Senior club news

United Senior Citizens

The United Senior Citizens recently held its monthly catered luncheon meeting at the Fredonia Beaver Club with 66 members in attendance.

President Charlie St. George opened the meeting with a moment of silent prayer for deceased member Dorothy Kinner. He also read thank-you notes from the Kinner family and from the Columban Sisters acknowledging the donation made in her memory.

St. George then led the Pledge of Allegiance followed by the invocation by Norma St. George. Lunch was served by Beavertail Catering. Everyone enjoyed meatloaf.

The 50/50 winners were Helen Barone, Barb Centner, Rose Cerrie, Carm Johnson, Margaret Larson, Nancy Mitchell and Lois Pryor.

The meeting began with thanking the October calling committee, made up of Dorothy Hilliker, Josephine Wierczinski, Nancy St. George, Mary Ann Thompson, Patricia Wlodarek and Gert Majka.

The calling committee for the November luncheon will be Pat Ebert, Ann Kaminski, Pat Smith, Jean Morse, Hilliker and Wierczinski.

Those who celebrate birthdays in October are Norma St. George, Vicki Stelmach and Birdie Walczak.

The treasurer’s report was given by Treasurer Patricia Bradley.

President St. George announced that the next meeting will be held on Monday, Nov. 11. The cost will be $7. The menu includes roast turkey with stuffing, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes and gravy, bean casserole, tossed salad, bread, dessert and coffee. With the day being Veterans Day, the United Senior Citizens will honor its veteran members with a free lunch as long as they have their 2014 dues paid.

Dues are now being collected, and remain $3 per year.

It was also noted that Walczak volunteered to chair the sunshine committee.

Following the meeting, John D’Agostino, publisher of the OBSERVER, was introduced. In his talk, D’Agostino touched on the many issues facing our country, state, county, cities, villages and school districts. He then took questions from the members and gave out gifts from the OBSERVER.

Following the meeting, Bingo was hosted by Phyllis Laurito and Rosemary Mancuso.

Grape Belt Seniors

The Grape Belt Seniors were thrilled to welcome new participants into both the 9 a.m. exercise class on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays and the stretch class on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. New members to the classes and to the GBS introduced themselves during announcements.

Several knitters met together on Oct. 23 at 10:15 a.m.. Some were experienced and some were beginners but they all had fun knitting together. Marianne Keller, who organized the group, showed great skill and patience when instructing the beginners. The group will meet again on Wednesday, Nov. 13.

Many people have registered for the day trip to Seneca Niagara Casino on Friday, Dec.r 13. The bus leaves at noon and returns around 10 p.m. The $47 cost includes an evening performance by Tony Orlando as well as $20 slot dollars and a $10 food voucher. Call Judy at 672-5778 to register or for more information.

Readers’ Theatre will meet again on Wednesday, Nov. 6. The next pot luck luncheon will be on Wednesday, Nov. 20. Newcomers are always welcome. Stop by the center to sign up for the luncheon and check the calendar to see all the events for the rest of the month.

It takes the help of many individuals to make an all volunteer organization successful. The Grape Belt Seniors are lucky because there are so many people who are willing to pitch in and help. This week special thanks go out to Pat Lefferts and Karen Westling for handling the funds and to Barb Barnes, Cheryl Sheedy, Janet Jagoda and Marcia Bartley for preparing coffee and setting up the refreshments.

50-Plus Seniors

50-Plus Seniors are reminded that Daylight Saving Time ends this Sunday and everyone needs to turn back clocks before going to bed Saturday evening. Otherwise they will be late for church or if going to see “The Drawer Man” they might miss their 1 p.m. ride to the Springville Center for the Arts.

The Senior Program at the L. K. Painter Community Center is open to all area residents age 50 and up living in the tri-county area. There are no membership dues and activities are free unless otherwise noted.

Activities for the week are: Monday-Indoor Walking and Exercise led by Pat Tucker, 9 a.m., gymnasium. Flat shoes and comfortable clothing are recommended. This is a three part exercise and participants can do as much or little as desired.

Tuesday is Election Day with Collins polls open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Positions to be voted upon are Supervisor, two Town Councilpersons, Town Clerk, Town Justice and Highway Superintendent. The only Tuesday senior activity will be Gentle Arthritis Exercises at 10 a.m. in the Center’s gymnasium.

Wednesday: Indoor Walking and Exercises, 9 a.m., gym. Quilting with Florence, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Community Room of Collins Public Library. For more information on this beautiful craft please call Florence Reynolds, 532-3075.

Senior Bowling starts at 1 p.m. in K & L Lanes in Gowanda. Cost is $1.75 a game or 3 games for $5. This is a great winter indoor sport and you do not have to be an expert bowler to enjoy it. Pat Tucker will open the center’s Senior Room at 1 p.m. for Open Crafts and Informal Euchre Game.

