Brocton-Portland Senior Citizens
BROCTON - Thirty bright-eyed seniors from the Brocton-Portland Senior Citizens and one guest met at the American Legion John W Dill Post 434 on Monday, April 25, to participate in a tureen lunch and white elephant auction conducted by member Bob Jagoda. Tables were decorated in an Easter theme and done by the host committee: Betty Kierczak, Beulah Williams, Charles and Dorothy Reading. Everyone appreciated the time and beauty that was shown in the artistic work of the favors and centerpieces which were later won by different attendees.
The business portion of the meeting was called to order by President Robin Carr, as was the Pledge of Allegiance. Chaplain Alberta Blakely offered the blessing and a moment of silence was given to remember the sick and honor the deceased. In the absence of Secretary Pat Zanghi, Vice President Tom DeJoe read the March minutes and Treasurer Rita Stonefoot gave the financial report.
Birthdays announced for April included: Faye D'Amico, Julie Schrantz, Carm Johnson and Catherine Albrecht. Anniversary well-wishes were given to Erica (Dave) Abrams and Herb and Catherine Albrecht.
An announcement was made about the upcoming legislative breakfast to be held Friday, May 13, at the Sinclairville United Methodist Church and sponsored by the United Senior Council of Chautauqua County, Inc. Information and reservations are handled by Mary Himes at 569-6110. Senior citizens are encouraged to attend to get the concerns addressed.
Next meeting and chicken barbecue lunch will be held Monday, May 23. Information and reservations in by May 16 by calling Rita Stonefoot at 792-4565. Members who like sweets are asked to bring a favorite dessert to share and everyone should come prepared to have a pre-Memorial Monday celebration.
Collins Center Seniors
COLLINS - A small group of passengers from the Collins Center Seniors enjoyed the Mother's Day weekend in Washington DC.
The May 23 meeting for the Collins Center Seniors at the Gowanda American Legion will be a very busy one. Following the noon potluck lunch and regular meeting, passengers for the June 5-8 trip to Atlantic City, Cape May, Wildwood and Philadelphia are asked to stay for a short meeting to receive final itinerary and luggage tags. At 1:45 p.m., Maria Burridge from Know How Tours and Niagara Scenic Tours will give a presentation on a June 2012 land and cruise trip to Alaska. Anyone interested in attending the Alaska presentation is welcome. Non-members are asked to call Irene Pfeifer 532-4268 or Bridget Farner 532-9586 so they will know how many guest to expect.
The Collins Center Seniors have several fun trips scheduled for the rest of the year.
Dunkirk Federated Seniors
The Dunkirk Federated Seniors met at the Dunkirk Senior Center on Tuesday, May 10. President Loretta Hemink led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of "God Bless America."
A moment of silence was observed for service men and women. A reading entitled "Morning Blessings" 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 Jennie Prechtl.
The treasurer's report was read by Treasurer Ruth Mackowiak. It was accepted as read by Jean Kubera with a second by Kitty Lehnen.
Attendance prizes were won by first, Jim Griswold; second, Mackowiak; and third, Wierczynski.
Bingo was played and refreshments were served. Helper of the day was Hallmark and the others who assisted.
The kitchen committee for May 24 is Griswold.
The installation of officers and dinner will be held at the Dunkirk Senior Center on May 17 at 5 p.m. The following officers will be installed: President Hemink, Vice President Helen Barone, Secretary Wierczynski and Treasurer Mackowiak.
Lake Shore Senior Citizens
The Lake Shore Senior Citizens met at the Dunkirk Senior Center on Tuesday. President Charlene Hallmark led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of "God Bless America."
A reading entitled "Be Grateful for the Little Things" was given by Loretta Hemink. The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Secretary Hemink. They were accepted as read by Pat Kaus with a second by Carol Kozlowski.
The treasurer's report was read by treasurer Sophia Urbanik. It was accepted as read by Irene Christopher.
Attendance prizes were won by first, Albertine Jakubowicz; second, Urbanik; and third, Beatrice Tilley.
Helper of the day was Stella Michalak and others who assisted. The kitchen committee for May 18 is Urbanik and Agnes Warner.
A prayer was said for the White family in Westfield for the return of a fallen soldier.
Hallmark mentioned a program at the Office of the Aging for coupons for $3 for meals. If interested, call 363-4471.
Mayville Senior Citizens
MAYVILLE - Forty-five members of the Mayville Senior Citizens met recently for lunch in the Mayville VFW. Bonnie Johnson, Louise Richir, Dolly Gilbert and Mary Carlson set the tables and made the coffee.
Chaplain Dianne Goodrich asked a blessing for the meal and provided several readings and devotions after the meal.
President Joyce Ayers led the group in the Flag Salute and conducted the short business meeting. Secretary Izetta Ayling and Treasurer Edna Brown gave their reports.
