The Brocton-Portland Seniors met at the Nickel Plate Restaurant for a Thanksgiving dinner with 49 members present and several guests. Alberta Blakely gave the table blessing. President Robin Carr conducted the shortened business meeting. The secretary and treasurer's report were not given.
November birthdays are Charlie Reading, Elaine Wood, Betty Kurczych, Mary Presto, Mary Tripi and Bob Jagoda. November anniversaries are Lena Elliott, 14 years, and Patricia and Angelo Zanghi of 58 years.
Attendance prizes went to Dorothy Reading and Bill Norris.
The December meeting will be held on Dec. 19 at noon at the Nickel Plate Restaurant. For more information, call Rita one week before. The menu includes prime rib or lasagna, $5 for members.
President Carr read the proclamation on thankfulness, written by George Washington in 1789.
Cards were sent to wounded heroes in Walter Reed hospital.
Box at the American Legion to help Blue Star Mothers and families, all are encouraged to donate.
A thank you note was received from the Village of Brocton for donations to Arch reconstruction. Donations were sent to the local food bank. Mary Tripi announced the trip to Niagara Falls to see Frankie Avalon. The cost is $68 on Dec. 7. For more information, call Tripi.
Blakely led a prayer for health for Artie Donovan who was injured recently.
Prayers also were said for Blakely's brother, Art Venn, Bob Miller and Ken Marle.
Members socialized after the meeting.
Dunkirk Federated Seniors
The Dunkirk Federated Seniors met at the Dunkirk Senior Center on Tuesday. Loretta Hemink led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of "God Bless America." A reading entitled "God's Wonderful Grace" was given by Chaplain Josie Wierczynski.
As secretary, Wierczynski read the minutes of the previous meeting. They were accepted by Charlene Hallmark and seconded by Marian Genovese. No treasurer's report was given.
Attendance prizes were won by Irene Christopher, Helen Barone and Hallmark.
Helper of the day was Hallmark and others who assisted. The kitchen committee for Dec. 6 is Christopher.
A moment of silence was observed for service men and women.
Lake Shore Senior Citizens
Lake Shore Senior Citizens met at the Dunkirk Senior Center on Wednesday. President Charlene Hallmark led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of "God Bless America."
A reading entitled "What I Need" was given by Chaplain Loretta Hemink.
The treasurer's report was read by Treasurer Sophia Urbanik. It was accepted as read by Sophia Kubasik with a second by Irene Christopher.
Attendance prizes were won by Jean Kubera, Jeannette Niedbalski and Dorothy Cooper.
Helper of the day was Stella Michalak and others who assisted.
The kitchen committee for the next meeting is Jean Kubera and Florence Marut.
Paid-up members only for Dec. 14 for the Christmas party. The last day to sign up is Dec. 7.
Mt. Carmel Social Club
SILVER CREEK - President Carm Tampio called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Chaplain Carm Morabito read a poem called "Watching." Secretary Thelma Hilliker read the minutes. Treasurer Marie Sack also gave her report. Both were approved as read. Roll call was taken by Josie Crino with 37 members present.
The installation banquet was held at the Colony. The following officers were installed by the Rev. Fiebelkorn: President Tampio, Vice President Dorothy Miniri, Second Vice President Crino, Treasurer Marie Sack, Secretary Thelma Hilliker and Financial Secretary Jeanette Mula.
After a moment of silence was observed for Robert Kittell, the president announced that the club will have a Mass said for him.
The Christmas party will be held on Dec. 21 at the Colony. The committee for the event is Thelma and Ernie Hilliker, Mary Congdon and Tony and Marie Sack. The Dec. 7 refreshment committee is Vito Botticello, Diane Seegert, Pat Slominski and Ann Snyder.
After the business meeting, the group welcomed four exchange students from the countries of Russia, Behrain, Thailand and Afghanistan. The students spoke about their ambitions, goals and stay in Silver Creek. They then proceeded to answer a variety of questions posed by the group. One of the favorite memories of the women was the free Halloween candy. The students promised to attend a future meeting later on in the year.
