BROCTON - The Brocton-Portland Seniors meeting was called to order by President Robin Carr followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Chaplain Alberta Blakley gave grace and a moment of silence was observed for all service men and women.
A tureen luncheon was thoroughly enjoyed by 38 members with Brocton Legion Auxiliary donating fruit and potatoes. Committee for the day was Dorothy and Charles Reading, Beulah Williams and Betty Kurzack.
The minutes for November, December and January were read with corrections made and accepted by Rose Giambra and Carm Johnson. The treasurer's report for November, December and January was given by Rita Stonefoot and accepted by Bruce McDonald and Dottie McQuiggan. Dues for 2012 are now due.
The 1977 blizzard events were shared with a fun story by Bob Jagoda. A thank you letter will be given to the legion for letting the seniors meet there. The legion is updating and suggestions are needed for another place. The legion is open to the public for Friday night dinners with take-outs. The group was asked to keep in mind August for a bus trip to the Niagara Base with veterans to go free of charge.
Ahira Hall Memorial Library is available for computer help and the AARP driving course by calling Julie for dates, time and information. The library will also be needing spring flowers for the premises and park.
Tom DeJoe asked members to remember the dates of July 13 through 15 for the Bicentennial and BCS Alumni week combined.
A thank you letter was received from the Brocton Portland Food Pantry in West Portland by Luppa Henry and Barbara Crandall for the club's donation and how much it helps.
Rita Stonefoot of the sunshine committee reported that cards sent to the family of Ken Merle, who will be sorely missed by all members of the group; and Fae D'Amico, Art Donovan, Charles Reading, Mary DeLand, Robert Patterson to get well soon. Rose Giambra was congratulated on her retirement after 30 years of delivering the OBSERVER. Free tax services are being provided by Office of the Aging so call them for further information. The closing of Dispenza's store in Portland was met with sadness and will be missed by the community.
The valentine door prize was won by Mary Presto with door prizes going to Mary Tripi and Phyllis Buvoltz. Table prizes made by Beulah Williams were won by Arynardi, Buvoltz, Elliott, Brown, Presto, Schrantz, Stonefoot, Bertrando, McDonald, Patterson, Jagoda, DeLand and Abrams. January birthdays were celebrated by Patricia Zanghi, Kate Cranston, Rose Giambra, Rick Cranston and Ruth Neal. Drawings were won by Pat Nixon, Joan Bertrando, Bob Jagoda, Kate Cranston and Al Jones.
Committee for the Feb. 27 meeting, planned for noon at the legion, is Harold and Phyllis Buvoltz and Dan and Robin Carr who will provide sandwich fixings for the soup and sandwich meal. Those who did not sign up to bring soup should bring a salad or dessert.
New members are welcome.
Dunkirk Federated Seniors
The Dunkirk Federated Seniors met at the Dunkirk Senior Center on Tuesday. Vice President Helen Barone 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.
Chaplain Josie Wierczynski gave a reading entitled "A Song Within My Soul." As secretary, she read the minutes of the previous meeting. They were accepted by Jean Kubera and Marian Genovese.
The financial report was given by Betty Korzeniewski in the absence of the Treasurer Ruth Mackowiak. They were accepted by Barone and Wierczynski.
Attendance prizes were won by Marian Genovese, Hallmark and Barone.
Helper of the day was Charlene Hallmark and others who assisted.
The kitchen committee for Feb. 14 is Korzeniewski.
Members wished Irene Christopher a happy birthday and gave her best wishes for many more.
Lake Shore Senior Citizens
The Wednesday meeting of the Lake Shore Senior Citizens was called to order by the President Barbara Barberich. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited followed by the singing of "God Bless America." An inspirational reading was read by Carol Kozlowski, acting chaplain.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read. A motion to accept was made by Charlene Hallmark, seconded by Betty Erick. The treasurer's report was read. A motion to accept was made by Jane Steffan, seconded by Dorothy Cooper.
The attendance prizes were won by Erick, Jean Szot and Stella Michalak. "Happy Birthday" was sung to Irene Christopher.