Thursday: Gentle Arthritis Exercises start at 10 a.m. in the gymnasium followed by Tai Chi at 11 a.m. If there is sufficient attendance Tai Chi will be held each Thursday at 11 a.m.

Friday: Indoor Walking and Exercise, 9 a.m., gymnasium. The monthly Pot Luck Lunch will be held at noon in the Senior Room. Bring a dish to pass. Table service and beverages furnished.

The Center will be closed Monday, Nov. 11 for Veterans Day. That means reservations for the Tuesday Soup and Sandwich Lunch on Nov. 12 must be made earlier. Menu is split pea soup, grilled cheese sandwich, dessert and beverages. Cost is $2.50. Sign up by Friday on the sheet in the Senior Room or call Joan Byrne at 532-2507 no later than Sunday evening.

Dunkirk Senior Board of Directors

The Dunkirk Senior Board of Directors will sponsor a “Count Down to the New Year Presque Isle Casino Trip” on Monday, Dec. 30. The bus will depart at 10 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. The cost will include bus transportation, driver’s gratuity, $35 in free casino play, prizes and raffle tickets.

Registration for the trip will begin on Monday, Nov. 4 at the Dunkirk Senior Center at 9 a.m. Each member may sign him or herself up, plus one other member. Each member should bring his or her gaming card or pick up an application card in the office. Sign-up will be on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be no refunds.

Dues for 2014 are currently being accepted.

Lake Shore Senior Citizens

The Lake Shore Senior Citizens met at the Dunkirk Senior Center on Wednesday. President Stella Michalak led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of “God Bless America.”

A reading entitled “Bless Caring Hearts” was given by Loretta Hemink.

The minutes from the previous meeting were read by Secretary Hemink as well. They were accepted as read by Charlene Hallmark with a second by Barb Barberich.

The treasurer’s report was read by Treasurer Betty Korzeniewski. It was accepted as read by Jean Hauser with a second by Sara Azeez.

Attendance prizes were won by Betsy Sandera, Jane Steffan and Hauser.

Irene Christopher was the helper of the day. Others assisted as well.

Sandera and Hauser won meal tickets. Ronnie Ginley, Sandy Tapasto and Azeez won jars of mayonnaise.

The kitchen committee for Nov. 6 is Albertine Jakubowicz and Dorothy Kornacki.

The Red Cross will come speak to the group on Nov. 13 at 1:15 p.m. There will be no meeting on Nov. 27, because that day the turkey dinner will be held at the Center. Call the Center for reservations.

Next week, members can start signing up for the Christmas party.

The meeting was adjourned after these announcements.

Silver Creek Seniors

SILVER CREEK – President Ed Newman opened the recent meeting of the Silver Creek Seniors with the Pledge of Allegiance and “God Bless America.” He also shared words of inspiration with the 25 members present.

Harold Anger broke his hip. The thoughts and prayers of the group are with him for a speedy recovery.

Ernie and Thelma Hilliker, Marv Griffin and Fran Smith were the judges for the Halloween costume contest. The most original costume prize went to Dorothy Miniri. Ed Prouse won for the funniest costume, and Ed Newman was deemed the scariest.

The auction will be held at the next meeting, Nov. 5 at 1 p.m. Fran Smith and Joan Suski will provide refreshments.

Prouse, Fred Sikorski and Conrad Pawlak won the 50/50 drawing.

Door prizes were won by Lorrie Newman and Harry Suski.

Cider and donuts were enjoyed by the group, and Ernie Hilliker called Bingo.

Westfield Senior Citizens

The Westfield Senior Citizens met Oct. 10 at noon at the YWCA with 23 members present. A pot-luck meal was enjoyed by the group.

Sandy Harle and Lynn Austin presented the program. They spoke about the Palliative Care program of Hospice. This is a program administered by Dr. Putnam, who is the only board certified palliative care doctor in Chautauqua County. This is above and beyond Hospice care in that it is strictly for making a patient comfortable and free of pain. They also told of the MOLST form which, although similar to the living will, goes into more detail about a person’s last wishes. They stressed that each person should have this form filled out and signed by his or her doctor.

The meeting was called to order by President Shirley Kolpien. In the absence of the chaplain, she also read the devotions.

Amy Gregory won the 50/50, and Pat Smith won the door prize.

Dorothy Hall celebrated a birthday in October and Al and Joyce Wainwright had an anniversary. Get-well cards were sent to Enid Beadle and to Carol Young.

The nominating committee was appointed by the president. It consists of Fran Anderson, chairperson; Pat Everts, Darla Augur; and Ann Cochran. Election of officers will take place in November.

Members should bring hats, mittens, etc. to the November meeting as well as a $2 or more donation to help Union Relief with their Christmas charity work.

The Nov. 14 meeting will be a pot-luck held at noon at the YWCA. The speaker will be Cara Seekings of the Chautauqua County Health Network. She will explain the MOLST form. The kitchen committee for the next meeting is Gladys Hess, Trudy Stafford, Geri Harper, Lucille Inwood and Mary Cogliano.