Senior club news

Collins Center Seniors

The Collins Center Seniors Nov. 25 meeting was well attended and the delicious pot luck lunch was enjoyed by all. Thank you to the generosity of several members who brought food items for the food pantry.

The motor coach for the “Caroling Christmas” trip Sunday will depart from the parking lot behind the stores on Main Street in Gowanda at 1 p.m. sharp. Motor coaches for the Tony Orlando trip Dec. 11 will depart from the same location at 8:30 a.m.

Jan. 28 will be our first Seneca Niagara Casino trip for 2014. Casino trips are scheduled monthly.An overnight trip to the Seneca Allegany Casino is scheduled for Feb. 16 and 17. The package includes motor coach transportation, overnight accommodations at the Casino Hotel, $50 free play and $20 for food at a very special price.

A chocolate extravaganza is scheduled for Feb. 26. The first stop will be the World War II Museum in Elder, Pa. followed be a sit down lunch at the Old Library Inn with a seven dessert buffet. The day ends with a stop at Cuba Cheese store.

The Dyngus Day Party last year was such a success that it will be repeated April 21. The day will start at the Broadway Market to shop for Polish sausage or baked goods and other Buffalo made products. A Polish buffet at the Cove Restaurant and Banquet Facility precedes dancing to the music for Fritz’s Polka Band.

May 14 a unique adventure at “Gooseneck Hill Bird Sanctuary” is scheduled. Over 50 varieties of birds, singing and dancing swans and over 25 rock gardens are on the agenda. Next will be a sit down lunch at Spragues Maple Farm complete with a slice of fresh baked pie. Ellicottville Brewing Co. and Watson’s Chocolate are the last stops before heading home.

“Star Spangled Pops” is scheduled for May 23. The Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus at Kleinhans Music Hall will give a concert in tribute to the men and women who have served our country and the American Spirit. Lunch will be at the Pan Am Grill at the Hotel Lafayette. and The day will end at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval Park.

A trip to Branson is scheduled for April 5-12 which includes deluxe motor coach transportation, seven nights’ accommodations (five nights in Branson) seven shows, including Shoji Tabuchi, Legends in Concert and Kirby Van Burch Illusionist. Other highlights are a tour of the Titanic Exhibit, dinner on the Showboat Branson Belle Boat Cruise, and visiting Branson Landing, historic downtown and the College of the Ozarks .

For additional information please contact Irene Pfeifer at 532-4268 or Bridget Farner at 532-9586. Make checks payable to Collins Center Seniors, 13851 Quaker St., Collins, NY 14034

Westfield Senior Citizens

A pot-luck luncheon was enjoyed by 25 members and three guests at the YWCA on Nov. 14.

The program speaker was Cara Seekings for Hospice. Her talk was on the MOLST forms. Anyone over 18 years of age should have this. It dictates your last wishes in your last days, and it is how you can make your health care issues known. For information regarding this form, call Cara Seekings at 673-5255 or Hospice at 338-0033.

Shirley Kolpien, president, brought the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Nominating Committee read the names of new officers for 2014. They are Fran Anderson, president; Pat Smith, vice president; Kathy Best, secretary; and Dolores Kaufman, treasurer. There were no nominations from the floor.

Installations will be held at the Dec. 12 meeting.

Donations were made to the Westfield Memorial Hospital, YWCA and a memorial in Caron Young’s name to the YWCA.

Betty Wilson won a Slice-O-Matic, Mary Cogliano won the 50/50 and Ann Cochran won the door prize.

The November Kitchen committee included Gladys Hess, Mary Cogliano, Lucille Inwood, Geri Harper and Trudy Stafford.

The Dec. 12 meeting will be a Christmas party. It will be held at noon at the Westfield YWCA. Members should each bring a dish to pass and table service. They should also each bring a wrapped $5 to $8 gift to exchange (man/man, woman/woman if gift is intended for a specific gender).

Ten smoke detectors will be raffled off, donated by the Westfield Fire Department in an effort to keep the community safe.

