Brocton Portland Seniors
The group met Oct. 27 with 40 members and three guests present. President Margaret Jagoda opened the meeting. Joe Gatto led the Pledge of Allegiance. Alberta Blakely asked for a moment of silence and prayer of thanks.
Committee members Bonnie and Peter Suppo had placed their elaborate collection of Halloween skeletons and witches all adorned in realistic costumes sitting at their own tables. Huge spiders and webs with more witches and pumpkins were hanging on walls.
Rose Giambra, Kate Cranston, and Julia Schrantz decorated the tables with Halloween napkins, jello and candy treats while eye ball punch with "hand" served the punch and cider. Chiavetta's chicken, scalloped potatoes, pasta, and tossed salad went well with Julia's orange cupcakes.
President Jagoda introduced Diane Chodan and contest judges Lyn Coe and Pat Noble. They chose Schrantz's clown, Carm Johnson's pill lady, Giambra's angel, Bonnie Suppo's good witch, Rich Cranston's pumpkin and Bob Jagoda's hunter man as prize winners. Ruth Dorogi was Ephrine the grape witch, Bea Lee was The Dance, Mary Tripi was a witch, with Pat Zanghi's blonde Marilyn completing the Halloween fun time.
The secretary's and treasurer's reports were read and accepted.
The nominating committee of Peg Gatto, Rose Giambra and Julia Schrantz will present a slate of officers at the November meeting.
Tom DeJoe gave an update on County Home finance.
Bob Jagoda was thanked for getting the food and regarding the upcoming election noted " vote or don't complain" which was met with applause. Also noted was upcoming time change and that the Congregational Church is now handicapped friendly. The birthday song was sung for Dan Carr, Cliff Lee, Pete Suppo and Marian Delcamp and her husband. October anniversaries were 39 years for Rick and Kate, 32 years for Bob and Margaret, and 27 years for Marian Delcamp. Door prizes were won by Cora Patterson, Fred Brown, Rudy Ayrnardi, Harold Buvoltz, Bonnie Suppo, Mary Tripi and Peg Gatto.
The group will meet next on Nov. 25. Members must sign up with Rita at 792-4565 by Nov. l8 for pizza and wings paid by club. A committee of Cora Patterson, Bea Lee, Rosie, Julia, and Bob Patterson work on the November meeting. Members should bring own table service and optional dessert. Patsy Cline will be our program by Pat Cook. Dues are being collected, and new members are welcome anytime.
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Social Club
On Nov. 6, 39 club members gathered at the Colony House in Irving for the club's annual Installation Luncheon. Father Dan Fiebelkorn officiated.
Officers are President, Carm Tampio; First Vice President, Mary Congdon; Second Vice President, Josie Crino; Treasurer, Melanie Bates; Secretary, Sue Borowski; Financial Secretary, Jeannette Mula; and Chaplain, Carmella Morabito. All will serve one-year terms.
Decorations for the tables were made by Joan Suski. The committee for Nov. 20 is Jack Mateson, Mary Meegan and Angie Logan. Once again, membership is open to all.
Silver Creek Seniors
The Silver Creek Seniors opened their meeting with the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of "God Bless America," led by President Ed Newman. Twenty-six members were present. Chaplain Irene Conny gave the prayer.
Lorrie Newman read the financial report. Dorothy Miniri made the motion to approve. It was seconded by Bart Adams, and carried unanimously. Newman also shared some funny stories.
Mary Seibert gave the petty cash report.
Bud Anger is getting better. The group will keep him in their thoughts and prayers.
Refreshments next week will be provided by Thelma Hilliker and Shirley Sikorski.
Harry Suski read a letter that will be sent to area officials about the closing of Lake Shore Hospital. Conrad Pawlak made the motion to send the letters; Ed Prouse seconded the motion. Everyone agreed and the motion was passed.
The 50/50 drawings were won by Pat Corwin, Claire Griffin and Conny.
Adams and Conny won the door prizes.
Harry Suski won the Hole-Parker drawing.
Auctioneer Marv Smith did a great job and everyone had a good time.
Grape Belt Seniors
The Grape Belt Senior Board met briefly on Nov. 6. Plans were made for the next pot luck luncheon, which will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 20.
