Dunkirk Federated Seniors
The Dunkirk Federated Seniors met at the Dunkirk Senior Center on Tuesday. In the president's absence, Vice President Helen Barone led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of "God Bless America."
A reading entitled "A Song within my Soul" was given by Chaplain Josie Wierczynski. The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Secretary Wierczynski. They were accepted as read by Charlene Hallmark with a second by Marian Genovese. No treasurer's report was given.
Attendance prizes were won by: first, Betty Korzeniewski; second, Barone; and third, Hallmark.
Helper of the day was Hallmark and others who assisted. The kitchen committee for Jan. 18 is Hallmark.
Birthday wishes went out to Korzeniewski. Members sang "Happy Birthday" to her. A moment of silence was observed for Eileen Heid.
Sinclairville Senior Citizens
SINCLAIRVILLE - The Sinclairville Senior Citizens recently met for their monthly luncheon and program in the Sinclairville Firehall dining room for a dinner featuring various dishes of food brought by members. The meeting was conducted by President Elaine Palmer-Titus. Titus opened the meeting with some humorous stories, and then prior to the lunch being served, gave the blessing, asking that all remember those standing in need and those who are ill.
Bill Wittenbrook was in charge of the drawings. Recipients included Irene Wallo, Marge McIntyre, Nellie Sharp, Norvale Martin-Gane, Sis Morley, Allene Newton, Jim and Fran Odell, Larry Dorman, Betty Wielgasz, Titus, Susan Sipos, Linda Parmenter, Bob Peterson and Diman Smith. Table decorations featuring winter topics were provided by Titus and Parmenter. Treasurer Claudia Wittenbrook gave the financial report of the group, and collected annual dues at this meeting.
Elections for 2011 were held. Titus will continue to serve as club president, Parmenter was elected to serve as vice president, Wittenbrook was elected to serve as treasurer and John Sipos to serve as the secretary. Wielgasz was re-elected as the sunshine card coordinator.
The next luncheon meeting will be on Tuesday, Feb. 8, at noon. This meeting will be held in the Charlotte Villa No. 1 recreation room due to construction in the Sinclairville Firehall kitchen. Members and those attending are asked to bring a dish of food to pass.
Following the luncheon, a medley of songs was played by Gordon and Mary Carlberg of Jamestown, along with Ron Brake. Songs included a love story, Carlberg's own version of "Jingle Bells" and "I Will Hold You in My Heart." A fine performance was enjoyed by all.
New members are always welcome.
Sheridan Happy Seniors
SHERIDAN - Sheridan Happy Seniors met Jan. 7 at St. John Bosco Hall with 21 members present. Arlene Miller presented a prayer and a moment of silence for the passing of Marguerite Wray. Also, member Cecelia Petrella lost a sister, Cynthia P. Calcott of Fredonia.
President Ellyn Sutehall opened the meeting with all reciting the pledge to the flag and singing "God Bless America" and the Happy Seniors song. The president thanked all the members for the good work they did for the club in 2010. Roll call was presented by Mabel Warner. Guests Marv and Fran Smith and Bill Clark were welcomed.
Minutes of Dec. 10 (the Christmas party) were read by Secretary Clara Griffin and passed as read.
No trips are planned for January, February or March.
Bob Wray thanked people for their thoughts and prayers due to the passing of his wife Marguerite.
Meetings will be canceled only when school is closed. An audit of the treasury books will take place at the next meeting.
Bob Sutehall, activity director, introduced Ellen DiTonto, director of sales at D&F Communications, Inc. and Ed Pflueger, installation director of D&F. He gave a presentation about the company.
Gertie Syper read a couple stories. The Riles and Woolley drawing was won by Marge Fancher.
The 50/50 winners were Angie Logan and Shirley Sikorski. On Jan. 21, the club will have a geologist speak on water.
January birthdays are Vera Bell and Josephine Wilkosz.
The kitchen committee for Jan. 21 will be Mary Joy, Joan Guzik, Betty Kern, Arlene Lawrence and Sue Loeb. Dessert and coffee were served.
Mt. Carmel Social Club
SILVER CREEK - President Carm Tampio called the meeting to order with the pledge to the flag and then wished the members a happy new year. Chaplain Carm Morabito opened with a prayer with 32 members present. Marie Sack and Nina Botticello gave their reports and were accepted as read.
Tampio thanked the Christmas Party Committee for the excellent presentation. Everyone had a good time. A thank you note was received from the food pantry for the donations collected for them.
Leo Morabito purchased the new microwave for the kitchen. Thanks are extended to him.
A soup luncheon will be held on Jan. 19. Members are asked to bring their own place setting.
The dessert committee for the soup luncheon are: Sue and Dennis Borowski, Mary Congdon and Josie Crino.
Leo and Joe Ark held the 50/50 and many members won. Bingo was called by Joe and Theresa Ark and Dorothy Miniri.
The club invites guests and membership is always open.
