Senior club news

50-Plus Seniors

COLLINS – Space on the July 25 50-Plus Senior trip is fast filling up and anyone interested in going on this one-day visit to the Buffalo Waterfront including the Buffalo Grain Elevator Tour should register quickly before all seats are taken. The seniors have coupled up with Anna Mallaber and her Let’s Travel Group from Cattaraugus thus seats are limited.

The motor coach will pick up our group at 8:15 a.m. from the front parking lot of the L. K. Painter Community Center, Main Street, Collins and you are requested to arrive no later than 8:10 a.m. For those who missed last week’s information, cost is $86 with a $20 deposit due by May 3. Balance will be due no later than June 26. Payment is by check made out to Town of Collins and sent to Collins Town Hall, attention Joan Byrne, P.O. Box 240, Collins NY 14034.

Lunch will be at Templeton Landing with meal choice of beef roulades, Atlantic cod or champagne chicken and must be indicated when making reservations. Call 532-2507 for those who have already signed up but haven’t made a meal choice. Flyers are available in the Senior Room during program hours. For more information on trip and to make reservations call 532-2507.

Time is running out on registration for the May 7 AARP Defensive Driving Course. This will be the final course at the Center until early fall. Call 532-2507 for more information or to register.

On Sunday, April 21, the Euchre and Pinochle Card Party is at 1:30 p.m. in the center gymnasium. Cost is $5 and includes cash table prizes, dessert and beverages.

Attention all Civil War buffs – the Springville/Concord Senior Group is sponsoring a three- day trip to Gettysburg, Pa., on Aug. 20-22 in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of this time in history. The group has extended an invitation to the 50-Plus Seniors to join them on this trip. Cost is $335 per person, double occupancy. A $25 deposit is due by May 6 with balance to be paid by June 26. For more information, call Marilyn Heary, 941-3429.

Dunkirk Senior Center Board of Directors

The Dunkirk Senior Center Board of Directors met recently at the center with President Barbara Bajdas presiding.

Carol Kozlowski reported receiving communications from Pat Taylor, Karen Abram, Edna Sek and Alice Weels, coordinator of the VNA. She also gave the House and Safety Committee reports. Get Well cards were sent to Janet Kasprzyk and Sophia Kubasek.

Bajdas reported a total paid membership of 426 for 2013.

Kozlowski reported the May Gala would be held on May 19. The menu will consist of roast beef on rolls, mashed potatoes, peas, and homemade dessert.

A pending summer schedule was discussed. Ice cream socials will he held on Thursday, June 13 and Tuesday, Aug. 6 at 6 p.m. A pot-luck dinner will be held on Tuesday, July 9 at 5 p.m.

Nancy Crandall reported excellent attendance at Pinochle and exercise classes with new members joining every week. Big Bingo sessions will be held on Wednesdays; May 15, June 19, July 17 and Aug. 14 at 4 p.m. A complimentary lunch will be served each of those days at 4:30 p.m.

Delphine Woloczyn reported that the Easter favors were made and delivered. The next project will be for the Fourth of July.

Bajdas reported that the two trips in May, to the Lilac Festival on May 14 and to the Presque Isle Casino on May 23, are sold out.

Tickets for the summer casino trips to the Allegany/Salamanca Casino are scheduled for Tuesday, June 11; Thursday, July 25; and Thursday, August 8. The price of a trip is $25 per person. Departure time is 11:30 a.m. Each person will receive a $35 play bonus, a goodie bag, and chances to win prizes.

Bajdas announced that the Office for the Aging would be sponsoring an informational program regarding Medicare’s future, Medicare fraud, wills and health care proxies on May 30 from 1:30 to 5 p.m. It will be held at the Senior Center. It is free to the public.

Bajdas also announced her plans to implement a Senior Savor Bucks Program for the summer months. The ultimate goal is to encourage seniors to frequent the Center and get involved. Gift cards will also be purchased and awarded. More information will follow regarding a Kentucky Derby celebration to be held May 3 after exercise class. Bajdas requested volunteers among the directors to review and update the bylaws.

The director discussed the organization of a “Senior Slugger” baseball team. The goal is to find an opponent (seniors) who will play against the Sluggers for the benefit of a charity, socialization, exercise and fun. The Dunkirk Senior Center has their team in place and will begin practice soon.

The next meeting will be held May 9 at 9 a.m.

Grape Belt Seniors

The Grape Belt Seniors had a pot-luck luncheon on Wednesday. As always, there was a wide variety of food groups represented with several vegetarian options.

Following dessert, the members and guests welcomed their guest speaker, Michelle Gelsimino, who is a licensed acupuncturist. She received her master’s degree from the New England School of Acupuncture. She demonstrated different techniques and answered many questions from the very attentive audience. The Grape Belt Seniors plan to invite other speakers to future luncheons.

Following the speaker, several people stayed around to play Bananagrams. Interested members are planning to start a pinochle group.

The Travel Committee has been extremely busy planning, coordinating and collecting money for upcoming trips. The last chance to register for the Pennsylvania Rail Adventure is Monday, April 22. David Wendt, from Wendt Touring, will once again come to the center to meet with all the participants for this trip on Wednesday, May 8 at 10:30 a.m.. He will deliver all the pre-departure information to all those who have paid for this trip. Call Marianne Serio at 672-5274 with any questions. The next Seneca Casino Trip is Wednesday, April 24. All registered parties need to be in the Big Lots parking lot at 8:45 a.m. for a 9 a.m. departure.