Goodwill chair Mary Carlson noted that she had sent several get-well wishes to ailing seniors and announced those celebrating birthdays as: Life Members Izetta Ayling, Rose Marie Maulding and Millie Wassink, as well as Larry Ackerman, Mary Lou Powers, Lois Sandeen, Clifford Rhinehart, Mary Johnson, Sally Liberto, Clara Dunbar, Elma Spacht, Carol Jackson, Jackie Paddock, Barbara McManus, Nancy Tornstrom and Bob Smith. Those celebrating wedding anniversaries are: Wayne and Clara Dunbar, Paul and Juanita Holthouse, Jeff and Sandi Wagner and Gerald and Beverly White.
Trip Co-chairs Sandy Anderson and Jean Kelsey announced that payment for the lunch and boat ride aboard the Chautauqua Belle is due by the June 2 meeting. There are still seats available for the other day trips, including the Riverside Inn on July 19, Sprague's Ice Cream Breakfast and WWII Museum on Sept. 20 and the four-day trip to the Finger Lakes Oct. 7, 8, 9 and 10. anyone is welcome to join the group for any of these trips. Call either Anderson or Kelsey for reservations.
Program Chair Claudia Wittenbrook announced that David Lloret, the music director at CLCS, would bring the school's brass quintet to entertain the seniors at the May 19 meeting
The person whose name was called for the lottery was not present, so it grows. Louise Richir won the door prize.
The next meeting of the Mayville Senior Citizens will be on May 19 at noon in the Mayville VFW. All area residents are welcome. Those attending should bring a dish to pass and their own table service.
Mt. Carmel Seniors
SILVER CREEK - President Tampio called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance and the song "God Bless America." Chaplain Carm Morabito read a prayer called "Seasonal Grace." Jose Crino took roll call with 30 members present.
No minutes were read in the absence of Secretary Hilliker. Treasurer Marie Sack gave the treasurer's report and it was approved as read. Nina gave the financial secretary's Report.
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. Marie Sack will be accepting dinner payments.
It was suggested by Morabito that the club donate welcome baskets for the newly baptized babies. Each member was asked to donate a dollar for this gift. May 18 will be the annual ice cream social.
Desserts were served by the refreshment committee. The committee was thanked for the pizza party, enjoyed by all members.
A Chinese auction will be held on July 20; members are asked to save their new or gently- used items for this event.
The 50/50 raffle was won by a few lucky members. Tony Sack and Theresa Ark called Bingo.
Silver Creek Superintendent David O'Rourke gave an interesting talk on the new budget which will be voted on May 17. Members are reminded cast their ballots.
The club is open for membership and welcomes newcomers.
Pioneers Social Club
FORESTVILLE - President Arlene Miller called the meeting to order on May 2. Dorothy Schneider led the Pledge of Allegiance and Norma Steward gave the opening prayer. Miller introduced Amie Libby from Lutheran Services. She told everyone about Social Security, insurance coverage, Medicare and prescription matters.
Miller then called the meeting to order with the roll call taken by Marion Ziecker. Twenty-nine members answered and the minutes were then read from the April 4 meeting. They were accepted as read. A visitor, Toni Arcara, attended and Enebel Mirando was also introduced.
Betty Kuzora, treasurer, gave her report. Angie Logan made a motion to accept, seconded by Gertie Syper. "Happy Birthday" was sung to the May birthday celebrants Delores Valvo, Norma Youngberg, Norris Nobles and Marge Best.
Sunshine gal Peg Heiden sent a card to Marion Ziecker and Robert (Lefty) Stearns needs a card as he fell recently.
The food committee for June 6 is Ruth Kuehn, Harry Lysette, Carol McEntarfer and Molly Meadows.
Logan explained trips. She said the trip on May 31 was canceled because not enough signed up. There is a mystery trip on Tuesday, July 19, at $79. More details will be given later.
The lunch drawings were won by Mirando and Betty Kuzora. The 50/50 drawings were won by Gertie Syper and Ziecker.
In old business Miller thanked Carol Pierce and Nancy Wilson for making desserts and attending the United Council meeting.
Phone cards were discussed for soldiers. Miller asked if the club could send four to local soldiers at this time. Members voted "yes" to this request and also approved donations to the Methodist Church and a student from Forestville School.
Coupons, labels and box tops were brought up. They will be collected at the next meeting on Monday, June 6.
Brownies and drinks were enjoyed by all after the meeting.
Silver Creek Seniors
SILVER CREEK - Silver Creek Seniors met Tuesday in their club rooms with 25 present on a welcome spring day. President Ed Newman opened the meeting with all saying the Pledge to the flag and singing "God Bless America."
A prayer was offered by Chaplain Irene Conny. She added that Julie Anger and Danny Conny need prayers for their health.
Secretary Clara Griffin read the minutes of May 3 and they were passed as read. Lorrie Newman gave the treasurer's report and it was passed as read.
Harry Suski reported he is working on estimates to fix the leaking shed and kitchen window.
