Senior club news
Sheridan Happy Seniors
The Sheridan Happy Seniors met at St. John Bosco Hall in Sheridan with 34 members present. The meeting was opened with a prayer by Arlene Miller followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, signing of God Bless America and The Happy Senior Song.
Roll call was read by Shirley Sikorski. The secretary’s and treasurer’s reports were read and approved.
Joanne Martin presented the nominating committee’s slate of officers for 2014 as follows: President, Marge Fancher; Vice President, Shirley Sikorski; Secretary, Jo Wehust and Treasurer, Angie Logan. A motion was made by Arlene Miller and seconded by Joan Guzik that the president cast one unanimous vote as presented. The motion was passed by all.
Jo Wehust sent cards to several members who are ill. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
Fancher and Guzik have planned our Christmas party at the Colony Restaurant on Dec. 10th with dinner served at 12 noon. A sign-up sheet was passed at the cost of $5.00 per member.
Shirley Sikorski read a letter as per the Silver Creek Senior club in support of Lake Shore Hospital not closing.
The 50/50 was won by Pat Corwin and Ellyn Sutehall. The Riles & Woolley drawing went to Margaret Best.
Jo Wilksz, Marge Crosgrove and Wilma Crowell are the food committee for our next meeting on Nov. 22 at 1 p.m.
After the meeting was adjourned, refreshments were served and members played bingo.
Steger Hi-Rise Tenants Association
The Steger Hi-Rise Tenants Association held a meeting on Tuesday in the Community Room.
Treasurer Linda “Susie” Lockhart called the meeting to order. Vice President Alba Santiago led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance, and Chaplain Josie Wierczynski read a poem called “A Prayer for Our Service Men and Women.” As secretary, she also read the minutes from the previous meeting. They were accepted on a motion made by Josh Hughes and seconded by Addie Windsor.
The financial report was given by Lockhart. It was accepted on a motion made by Harold Jacobs and seconded by Rita Gestwicki. Sunshine Lady Windsor sent cards to Jean Hallmark, Nora Kulpa, Nora McDonald and Wierczynski.
The membership approved that Treasurer Lockhart be reimbursed for expenses incurred for printing notices, etc., from the association’s treasury.
President Rosa Vega was welcomed back. November birthdays will be celebrated on Nov. 20 at 2:30 p.m. in the Community Room.
Thanksgiving dinner will be held on Nov. 23 in the Community Room. The sign-up sheet is in the Community Room. Jean Hallmark moved to adjourn the meeting. Gloria Windsor seconded the motion and it was approved by the membership.
The 50/50 raffle was won by Hughes, which he generously donated for Bingo. Bingo was then played and refreshments were served.
Everyone is welcome to play Bingo on Tuesday evenings at 6 p.m. in the Community Room.
The next regular meeting will be held Jan. 13 at 5:30 p.m. in the Community Room.
Grape Belt Senior
The Grape Belt Senior Travel Committee has been planning some exciting trips for the coming months. The Niagara Seneca Tony Orlando Casino trip is on Friday, December 13. Starting in April there will be a casino trip every month. In June there will be a three-day trip to New York City. Details of that excursion and other day trips will be in the paper in coming weeks.
The knitting group met on November 13 and decided that in addition to working on their individual projects, they are going to start knitting hats that will be donated to the New Beginnings Food Pantry in Amherst. The food pantry is attached to the Baptist Church and their volunteers have noticed that many of their elderly clients are in need of winter hats. If any knitters would like to join this group, their next meeting is Wednesday, December 11. For more information, call Marianne Keller at 672-7771.
GBS is collecting canned goods. As soon as a box is full, volunteers from the Center take the items to the Rural Ministry in Dunkirk. When coming to the Center for activities, think about bring a non-perishable food item.
The next pot luck luncheon is on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 11:30 a.m.. Please bring a recipe or a list of ingredients with whatever food is brought for the luncheon to accommodate people with allergies and special dietary needs. The luncheons are always a lot of fun and a great way to get to meet new and interesting people.
There will be a board meeting at 10:30 a.m. before the luncheon.
Sinclairville Senior Citizens
The Sinclairville Senior Citizens meet once a month on the second Tuesday at noon in the Sinclairville Firehall dining room for a luncheon and program.
The group met recently for their annual Thanksgiving luncheon. Mr. and Mrs. Diman Smith, and their daughter Ivory provided the turkey, the homemade stuffing, the mashed potatoes, the turnips and the gravy for the meal. Those attending brought dishes of food to add to the main menu including salads, special recipes and many pies for desserts.
Past president Elaine Palmer-Titus gave the blessing prior to the luncheon giving thanks for our wonderful harvest of food and remembering those who are standing in need. A special thanks was given to the Diman family for all of their efforts, which included providing festive table decorations.
Election of officers was held. For 2014 Margie McIntyre will serve as president, Titus as the vice president, and Claudia Wittenbrook as treasurer. John Sipos will keep the minutes of the meetings. Betty Wielgasz will serve as the sunshine chairman.
The door prize was won by Irene Moll. Other gift prizes were awarded to Jim and Fran Odell, Eloise Putnam, Moll, Diman Smith, Tom Alford, Louisa Smith, Beverly Higgs, Wielgasz, Winston and Valerie Bartholomew, McIntyre, Martha Harmon, Ivory Smith, Linda Parmenter, and Marian Culver.