Other casino trips will be on Tuesday, May 21 and Tuesday, June 25. Call Judy Marino to register for these trips at 672-5778.

Marino is also taking registrations for a June 11 bus trip to the IKEA store in Pittsburgh followed by a visit to the Historic Market District Strip. Lunch is included. On Thursday, July 11 a day trip to the Lockport locks, which includes a canal cruise, a buffet lunch, a tour of the First Presbyterian Church with original Tiffany windows, and an afternoon tea at the Murphy’s Orchard.

In addition to all these trips, regular activities continue at the center on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. On Wednesday, April 24 the knitters will meet at 10:30 a.m. and on Wednesday, May 1 the Readers Theatre will meet at 10:30 a.m. Exercise class will meet all three days at 9:05 a.m. as usual. Those who don’t have their own weights can borrow some from the center. New participants are always welcome.

Mt. Carmel Social Club

SILVER CREEK – Thirty members were present for a meeting of the Mt. Carmel Social Club on Wednesday.

The meeting was called to order with the group reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. A prayer was given. Pizza and salad were served, and everyone enjoyed a game of Bingo.

A sign-up sheet for the Mother’s and Father’s Day Dinner was on hand. The dinner will cost $10 for members and $20 for guests. The sign-up sheet will again be available at the next meeting on May 1. The refreshments committee for the next meeting will be Janet Lasker, Janet LaJoie, Carolyn Dougherty and Pat Morelle.

Sheridan Happy Seniors

SHERIDAN – The Sheridan Happy Seniors’ recent meeting was brought to order by President Ellyn Sutehall with a prayer by Arlene Miller, the Pledge of Allegiance, “God Bless America” and the Happy Senior anthem. Roll call was taken and minutes from the last meeting and treasurer’s report were read and accepted. April birthdays were announced.

Bob Sutehall introduced the speaker of the day from the Made in America Store in Elma. The Made in America Store began with a brainstorm from Mark Andol at General Welding and Fabricating. Their mission is “To save and create manufacturing jobs in America.” Their motto is “For country, for soldier, for American worker.” Their inventory of one hundred percent American-made products has grown to nearly 5,000 items since they opened in 2010. The store was covered in a piece done on ABC World News by Diane Sawyer.

The table sale will be Friday, April 26 at 1 p.m. Members are asked to bring in small items to sell and small bills and change for purchases. All are welcome. The Mother’s Day/Father’s Day luncheon is coming up soon. Members can volunteer their services for the event or go the “bring a dish” route. Also, for the luncheon, each member should bring in a baby photo (at any age) in an 8 x 10 manila envelope which includes a piece of paper with his or her name on it. Sutehall will set the pictures up so that everyone can try to guess which baby photo shows which member.

The 50/50 drawing was won by Josephine Wilkosz and Carolyn Woods. Woods also won the Riles and Woolley drawing.

Silver Creek Seniors

SILVER CREEK – The Silver Creek Seniors met April 9 with 25 members attending a lunch in celebration of Easter. President Ed Newman opened the session by leading the group in saying the Pledge of Allegiance and singing “God Bless America.” Chaplain Irene Conny read a prayer titled “Little Things.”

The trip to Varysburg was canceled due to lack of interest.

Dorothy Miniri called Bingo.

Several members won prizes as a result of drawings.

The Silver Creek Seniors reconvened Tuesday with 26 members present. President Ed Newman called the meeting to order with everyone saying the Pledge of Allegiance and singing “God Bless America.” Chaplain Irene Conny read a prayer called “When Clouds Come.”

Corky Patton is recovering from a fall at home. The group sends her their thoughts and wishes her a speedy recovery. Joanne Martin is doing well at home after knee surgery, and the group hopes to see her back soon.

Bingo was called by Ernie Hilliker. Several members won prizes as a result of name and number drawings.

A Garden Fair will be held in downtown Silver Creek at the Gazebo from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 18. It will be hosted by the Hanover Garden Club.

The guest speaker was Silver Creek School Superintendent Daniel Ljiljanich, who spoke on the 2013-14 school budget. Business Administrator Cindy Mackowiak assisted him in this presentation. Voting for the budget will be held on May 21 in the Silver Creek High School lobby from 1 to 9 p.m.

Jane Park and Clara Griffin will be in charge of refreshments for the meeting on Tuesday, April 23 at 1 p.m.

Steger Hi-Rise Tenant Association

The Steger Hi-Rise Tenant Association met April 9. President Rosa Vega called the meeting to order. Treasurer Linda Lockhart led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance in the absence of Alba Santiago, the vice president. Minutes from the last meeting were read by Lockhart in the absence of Secretary Josie Wierczynski, who was ill. The minutes were accepted as read on a motion by Phyllis Jagoda and seconded by Clara Weber.

The tenants’ report was read and received. No questions were asked, and a motion to accept was made by Weber with a second by Addie Windsor.

Sunshine lady Windsor sent out cards to Judy Monroe and son, and Helen Kujawa.

New business included plans for another basket raffle. Also, the new recycle bin is in place. Anyone needing help or information on what materials can be recycled can see Vega or ask for help at the Coffee Hour.

Smokers are being asked to move 30 feet from building entrances when they smoke. Steger Hi-Rise will soon become a non-smoking facility.

Group members are planning another dinner for the first week of May, and there will be a Mother’s Day Luncheon with a tentative date of May 12. The Memorial Day picnic will be held May 27 where another basket will be raffled off.