The kitchen committee for Dec. 12 will be Hess, Cochran, Darla Augur and Joyce Wainwright.

January 2014 will start a new year with new officers. Please come and support them in their new roles. New members welcome.

50 Plus Seniors

The highlight of this week’s activities for the 50-Plus Seniors is the annual Christmas Party at noon on Friday, Dec. 13 in the L. K. Painter Center’s gymnasium. The party is open to anyone who has attended any of the 50-Plus Senior Program’s many activities during this year. There is no charge, however reservations are required and must be made no later than Monday, Dec. 9 by calling Joan Byrne, 532-2507 or by signing up in the Senior Room during program activity hours. Lunch will be served around 12:30 p.m. and will included pizza, tossed salad, dessert and beverages. Those attending are asked to bring a small unwrapped holiday gift to be used as prizes for Holiday Bingo to follow lunch.

Other activities for the week are:

Monday: Indoor Walking and Exercise led by Pat Tucker at 9 a.m. in the gymnasium. Don’t forget to call Joan no later than noon today at 532-2507 for the Christmas Party.

Tuesday: Arthritis Exercises, 10 a.m., 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 about this interesting craft call Florence Reynolds, 532-3075 or stop into the library during quilting hours and watch these gifted ladies at work. Senior Bowling, 1 p.m., K & L Lanes, Gowanda. You do not have to be an expert bowler to play. Fee is $1.75 a game or $5 for 3 games. Pat will open the Senior Room at 1 p.m. for open crafts and an informal Euchre game.

Thursday: Arthritis Exercises, 10 a.m., gymnasium followed by Tai Chi at 11 a.m.

Friday: Indoor Walking and Exercises will not be held today due to the annual Christmas Party at noon in the gymnasium.

This year the country has celebrated the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln’s immortal Gettysburg Address. What better time than next June to visit the battlefield where this battle was held? The three day trip will also include seeing “Moses” at the Millennium Theatre. Fliers, insurance forms and signup sheet are available in the senior room.

Volunteers are needed to ring the bell for Salvation Army’s Red Kettle for the next two and a half weeks. Jim Fort has again been most generous in providing space inside the Shop ‘n Save Store in downtown Gowanda for this effort. The Salvation Army was the first to arrive on the scene during the devastating flood some years ago and remained in the village for a very long time providing help to those in need.With volunteers needed, it is our turn to help the Salvation Army reach its goal. Remember, money raised in the Gowanda kettles is used exclusively in the Gowanda Salvation Army area. If you can volunteer, please call Gina Paul at 532-0935

Holy Trinity Seniors

The Holy Trinity Seniors will meet at the home of Kathy Damiano in Dunkirk on Thursday, Dec. 12 at 1 p.m. This will be the group’s Thanksgiving/Christmas banquet. For more information call Rita Lombardo at 672-0123 or Josie Wierczynski at 366-3632.

Grape Belt Seniors

The Grape Belt Seniors have many activities planned for the month of December. Readers Theatre met on Dec. 4 and performed a short play written by a visitor to the group. They will not meet in January but will be meeting again on the first Wednesday in February.

On Wednesday, Dec. 11 the knitters will be meeting at 10 a.m. and should bring in any knitted hats that they want to donate to the elderly at the New Beginnings Food Pantry in Amherst. For more information call Marianne Keller at 672-7771.

During coffee hour on Friday, Dec. 13, Kathy Park, the Director of CASA of Chautauqua County, will talk to the seniors about the volunteer opportunities within that organization. CASA was established in this area by Family Court Judge Claire so that children in foster care would have advocates who fight on their behalf. Anyone in the community who is interested in finding out more about CASA is invited to come to the Center at 10:00 am for coffee and conversation.

At 12:15 p.m. the bus for Seneca Niagara Casino will leave the Big Lots parking lot. The group will enjoy six hours at the casino before Tony Orlando’s performance in the evening.

On Wednesday, Dec. 18 there will be a board meeting at 10:15 a.m. followed by a pot luck luncheon at 11:30 a.m.. Stop by the Center to sign up for the luncheon. Everyone always enjoys the great variety of food and the friendliness of the attendees at the pot lucks.

