Senior Club News
Grape Belt Senior Board
The Grape Belt Senior Board met this week to finalize plans for the members’ picnic on Wednesday, July 23. Each of the board members is involved in making sure that the picnic is a huge success.
So far more than 80 people have registered to attend. Pulled pork and rolls, as well as coffee and water will be provided. All the attendees are asked to bring a dish to pass. The picnic will start at 11:30 a.m. and will be held at the Russell Joy Park upper pavilion. Since it is a sheltered area the picnic will be held regardless of the weather, but the group is expecting a beautiful day.
There are two day trips to the Seneca Niagara Casino planned in the near future. The first one is on Tuesday, July 29. The next trip is on Monday, Oct. 20 and is a Customer Appreciation Event.
The Hit Men are coming to Kleinhans Music Hall on Friday, Oct. 24 and the GBS have arranged a tour that includes a 10:30 a.m. show, followed by lunch at Chef’s Restaurant and a stop at the Marilla Country Store in Elma. Call Judy Marino at 672-5778 to make reservations for any of these trips.
There will be a large group gathering at the Center on Wednesday, Aug. 24 at 10:30 a.m. to meet with David Wendt and learn all the departure details for their trip to Cape Cod the following month. Almost 100 people have registered for this exciting tour.
Activities this week for the 50-Plus Seniors are:
Sunday: Pickle Ball. Lois Johnson will show those attending how to play this easy but exciting sport. Anyone can do it so the seniors invite people to come on out and have fun! Pickle Ball will be held at the Collins Town Park basketball court at 6:30 p.m. weather permitting. If it’s raining then it will be held at the L.K. Painter Center gym.
Wednesday: Senior exercises with Pat Tucker start at 10 a.m. in the new senior room at the Painter Center. Quilting with Florence is held at the Collins Library community room from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Pat Tucker will hold games and crafts in the senior room at the Painter Center starting at 1 p.m.
Thursday: Pickle Ball will be held at the Collins Town Park at 6:30 p.m.
Silver Creek Seniors
The Seniors meeting on July 8 began with a prayer from Dorothy Miniri. A hot dog lunch was provided with chips and beans. Members enjoyed talking with friends.
After lunch, the group recited the Pledge of Allegiance and sang “God Bless America.” The group welcomed back Sam Chiappone. He enjoyed seeing his friends again.
Newcomers learned that the group meets weekly on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. If a member misses a week or so, it is not held against them. Most members enjoy themselves and want to attend weekly.
Lorrie Newman read June’s financial report. Mary Ann Seibert read the cash reports.
Ernie Hilliker won the Hole-Parker drawing. The 50/50 winners were Sue Duecker, Janice Snyder and Bart Adams.
Adams and Conrad Pawlak won the door prizes.
Miniri called bingo.
The Silver Creek meeting of seniors started with the Pledge to the Flag and singing “God Bless America.”
Dorothy Miniri said a prayer for the group.
The club had many guests. Conrad Pawlak introduced the Pawlak family. His son, Kevin Pawlak, introduced his family and friends also. There were other members of the club who brought a son or daughter. Total attendance was 36 people. Kevin Pawlak brought a guitar he made, which was beautiful. He talked about where the wood came from, how long it took to make it, etc.
The 50/50 winners were Chiappone who won twice, and Joan Suski.
Door prizes winners were Kevin Pawlak and Lois J.
Suski called bingo.
Refreshments were jello salads, with ice cream and cookies. Everyone had a great time.
United Senior Citizens
The United Senior Citizens recently held their monthly catered luncheon at the Fredonia Beaver Club with 55 members in attendance.
In the absence of President Charles St. George, Vice President Phyllis Laurito presided over reading the bereavement cards from the Ray Halasinski and LoGuidice families. The vice president then led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Next, Norma St. George gave the invocation.
The 50/50 winners were Ann Cohen, Evonne Hennebery, Ann Kurgan, Nancy Mitchell, Jackie Paddock (twice) and Lucy Saeli.
The meeting began by thanking the callers for the July meeting, who were Sue Ann Carlson, Dorothy Hilliker, Peggy Pokoj, Mary Ann Thompson, Olive Rusch and Josephine Wierczynski.
Birthdays for July were Frederick Summerton, Nick Andin and Patricia Wlodarek.
The next meeting will be the group’s annual indoor picnic on Monday, Aug. 11 at the Fredonia Beaver Club. The menu will be hot dogs, Italian sausage, small rolls, hamburgers on a small roll, potato salad, baked beans, cold watermelon, coffee and fruit punch. The cost for this will be $5 per person with paid dues; $10 for guests or non-members.
