Cassadaga, Stockton & Lily Dale Senior Citizens
CASSADAGA - The Cassadaga, Stockton and Lily Dale Senior Citizens held their annual Thanksgiving Luncheon at the American Legion Hall in Cassadaga at noon. There were 35 members and one guest, Kevin O'Brien, present. The door prize was won by Dana Josephson and 50/50 winners were named. The blessing before lunch was given by Pastor Dick Hamilton.
The business meeting was opened by president, June Wollett, with the salute to the flag and the singing of "God Bless America." The veterans present were recognized and all veterans were thanked for their service to the country. October and November birthdays and anniversaries were recognized. Wollett thanked the kitchen committee for November - Marge Carlson, Mickey Hamilton and Jane and Fred Wing - for the table decorations and help. There is no need for a kitchen committee for December.
It was decided to donate the Bingo equipment to a nursing home in the area that could use the items. Wollett and Florine Christy are to contact the places that might accept them.
A donation to the Cassadaga Food Bank will be given for both the Thanksgiving and the Christmas holidays.
The Christmas dinner will be held Dec. 12 at the Cassadaga Country Club at noon. Any member or guest who has not signed up should call Christy at 595-2490 to make reservations.
The kitchen committee for February will be Jean Buck and Harold and Phyllis Buvoltz.
Following the business meeting, Ruth Swanson gave the program on "Thanksgiving Reflections."
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 With Me" was given by Chaplain Josie Wierczynski. A moment of silence was observed for service men and women.
The minutes of the previous meeting was read by Secretary Wierczynski. They were accepted as read by Charlene Hallmark and Marian Genovese. Treasurer Ruth Mackowiak read the financial report. It was accepted as read by Jean Kubera and Betty Korzeniewski.
Attendance prizes were won by Wierczynski, Kitty Lehnen and Hemink.
Helper of the day was Hallmark and others who assisted. The kitchen committee for Dec. 20 is Ruth Mackowiak.
Share and Care Board of Directors
The Share and Care board of directors held their monthly meeting Tuesday at 32 Moore Ave., Fredonia. President Dorothea Janczak conducted the meeting and the board heard monthly reports from Secretary Margaret Larson and Treasurer Mayme Joy. Both reports were accepted.
Sunshine chairperson Lucille Rizzo gave the following report: a get-well card was sent to Sam Sasso. A sympathy card was sent to the family of recently deceased member Myrtle Bennett. Those who know of a sick member who would like to receive a get-well card are instructed to call Rizzo at 673-1565.
Memorial chairperson Sue Walsh gave the following report on names of recently deceased members to be added to the memorial plaque: Margaret MacVittae, Leonard Gotowka, Gladys Ducar, Vito LaBarbara, Guy Epolito, Myrtle Bennett, Frederick Stonefoot, Paul DeMarco, D.D.S. The memorial plaques are located on a wall in the vestibule of St. Anthony's School.
Other board discussions were about future plans or activities, such as casino bus trips if there is sufficient member interest. Members are encouraged to express their wishes to Rose Cerrie who has volunteered to be in charge of casino bus trips pending members' interest. Call Cerrie at 679-4386.
For more information on Share and Care, call Janczak at 673-1049.
Silver Creek Seniors
SILVER CREEK - Silver Creek Seniors met Nov. 29 on Route 5 with 24 members present. President Ed Newman opened the meeting with all saying the pledge to the flag and singing "God Bless America." The chaplain offered a prayer, "Christmas Spirit."
Ernie Hilliker was welcomed back after surgery and Lucille Wells who had not been feeling well. The Moharts need prayers. Joanne Martin read some stories entitled "Do You Remember?" Several members won prizes. A fund drive will be held in January 2012 for some needed projects at the center.
Bingo was called by Ernie Hilliker.
The Silver Creek Seniors reconvened Tuesday with 24 members present. Newman opened the meeting with all joining in the pledge to the flag and singing "God Bless America." It was followed by the prayer with Chaplain Irene Conny reading "Christmas Wish" and "Peace on Earth."
Minutes were read by the secretary and accepted as presented by Dorothy Miniri. The treasurer's report was given by Lorrie Newman and passed by Harry Suski. The petty cash report was read by Mary Ann Seibert and passed. "Happy Birthday" was sung to Rose Falcone.
Drawings were won by several members. Bart Adams was the recipient of the Hole Parker drawing. Lorrie Newman read a few stories.
The food committee for Dec. 13 are Mohart and Bud Anger. The Christmas lunch is scheduled for Dec. 20 at noon. Each member signed up to bring food. It was also suggested for each member to bring a food item for the food pantry.
Marv Smith called Bingo.
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 "The Wonder of Christmas."
In the absence of Secretary Hilliker and Treasurer Sack, the reports were not given. Financial Secretary Jeanette Mula gave her report and it was approved as read. Roll call was taken by Josie Crino with 32 members present.
The Christmas party will be held on Dec. 21 at the Colony. The committee for the event is Thelma and Ernie Hilliker, Mary Congdon, Dorothy Miniri, Morabito and Tony and Marie Sack. The doors will open at 12:30 p.m. and the cost of banquet and dues will be payable at that time. In lieu of gifts, the club will be collecting a donation from each member for the Silver Creek Food Pantry. President Tampio informed the group of the procedures for the refreshment and party committees.
