AARP Chapter 299 met on Monday at the Kosciuszko Club. President Martha Bialaszewski opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance. Jeanne Smyczek read a poem titled "Winter's White Gown."
Secretary Milly Jankowski read the minutes of the October meeting and they were accepted as read. Treasurer Patty Halas read the financial report. It was accepted as read and filed for audit.
Annette Snyder baked a carrot cake which was enjoyed by all. Games were played and prizes awarded to Smyczek, Stella Michalak and Bialeszewski.
The Christmas party will be held on Monday, Dec, 20 at the Kosciuszko Club. Paid reservations must be made by Dec. 15. Call Patty at 366-6081 for more information.
Dunkirk Federated Seniors
The Dunkirk Federated Seniors met at the Dunkirk Senior Center on Tuesday. President Loretta Hemink led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of God Bless America.
A reading entitled "Be Satisfied" was given by Chaplain Josie Wierczynski. The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Secretary Wierczynski. They were accepted as read by Marion Genovese with a second by Charlene Hallmark.
The treasurer's report was read by Treasurer Ruth Mackowiak. It was accepted as read by Jenny Prechtl with a second by Kitty Lehnen.
Attendance prizes were won by first, Irene Christopher; second, Helen Barone; and third Wierczysnki. Helper of the day was Hallmark and others who assisted.
The kitchen committee for Nov. 23, is Mary Dworak.
Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner is Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. at Dunkirk Senior Center. Menu will be prime rib, baked potato, sour cream, rolls, peach crisp with ice cream.
Sheridan Happy Seniors
SHERIDAN - The Sheridan Happy Seniors met on Nov. 12 at St. John Bosco Hall with 35 members present. Milt Griewisch gave the opening prayer, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance, the singing of "God Bless America," and the Happy Senior Song.
Bob Sutehall introduced the speaker, author Dottie Rexford of Fredonia. She spoke about her book "May Snow." It is the story of women learning to cope after losing their life partner. Rexford stayed and signed books for the members after the meeting.
After roll call, President Ellyn Sutehall asked for the reading of the minutes and the treasurer's report. Both were accepted as read.
Gertie Syper presented the nominations for officers for the new year. They were: President Ellyn Sutehall, Vice President Mabel Warner, Secretary Clara Griffin and Treasurer Angie Logan. The slate was voted on and accepted.
The Christmas Party will be held Dec. 10 at the VFW in Sheridan starting at noon. The cost is $8. The Pioneer Social Club from Forestville will be joining the Sheridan Seniors.
The 50/50 winners were Arlene Lawrence and Carol Pierce. The Riles and Woolley winner was Bernadine Gilray. Bob and Marguerite Fancher distributed several table prizes.
Joanne Martin is still taking reservations for the trip to Crescent Beach. The cost is $64. Call her at 934-3458.
The kitchen committee for the next regular meeting on Jan. 7, 2011 will be: Florence Gage, Evelyn Dloniak, Bernadine Gilray, Griffin and Griewisch.
Coffee and cake were served by the refreshment committee.
Silver Creek Seniors
SILVER CREEK - Silver Creek Seniors met Tuesday on Route 5. President Ed Newman opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and singing "God Bless America." Chaplain Irene Conny gave a prayer, "A Time to Share."
Secretary Clara Griffin read the minutes of Nov. 9, which were accepted by Dorothy Miniri and Iva McClenathan.
It was suggested to bring a non-perishable food item for our Food Pantry box to the club's Thanksgiving dinner Nov. 23, which will be a catered meal at 1 p.m. in the senior building.
Drawings were won by Lorrie N., Conny, and Arlene M. and Joan Suski. Jokes were read by John Krestic and Bingo was called by Ernie Hilliker. Sandwiches and beverages were enjoyed after the meeting.
Collins Center Seniors
COLLINS - The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be Monday, Nov. 22, at the Gowanda Legion with a potluck lunch at noon followed by a meeting. Lots of new and different trips for 2011 will be introduced.
Passengers for the New York City trip, Dec.14-16, are asked to stay after the regular meeting for final details on the trip. Itinerary, luggage tags and medical forms will be handed out.
Participants of the Syrup and Slots trip Nov. 11 enjoyed the day, with veterans receiving an extra bonus at the casino.
For booking and more information, 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.
Mayville Senior Citizens
MAYVILLE - Seventy members of the Mayville Senior Citizens met at the Mayville VFW for their annual Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday. Chaplain Dianne Goodrich asked for a blessing before the dinner which was prepared and served by the Christian Missionary Alliance church members, children and adults. President Fran Miller and the seniors thanked the workers for the meal which was enjoyed by all.