St. Columban's on the Lake Retirement Home has invited the group to play Bingo and enjoy refreshments soon.
Prizes were won by several members. The annual ice cream social will be May 17 at 1 p.m. The Hillikers are in charge. The Mother-Father dinner at noon on June 7 will be at the Colony Restaurant.
The Suskis served cakes, enjoyed by members.
David O'Rourke spoke on the Silver Creek School District budget voting day, to be held May 17 at the school lobby from 1 to 9 p.m.
Sinclairville Senior Citizens
SINCLAIRVILLE - At the recent luncheon and program of the Sinclairville Senior Citizens held at the Sinclairville fire hall dining room, members were presented a history of the old Civil War statue which was once located in the Sinclairville Cemetery. Diman Smith had a display of articles, photographs and memorabilia on the statue and presented its history. The statue was put into place in the cemetery in 1909 by the Grand Army of the Republic. It was placed in memory of the many who fought during the Civil War for the cause of the nation.
Smith said that on Memorial Day 1966, he gave the Gettysburg Address to those present, at the site of the statue. Within one month, the statue was stolen and never seen again. Smith said he would like to know what has happened to it, but said his efforts has been to work with a committee of people to raise funds to replace the statue. The cost is large and over the last few years, more than half of the money has been raised through quilt raffles, car shows, musical events and history fairs. Donations to the cause are always welcome, Smith said. A round of applause was given for his efforts and for his speech today.
Sinclairville Senior Citizens President Elaine Palmer-Titus opened the monthly meeting with some stories about following the stars and a medical improvement which includes lots of hugs. Titus read a Mother's Day card which she had given to her mother in 1965. Prior to the lunch being served, she gave the blessing, asking that all remember the many standing in need. The lunch was a tureen dinner. Appreciation was given to the members for the luncheon.
Bill Wittenbrook was in charge of drawings. Recipients included Marge McIntyre, Laura Turzillo, Diman Smith, John Sipos, Louisa Smith, Nellie Sharp, Wittenbrook, Titus, Claudia Wittenbrook, Betty Wielgasz, Fran Odell, Jim Odell, Diane Shaw, Audrey Prosser, Roberta Barber, Martha Harmon and Dorothy Mekus. Table decorations were provided by Allene Newton and Marge McIntyre. Wittenbrook and Turzillo will take charge of calling members to remind them of the next meeting.
Jim Odell and Jack Titus were honored for May birthdays. Alvin and Helen Larson were honored for their 61st anniversary in May.
Smith purchased a new coffee pot and tea pot for the senior group. Secretary John Sipos read the minutes of the previous meeting and Treasurer Claudia Wittenbrook gave the financial report.
The next meeting will be on Flag Day, June 14, at noon. It will feature a tureen dinner, and guest speaker will be Lauren Smith on one of his many travel adventures. Members are asked to bring a dish of food to pass and their own table settings. Table decorations will be provided by Norvale Martin-Gane and Sis Morley. New members are always welcome.
United Senior Citizens
The United Senior Citizens met Monday at the Fredonia Beaver Club with 103 members and guests present.
President Charles St. George introduced new members Rita Szot, Joyce Tarnowski, Sandy Bain, Carolyn Terese and Florence Byczynski.
He then introduced guests Millie Burns, Richard and Sally Mirth, Nancy Mitchell, Marilyn Nalepa and Mary Ann Thompson.
The club welcomed back Leola Coniglia after a long battle with illness.
The gentlemen of the Elderly Men's Cockeye Club were acknowledged. They are Russ Dalby, Richard Mirth and Ed McClenthan.
The president led in the Pledge of Allegiance and the invocation.
Lunch was catered by the Beavertail Catering. It was enjoyed by all members and guests.
The 50/50 drawing winners were Elizabeth Baldwin, Florine Barone, Anita Brown, Alberta Catalano, Roberta Dewey, Mary Edwards, Ray Holosinki, Debra Heintzman, Ann Kaminski, Richard Mirth, Marie Panepinto and Sue Scherer.
The May calling committee was thanked. The June calling committee will be Gen Ludeman, Josie Wierczynski, Dorothy Hilliker, Mary Lewandowski and Lucille Rizzo.
"Happy Birthday" was sung to Mayme Joy, Carm Lucia, Mary Lou Sherman, Dave Dewey, Florence Rich, Delphine Woloszyn, Audrey Woloszyn, Russell Dolby and Ron Mitchell.
The treasurer's report was given by Mayme Joy and a thank-you card was read and thanked the seniors for a Mass and Money given to the United Senior Citizens in the memory of Mary Joy.
The next meeting will be June 13. The lunch will be pork roast, scalloped potatoes, buttered corn, mixed salad, dessert and coffee.
Leonard Catalano spoke to the group about many trips coming up for seniors. If interested, get in touch with Catalano.
Bingo was played and it was hosted by Carolyn LoGuidice and Mayme Joy.