Readers' Theatre also met on Nov. 6, as they do the first Wednesday of every month.
Several GBS board members have been attending the budget meetings held by the Town of Pomfret Board.
The 9 a.m. exercise class on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays not only offers an excellent well-balanced workout but also provides a time to laugh and enjoy each others company. Every Monday the exercisers happily greet Nick Smith when he delivers the Penny Saver.
Karen Mourer is organizing all the coupons that are donated regularly and sends them out to service men and women who use them at their local PX stores.
The knitting group will be meeting again on Wednesday Nov. 13 at 10:30 a.m. Stop by and meet a friendly group of knitters. Coffee hour starts at 10 a.m. and newcomers are always welcome.
Time certainly flies by quickly as Halloween has come and gone. Election Day is but a memory and Veterans Day is just around the corner. Our Halloween party was well-attended and many seniors came in costumes, won prizes and brought goodies. Thanks to everyone.
The Center will be closed on Monday for Veterans Day holiday with no senior activities scheduled. Monday activities will resume Nov. 18. Activities for this week are: Tuesday-Gentle Arthritis Exercises, 10 a.m., gymnasium. Senior Soup and Sandwich Lunch, noon, senior room. The menu is split pea soup, grilled cheese sandwich, dessert and beverage. Cost is $2.50. Pre-registration is required. The last opportunity for reservations is to call 532-2507 no later than Sunday night.
Wednesday is the seniors' busiest day of the week with indoor walking led by Pat Tucker at 9 a.m. in the gymnasium; quilting with Florence at 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in Collins Public Library Community Room; senior bowling at 1 p.m. at K & L Lanes, Gowanda for $1.75 per game or three games for $5; open crafts with Pat and an informal euchre game, both at 1 p.m. in the Senior Room.
On Thursday the schedule is gentle arthritis exercises at 10 a.m. followed by Tai Chi, 11 a.m. Both are held in the gym.
On Friday indoor walking will be held at 9 a.m in the gymnasium. Game Afternoon follows at 1 p.m. in the Senior Room.
November's pinochle and euchre card party will be held Sunday, Nov. 17 at 1:30 p.m. in the gymnasium. Cost is $5 and includes cash table prizes and dessert and beverages. This will be the final card party for 2013.
Those who failed to see "The Drawer Boy," the Springville Players opening fall show at Springville Center for the Arts, missed an excellent and unusual production. Don Wesley, a well known Gowanda director, did a magnificent job and the three male members of the cast gave fantastic performances. Springville is fortunate to have the Center for the Arts and we can only hope that when the Hollywood Theater opens it can produce similar wonderful programs for those of us in the Gowanda area.
Reminder: With colder weather approaching remember to check TV Channels 2 and 4 for 50-Plus Senior Program closures at L. K. Painter Community Center. Gowanda Central School closures no longer are an indication that Center activities are canceled.
Collins Center Seniors
The October meeting of the Collins Center Seniors was well attended and the pot luck lunch was delicious and plentiful as always.
Peggy Marcoux was elected as Secretary and Linda Miller was elected to the office of Vice President.
The next meeting will be Mon., Nov. 25. at the Gowanda American Legion with a potluck lunch at noon followed by a short meeting. Members are ask to bring nonperishable food items for the area food pantry.
The following pertains to travel opportunities for seniors.
The motor coach for the Nov. 19 trip to the Seneca Niagara Casino will depart from the parking lot behind the stores on Main St. in Gowanda at 8:30 a.m.
An Itinerary will be available for the Dec. 2 to 4 trip to the annual "Festival of Lights" in Wheeling, W.Va. at the next meeting
On Dec. 8 a trip is planned to hear the joyous sounds of the Buffalo Choral Art Society for an afternoon performance at St. Joseph's Cathedral in Buffalo.
Two motor coaches will head to the Tony Orlando show at the Seneca Niagara Casino on Dec. 11.
An overnight trip to the Seneca Allegany Casino is scheduled for Feb. 16 and 17. The package includes motor coach transportation, overnight accommodations at the Casino Hotel, $50.00 free play and $20.00 food.
