BROCTON - The Brocton-Portland Seniors celebrated its May meeting at St. Dominic's Church in Brocton. A tureen lunch was provided by members and included an array of salads, meats, vegetables and desserts. The hit for the day was a corn pudding bake, compliments of member Kate Cranston.
Members sat at tables decorated in a red, white and blue theme by the committee of Erika Abram, Mary Tripi and Tom DeJoe. As members busied themselves getting situated, President Margaret Jagoda called on the group to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by a moment of silence for deceased members. A prayer was given by member Alberta Blakely beginning with "Our gracious and Heavenly Father..." Then members proceeded to the buffet table to help themselves to lunch.
After lunch reports were given and members reviewed the schedule for the coming months.
The regular monthly meeting will be June 24 at the American Legion and members are reminded to get reservations and money to Stonefoot no later than June 19 for the catered dinner.
April and May birthday and anniversary wishes were given to the following: Bill Norris, Schrantz, Carm Johnson and Erika and Dave Abram for April. For May, it was Alberta Blakely, Cora Patterson, Beulah Williams and the anniversary of Charles and Dorothy Reading. Attendance prizes were given to Pat Zanghi and Tripi. To celebrate Mother's Day and the upcoming Father's Day, each member was given a gift personally wrapped in patriotic colors by Abram.
The Brocton-Portland Seniors meet the last Monday of every month and extend an open invitation to join to those 55 and older who would like to enjoy camaraderie and lunch (usually pot-luck or catered). Meetings are announced in the OBSERVER and are usually held at John W. Dill American Legion Post 434 in Brocton at noon.
Collins Center Seniors
COLLINS CENTER - The next meeting for the Collins Center Seniors will be June 24 in the pavilion at the Gowanda American Legion with a pot-luck lunch at noon. Hot dogs will be provided by the club. Call Kim and Jack Newton at 241-7187 if planning to attend so they will know how many hot dogs to purchase.
The motor coach for the trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino on Tuesday will depart at 8:30 a.m. from the parking lot behind the stores on Main Street in Gowanda. The club will head to the casino again on July 16 and Aug. 20.
On June 26, the motor coach for the trip to Cambridge Springs to enjoy the comedy "Boeing, Boeing" will depart at 9 a.m.
On Sept. 22, members are off to Pennsylvania to start the day with a brunch at the Cross Creek Resort in Titusville before they will hop aboard the Oil Creek and Titusville RR for a relaxing ride. The group will visit the Drake Well Museum and stop at the Debence Antique Music World and Museum before heading home.
On Oct. 6-9, the seniors will travel to the Hudson Valley for a "fall spectacular" and tour West Point, the Culinary Institute of America with dinner, Purple Heart Hall of Honors, Rhinebeck Aerodrome, Mills Mansion, Orange County Choppers, enjoy a cruise on the Hudson River aboard the Commander, and lots more. Seats are available and non-members are welcome.
On Oct. 17, members will enjoy the fall colors as they travel the scenic route to the Corning Museum of Glass. The trip includes lunch and a unique hands-on experience, wine glass sand-blasting and explore the museum. A tour and tasting is scheduled at the Glenora Winery on the way home.
Tony Orlando will be performing at the Seneca Niagara Casino on Dec. 11. The price for the Collins Center Seniors' trip to see Orlando includes motor coach transportation, tickets to the show, slot dollars and a food voucher.
For additional information, contact Irene Pfeifer at 532-4268 or Bridget Farner at 532-9586. Make checks payable to Collins Center Seniors, 13851 Quaker St., Collins, N.Y. 14034.
COLLINS - 50-Plus Senior activities for this week start with Quilting with Florence on Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Community Room of Collins Public Library. For those who have been thinking about joining these talented ladies or perhaps learning to quilt, this summer is a great time to stop in and find out what this fascinating craft entails. Call Florence Reynolds at 532-3057 for information. Quilting will continue until the end of August when the quilters will stop for the month of September in order that the Friends of the Library can get set up for the Library's annual Book and Bake Sale.
Open Crafts and an Informal Euchre Game will start up at 1 p.m. in the Senior Room this coming Wednesday when Pat returns. Both Wednesday activities will be held weekly until September at the discretion of the leaders unless much needed renovation of the L. K. Painter Community Center building makes a change of plans necessary. Regular fall programs will start up in October.
There is still time to sign up for the June 24 trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino. Cost is $15 for residents of the towns of Collins, Persia and Perrysburg and $16 for all others. Incentive is $25 slot dollars with transportation by motor coach. Bus will leave at 10:45 a.m. from the Painter Center front parking lot.
Balances of $66 each for the July 25 trip to the Buffalo Grain Elevator must be received no later than June 26. Checks made payable to Town of Collins are to be sent to Collins Town Hall, attention Joan, P.O. Box 420, Collins NY 14034. Early payment greatly appreciated.