After the girls left, the group commenced with the Chinese auction and prizes were won by many. To conclude the meeting, the 50/50 was held by Leo Morabito and Joe Ark.
The club is open for membership and welcomes newcomers.
COLLINS - Christmas will soon be here and the 50-Plus Senior Program will hold its annual holiday party on Friday, Dec. 9, at noon in the gymnasium of the L. K. Painter Community Center, Main Street, Collins. The noon luncheon is free and open to anyone who has participated in any of the senior activities during 2011.
The luncheon will be provided by the senior program however pre-registration is required in order to know amount of food that will be needed. To register call Joan Byrne, 532-2507, or sign up in the senior room during regular programming hours. Final day for registration is Thursday, Dec. 7.
While the luncheon is free, it is requested that participants bring an unwrapped holiday gift to be used as prizes for the afternoon's holiday Bingo. The group will also be treated to a musical program featuring songs and guitar playing by Joni Russ, leader of a senior CEM Group from Buffalo, some of whom accompanied participants on the fall trip to Wildwood, N.J.
Another highlight of the coming week is the final 2011 Tuesday Soup and Sandwich Luncheon at noon Tuesday in the senior room. The menu includes split pea soup, a grilled cheese sandwich, dessert and beverages. The cost remains at $2.50. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 532-2507 by Monday at noon, or by signing up in the senior room by Monday.
Plans are being finalized for a motor coach trip June 6-8, 2012 to see the new presentation "Jonah" in the Millennium Theatre at Lancaster, Pa.
Cost for the three day excursion is $285 with a refundable deposit of $50 due no later than Jan. 3, 2012, final day for reservations. Complete information will be available in next week?s issue of this publication.
Participants on the trip to the Christmas Concert at the Riviera Theatre and Luncheon on Tuesday, Dec. 13, are asked to be at the front parking lot in time to be on board the bus by 10:30 a.m. Please note this is an earlier departure time in order to have lunch and arrive at the theatre in time for the organ concert prior to the Four Freshmen's holiday concert.
Also next week the senior program will host the annual Gowanda Lions Club Toy Wrapping Friday, Dec. 16, at 10 a.m. in the gym. Volunteers are needed for wrapping; bring own shears if possible. 50-Plus Seniors will provide lunch for workers. The 50-Plus Seniors have their annual mitten tree up in the senior room and anyone who has mittens, hats or scarves for children age 1 to 10 that they wish to donate should bring them to the center during program hours. The articles will be given to the Lions Club to add to their toys on wrapping day.
Collins Center Seniors
COLLINS CENTER - The Monday meeting for the Collins Center Seniors was well- attended and members enjoyed the food provided.
The motor coach for the Frankie Avalon show at the Seneca Niagara Casino on Wednesday, Dec. 7, will depart from the parking lot behind the stores on Main Street in Gowanda at 9:30 a.m.
The motor coach for the Halos 'n Holly trip to Salvatore's on Monday, Dec. 12, will depart from the Gowanda location at 9 a.m.
A trip is planned for Feb. 4, 2012, with participants starting with a lunch buffet in the setting of Salvatore's Garden Place Hotel Courtyard. The group will continue on the historic 1776 Lancaster Opera House for the 2:30 p.m. matinee show "A Chorus Line."
Other upcoming trips include "Finnegan's Farewell," March 25, 2012, with a visit to the Made in America Store before heading to Ripa's Restaurant in Lancaster; Amish Tea Party, April 18, 2012, in Middlefield, Ohio; "South Pacific" at Shea's, May 6, 2012, with a sit-down lunch at Pearl Street Grille followed by the show.
A trip to Gettysburg and Lancaster is also in the works for spring 2012; flyers on this trip should be provided at the next meeting on Dec. 19. Two more trips in the planning stages for 2012 are a mystery tour on July 2 and a "Ride the Rails of West Virginia" trip Oct. 1-3.
For more information or to sign up for trips, contact Irene Pfeifer at 532-4268 or Bridget Farner at 532-9586. Gift certificates are available in any amount. Make checks payable to Collins Center Seniors, 13851 Quaker St., Collins, NY 14034.