Senior club news

The Dunkirk Senior Board of Directors

The Dunkirk Senior Board of Directors met recently with president Barbara Bajdas presiding. The members recited the Pledge of Allegiance.

Carol Kozlowski reported that a grant for CDBG Funds has been submitted. A new freezer has been purchased and will be delivered Dec. 20. She noted that the December Gala was a success and reservations are now being accepted for the Jan. 12 Gala. The menu will feature hors d’oeuvres, homemade chicken soup, salad, goulash, bread and butter and dessert. The price is $5.

Delphine Woloszyn reported that orders were being taken for both short and long sleeve shirts with an exercise logo.

Nancy Crandall announced that Big Bingo games would be held on Jan. 22, Feb. 19 and March12. Players should listen to WDOE in the event of bad weather.

Bajdas reminded members that the Lakeshore Senior Christmas Party was rescheduled due to weather and would be held on Dec. 16. The Dunkirk Senior Center Volunteer Christmas Party will be held on Dec. 18. She was pleased to announce that 217 Dunkirk members and 119 surrounding community members are enrolled for 2014. Dues are being accepted Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Nancy Crandall reported on the pinochle tournaments played every Monday at the center. New players are always welcome.

Bajdas noted that a craft/rummage/bake sale will be held on Saturday, Feb. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m at the center. Tables may be rented for $15. Reservations should be made by Jan. 15. There are a few seats available for a Dec. 30 trip to Presque Isle. The cost is $25 which includes transportation, goodie bags, cash prizes and a $35 free play bonus. Future trips include Niagara Falls Casino on Jan. 20 and Salamanca on Feb. 17. She reported that the seniors would be returning to Atlantic City on Sunday Aug. 24 through 27, 2014 for four days and three nights. Arrangements are still being negotiated.

The next meeting will be held on Jan. 9 at 9 a.m.

Silver Creek Seniors

President Ed Newman led with the pledge to the flag and sang “God Bless America.” Chaplain Irene Conny said a Polish prayer and Ed Newman passed around Oplatek (a Polish wafer).

The club members enjoyed a ham dinner with all the fixings provided by the members for the Christmas Party.

Bart Adams was missed with thoughts and prayers going out to him this Christmas season.

Lorrie Newman told some jokes. 50/50 drawings were won by Ed Prowse, Fred Sikorski and Fran Smith. Door prize winners were Joan Suski and Irene Conny. Marr Smith called Bingo.

The next meeting will be Jan. 7, 2014 at 1 p.m. for a pizza party.

Brocton Portland Seniors

Santa scaled piles of snow on Tuesday Dec. 17 to the St. Stephen’s Hotel in Brocton to the delight of 41 Brocton Portland Seniors and two guests.

President Margaret Jagoda opened with the Pledge of Allegiance followed by Chaplain Alberta Blakely’s prayer of thanks. Committee for Santa’s event was Harold and Phyllis Buvoltz, Lena Elliott, Marion Delcamp and Ruth Neal for the gifts, favors and settings.

The huge delicious Christmas dinner of turkey, dressing, gravy, mashed potatoes, squash, green salad, carrots, rolls and pumpkin or apple pie was homemade by Al Seavy and St. Stephen’s staff.

Santa passed out his gifts and noted he sat in Cora’s lap 65 years ago. Erika Abram passed out stockings to each member, followed by member gift exchange.

President Jagoda announced Bill Norris had taken ill, Fran Gatto is in Absolut and all were saddened by the loss of Art Donovan.

The nominating committee presented the standing officers who will be installed at the Jan. 27 meeting. This will be a tureen lunch at the Brocton Legion. Members should bring their table service and a dish to share. The committee will be Beulah Williams, Betty Kierczyk, Catherine Fabritius and Genevieve Ludemann. The program will be the club’s history by Patricia Zanghi and Bob Jagoda, and a new year’s schedule by everyone will be done to be handed out at the February meeting. Members should pay their dues. New members are always welcome.

Grape Belt Seniors

The Grape Belt Seniors celebrated the holiday season with a very special pot luck luncheon on Dec. 18. The entree was provided and all the participants brought either an appetizer, side dish, or dessert. Four serving tables were needed to accommodate all the food.

The GBS was thrilled to have Pat Christina, a retiring Town of Pomfret Board member, in attendance. She received a round of applause and much gratitude from the Grape Belt Seniors for all the work she has done over the years to support the GBS.

Catherine Pratt, the dynamic exercise instructor, was presented with a beautiful jewelry armoire and a gift certificate from the membership. A few brief speeches were made thanking everyone for attending and for being part of the GBS family. The Center has been so successful in our new location because everyone pitches in to make sure that whatever needs to be done is being done. For instance, during the GBS Board meeting held before the luncheon, the tables were set up and everything was beautifully arranged by Carolyn Briggs, Wanda Szymanski, Bev Pagano, and Kathy Deszcz. The tables and window sills were beautified with poinsettias and greenery provided by Carolyn Briggs.

On Dec. 13, nearly a full busload of seniors went to Seneca Niagara Casino for a fun afternoon and a great evening show starring Tony Orlando. Although it was snowing heavily in Chautauqua County, the rest of the trip was pretty clear. The next bus trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino is scheduled for Tuesday, April 15. There are several exciting day trips planned for the spring and summer. Stop by the Center any Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 9 until 11 a.m. and pick up a flyer or call Judy Marino at 672-5778.