The program was a narrative with a show of photographs of the recent anniversary tour to Hawaii by Winston and Valerie Barmore Bartholomew. The Bartholomews celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on July 4th, and so the entire family took a tour to Hawaii. The Bartholomews were residents of Hawaii for more than 20 years from 1949 through 1969 when Winston served in the United States Navy. Mrs. Bartholomew showed some necklaces that she had purchased some 50 years ago in Hawaii which were made of shells. Her husband conducted the photographic show during the program.
The next meeting of the group will be Tuesday December 10 at noon in the Sinclairville Firehall dining room. Ham will be provided and all those attending are asked to bring a dish of food to pass and their own table service. Christmas gifts will be given to all those attending. John and Susan Sipos will be shopping for the gifts. A musical program is being planned. New members are always welcome.
Share & Care Seniors
The Share & Care Seniors invite community members to their holiday party on Saturday, Dec. 11 at the St. Joseph Church school hall at 145 E. Main St. in Fredonia. Doors open at 4 p.m.; a buffet dinner will be served at 5 p.m. Admission is $8 per person. Make checks payable to Share & Care Seniors and mail to P.O. Box 446, Fredonia, NY 14063. The deadline for prepaid reservations is Dec. 6. For more information call Rose Cerrie at 679-4386.
Lake Shore Senior Citizens
The Lake Shore Senior Citizens met at the Dunkirk Senior Center on Nov. 13. President Stella Michalak led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of “God Bless America.” A reading entitled “Open Up Your Heart” was given by Loretta Hemink.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Hemink. They were accepted as read on a motion made by Charlene Hallmark and seconded by Jeanne Hauser.
The treasurer’s report was read by Treasurer Betty Korzeniewski. It was accepted as read on a motion made by Sara Azeez and seconded by Hallmark.
Attendance prizes were won by Korzeniewski, Paul Soper and Hallmark.
Irene Christopher was the helper of the day. Others assisted.
The kitchen committee for Dec. 4 is Pat Kozlowski and Mary Hayer.
It was announced that new officers for 2014 are as follows: President Stella Michalak, Vice President Irene Christopher, Treasurer Betty Korzeniewski, Secretary Loretta Hemink, and Sunshine Chairperson Carol Kozlowski.
A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Azeez and seconded by Nancy Woloszyn.
The club’s next regular meeting will be Dec. 4.
Silver Creek Seniors
The Silver Creek Seniors met recently in their clubrooms on Route 5. President Ed Newman opened the meeting by leading the group in the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of “God Bless America.” Chaplain Irene Conny shared a prayer.
Bud Anger has been taken to Buffalo General Hospital. The club members will keep him in their thoughts and prayers.
Lorrie Newman talked about the upcoming Thanksgiving dinner. It will be held Nov. 26 at noon at the club.
There will be a pizza party on Nov. 19 at 1 p.m.
Joan Suski called Bingo. The 50/50 raffle was won by Thelma Hilliker, Suski and Jane Park. Door prizes were won by Shirley Sikorski and Clara Griffin.
50-Plus Senior activities for the coming week are: Sunday-Pinochle and Euchre Card Party, 1:30 p.m., gymnasium. $5 Cost includes cash table prizes, dessert and beverages. This is the final card party for 2013.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: Indoor Walking and Exercises led by Pat Tucker, 9 a.m., gymnasium. Tuesday and Thursday: Gentle Arthritis Exercises, 10 a.m., gymnasium. A Wednesday: Quilting with Florence, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Community Room, Collins Public Library. For more information on this craft call Florence Reynolds, 532-3075. Senior Bowling, 1 p.m., K & L Lanes, Gowanda. Cost is $1.75 per game or 3 games for $5. Open Crafts with Pat, and informal Euchre Game, both at 1 p.m., in the Senior Room. Thursday: Tai Chi, 11 a.m., gymnasium. Friday: Community Service, 1 p.m., Senior Room. Help is needed to make holiday items for residents in area nursing homes and hospitals.
Dunkirk Senior Citizen Board of Directors
The November meeting of the Dunkirk Senior Citizens Board of Directors took place recently with President Barbara Bajdas presiding.
Bajdas accepted an invitation from the administrators at Fredonia Place to have Dunkirk Senior Citizens members join their residents to watch a movie and have lunch together.
Jeanine Smith, chairman of the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging Senior Nutrition Program at the Dunkirk site extended an invitation for all seniors to attend a turkey dinner on Nov. 27 at 11:30 a.m. The expected donation (cost) is $3. Reservations are necessary and can be made by calling 366-3844.
Carol Kozlowski reported that the November Sunday Gala is sold out. The next Gala will be Dec. 8. Reservations can be made starting Nov. 18.
Nancy Crandall reported that the Nov. 20 Big Bingo would be a “Towel Bingo.” There will be no Big Bingo in December. She also reported that the Monday Pinochle players were doing well and are always looking for new players to join them.
Delphine Woloszyn announced that the Exercise with Tiffany group are buying t-shirts with a logo. A special fall luncheon is being planned for Nov. 13. There will be no exercise class Nov. 28 and 29 or Dec. 24 and 25. She also noted that the Craft Committee’s next project will be for Valentine’s Day in 2014.
Bajdas discussed all of the trips that are currently on the schedule. There are a few openings left for the trip to Presque Isle on Dec. 30. For the price of $25, each traveler will receive a $35 play bonus, a goodie bag and an opportunity to win cash prizes on the bus. Information regarding future trips will be announced.
Plans are being made for an indoor rummage/bake sale to be held at the Center on Feb. 15, 2014. Tables can be rented for $15 by contacting Barbara Bajdas at the Center at 366-7530.