Lake Shore Senior Citizens
The Lake Shore Senior Citizens met Wednesday at the Dunkirk Senior Center. President Charlene Hallmark led the group in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the singing of "God Bless America."
A reading entitled "God's Love" was given by Loretta Hemink.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Secretary Hemink. A motion to accept was made by Sophie Kubasik and seconded by Irene Christopher. The treasurer's report was read by Sophia Urbanik. A motion to accept was made by Dorothy Cooper and seconded by Betsy Standera.
Attendance prizes were won by Hallmark, Cooper and Christopher.
Helper of the day was Stella Michalak and the others who assisted.
The spring gala on April 6 was a well-attended event. The group enjoyed a buffet dinner at the senior center, prepared by Beaver Tail Catering. Hors d'oeuvres were made by Carol Kozlowski, who also prepared the punch. A large Easter basket was raffled off and Urbanik made favors. Larisa Aldrich was a guest. Bingo was played.
Hemink and Jean Kubera were welcomed back.
Silver Creek Seniors
SILVER CREEK - With tables beautifully decorated for the Easter luncheon, the Silver Creek Seniors met for a lunch at noon on Tuesday with 19 members present. Before the meal, Chaplain Irene Conny offered a prayer.
After the luncheon, President Ed Newman opened the meeting with all reciting the pledge to the flag and singing, "God Bless America."
The minutes of April 12 were read by the secretary and passed as read by Conny.
Newman thanked Conny for all of the Easter decorations.
Dorothy Miniri won the cash prize by guessing the closest amount in the plastic eggs in the Easter basket.
Prize drawings were won by Joanne Martin, Evie Martin, Harry Suski and Bob Kittell. The 50/50 cash prizes were won by Milt Griewisch and Mary Ann Seibert.
Ed and Louise Newman are in charge of refreshments for April 26. May 17 will be the club's ice cream social.
Dunkirk Senior Center Board of Directors
The board of directors of the Senior Citizen Center of Dunkirk, Inc., met recently to discuss future activities. On Thursday, May 5, the group will sponsor a bus trip to the Allegany Casino in Salamanca. Sign-ups will take place beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 28. A variety of trips will be scheduled on a monthly basis.
The Summer Sunday Galas are scheduled to be held on May 22, June 10 and July 16. In lieu of the August Gala, an ice cream social will be held on Wednesday, August 10 at 6 p.m. Entertainment will be provided. An antique road show and craft/yard sale will be scheduled in the fall.
In addition to the monthly socials prepared by the directors, there are many other activities offered at the center. These include exercise class, crafts, pinochle and line dancing. Hot lunches are available for $2.50 with a pre-order from Monday through Thursday. There are also two social groups that meet weekly either on Tuesday or Wednesday. New members are always welcome.
Renovation of the center is under way and will continue throughout the summer. The entrance foyers will be tiled, carpeting has been completed in the offices and hallways have been painted. A treasured gift of five pictures was received from Bob and Judy Szukala. The next area to be painted is the large meeting room.
A well-stocked lending library with a large variety of books and VCR tapes is also available. Upon completion of the project, a Wii console and computer will be available for senior use in addition to the exercise machines. To make room for these changes the pool table will be sold. If anyone is interested in purchasing this table, which is in excellent condition, call Larisa Aldrich at 366-6998.
All activities are listed in the monthly newsletter (SCAN) which is available at the center. All seniors, 55 and over are welcome to participate in any and/or all activities.
Sheridan Happy Seniors
SHERIDAN - Sheridan Happy Seniors met at noon on April 15 at St. John Bosco Hall with 42 senior members enjoying a plentiful lunch with a salad, bread and cookies. Arlene Miller presented a prayer of thanks before the meal.
President Ellyn Sutehall welcomed the group and all recited the pledge to the flag and sang "God Bless America" and the Happy Seniors song.
Program chairman Bob Sutehall introduced the speaker, David Griffin of Nunda, N.Y., son of the secretary. He is a flight attendant for American Airlines and flies around the world. His presentation was on China. He spoke about Beijing, the forbidden city, and the Great Wall, which took many years to build, as it is 5,000 miles long. It has many towers for lookout points and a cableway for tourists here and there.
The treasurer's report was given by Angie Logan. Several members won drawings. The next senior bus trip is May 31 to Erie, Pa., lunch and show, for $70 each.
The Forestville seniors have invited the Sheridan Happy Seniors to the Mother-Father lunch at Kosciuszko Club May 19 at noon. Angie Logan will take reservations by May 13. The food committee for the April 29 meeting are Jeanne Strawser, Pat Smith, Ellyn and Bob Sutehall and Ann Spencer.
The program will be Mr. Elline of Forestville providing country western music.
AARP Chapter 299
AARP Chapter 299 met on Monday at the Kosciuszko Club. Martha Bialaszewski, president, opened the meeting with the pledge to the flag. Jean Smyczek read a poem titled "I said a prayer for you today." In the absence of Secretary Milly Jankowski, the minutes were read by Bialaszewski and accepted as read.
Treasurer Patty Halas read the financial report. It was accepted and filed for audit.
Legislative Chairlady Ellie Dietzen had nothing to report.
Sophie Urbanik was absent, therefore there was no report.
Bill Armbruster, who was a guest, gave a very informative talk on health care and Social Security.
Dietzen volunteered to accept the office of president.
The remainder of the afternoon was spent playing various games. Prizes were awarded to Jean Szot, Dietzen and Bialaszewski.
Serving refreshments were Stella Michalak and Szot. Helpers of the day were Bialaszewski and Nathalie Kolasa.
The next meeting will be held on Monday, May 16.
