AARP Chapter 299
AARP Chapter 299 held their regular meeting at the new meeting location at the Senior Citizens Center.
The members were all welcomed by Ellie Dietzen. Jean Smyczek read a poem about "Old Friends."
Roll call was taken and Secretary Elaine Raczka read the minutes of the last meeting. A motion to accept was made by Sophie Urbanik and Smyczek.
The treasurer's report was made by Patty Halas. It was approved and filed for audit. If any dues are in arrears, call the treasurer to clear the matter up.
Martha Bialszewski made a motion to give a monetary gift to the bereaved family to do with whatever they see fit. It was seconded by Antoinette Pietro Snyder.
The next meeting is Oct. 17 at 1 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center. The guest speaker will be Bill Armbrester, associate state director of AARP. Everyone is asked to attend.
Call President Dietzen if interested in going to the refresher workshop and luncheon on Oct. 18 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Jamestown Prendergast Library. Respond by Oct. 15 to Dietzen. The club is required to have four board meetings per year per president. A motion was made to send Pete Smyczek a thank-you card for helping the club move to its new location.
Dunkirk Senior Citizen Board of Directors
The Dunkirk Senior Citizen Board of Directors met recently to finalize activities for the fall season.
Plans were completed for the craft-rummage and bake sale to be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Doors will open at 7 a.m. for vendors. Freshly-baked goods will be available as well as a variety of homemade pierogi.
The next bus trip will be held on Oct. 7, going to the Erie Casino. The cost is $20. The next gala will be held on Oct. 9. The center will be closed on Oct. 10 for the Columbus Day holiday. On Sunday, Oct. 16, there will be a bus trip to Peek n' Peak for their Octoberfest buffet and craft show. The bus will include carved meats and a large variety of delicious foods complemented by champagne and Bloody Marys. Stops will also be made at a mum shop in Westfield and a winery. The cost of this trip is $30. Reservations can be made by calling the center at 366-9886.
There will also be a bus trip to the Niagara Falls Casino on Thursday, Nov. 10, leaving at 9:30 a.m. The cost of this trip is $20. The center will be closed on Nov. 11 for Veteran's Day and Nov. 24 through Thanksgiving.
Renovations continue. The kitchen and four storerooms were painted. The officers thanked Barbara Barberich for stripping and staining the lunch site desk.
A copy machine was obtained and is available for senior use at 10 cents a copy for Angel Food Ministry each month. The next distribution will be Oct. 29.
The craft committee completed Labor Day favors for 160 Meal on Wheels customers. They are currently working on Halloween favors.
Nancy Crandall and Shirley Palmatier have accepted the co-chairmanship of the Monday Pinochle Tournament. All seniors are invited to attend this and all other events at the center.
Free books are available to all seniors. They are located in a book case outside the Office for the Aging. In addition a fully stacked lending library is available. The Wii and Wii games are fully operational and available for use during the hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Seniors may also exercise these skills on the treadmill and exercise bicycle. Hot lunches continue to be provided at the center from Monday through Thursday. Reservations can be made for a minimal cost by calling Bobbie Shaw at 363-3844.
Exercise classes are available Monday through Friday. They are well-attended. If you are insured by Independent Health, classes are free of charge to you on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. All other may attend any day for a minimal charge of 50 cents per session.
Membership continues to be free for all members and social members until the end of the year. Seniors may register at the center during office hours or when attending any of the above events.
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 reading entitled "In the Garden of my Heart" was given by Chaplain Josie Wierczynski.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read by Secretary Wierczynski. They were accepted as read by Kitty Lehnen with a second by Marian Genovese. The treasurer's report was read by treasurer Ruth Mackowiak. It was accepted as read by Charlene Hallmark with a second by Irene Christopher.
Attendance prizes were won by Genovese, Jim Griswold and Loretta Hemink.
Helper of the day was Betty Korzeniewski and others who assisted. The kitchen committee for Sept. 27 is Jim Griswold.
A moment of silence was observed for service men and women.
Lake Shore Senior Citizens
The Lake Shore Senior Citizens met at the Dunkirk Senior Center on Wednesday. President Charlene Hallmark led the members in the Pledge of Allegiance and singing of "God Bless America."
A reading entitled "Still There is Hope" was given by Chaplain Loretta Hemink. The minutes of the previous meeting were read by secretary Hemink. They were accepted as read by Jean Kubera with a second by Carol Kozlowski.
The treasurer's report was read by Treasurer Sophia Urbanik. It was accepted as read by Dorothy Cooper with a second by Irene Christopher.
