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Freeman Advantage

417.347.5837

Education, Fellowship and fun for Those Over 50

Are you getting ready for retirement and wondering what you'll do with all that time on your hands? Are you already retired and looking for a new way to meet people? Or maybe you’re still working and simply want to find a group of people just like yourself – people who want to have fun, travel, or continue learning.

Any way you look at it, life is good when you’re 50 or over, and Freeman Advantage, Freeman's wellness program for older adults, can make it even better. We’re here to help you stay healthy, meet people and deal with issues that impact your life, like healthcare, medical bills, and safety.

To become a Freeman Advantage member, download the brochure and mail your completed membership form with a check for $20.

Benefits:

  • Low-cost health screenings
  • Discounts at:
    • QuickMeds Pharmacy™
    • Cafeterias at all Freeman locations
    • Freeman Hearing Center
    • Freeman Health Essentials
  • Exercise and walking programs
  • Pin it to Win It Senior Bowling League in partnership with Carl Richards Bowling
  • Educational seminars
  • Discussions with physicians
  • Travel opportunities – day trips, cruises and trips abroad
  • CLAIM Medicare assistance
  • AARP Driver Safety Program
  • Lifetime membership for $20

 

 

Freeman Advantage Activities

    Upcoming Freeman Advantage programs and events

    Walk with Ease
    Monday, Tuesday and Thursday (ongoing)
    Corner of Ball and Austin – Webb City
    8:15

    This program allows you to walk at your own pace with plenty of places to sit and rest if needed. Please contact Jamie to let her know you will be attending due to occasional schedule changes.

    Stay Strong
    Wednesday and Friday

    9:00 am
    Freeman Business Center
    $25 for 16 sessions

    This balance, strength and flexibility class is a great way to improve the ease of daily living skills and keep fit. Much of the workout can be completed in the chair or standing for those ready for more of a challenge. Please call to make your reservation for this class and indicate which class time works for you.

    Trip Information Meetings
    Monday, November 8

    4:00 pm -  Colorado Rockies gateway.gocollette.com/link1053582
    5:00 pm – Greece Island Hopper gateway.gocollette.com/link1053366
    6:00pm – Spotlight on Christmas in London gateway.gocollette.com/link1053582

    Kenny Judd with Collette will join us to discuss additional travel options with Advantage during 2022. Make your reservation to join us for the meeting and go online to see the full itinerary and make your reservation before your space gets away.

    Game Day – Christmas Edition
    Thursday, December 2
    1:00 pm
    Freeman Business Center

    Play Hand and Foot or Mexican Train Dominoes with your friends. This is a great time to learn how to play one of these games or join your friends at a table. Bring your favorite snack to share. Drinks will be provided.

     

    Christmas Production at Joplin Little Theatre
    December 2
    $15

    Meet at the theatre at 6:45 pm for JLT’s Christmas production. Afterward join your fellow Advantage members for a dessert reception to help kick off the holiday season. Tickets are payable at time of reservation.

    Books and Bites
    Freeman Advantage/Volunteer Book Club
    Thursday, December 16
    2:00 pm
    Call for location information
    December:
    The Christmas Train by David Baldacci

    Regifting Party
    Wednesday, December 22
    Freeman East Conference Rooms
    932 E. 34th St. (enter through the entrance with the flag poles)

    Make your reservation and bring a nice item given to you that you would like to gift to someone else. Please bring your gift wrapped and ready to play a game to walk away with a wonderful gift. An RSVP is required for this event and can be made by calling to leave your name at the Freeman Advantage phone number. Refreshments provided.

    Freeman Advantage Christmas Party
    Tuesday, December 28
    11:30 am
    $7

    Join us for our annual Christmas party with Chicken Mary’s for lunch and ending the year by celebrating with the best of friends.

    Call 417.347.5837 for reservations or more information.

    Last Tuesday of each month
    10:00 am - 11:30 am
    Freeman Business Center Conference Room  3220 McClelland Blvd., Joplin

    HealthWISE (wellness, involvement, support and education) takes place at 10 am the last Tuesday of each month at Freeman Business Center. Refreshments will be available each month in addition to great medical information provided by Freeman’s very best healthcare professionals.