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 "Nature Brings Me to My Knees" was given by Chaplain Josie Wierczynski. The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Secretary Wierczynski. They were accepted as read by Marian Genovese with a second by Charlene Hallmark.
The treasurer's report was read by Treasurer Ruth Mackowiak. It was accepted as read by Irene Christopher with a second by Jean Kubera.
Attendance prizes were won by first, Shirley Palmatier; second, Hallmark and third, Hemink.
Helper of the day was Hallmark and others who assisted. The kitchen committee for April 26 is Hallmark.
Elected officers are: President Loretta Hemink, Vice President Helen Barone, Secretary Josie Wierczynski and Treasurer Ruth Mackowiak. The installation dinner will be held at the Dunkirk Senior Center at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17. The menu includes two breaded pork chops, corn, mashed potatoes, gravy, salad, rolls and ice cream. The dinner is for paid-up members only.
Mt. Carmel Social Club
SILVER CREEK - President Carm Tampio called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of "God Bless America." Chaplain Carm Morabito read a prayer called "Best Friends." Jose Crino took roll call with 37 members present.
Secretary Thelma Hilliker read the minutes, Treasurer Marie Sack gave the treasurer's report and Nina Botticello gave the correspondence secretary's report. All were approved as read.
The club welcomed back Connie Borrello and Dolores Trewiler. The president also welcomed three new members: Vito Botticello, Ed Newman and Lorrie Newman.
It was announced that the Mother's Day/Father's Day luncheon will be held at The Colony on June 1 at 12:30 p.m. A sign-up sheet will be passed around for food choices.
The club welcomed Pat Marotta who presented her company's business for seniors.
Tony Sack announced a trip to Seneca Allegany Casino on April 27. Cost per person is $19 with $20 in slots and $5 in food. Trip-goers will meet at Mt. Carmel at 10:15 a.m. and report time at Bob Evans in Dunkirk is at 10:45 a.m. For further information, call Tony at 934-3547.
Desserts were served by the refreshment committee. Joe Ark and Leo Morabito held a 50/50 which was won by a few lucky members. Tony Sack and Theresa Ark called Bingo.
The club is open for membership and welcomes newcomers.
COLLINS - Participants on the 50-Plus Senior Thousand Island motor coach trip in May will meet for an important pre-trip get-together Saturday, April 30, at 2 p.m. at the L. K. Painter Community Center, Main Street, Collins. The purpose of the meeting is to obtain itineraries, baggage tags, name tags and to collect information regarding emergency contact, any special requirements needed, and also to make dinner meal choices for the trip. Anyone unable to attend is asked to send information with roommate and to contact Joan Byrne, 532-2507, to give meal choices.
The April 25 AARP Driving Course will start at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the Lounge Room. Participants are reminded to park in the back lot and to bring their New York state driver's license and AARP membership card.
The final AARP Driving Course for the spring season will be held Tuesday, May 24. Pre-registration is required and only can be made by calling 532-2507. Courses will resume in the fall, dates to be announced.
The Tai Chi Class and Senior Bowling have ended for the spring season.
A new trip has been scheduled for July 18 to the Seneca Niagara Casino. Casino incentives are $20 slot dollars and $5 food. Current state/federal issued ID is required to receive incentives. Cost is $10 for residents of the towns of Collins, Perrysburg and Persia, $12 for all others.
The motor coach departs at 11 a.m. from the front parking lot of the center. A five-hour stay at the casino is required. The return home time is estimated for 6 p.m. For reservations, call Byrne or sign up in the senior room where a flyer is also available. Payment is due with reservations. Final day for reservations is June 30. A minimum of 40 passengers required.
A fall trip on Sept. 18-22 to Wildwood, N.J., is planned. The trip includes a visit to historic Cape May, a dolphin watch sightseeing cruise and a visit to the Towne of Historic Smithville.
The trip includes four breakfasts, three full-course dinners, music, entertainment, time to experience the spectacular Wildwood Boardwalk, a trip to Atlantic City where you can try your luck at the casinos and much more.
The cost is $370 per person for double occupancy; 40 people are needed to go. A $70 deposit is due when making reservations - final day is June 30. Early reservations are appreciated. Call 532-2507 for more information or to make a reservation. A sign-up sheet and flyers for all trips are available in the senior room during programming hours.
Payments on all trips will be refunded if trips are canceled due to insufficient numbers. Checks made payable to Town of Collins should be sent to Collins Town Hall, Attention: Trips, P.O. Box 420, Collins NY 14034.
Collins Center Seniors
COLLINS - The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be Monday at the Gowanda American Legion Post 409 with a pot luck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting.
Passengers on the Washington, D.C., trip are asked to stay after the regular meeting to receive final information for the May 6-9 trip. Passengers for the Polish Party trip Wednesday are reminded that the motor coach will depart from Gabels' parking lot at 8:30 a.m.
Seats are available for the Head to the Shore trip June 5-8 to Atlantic City and Wildwood with guided tours of Cape May and Philadelphia. Non-members are welcome.
A trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino is scheduled for Thursday, June 23.
A new trip is planned for Tuesday, July 12, called "Locks and Carousels." The group will travel to historic Lockport and enjoy a canal-side buffet lunch, with other stops planned at Olcott Beach's Carousel Park and Murphy's Orchard. The coach will depart at 8:30 a.m. and return at 7 p.m.
The Daniel O'Donnell show is planned for Nov. 30 in Niagara Falls, Canada. Members are reminded that a $35 deposit is due by Monday to hold their tickets.
Brochures are available on all of the trips. Most trips depart from Gabels' parking lot. Contact Irene Pfeifer 532-4268 or Bridget Farner 532-9586 for more information. Make checks payable to Collins Center Seniors, 13851 Quaker St., Collins, NY 14034.