Senior club news

50-Plus Seniors

COLLINS – For those who have been longing for a trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino, the 50-plus Seniors have scheduled a trip for Monday, June 24. Cost is $15 for residents of the towns of Collins, Perrysburg and Persia and $16 for all others and includes motor coach transportation and $25 Seneca Slot Dollars. Note that there is no food voucher given on this trip and 40 participants are required to go.

Reservations can be made by calling 532-2507. Check or money order made payable to the Town of Collins must be received within five days after making the phone reservations. Send to Collins Town Hall, attention Joan Byrne, P.O. Box 420, Collins NY 14034. Departure time is 11 a.m. from the L. K. Painter Center’s front parking lot.

Grape Belt Seniors

The Grape Belt Seniors were thrilled with the large attendance at their pot-luck luncheon on Wednesday. The array of salads, desserts and main dishes pleased everyone in attendance.

After lunch Audrey Parker, a member of both the Grape Belt Seniors and the Bud ‘n Bloom Garden Club, demonstrated several different approaches to flower arrangement. Both men and women listened attentively as Parker presented different arrangements and then made a triangular arrangement with a variety of greens and white carnations, accented with a few Stars of Bethlehem and baby’s breath.

The arrangement was then presented to Grace Grimes in honor of her 96th birthday.

Starting this Friday, Grape Belt Seniors are collecting canned or packaged goods that will then be donated to the Rural Ministry. Carrie Divine mentioned that there is a great need for such donations at this time. Collection boxes will be put out at the center and volunteers will deliver the items as the boxes are filled. Community members are welcome to drop off nonperishable items to the center. Donations are also being accepted at the center by members of the American Legion Auxiliary for the poppies that are handmade by veterans.

Those who went on the Pennsylvania train and bus adventure last week reported that they had a wonderful time. The trip to Montreal and Quebec only needs 10 more people for a second bus to be added. Many people who are going on the trip have already paid in full. those who haven’t done so can call marianne Serio at 672-5274 to arrange for a final payment.

Several day trips are also being planned for the coming months. The June 11 trip to the IKEA store still has a few seats available as does the July 11 trip to the Lockport Locks and Canal Cruises. On Aug. 5 there is a bus trip to the Jell-o Museum and Gallery with lunch at Yorkshire Hall before seeing the show “Sherlock Holmes – The Case of the Telltale Teapot.” The next trip to the Seneca Casino is scheduled for June 25. For more information or to reserve a spot for any of these trips, call Judy Marino at 672-5778.

Dues are being collected all through the month. The cost is $1 for town of Pomfret residents and $5 for other town residents. The dues help supplement Grape Belt Seniors’ programs and are in keeping with policies of other senior centers.

Westfield Senior Citizens

WESTFIELD – The Westfield Senior Citizens met recently at 6 p.m. at the YWCA. Twenty-six members attended and enjoyed a meal served by the Union Relief Organization.

The meeting was called to order by President Shirley Kolpien. As devotions, Chaplain Joyce Wainwright read two pieces: “God’s Eternal Love” by Delores Karides and “Morning Renewal” by Alice Hansche Mortenson.

Celebrating May birthdays are Al Wainwright and Carol Young. John and Shirley Kolpien have an anniversary. A sympathy card was sent to Emma Lloyd. A memorial in the name of Richard Lloyd was given to the Canine Rescue Unit.

John Osterhoudt won the 50/50 drawing and Betty Reid won the door prize.

The meeting was followed by several games of Bingo. The Hoitink family, scheduled for the program, will now perform in September.

The June 13 meeting will be at 6 p.m. at the YWCA. This is a pot-luck, so each member should bring a dish to pass and his or her own table service. The kitchen committee only is to bring desserts. The kitchen committee will be Gladys Hess, Carol Reynolds, Joyce Wainwright, Betty Reid and Erma Lloyd. Entertainment will be provided by Kent Knappenberger, WACS music director.

The July picnic will be held behind the YWCA, weather permitting. In case of rain, it will be held inside. Each member should bring an item for the Chinese auction.