    Freeman Advantage offers many exciting travel opportunities throughout the year, including day trips, cruises, and trips abroad. Please contact the Freeman Advantage office at 417.347.5837 for more information.

    Day Trips

    Menopause the Musical at New Theatre Restaurant
    Saturday, November 13
    Cost: $88

    Please call to put your name on the waiting list for this sold out day trip.

    Daniel O’Donnell in Branson
    Tuesday, November 16
    Cost: $110

    Danny O’Donnell has been entertaining crowds for years. Join Freeman Advantage in some of the best seats in the house at the Welk Resort for our matinee show. A buffet meal will complete the day before heading home. Trip includes meal, show, transportation and gratuity.

    An Affair of the Heart
    Friday, November 19
    Cost: $49

    The Advantage group is making this an annual trip. The Spirit Expo Center in Tulsa is filled with over 500 vendors that include home décor, clothing, jewelry, food and much more. Please call to put your name on the waiting list for this annual day trip.

    Texas Tenors in Branson
    Wednesday, December 1
    Cost: $108

    Three-time Emmy Award winners and America’s Got Talent top selling group, Texas Tenors are a classical crossover group formed in 2009. The trio is made up of a country music artist, a Broadway musician and an opera singer. They have performed thousands of concerts over the last 10+ years and continue to have a large fan base. Join us in our excellent seats for this afternoon of music. Lunch will be at Keeter Center at College of the Ozarks. Call the Advantage office for your reservations and to make payments. 

    Johnny and June at New Theatre Restaurant
    Wednesday, January 5
    Cost: $88

    This day trip is full, but you are able to call the Advantage office to have your name put on a wait list.

    Freeman Advantage Day Trip and Event Policies

    • Payment required to secure space for a day trip or a local event
    • Check, cash, credit or debit card accepted
    • No cancellations after final payment/cancellation date, unless someone fills the space
    • Payment required at time of sign-up or soon after if paying by mail
    • Trip itineraries subject to change

     

    Extended Trips

    Yellowstone in Winter
    January 25 – 30, 2022

    We are past the date for reservations, but please call for additional information if you are interested in joining this tour. 

    Waco, TX
    June 1 – 5, 2022

    Beginning at Southfork Ranch, home of the famous TV show Dallas, with Magnolia Market in the middle and ending with First Monday Trade Days in Canton. Please complete a reservation form and make your check payable to Cruises and Tours Worldwide.

    Canadian Rockies by Train and the Calgary Stampede
    July 10 – 18, 2022

    You won’t want to miss this incredible tour to Canada. Begin with an overnight on the train from Vancouver to Jasper, then explore the beauty of the Canadian Rockies and all the wonder they offer, including the Icefields Parkway with waterfalls, rushing rivers and glacial peaks. It is breath taking. You can add a white-water rafting adventure off the Athabasca River or just a stop for a view. Enjoy accommodations at the “Castle in the Rockies” in Banff and another stay at Lake Louise with views of Ten Peaks and Bow Falls. The tour will end in Calgary with an option to attend the Calgary Stampede and Grand Stand Show. Please visit out the link or call the Advantage office for additional details.
    The tour is open for reservations until January 10, 2022.
    Canadian Rockies by Train link: https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/

    Ireland with Edinburgh Extension
    August 10 – 19, 2022

    Experience rich history, rolling hills and all that you would expect from Ireland as we make our way around this country. Includes: Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Blarney Castle, Jaunting Car Ride, Ring of Kerry, Limerick, Cliffs of Moher, Galway, Castle Stay and a farm tour. Use the link to view the full itinerary and make your reservation or call the Advantage office for additional information.
    Ireland with Edinburgh extension: https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1060431