A trip to Branson is slated for April 5 to 12. The trip includes deluxe motor coach transportation, seven nights accommodations (five nights in Branson) seven shows, including Shoji Tabuchi, Legends in Concert, and, Kirby Van Burch illusionist. The group will tour the Titanic Exhibit, enjoy dinner on the Showboat Branson Belle Boat Cruise, visit Branson Landing and the historic downtown and tour the College of the Ozarks. This trip will fill fast and is guaranteed to be lots fun.
Information and flyers are available for a 10 night, 11 day Western Amtrak Adventure in Sept. 2014 presented by Know How Tours. Participants will travel by deluxe motor coach to Chicago. From there, the group will board Amtrak to travel to Flagstaff, Ariz. Some of the highlights of the trip are: Grand Canyon National Park, Sedona, Oak Creek Canyon, Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion National Park, and Las Vegas. The group will take a scenic tour through the Colorado Rocky Mountains via Amtrak with a brief stop in Denver on the way back to Chicago for the final night before returning home by motor coach.
Information about some new trips for 2014 will be shared at the November meeting.
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, NY 14034.
Sheridan Happy Seniors
The Sheridan Happy Seniors met on Oct. 27 with 24 members present. The meeting was opened with a prayer by Shirley Sikorski. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by president Ellyn Sutehall, followed by singing of God Bless America and the Happy Seniors Song. Roll call was read.
The food committee for Nov. 8 will be Jo Wehust, Caroline Wood and Margaret Best. The secretary's minutes and treasurer's report were read and approved. Happy birthday was sung to those with November birthdays.
Our prayers go out to Betty Kern and Betty Kuzora who were reported ill. Marge Fancher and Joan Guzik volunteered to plan a Christmas party for the club. The 50/50 drawings were won by Shirley Sikorski and Betty Logan. The Riles & Woolley drawing was won by Jo Wehust. The meeting was adjourned, cider and donuts were served and many played bingo. Our next meeting will be on Friday Nov. 8 at 1 p.m.
Forestville Pioneer Social Club
The Forestville Pioneer Social Club met on Nov. 4 with Ruth Kuehn presiding. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Barb Tower and the opening prayer was given by Dorothy Merrill. Roll call was answered by 25 members.
The treasurer's report was read by Marlene Bradigan and accepted as read on a motion by Gertie Syper and Enebel Mirando.
"Happy Birthday" was sung for those with November birthdays, including Carol DiPirro, Merrill, Jane Penhollow and Nancy Wilson.
"Sunshine Gal" Peg Heiden sent a sympathy card to Donna Nobles.
The lunch tickets were won by Grace Hall and Nobles. The 50/50 winners were Marion Ziecker and Bradigan. Syper was the winner of the Riles & Woolley Award.
Officers elected for 2014 are President, Ruth Kuehn; Vice President, Carol DiPirro; Secretary, Peg Heiden; and Treasurers Marlene Bradigan and Angie Logan.
A Christmas party is planned for Dec. 17 at Tom's Family Restaurant in Irving at 1 p.m. Members must have attended four meetings in 2013 to qualify for the club to pay for one-half of their dinners' price. The refreshment committee for the Dec. 2 meeting is Bradigan, Peg Brown and Wilma Crowell.
A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Penhollow and Wilson.
Lake Shore Seniors
The Lake Shore Senior Citizens met at the Dunkirk Senior Center on Nov. 6. President Stella Michalak led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and the singing of "God Bless America."
A reading entitled "Just Around the Bend" was given by Loretta Hemink.
The minutes of the previous meeting were also read by Secretary Hemink. It were accepted as read on a motion made by Barb Barberich with a second by Jeanne Hauser. The treasurer's report was read by Treasurer Betty Korzeniewski. It was accepted as read on a motion by Jean Kubera with a second by Sophia Kubasik.
Nancy Woloszyn won an attendance prize.
Irene Christopher was the helper of the day. Others assisted.
The kitchen committee for Nov. 13 is Carol Kozlowski and Korzeniewski.
A new member, Jenny Kubera, was welcomed to the club.
Five tickets to go to breakfast with Santa at the Moose Club were raffled off. Winners were Michalak, Mary Dworak, Marian Genovese, Kubera and Christopher.
On Dec. 11, nominations for officers will be held at the Christmas party.
A motion to adjourn the meeting was made by Kubera with a second by Sara Azeez.