Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels holds annual meeting

Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels, a United Way agency, recently held its annual dinner meeting at Shorewood Country Club. The meeting was called to order by Richard Clarke, chairperson, followed by the invocation given by the Rev. Frank Torain.

The following people were installed as officers for the calendar year 2013: chairperson, Richard Clarke; vice chairperson, Carol Oliveira; secretary, Loretta Slaton-Torain; and treasurer, Steve Schiavone. The following new board members were installed: Carol Hood and Patricia Messina to the class of 2013. Renewing a three-year commitment to the board class of 2015 were Ann Bowers, Richard Clarke, Carol Oliveira and Adrian Welka. The installation service was conducted by board member Lenore Feibelkorn.

During the annual dinner a medley of music was provided by Frank Farina.

Joan Houck, executive director of Meals on Wheels reflected on the “State of the Agency.” She reviewed the agency’s mission statement which is to deliver meals to the elderly, ill, disabled and homebound in order to help them remain as independent as possible.

Meals on Wheels is entering its 43rd year of community service. The agency has grown from 50 clients in 1970, to a current 170 clients. The geographical area has also grown from meal deliveries in Dunkirk and Fredonia only to expansion into Silver Creek, Irving, Forestville, Brocton and Portland. Last year, Dunkirk-Fredonia Meals on Wheels delivered 75,376 meals in the service areas mentioned.

Those involved in the home meal delivery program know that we are delivering more than just meals. Volunteers and van drivers check on clients’ well-being, establish friendships and provide additional assistance which helps many remain independently at home.

The executive director focused on the common thread that holds the agency together and helps carry out its mission and that is the team effort put forth by the board of directors, office staff, van drivers and volunteers.

The executive director ended her remarks by stating that the agency will face new challenges and new technology in 2013; however, she was confident that the Meals on Wheels team was prepared to meet the challenges.

Two women, both retiring, were honored for service to Meals on Wheels at the annual meeting, Saranne Karalus, office assistant; and Rachel Foley, treasurer. Both contributed many hours assisting the agency in its day-to-day operations.

Meals on Wheels is desperately in need of volunteers from February to April for one hour, once a week. Training and orientation provided. Call the office at 366-8822 for more information.