Goodrich read several funny little stories and Psalm 67 and led the group in prayer. President Fran Miller led the Flag Salute and then conducted the short business meeting. Secretary Izetta Ayling and Treasurer Edna Brown gave their reports. Senior Council representative Jim Kurtz stated there was nothing to report from the council; the November meeting was held in the Mayville VFW on Veterans Day and council members joined the VFW at their ceremony honoring veterans.
Goodwill chair Mary Carlson reported that several members are celebrating birthdays in November. They are: Marilyn Anderson, Marie Blesy, Helen Steinbach, Peter Smith, Jean Kelsey, Frank Liberto, Pat Faust, Gwen Schrier, Dick Westpfahl and Eleanor Cornelious. Couples celebrating wedding anniversaries are: Fred and Sandy Anderson and Bill and Nancy Tornstrom.
Trip co-chairs Sandy Anderson and Jean Kelsey announced that there is only one seat left for the Dec. 14 Cambridge Dinner theater trip. The deadline for deposits for next summer's trip to Alaska was extended to Nov. 30. Anyone wanting information about this trip should call either Sandy at 753-7814 or Jean at 753-2663. It is not necessary be a club member to take advantage of these trips. The group was asked for suggestions for 2011 day trips.
Program Chair Claudia Wittenbrook announced that the entertainment for the Dec. 2 meeting will be Backwoods Bluegrass.
Nominating Chair Wanda Gustafson read the names of those persons nominated for 2011 officers. These people were elected by an unanimous vote: President Joyce Ayers, First Vice President Fran Miller, Second Vice President Wanda Gustafson. Elected for treasurer are Brown, assisted by Bonnie Johnson. Secretary Ayling will be assisted by Sandi Wagner. Two trustee seats are still vacant.
Miller reminded the group that 2011 dues are now payable.
There was a cash donation as well as canned goods for the Mayville Food Pantry.
Brown reminded the group that the VFW Auxiliary was packing boxes for servicemen and donations would be greatly appreciated and should be delivered to the VFW before Dec. 1.
The only senior citizen meeting in December will be the annual Christmas dinner on Dec. 2 at noon at the VFW. The meal will be catered by the VFW Auxiliary. Reservations should be made by Nov. 30 to Miller at 753-3166. A collection will be taken for a needy family. Installation of officers will be held at that time.
COLLINS - The final Euchre and Pinochle Card Party for the year will kick off a shortened week of activities for the 50-Plus Seniors at 1:30 p.m. Sunday in the gymnasium of L. K. Painter Community Center, Main Street, Collins. The $5 fee includes cash table prizes and luncheon. The monthly card party will resume Jan. 16.
Eleanor Arendt will teach a second Paint on Tile Class Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the senior room. Pre-registration required and there is a $1 charge. Class is filled and space is limited so anyone previously signed up and now unable to attend is asked to call 532-2507 to cancel in order that stand-bys can be notified.
Senior Bowling traditionally is canceled the Wednesday before Thanksgiving in order that K & L Lanes hunters can go looking for Bambi. Senior Bowling will resume Dec. 1. Other senior activities this week are: Monday and Wednesday, Indoor Walking and Exercise led by Pat Tucker, 9 a.m., gymnasium. Also Monday, Tai Chi led by Elaine McGuire and Bobbie Leisner, 1 p.m., gymnasium. Warm up exercises start at 12:30 p.m. with an Informal Euchre game, 2 p.m., senior room. Tuesday - Gentle Arthritis Exercises, 10 a.m., gym. Wednesday - Open Crafts with Pat Tucker, 1 p.m., senior room. Thursday and Friday senior activities are canceled due to Thanksgiving holiday.
Vacancies are available for the annual spring musical "Sound of Music" on April 3 at SUNY Fredonia. While final day for reservation is not until Jan. 5, a $15 refundable deposit is due when making the reservation. Those already signed up are asked to please remit the deposit at this time. Deposits will be refunded if there is insufficient interest. Balance will be due March 3. Early reservations are greatly appreciated in order that good seats can be obtained. Total cost is $25.50 for residents of the towns of Collins, Perrysburg and Persia with $27.50 for all others. Price includes a soup supper at the center following the matinee performance.
"May is still a long way off and while the Thousand Island trip is filling up, we still need at least 10 more people if the trip is to be a go," Joan Byrne, coordinator of the 50-Plus Senior Program, said in asking for early reservations.
Signup sheet and flyers are available in the senior room during regular programming hours.