Carm Contino, Franny Contino, Jenny Chesbro, Gene Chesbro and Vince Tampio were recently welcomed by the club as new members.
Conrad Pawlak gave a remembrance prayer followed by a brief silence for those who died on Pearl Harbor Day, seventy years ago.
To conclude the meeting, 50/50 was held by Leo Morabito and Joe Ark. Bingo was called by Joe and Theresa Ark.
The club is open for membership and welcomes newcomers.
Pioneers Social Club
FORESTVILLE - The Pioneers Social Club meeting was called to order under Arlene Miller's direction. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited and Norma Steward gave the opening prayer. A guest, Jane Hollowell, was introduced.
Marion Ziecker took the roll call with 30 answering. The minutes were read from the Nov. 7 meeting with minor changes.
Betty Kuzora gave the treasury report. A motion was made by Marlene Bradigan to accept and it was seconded by Nancy Wilson.
"Happy Birthday" was sung to Henry Valvo, Gertie Syper, Sue Franklin, Peg Heiden, Steward and Delores Hebert for their December birthdays.
Sunshine gal Peg Heiden sent a get-well card to Rita Boyland. Vicki Stelmack is in the hospital.
The food committee for Jan. 9 is Gertie Syper, Marge Youngberg, Norma Youngberg and Delores Valvo.
The lunch drawings were won by Toni Arcara and Betty Kuzora. The 50/50 drawing was won by Grace Johnson and Ziecker.
It was voted to hold the January meeting on Monday, Jan. 9.
There is no senior council meeting in December.
Miller asked for someone to do the secretary officer job. Barb Tower gave the following address for members in the service to send them Christmas cards: Holiday Mail for Heroes, Box 5456, Capital Heights, M.D. 20791-5456.
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 "Lift Up Your Voice" was given by Chaplain Loretta Hemink. The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Secretary Hemink. They were accepted as read by Carol Kozlowski with a second by Jean Kubera.
The treasurer's report was read by Treasurer Sophia Urbanik. It was accepted as read by Betty Erick with a second by Irene Christopher. Attendance prizes were won by Stella Michalak, Dorothy Sarzyniak and Sophia Urbanik.
Helper of the day was Stella Michalak and others who assisted. The kitchen committee for Dec. 21 is Pat Pacos and Sarzyniak. Pearl Harbor Day was observed. The election of officers was taken again due to some changes.
The new officers are as follows: President Barb Barberich, Vice President Irene Christopher, Treasurer Kozlowski, Secretary Hemink and Chaplain Hemink.
COLLINS - Those who have traveled with the 50-Plus Seniors in the past to see the fabulous shows in the Millennium Theatre at Lancaster, Pa., will be pleased to know that a motor coach trip to see the new production, "Jonah," an epic story of obedience and second chances, has been scheduled for June 6-8, 2012.
Cost for trip is $285 double occupancy and includes two nights lodging, two breakfasts, two dinners, the "Jonah" performance and a guided tour of the Amish country side including stops at an Amish Craft Farm and a bake shop. Also included is time to browse at Kitchen Kettle Village in the town of Intercourse. En route home stops will be made to the Bird-in-Hand Farmer's Market and at Lancaster County's newest attraction, the Turkey Hill Experience.
A refundable $50 deposit is be due with reservations with Jan. 4 the final day to make reservations. Balance of $125 is due by March 15 and the $110 final balance is due April 30. Reservations can be made by calling Joan Byrne at 532-2507. A sign up sheet also is available in the senior room during programming hours. Flyers will also be available.
Deposit checks made payable to the Town of Collins should be sent to the Collins Town Hall, attention Trips, P.O. Box 420, Collins NY 14034.
The highlight of the final week of activities before the senior program closes down for the holidays for two weeks is the annual Toy Wrapping Day Friday, Dec. 16. Sponsored by the Gowanda Lions Club, the seniors have assisted for many years with this annual event that starts at 10 a.m. in the center's gymnasium.
Volunteers are vitally important for the timely completion of this endeavor and the senior program will provide lunch after the toys are wrapped. Donations of wrapping paper and ribbon are always appreciated.
Volunteers for delivery of toys and food baskets, also provided by the Gowanda Lions, will be needed on Saturday. For information call David Johnson, 532-3681.
The bus for the senior trip to the Christmas concert by the Four Freshmen at the Riviera Theatre will depart at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday from the center's front parking lot. Those attending should note this is a 15 minute earlier departure than originally scheduled in order that trip-goers can finish lunch in time to get to the 1:30 p.m. organ pre-concert at the theatre.
Activities at the center will be closed from Dec. 18 to Jan. 3, 2012. Wednesday's Quilting with Florence at the Collins Library and Senior Bowling at K & L Lanes will continue during the holidays. Regular scheduling will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 3, at the L. K. Painter Community Center. In the event of inclement weather check with Channels 2 and 4 for closing information.
Patrons of the Collins Public Library are directed take a look at the Christmas table runner in the display case on the wall at the building's entrance. Made and donated by Florence Reynolds, quilting instructor, its drawing will be just before Christmas so it would make a unique present for someone special. A holiday basket donated by Mary Stelley, located just inside the library's main room, will also be raffled. Tickets for each are $1 a chance, three for $2 and 15 for $5 and may be purchased at the main desk. Sponsored by The Friends of Collins Public Library, all proceeds go to the library to be used for supplies or programs not covered in the budget.