Lake Shore Senior Citizens
Lake Shore Senior Citizens held their Christmas party at the Dunkirk Senior Center. Twenty-seven members were in attendance. The Beaver Club provided a dinner that was enjoyed by all and members were given prizes from "Santa," who was played by previous president Charlene Hallmark, who will be retiring from her position.
Tables were decorated in Christmas tablecloths with poinsettias on all the tables. The plants were raffled off as gifts. A few members won raffles of money.
The next meeting will be held on Jan. 4, 2012, with the new officers.
The members would like to extend thanks to Mackowiak Funeral Home for the calendars and pens they received.
Members would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
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 moment of silence was observed for service men and women. A reading entitled "In Search of Christmas" was given by Chaplain Josie Wierczynski. As secretary, she read the minutes of the previous meeting. It was accepted by Sharon Barlette and Charlene Hallmark.
The financial report was given by Treasurer Ruth Mackowiak. It was accepted by Marian Genovese and Kitty Lehnen. Attendance prizes were won by Loretta Hemink, Hallmark and Lehnen.
Helper of the day was Hallmark and others who helped.
The kitchen committee for Dec. 27 is Lehnen.
Everyone wished each other a Merry Christmas and "Happy New Year" and President Hemink a "bon voyage" and a wonderful winter in Florida.
Mayville Senior Citizens
MAYVILLE - Seventy-four members of the Mayville Senior Citizens met for their Christmas luncheon. A Swiss steak dinner was prepared by the VFW Auxiliary under the direction of Tim Brown was served after Chaplain Dianne Goodrich asked a blessing for the group and the food.
President Joyce Ayers conducted a short business meeting with Secretary Izetta Ayling and Treasurer Edna Brown giving their reports. Jeff Wagner, Senior Council representative, had no report. Goodwill chair Mary Carlson listed those with December birthdays and anniversaries. Trip co-chairs Sandy Anderson and Jean Kelsey stated the deposit for the March trip to see "Jonah" was due. The balance would be due on Feb. 20.
A collection was taken for a needy family.
Dianne Goodrich conducted the installation of officers. Officers are President Ayers, First Vice President Fran Miller, Second Vice President Sandy Anderson, Secretary Ayling, Mary Carlson as assistant, Treasurer Brown with Bonnie Johnson as assistant. Committee chairs are: Kitchen, Louise Richer; Senior Council, Wagner; Program, Bill Tornstrom; Goodwill, Mary Carlson. Sandy Anderson and Jean Kelsey will do trips.
The highlight of the afternoon was the program given by the music department of CLCS. The group of about 25 students arrived by school bus, filed in quietly and delighted the seniors with their selection of Christmas carols and holiday music. The seniors thoroughly enjoyed the talent of these young singers. This group of youngsters would be welcomed anytime they would choose to return to entertain.
Naomi Wiler won the lottery and door prizes were won by Eleanor Cornelius and Elaine Winton.
The next meeting of the Mayville Senior Citizens will be on Jan. 5 at noon in the Mayville VFW, with entertainment to be determined. Members are asked to bring a dish to pass and their own table service.
Forty-three of the Brocton-Portland Seniors met at the Nickel Plate Restaurant for a prime rib or lasagna dinner. Six other members were unable to attend.
President Robin Carr led the group in the pledge to the flag. Chaplain Alberta Blakely gave the table blessing and reminded everyone of the true meaning of Christmas.
The secretary's and treasurer's reports were not given.
December birthdays were "Baby Jesus" and Maggie Rogers. December anniversaries were Phyllis and Herald Bavoltz, 55 years.
Musical entertainment was provided by Evonne Henneberry and Mary Matteson. The 50/50 prizes went to Rita Stonefoot, Rudy Aynardi, Ruth Neal, Buleah Williams and Bob Jagoda.
Door prizes went to Margaret Jagoda, Bill Norris, Rudy Aynardi, Rita Stonefoot, Kate Cranston, Julian Schrantz, Lena Elliott. The grand prize was awarded to Pat Smith.
Attendance prizes were won by Dottie McQuiggan and Patricia Zanghi.
Carr presented flowers and gifts to officers of 2011 and introduced new officers for 2012.
Bonnie Suppo brought cookies for everyone. Ericka Abrams brought candy-filled stockings. Robin Carr brought chocolate-covered potato chips and Mary Tripi brought McDonald's coupons.
The January meeting will be at the American Legion hall at noon. A tureen dinner will be served, members are asked to bring a dish to pass and their own table service.
The committee will be Dorothy and Charlie Reading, Beulah Williams and Betty Kurzack.
Mr. and Mrs. Santa made a surprise visit with more candy gifts.
Joe Zanghi was the guest of his parents. Letters were signed to be sent to the veterans at Walter Reed hospital thanking them for their service and recovery.