COLLINS - The final AARP Driving Course for the Spring Season will be held Tuesday, May 7 at 9 a.m. in the Community Room of L. K. Painter Community Center. Anyone whose payment was not received at the Collins Town Hall by May 3 has been removed from the list in order to accommodate stand-bys. Attendees are asked to use the back parking lot and remember to bring driver's license, AARP membership card, and a pen. Arrive no later than 8:45 a.m. Arthritis Exercises and Tai Chi will not be held Tuesday due to day-long AARP Driving Course being held in Community Room.
"As a result of renovations having begun at the center there may be times that senior programs will have to be canceled or locations changed. We regret any inconvenience caused and will do our best to notify participants of any changes as soon the Senior Program is made aware of same," Joan Byrne, senior program coordinator, said.
Senior activities for the week are as follows: Monday, Wednesday and Friday Indoor Walking and Exercise led by Pat Tucker, 9 a.m., gymnasium. Wednesday activities include the following: Quilting with Florence, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Community Room of Collins Public Library (call Florence Reynolds, 532-3075, for more information); Open Crafts with Pat, 1 p.m., Senior Room; Informal Euchre Game, 1 p.m., Senior Room.
Gentle Arthritis Exercises will be held Thursday at 10 a.m. in the gymnasium. Friday is the Monthly Pot Luck Luncheon, noon, Senior Room. Bring a dish to pass. Table service and beverages furnished. This is the final pot-luck luncheon for the spring session. Sequence Card Game or cards will be available following lunch.
Grape Belt Seniors
The Grape Belt Seniors are looking forward to another visit from David Wendt on Wednesday, May 8 at 10:30 a.m. when he will meet with all those touring on the Pennsylvania Rail Adventure. The Treasures of Quebec Rail and Bus tour is already full but if the waiting list gets long enough perhaps Wendt Tours will add another bus. If interested, call Marianne Serio at 672-5274.
There is another Seneca Niagara Casino bus trip scheduled for Tuesday, May 21 and there are still some seats available. A few weeks later on Tuesday, June 11, there is an all day trip to Pittsburgh with stops at IKEA and an historic outdoor shopping district. If interested in either of these day trips, call Judy Marino at 672-5778. Payment is due as soon as possible for the Pittsburgh trip.
The knitters have decided to wait until the fall to resume their meetings when everyone is more excited about knitting or crocheting afghans and sweaters.
The next scheduled pot-luck luncheon will be on Wednesday, May 22. Following lunch, Audrey Parker will give a demonstration on flower arranging. Those who want to make an arrangement can bring flowers and a vase, or just sit back and enjoy the demonstration. As always, community members are welcome.
Lake Shore Senior Citizens
Lake Shore Senior Citizens met at the Dunkirk Senior Center on Wednesday. President Stella Michalak led the members in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and singing "God Bless America."
A reading entitled "Symbol of Love" was given by Loretta Hemink. The minutes from the previous meeting were read by Secretary Hemink as well. They were accepted as read by Charlene Hallmark with a second by Jean Szot. The treasurer's report was given by Treasurer Betty Korzeniewski. It was accepted as read by Jean Kubera with a second by Sandy Tapasto.
Attendance prizes were won by Carrie Gawronski and Nancy Woloszyn. Helper of the day was Irene Christopher. Others assisted as well.
The kitchen committee for May 8 is Charlene Hallmark and Mary Hayer.
Sheridan Happy Seniors
SHERIDAN - On Friday, the Sheridan Happy Seniors' meeting was opened by President Ellyn Sutehall, followed by a prayer by Arlene Miller, the Pledge of Allegiance, "God Bless America" and the Happy Senior Anthem. Attendance was taken with 36 members present. The secretary's and treasurer's reports were given and accepted. Many of the group's "snowbirds" have returned for the summer, and they received a warm welcome back. It was voted that the group will combine their Mother's/Father's Day luncheon with the Silver Creek Seniors. The date will be in early June and Sutehall will inquire about the Colony Restaurant. Members are reminded to bring in their baby pictures in 8x10 envelopes with slips of paper with their names in the envelopes (don't put names on the pictures themselves).
With the weather improving, it will soon be time for hot dogs on the grill.
The Silver Creek and Forestville food pantries are looking for donations to be matched by the end of May, so it was voted on to donate $25 to each.
There was a nice turnout for the table drawing. A resounding "thank you" goes to Shirley Sikorski for her able hands and to all who donated their goodies.
The 50/50 was won by Joan Guzik and Caroline Wood, and Sue Loeb won the Riles and Woolley drawing. Clara Griffin won at the last meeting, and for that clerical error, apologies are expressed.
MAYVILLE - Theta Beta Chapter of Beta Sigma Phi International Sorority recently celebrated Founder's Day at the Olives Restaurant in Mayville. Members began the evening by reciting the Opening Ritual. Nancy Palmer read the Beta Sigma Phi Grace and included a remembrance of sister Judy Roberts. President Joyce Anderson welcomed members and a pledge. She had her sisters repeat the Founder's Day Pledge.
The 2013-2014 new theme Light Up Your Life was announced along with the message from Laura Ross Wingfield.
To conclude the Founder's Day agenda, Tracie Cederquist presented Anderson the Woman of the Year Award.
Following this celebration, Anderson conducted a business meeting. Joan Wahl presented her program, "The History of The Torch and The Black and Gold." Wahl explained that the torch is the beloved symbol of learning the Sigma. To Beta Sigma Phis, the Torch has members "seeking what it teaches and guides members to guide others." Wahl narrated the story of Elsie Guether who witnessed the worldwide familiarity of the Black and Gold.
After the program the Social Committee finalized plans for the Mother's Day Luncheon on Saturday at the Village Restaurant in Dewittville. During this luncheon, Nancy Palmer will review Theta Beta's past year.
The Service Committee discussed the Daphna Petersen Art Award for a student at Chautauqua Lake Central Lake School, and will initial the Judy Roberts Art Award at Sherman Central School. Sandy Zenns of the Service Committee reminded members to bring small appliances for the St. Agnes Home at Inta Damcott's meeting on May 9. At this meeting, officers for the new year will be installed. The Ways and Means Committee mentioned that the garden bulbs would be arriving soon.
Concluding the evening, members recited the Closing Ritual. Secret Sister gifts were distributed with Damcott winning the white elephant.
Westfield Senior Citizens
WESTFIELD - Thirty-eight members of the Westfield Senior Citizens met recently at 6 p.m. at the YWCA. Dinner was served by the Westfield Women's Organization.
As the program speaker, Jack Dean told the members stories about the history of the area.
The meeting was called to order by President Shirley Kolpien.
April birthdays were celebrated by Middy Riddle, Gloria Wakeley, Mamie Criscione, Albert King, Ruth Cade, Carrie Trippy, Reda Hoth, Linda Haley and Jennie Vilardo. Bev and Les Yeaney and Linda and Wally Haley had anniversaries.
The 50/50 was won by Jean Stebell and Geri Harper received the door prize.
The May 6 meeting will be at 6 p.m. with dinner served by members of the Union Relief. The program previously planned has been canceled and Bingo will be played instead. Each member should bring a Bingo prize.