    Danube River Cruise with Oberammergau
    September 11 – 20, 2022

    This tour features a six-night Danube River Cruise, Munich, Vienna Bratislava and Budapest as well as the Great Passion Play in Oberammergau. Go to the link provided for full itinerary and to make your reservation or call the Advantage office for additional information. While final reservations have passed, you are welcome to contact the Advantage office for availability.
    Danube River Cruise: https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/1067858

    Colorado Rockies
    September 16 – 24, 2022

    Tour includes Denver, Rocky Mountain Park, Colorado National Monument, Grand Junction Canyonlands National Park, Dead Point State Park, Arches National Park, Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroads, Mesa Verde National Park, Royal Gorge Route Railroad and Garden of the Gods. Call the Advantage office or use the link provided to explore the details of this tour. You are also able to use this link to sign up for the tour.
    The Colorado Rockies: https://gateway.gocollette.com/link/10533633

    Greece Island Hopper (with a post tour extension in Istanbul)
    October 13 – 23, 2023

    Everything you want in a tour to Greece – land, sea, island and the iconic blue of Greece. Tour includes Athens, Acropolis, The Parthenon, Mykonos, Santorini Island and Ancient Akrotiri. With tour dates chosen to miss the crowds and still catch the sun, this is a tour you won’t want to miss. Call the Advantage office or check out the link below.
    Greece Island Hopper: https://gateway.gocollette.com/link1053366

    Spotlight on Christmas in London
    December 1 – 7, 2022

    Unpack your bags once to explore London at Christmas. See Westminster Abby, Herrods, Buckingham Palace and Big Ben. Enjoy a traditional English tea, shop the English Christmas Markets and experience a night of London theatre. Christmas will be magical with this trip to England. Call to inquire about the excellent pricing for this tour or use the website below to receive full itinerary and reserve your space.
    Spotlight on Christmas in London: https://gateway.gocollette.com/link1053582

    More Information Coming Soon!
    Las Vegas – November 2022
    Health Fair – 2022
    Day trip to Tulip Farm in Bentonville, AR
    Hawaii departing on January 5, 2023
    Tulip Cruise – April 2023
    More New Theatre day trips
    Broadway Theatre trips in Tulsa

    All events and activities are at the Freeman Business Center 3220 McClelland Blvd. (back entrance) unless noted differently.

    Freeman requires an Emergency Medical Form and a Release Waiver to be completed for all travel including day trips. These are turned in the day of travel.

    Collette Payments

    If you have made a reservation for an Advantage trip hosted by Collette, you will need your booking number and the payment may be made online; https://reservations.gocollette.com/payment/aspx

    Cruises and Tours Worldwide Tours

    Checks may be mailed to their office at 2440 S. Brentwood Blvd., Suite 108, St. Louis, MO 63144.

     

    Freeman Advantage travel policies

    Please keep the following in mind when traveling with Freeman Advantage:

    • Receipt of payment secures your space. Please submit your payment as soon as possible once you've signed up. Payments can be made with cash, check or credit card. We cannot give refunds after the final payment or cancellation date.
    • If the payment/cancellation date has passed and you are interested in attending, please call the office. A waiting list is kept for those who want to attend should there be cancelations.
    • Trip itineraries are subject to change. Substitutions will be of equal or greater value.
    • Advantage trips are open to nonmembers for an additional fee of $20. This fee pays for a membership for those 50 years and over and does not apply to extended trips.

     

    Did you Know?

    If you are interested in taking a group trip that Freeman Advantage is not currently offering, we can still assist you with your travel plans. Freeman Advantage is able to book any trip through Collette Vacations. You will receive the Freeman Advantage discount, and a car will pick you up at your home and deliver you home from the airport. To learn more about trip options visit gocollette.com, and call the Advantage office to book your trip 417.347.5837.

    Freeman Advantage

    Office hours: 8:30 am-4:30 pm 
    Monday-Friday

    Contact information 
    Jamie Gillmore, Freeman Advantage Coordinator 
    1221 McIntosh Circle, east entrance 
    Joplin, MO 64804
    417.347.5837

    Mailing address 
    1102 West 32nd Street 
    Joplin, MO 64804