she said. Every day is different.
Nobody believes Im 70, she added. My friends make me feel younger. When youre working with wonderful people, some 80 or 90 (years old), you realize how important they are.