It’s not too early to sign up for the three-day New York City Adventure from June 10-12. The trip includes transportation, two nights lodging in Manhattan, two meals and a Broadway musical. To reserve a spot call Marianne Serio at 672-5274.

There will be no exercise class the week of Dec. 23.

Lake Shore Senior Citizens

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

A reading entitled “Brightening Light” was given by Loretta Hemink.

Minutes from the previous meeting were read by Secretary Hemink. They were accepted as read on a motion by Charlene Hallmark and seconded by Barb Barberich.

The treasurer’s report was read by Treasurer Betty Korzeniewski. It was accepted as read on a motion by Sarah Azeez and seconded by Jean Kubera.

Attendance prizes were won by Azeez, Jeanne Hauser and Dorothy Sarzyniak.

The helper of the day was Irene Christopher, and others assisted.

The kitchen committee for Dec. 18 will be Jean Kubera and Sophia Kubasik.

A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Barberich. It was accepted on a motion by Hallmark.

There will be no meeting on Dec. 11. Instead, on Dec. 11, the group will have its Christmas party at the Kosciuszko Club at 4:30 p.m.

Silver Creek Seniors

President Ed Newman opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and led the members in “God Bless America.”

The group welcomed back Carl Mohart.

Lorrie Newman gave her financial report, which was approved on a motion by Marv Smith and seconded by Iva McClenathan.

Water meters will soon be changed at the Senior Center. The locks on the doors will also be replaced.

Mary Ann Seibert gave the petty cash report.

The Christmas party will be held at noon on Dec. 17 at the clubrooms on Route 5. Members are asked to bring dishes to pass to go along with a ham dinner. Also, members are asked to bring in non-perishable food items to donate to the Food Pantry.

There will be no senior meeting Dec. 24 or Dec. 31.

Next week, on Dec. 10, the club will hold “Soup Day” at 1 p.m.

The 50/50 drawing was won by Ernie Hilliker, Thelma Hilliker and Bart Adams.

Door prize winners were Fran Smith and Pat Corwin.

Ernie Hilliker called Bingo.

Brocton Portland Seniors

A Christmas Party will be held at St. Stephens Hotel on Monday Dec. l6 at noon. This will be a homemade turkey meal. Members must be signed up with Rita. Bring a $5 value wrapped gift. Santa will be there!

Share & Care Seniors

The Share & Care Seniors will celebrate the season on Wednesday, Dec. 11 with a holiday party held at St. Joseph Church School Hall at 145 E. Main St. in Fredonia. Doors will open at 4 p.m. with a buffet dinner served at 5 p.m. Admission is $8 per person. Prepaid reservations are due today, and can be made by sending checks to Share & Care Seniors, P.O. Box 446, Fredonia, NY 14063. For more information, call Rose Cerrie at 679-4386.

Forestville Pioneer Social Club

Forestville Pioneer Social Club met Dec. 2 with Ruth Kuehn presiding.

Barb Tower led the Pledge of Allegiance and Dorothy Merrill gave the opening prayer. Roll call was answered by 27 members. Gloria Yeager was welcomed as a new member.

Peg Heiden read the secretary’s report. It was accepted as read on a motion by Angie Logan seconded by Marlene Bradigan.

Happy Birthday was sung for Norma Steward, Gertie Syper and Peg Heiden who have birthdays in December.

“Sunshine Gal” Heiden sent a get well card to Betty Kuzora and a sympathy card to Carol McEntarfer.

Marion Ziecker and Bradigan won lunch tickets. Heiden and Peg Brown won the 50/50 drawing. Bradigan also won the Riles & Woolley award.

Members were reminded to bring items for the dollar table.

The group’s Christmas party is scheduled for Dec. 17 at Tom’s Family Restaurant in Irving.

The group voted to make a donation to the Forestville Food Pantry.

For the Jan. 6, 2014 meeting all members are to bring a treat.

The meeting was adjourned on a motion from Syper that was seconded by Jane Penhollow.