The calling committee for the August meeting will be Rosemary Mancuso, Saeli, Josephine Lautenslaker, Wierczynski and Hilliker.
John D’Agostino, publisher of the OBSERVER, will be the guest speaker for the August meeting.
Patricia Bradley ended the meeting with the treasurer’s report and gave a special thanks to Vice President Laurito for filling in for President St. George. Bingo was then hosted by Laurito and Saeli.
Mt. Carmel Seniors
On Wednesday, July 16, 30 seniors attended a bi-monthly meeting of the Mt. Carmel Seniors in the parish hall. Club President Carm Tampio led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Club Chaplain Carm Morabito offered a prayer.
A brief business meeting was held, at which time reports from the floor were made by Paulene Flitt and Pat Morelle concerning the upcoming Lawn Fete planned by St. Rose of Lima Parish on Sunday, Aug. 3 in Forestville.
A committee of Leo Morabito, Gene and Ginny Chesbro, Geraldine Piede, Rita Cappello, Diane Seegert and Vince Tampio prepared a grilled hot dog luncheon for the group. Six guests were also in attendance.
The 50/50 drawings were split by six lucky winners.
Bingo was called by Dorothy Miniri, and Angie Logan.
The next meeting is scheduled for Aug. 6. The refreshment committee will be Geraldine Piede, Diane Seegert and Vince Tampio.
Club meetings are routinely held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month and the club would welcome area seniors age 55 and up.
Sheridan Happy Seniors
The Sheridan Happy Seniors met at 1 p.m. on July 11 with 28 members present.
Arlene Miller read the prayer.
Following that, the group enjoyed a delicious luncheon. All the ladies in the club made a dish to pass. The meal was served buffet style.
After lunch, the meeting began.
“God Bless America” and the “Happy Senior Song” were sung.
Shirley Sikorski called roll. Jo Wehust read the minutes of the last meeting and Angie Logan gave the treasurer’s report. Both were approved.
The president announced that today, the bus for the county picnic will be leaving after 8:15 a.m. from the Municipal Hall in Forestville.
“Happy Birthday” was sung to Sikorski and Wehust, whose birthdays are in July.
The food committee for the next meeting will be Ellen Suthall, Gertie Syper and Sikorski.
Margaret Best and Celia Petrella won the 50/50 raffle.
Teresa Warner won the Riles & Woolley drawing.
Syper read some jokes, which are always enjoyed.
The next meeting will be July 25 at 1 p.m.
The meeting was adjourned and those who wished to stay played bingo.
Sinclairville Senior Citizens
The next meeting of the Sinclairville Senior Citizens group will be held in the Sinclairville Fire Hall dining room on Tuesday, Aug. 12 promptly at noon. All those attending are asked to bring a dish of food to add to the meal and their own table settings. New members are always welcome.
Steger Hi-Rise Tenants
The next scheduled meeting of the Steger Hi-Rise Tenant Association will be Sept. 9 at 5:30 p.m. in the community room.
Forestville Pioneer Social Club
The Forestville Pioneer Social Club picnic will be held on Aug. 4 at noon at the Town of Hanover park. Members should bring a dish to pass, their own table service and a paper product for bingo prizes.
The refreshment committee for the Sept. 8 meeting is Carol Pierce, John Reardon and Barb Tower.
The next meeting of the Brocton-Portland Seniors will be held on July 28 at Brocton Legion. A program by writer for Chautauqua Star, Patricia Pihl, will explain local history of the Poor House in Dewittville and war prisons. The committee for the meeting is Tom DeJoe, Bea and Cliff Lee, Mary DeLand and Bill Norris. Hot dogs and burgers will be served. Members should bring table service and a dish to pass to go with the picnic foods. New members are welcome.
Dunkirk Senior Board of Directors
There will be an ice cream social on Tuesday, July 22 at 6 p.m. for a donation of $1. There will also be a 50/50 drawing and a gas grill drawing. On Monday, July 28, a group will travel to Presque Isle for a boat tour followed by dinner at the Golden Corral in Erie.
On Aug. 19, the board of directors will sponsor a strawberry shortcake social and a silent auction basket raffle. Music will be provided by “Two of a Kind” from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
The Dunkirk Senior Center and the Chautauqua County Office of the Aging will present a Senior Health Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Several community resources will be available, as well as flu shots. The shots are free of charge to participants with eligible insurance.
Bajdas also announced that Independent Health and Blue Cross/Blue Shield will be at the Center in October, November and December for their annual open enrollment.
The next meeting will be Aug. 7 at 10:30 a.m.