Kozlowski noted that the reservations were being accepted for the Easter shopping spree on March 29, the Casino bus trip to Presque Isle in Erie, Pa. to be held on Friday, March 16. The casino trip will be $20 for members which will include $25 free play and $5 for food. Members were also reminded of a special Bingo event to be held Feb. 16 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the center.
Refreshments were served by Christopher and Cooper. Helper of the day was Michalak. The refreshment committee for Feb. 15 will be Mary Dworak and Erick.
Pioneer Social Club
FORESTVILLE - The meeting was called to order at 12:30, by President Carol Pierce, with 30 members present. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Barb Tower, and the prayer by Norma Steward.
The secretary's and the treasurer's reports were read. A motion was made by Gertie Syper and seconded by Nancy Wilson to accept both reports.
"Happy Birthday" wishes were sung for Rita Boyland and Marjorie Hock. Sunshine gal Peg Heiden sent get well cards out to Mary Hall, Louise Stearns and Jerry Bostaph.
The lunch tickets were won by Marge Youngberg and Nancy Wilson. The 50/50 was won by Norma Steward and Vicki Stelmack. Gertie Syper was the winner of the Riles and Woolley Award.
Nancy Wilson and Carol Pierce will be attending the Senior Council meeting and will then give the club more information on the two-day trip to Lancaster, Pa. The trip will be in June and members attending will see the live production of "Jonah."
The club also discussed joining the Sheridan Happy Seniors club at the VFW in March. The lunch will be in celebration of St. Patrick's Day. More details will be given out at the next meeting on March 5. Anyone attending the lunch must have paid their dues for 2012.
Tower asked the group if they were interested in making a monetary donation to the Forestville Food Pantry for the purchase of cans of tuna fish. Arlene Miller made the motion that each member of the club bring in a can of tuna fish to the March meeting as a donation to the food pantry. It was seconded by Enabell Mirando.
Wilma Crowell, Judy Hahn, Carol Dipirro and June Gostomski are on the refreshment committee for the March meeting.
After the meeting, refreshments were enjoyed by all and Bingo was played.
Share and Care Board of Directors
The Share and Care Board of Directors met on Tuesday for their monthly business meeting. Reports given by Secretary Margaret Larson and Treasurer Mayme Joy were accepted as read. A get-well card was signed by all board members for Sunshine Chairperson Lucille Rizzo who is ill at home. Much discussion took place regarding the recent closing of the Senior Center (32 Moore Ave., Fredonia) by the Town of Pomfret Board.
Many senior citizen taxpayers are very unhappy that seniors are now spread all over town and meeting haphazardly. Fortunately, the card players are very satisfied meeting at the Fredonia Beaver Club under the sponsorship of Share and Care.
Plans were discussed regarding the upcoming catered Spring Fling Party to be held on Saturday, April 28, at the Fredonia Beaver Club banquet hall from 3 to 8 p.m. The admission cost for Share and Care paid-up members are welcome at $10 per person. Pre-paid reservations must be in by Friday, April 20. Checks made out to Share and Care Seniors and mailed to P.O. Box 446, Fredonia, N.Y. 14063.
Board member Rose Cerrie is membership and party reservation chairperson and may be reached at 679-4386. Paid-up members are entitled to party admission discounts. The membership cost per year is $5. Memberships may be paid anytime during the year. Watch the OBSERVER for further details on the party and other Share and Care activities. For further questions, call President Dorothea Janczak at 673-1049.
Sheridan Happy Seniors
SHERIDAN - The Sheridan Happy Seniors met recently at St. John Bosco Hall with 40 members present. They enjoyed hot soup, sandwiches and chocolate cupcakes. Arlene Miller offered a prayer before the meal. Afterward, President Ellyn Sutehall opened the meeting with all reciting the pledge to the flag and singing "God Bless America," along with the Happy Seniors Song.
Mabel Warner took roll call. Jean McDonald was welcomed as a new member.
The minutes of the Jan. 20 meeting were read and approved. The treasurer report was given by Angie Logan and accepted.