Grape Belt Seniors
The Grape Belt Seniors had a full bus of passengers for the Pittsburgh trip to IKEA on Tuesday. Everyone seemed to enjoy the outing and some people bought several items, most of which they didn't know they needed until they saw them in the store. There was plenty of laughter and camaraderie on the all day trip. The next day trip is to the Niagara Casino on Tuesday, June 25. If you are interested in registering or in information about other day trips, call Judy Marino at 672-5778.
The monthly board meeting will be on Wednesday, June 19 at 10:15 a.m. Members are always welcome to bring suggestions, program ideas, and concerns to the attention of any of the board members. Members can also call Phyllis Steinberg at 672-4049 if they would like a topic to be brought up at the board meeting. Following the board meeting there will be a pot-luck luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Those who have never come to one of the seniors' pot-luck luncheons before would be welcomed and made to feel comfortable with the friendly attendees. If possible, each person should label the food she brings and list the key ingredients.
Lake Shore Senior Citizens
The Lake Shore Senior Citizens met at the Dunkirk Senior Center on Wednesday. President Stella Michalak led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of "God Bless America."
A reading entitled "One Little Rose" was given by Loretta Hemink.
The minutes from the previous meeting were read by Secretary Hemink. They were accepted as read by Barb Barberich with a second by Ronnie Ginley.
The Treasurer's report was given by Treasurer Betty Korzeniewski. It was accepted as read by Sophia Kubasik with Marian Genovese.
Attendance prizes were won by Ronnie Ginley, Sophia Kubasik and Peg Williams.
Helper of the day was Irene Christopher. Others assisted.
The kitchen committee for June 26 is Kubasik and Jean Kubera.
Mt. Carmel Social Club
SILVER CREEK - The meeting was called to order by President Carm Tampio with 34 members present. All reports were given and accepted. A Mass will be said for late member Ann Snyder in September at Mt. Carmel.
On Sept. 9 and 10, a driver safety course will be held, led by Sue Chaippone. The president has a sign-up sheet for interested members.
A funeral Mass on Friday, June 7 was also held for Ann Snyder at St. Rose of Lima.
The annual Strawberry Social will be held on June 19.
Kate Finch from the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging spoke to the club on medical insurance, which was very interesting and informative for the members.
The next meeting will be June 19.
Ripley Senior Citizens
RIPLEY - The Ripley Senior Citizens Club is alive and growing. New members are welcomed.
The program committee has a variety of activities planned for this year. May was a great month for the club. The North East Banjo Band, directed by Bob Mong was the highlight of the season. Old time tunes and spiritual songs that everyone enjoyed singing were played.
Summer plans include a picnic in the park at Mayville Park and a museum visit in Jamestown. In October, a day trip is scheduled. This will be a two-hour ride on the Oil Creek and Titusville Railroad. Members are looking forward to it.
This group of 25-30 active Ripley seniors always has a great time, whether they are on a trip, having a picnic or just conversing. The meetings are held the third Friday of each month at the Ripley Baptist Church on East Side Hill Road. The Fellowship Room is handicap accessible. A tureen lunch is held at noon with a program and meeting following. The Ripley Senior Citizens extends this invitation: "Come and visit. We think you will like us."
Share and Care Seniors
The Share and Care Seniors Board met recently.
The club welcomed Birdie Walczak, who is in charge of Pinochle at the Beaver Club in Fredonia. This group has grown over the past year. The Beaver Club has been most generous in allowing the group to meet on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Any senior who would like to play can contact Walczak at 679-1409.
The indoor picnic will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24. Details will be decided upon at the next meeting.
Jeanine Smith has consented to take over the duties of the sunshine chairperson.
The next meeting will be held July 2.
Sheridan Happy Seniors
SHERIDAN -The Sheridan Happy Seniors met on Friday, June 7. The prayer was offered by Arlene Miller, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. Members sang "God Bless America" and the Happy Senior anthem. The roll was taken, secretary and treasurer reports were accepted as read.
The St. Columbans' Songbirds serenaded the seniors with a great selection of recognizable tunes from members' younger years, which everyone enjoyed and many were able to sing along. Lorraine Bailey did a fine job as the emcee and a special thanks was given to Lucy Hurley for putting it all together.
The 50/50 was won by Florence Gage and two of the Songbirds, and the Riles and Woolley drawing went to Ruth Stebbins.
SINCLAIRVILLE - The Sinclairville 76ers met recently in the Sinclairville Firehall Dining Room for a volunteer recognition day. Volunteers were present wearing their Meals on Wheels blue shirts and greeted by the site manager Elsie Joy Livermore. Social worker Patti France, who has an office in the firehall, presented certificates to the many volunteers, who have worked for years. Some of the volunteers present were from the beginning of the program years ago.