Silver Creek Seniors
SILVER CREEK - Twenty-five people braved the cold temperatures and attended the regular Silver Creek Seniors meeting Tuesday at their club rooms on Route 5. President Ed Newman opened the session with all saying the Pledge of Allegiance and singing "God Bless America." Chaplain Irene Conny presented a prayer, "I'm Sure God Knew."
Minutes of the Jan. 4 meeting were read by Secretary Clara Griffin and passed by Mary Ann Seibert. Several members paid their memberships.
Suggestions for programs, trips or speakers are welcome.
Ernie Hilliker called Bingo and John Krestic read some stories. Numbers were drawn and winners were Krestic and Conny. 50/50 recipients were Eva Dingelday, Milt Griewisch and Bob Kittell.
January and February birthdays will be recognized the last of the month.
Guests Guy and Corky Patton were welcome.
The Hillikers are in charge of food Jan. 18.
COLLINS - Highlights of the 50-Plus Seniors activities for the coming week are the Sunday pinochle and euchre Card game at 1:30 p.m. in the gymnasium of L. K. Painter Community Center, Main Street, Collins and a class on the making of a decorative glass plate on Friday at 1 p.m. in the Senior room of the center.
The $5 fee for the card game includes cash table prizes and luncheon. Mary Jane Kibler and Pat Tucker will teach Friday's making of a decorative plate. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. A sign up sheet and a list of materials needed are available in the senior room during programming hours. Telephone reservations can be made by calling 532-2507.
Activities for the week are: Indoor Walking and Exercise led by Pat Tucker, 9 a.m., gymnasium on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On Monday, there is Tai Chi led by Elaine McGuire and Bobbie Leisner, 1 p.m., with warm up exercises at 12:30 p.m. and informal euchre game, 2 p.m., Senior Room. Gentle Arthritis Exercises are held Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. in the gymnasium,
On Wednesday, Quilting with Florence is held at 10:30 a.m. in the Community Room, Collins Public Library; for information call Florence Reynolds, 532-3075. Also Wednesday: Open Crafts with Pat Tucker, 1 p.m., senior room; Senior Bowling, 1 p.m., K & L Lanes, Gowanda. Cost is $1.50 per game or $4 for 3 games.
A trip to Wildwood, N.J., is scheduled for Sept. 18-22 if there is sufficient interest by Feb. 18, deadline date for reservations and a $70 refundable deposit. The trip includes four nights lodging, four breakfasts, three full course dinners while in Wildwood, a visit to Atlantic City and the casinos including a casino bonus, a visit to Victorian Cape May, the oldest seashore resort in the country, time on Wildwood's famous Boardwalk, along with a two hour dolphin watch sightseeing cruise around the coast, and a morning at the 18th-century Towne of Historic Smithville.
Nightly music, entertainment and dancing will follow the Wildwood dinners. Meal and bus driver gratuities are included in the $370 price based on double occupancy. Balances of $150 are due by April 13 and July 18.
A sign up sheet and flyers are available in the senior room. Reservations also can be made by calling Joan Byrne, senior program coordinator, at 532-2507. Cancellation insurance is available.
Mayville Senior Citizens
MAYVILLE - Forty members of the Mayville Senior Citizens met at the Mayville VFW for their first meeting in 2011. Tables were set and coffee made be Louise Richir, Bonnie Johnson, Dolly Gilbert and Eleanor Cornelius.
President Joyce Ayers welcomed the group and Dianne Goodrich asked a blessing for the member and the meal. Mary Carlson called the table numbers. There was a great variety of casseroles and desserts from which to choose.
The chaplain told several stories: "A Hunter and Friend," "Old Times Right," "Soliders in Your Cup," and "Waste Not a Single Hour," and led the group in prayer.
Program Chair Claudia Wittenbrook introduced Sandy Ahlgren from Heritage Ministries. They have 820 employees who have selected a wellness committee to help promote a healthy lifestyle for the employees. They stress the fact that exercise and healthy eating are very important for everyone. Keeping the brain active is a must. Ahlgren had a drawing for a book, "History of Chautauqua County," which was won by Sandy Chandler.
Secretary Izetta Ayling read the minutes and correspondences and Treasurer Edna Brown gave her report. Goodwill Chair Carlson listed those celebrating birthdays in January as: Life Members Gerald Thompson and Naomi Wiler. Others celebrating are: Jeanne Rhinehart, Maxine Francis, Alma Shepard, Sharon Crandall, Barb Witherow, James Stacy, Priscella Farver and Chandler. Celebrating anniversaries are Dick and JoAnne Westpfahl and Carol and Jim Johnson.
Sandy Anderson and Jean Kelsey asked for suggestions for trips for the coming year.
New this year: at each meeting there will be a drawing. Dues must be paid and you must be present to win. The door prizes at this meeting were won by Geneva Horne and Bill Tornstrom.
The next meeting of the Mayville Senior Citizens will be on Jan. 20 at noon in the Mayville VFW. Verna Feathers will be the speaker. All area residents are welcome. Bring a dish to pass and table service.