February birthdays were read by the secretary and all sang "Happy Birthday" to Ed and Jane Bremer, Cecilla Petrella, Dean Warner, Marguerite Fancher, Rita Boyland and Sue Townsend.
Gertie Syper read a few stories and called the 50/50, winners Joan Guzik and Sue Loeb.
Bob Sutehall announced that John Schmitz of Chautauqua Institution will be the speaker on Feb. 17.
The food committee for Feb. 17 will be Joanne Martin, chairperson; Arlene Lawrence, Sue Loeb, Logan and Enibel Mirando.
The Riles and Woolley drawing was won by Burdella Warner.
Silver Creek Seniors
SILVER CREEK - Silver Creek Seniors met on Tuesday on Route 5 with 26 members present. President Ed Newman opened the meeting with all saying the pledge to the flag and singing "God Bless America." Dorothy Miniri offered a prayer. The minutes of Jan. 31 were read by Secretary Clara Griffin and approved as read by Iva McClenathan.
Newman presented the financial report for his wife, Lorrie, who was absent. The petty cash report was given by Mary Ann Seibert and accepted.
The Hole Parker drawing was won by Joanne Martin. Several prizes were given out to members. Bingo was called by Marv Smith. A Chinese auction will be held at soon. The 50/50 was won by Ernie Hilliker, Harry Suski and Jane P.
A pot-luck lunch will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 14. All members will be on the committee.
COLLINS - The 50-Plus Seniors will celebrate Valentine's Day at their Tuesday Soup and Sandwich Luncheon at noon in the senior room. Cost is $2.50 and menu includes cabbage soup, ham salad sandwich, dessert and beverages. Reservations are required and must be made by calling 532-2507 by noon on Monday. A sign-up sheet also is available in the senior room during program hours. Sequence Board Game and/or cards to follow lunch.
Other special activities this week are the Decorative Glass Plate Class taught by Mary Jane Kibler on Thursday at 1 p.m. in the senior room. Samples and a sign-up sheet are available in the senior room. For more information call 532-2507 or Mary Jane at 532-4967. A clear 6-inch or 10-inch glass plate, material, a single razor blade and a sheet of fine sandpaper are items needed for the class.
Volunteers are needed for the first session of this year's Community Service Project on Friday at 1 p.m. in the senior room. Holiday favors will be started for area hospitals and assisted living facilities.
Special programs for the week will close with the monthly Pinochle and Euchre Card Party on Sunday, Feb. 19. Play will start at 1:30 p.m. and the $5 price includes cash table prizes and lunch.
Other senior activities for the week are: Indoor Walking and Exercise led by Pat Tucker, held Monday, Wednesday and Friday, starting at 9 a.m. in the gymnasium. Comfortable clothing and flat shoes are recommended for this 3-part exercise. Informal Euchre game starts Monday at 1 p.m. in the senior room. Beginners are welcome.
Gentle Arthritis Exercises, are held Tuesday/Thursday, 10 a.m. in the gym. These chair exercises are helpful for those with arthritis and help to improve mobility.
On Wednesdays, Quilting with Florence is held from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Community Room of Collins Public Library, Main Street, Collins, Open Crafts with Pat Tucker is Wednesdays at 1 p.m. in the senior room. All are welcome to bring that craft that they have always meant to finish, learn a new craft or just enjoy chatting with friends. Senior bowling is Wednesdays at 1 p.m., at K & L Lanes, Gowanda. The cost is $1.75 a game or three games for $5.
Participants who have signed up for trip to see "Jonah" at Lancaster on June 6-8 now need to send their $50 deposit. Check should be made out to Town of Collins and sent to Collins Town Hall, attention Joan Byrne, P.O. Box 420, Collins NY 14034. Seats are still available. For more information call 532-2507. Sign-up sheet and flyers are available in the senior room, along with Trip Insurance Brochures.
An AARP Driving Course will be held on Tuesday, March 13 in the center's Conference Room (formerly called Lounge Room). For more information and to make reservations, call Byrne, 532-2507.