Certificates of appreciation and a gift were presented to each volunteer. France asked people to stand in groups. The first group were those who had worked in the beginning, followed by those who work as table hostesses and assistants, to the drivers of the vans and delivery people, and concluded with the present delivery drivers. Appreciation of all of these people's efforts was expressed. President Richard Smith remarked that without the many volunteers, the program would not have been so successful. Vice President John Sipos gave the blessing prior to the luncheon, which was coordinated by chef Lisa Rangel. The gift basket containing many local items was awarded to past driver Doug Canfield.
Susan W. Sipos was thanked for her many hours of preparing and typing the monthly menus with creative artwork. John Sipos said that the success of the program is due to the efforts of Smith, Livermore, Rangel and France, adding that Smith is always concerned that the recipients on the routes get three meals delivered per week, and that the drivers check on the well being of these people.
John Sipos remarked that Smith keeps the three vans in good running order and that when something needs attention, it is done immediately. The organization is concerned with the safety of the volunteers when out on the runs. A new van is being considered to replace an 8-year-old van, and the group has studied the various delivery vans. There is a cost which the 76ers will have to absorb in trading a new van; anyone who would like to contribute toward the purchase of a new van may send a donation to the Sinclairville 76ers, P.O. Box 426, Sinclairville, NY 14782. Smith said any and all donations, no matter what size they are, will help.
Following the luncheon and program, a special cake to commemorate volunteer day was served to all. For more information on the Sinclairville 76ers, call 962-3455. New members are always welcome.
Steger Hi-Rise Tenants Association
The Steger Hi-Rise Tenants Association meeting was held on Tuesday in the Community Room. Guest speakers from WCA Home visited, including Tammy Skelly, administrator; Carol Sheldon, community relations coordinator; and resident Edith "Eddie" Morrison. They were all very informative and Eddie enjoyed living at the WCA Home. They brought chocolate-covered strawberries, which all of the tenants enjoyed. The whole group appreciated their visit.
President Rosa Vega called the meeting to order with 16 members present. Vice President Alba Santiago led the members with the Pledge of Allegiance. Chaplain Josie Wierczynski read a poem entitled "Walking in Victory," and as secretary she read the minutes from the previous meeting. They were accepted as read by Josh Hughes and June Poor.
The financial report was given by Treasurer Linda "Susie" Lockhart. They were accepted as read by Addie Windsor and Clara Weber.
The group is planning a trip to Erie Zoo sometime in August. There will be another raffle on Labor Day and a Super Bingo in the future. There are also plans for a July 4 picnic.
Lockhart is looking for someone to write the group's monthly "newspaper."
Sunshine Lady Windsor sent cards to John Logan, Joanne Tegler, Nora Kulpa and Rafael Castro.
The 50/50 raffle was won by Hughes and Santiago.
Bingo was played and refreshments were served.
The group is having a Father's Day picnic on Sunday, June 16.
United Senior Citizens
The United Senior Citizens held its regular monthly luncheon meeting at the Fredonia Beaver Club with 92 members in attendance.
President Charles St. George introduced new members Richard and Leonora Victor and Rose Nedvara. He also introduced guests James Andin and Rose Eppolito as guests.
St. George opened the meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and in the absence of Fr. Werbicki, gave the invocation.
Lunch followed with Beavertail Catering serving a dinner of chicken over biscuits, mashed potatoes, bean casserole, salad and dessert.
The 50/50 winners were Charles Alaimo, Josephine Christopher, Mary Edwards, Dorothea Janczak, Phyllis Laurito, David Lewandowski, Jackie Paddock, Mary Ann Thompson and Shirley Tilburg.
The meeting began with thanking the June calling committee, which included Dorothy Hilliker, Josephine Wierczynski, Pat Ebert, Ann Kaminski, Josephine Lautenslaker and Peggy Pokoj.
The calling committee for the July luncheon will be Ebert, Pokoj, Thompson, Patricia Wlodarek, Hilliker and Wierczynski.
June birthday celebrants included Alaimo, Joan Grupa, Ann Kurgan, Laurito, Gert Majka, Josephine Siragusa and Lenora Victor.
The treasurer's report was given by Treasurer Patricia Bradley.
St. George entertained the group with some stories. He also mentioned that if members pay for their lunches in advance, the number of people the calling committee has to contact will be greatly reduced.
Following the meeting, Bingo was played. Laurito and Carolyn LoGuidice hosted the game.
The next meeting will be Monday, July 8 at noon. The menu will be roast beef on weck or plain rolls, potatoes, corn, salad, dessert and coffee. The price will be $7 per person.