Attendance prizes were won by Kubera, Kubasik and Hallmark.
Helper of the day was Stella Michalak and others who assisted. The kitchen committee for the next meeting is Nola Blazejewicz and Christopher.
Mayville Senior Citizens
MAYVILLE - Fifty-seven members of the Mayville Senior Citizens Club met on Saturday for their annual chicken barbecue.
Vice President Wanda Gustafson greeted the Seniors and Chaplain Dianne Goodrich asked a blessing for the meal. Sandy Anderson called the table numbers.
The chicken was prepared by the VFW Men's Auxiliary and served by Joyce Ayers, Bonnie Johnson, Mary Carlson and Jean Kelsey.
After the meal, the meeting was called to order by President Ayers who led the Seniors in the Flag Salute. Goodrich read a "Blond Joke" and "Life is a Gift" and led the group in prayer.
Izetta Ayling read the minutes and correspondence. Treasurer Edna Brown gave her report. Goodwill chair Mary Carlson reported that she had sent several cards to members.
Sandy Anderson and Jean Kelsey gave itineraries for the WWII trip to those going on that trip. They reported the show "Jonah" will be in Lancaster in the Spring and they would plan a trip for it if there was interest. They also asked for suggestions for one day trips for 2012.
Program Chair Claudia Wittenbrook announced that there would be a speaker for the Oct. 6 meeting. His topic will be Jamestown's History.
Gerald White won the lottery drawing.
The next meeting of the Mayville Senior Citizens will be on Thursday, Oct. 6 at noon in the Mayville VFW. All area residents 55 or older are welcome. Bring a dish to pass and table service. There will be an Executive meeting following the regular meeting
Mt. Carmel Social Club
SILVER CREEK - President Tampio called the meeting to order with the Pledge of Allegiance. Father Fiebelkorn said the blessing over the meal. The group then proceeded to enjoy a lunch of chicken, steak, baked potato, salad, Italian bread, watermelon and cake. A member brought in a bowl of pears for all to share. The steak was cooked to perfection. The entire meal was enjoyed by all. A round of applause was given to the cooking and kitchen committee for all their hard work.
After lunch, the meeting continued with the reading of the minutes by Thelma Hilliker. No treasurer's report was given. Roll call was taken with 42 members present.
The nominating committee of Jeanette Mula, Carm Morabito and Melanie Bates reported that the slate of officers remains the same. The election of officers will be held on Oct. 5. Dues are due in October.
A flu clinic will be held at the Silver Creek Senior Citizen's Club on Oct. 1 from 9 a.m. to noon.
The refreshment committee for the next meeting is Conrad Pawlak, Jeanette Mula, Corky and Guy Patton.
The 50/50 raffle was held by Leo Morabito and Joe Ark. Bingo was called by Joe and Theresa Ark.
The club is open for membership and welcomes newcomers.
Sheridan Happy Seniors
SHERIDAN - The Sheridan Happy Seniors met Sept. 16. President Ellyn Sutehall opened the meeting asking Arlene Miller to give a prayer, followed by the pledge to the flag and singing of "God Bless America" and the Happy Seniors song. Roll call was given by Mabel Warner. President Sutehall reported that Jo Wehust is at her daughter's home.
Minutes of Sept. 2 were read by Clara Griffin and passed. The treasurer's report was given by Angie Logan and accepted.
The 50/50 drawings were won by Warner and Auleen Robinson. Riles and Woolley drawing was won by Margaret Best. Program chairman Bob Sutehall introduced Ginny Becker, longtime Sheridan resident and former teacher who gave an informative talk about Sheridan. Many trees were cut down to make Route 20, which was a wagon road, traveled by horse and buggies and trolley. The first settlement has a monument in the town of Sheridan by Frances Webber dated 1804 on Route 20 across from Walnut Road. In 1923, Route 20 was paved from Sheridan to Silver Creek. Becker's great- grandparents owned the store on the corner of Route 20 and Center Road next door to where she lives and was brought up. The Grange Hall towards Silver Creek from Becker was very busy holding dances, parties, meetings and polling places.
On Sept. 30 the speaker will be James Redmond on Social Security. The food committee will be Ann Spencer, chairperson; John Reardon; Fred and Shirley Sikorski and Ginny Strawser.
On Oct. 14 at 1 p.m., the club will hold a Chinese auction. Members are asked to bring items that day for the sale.
Silver Creek Seniors
SILVER CREEK - Silver Creek Seniors met Sept. 20 with 24 members present on Route 5 at the senior building. President Ed Newman called the meeting to order with the pledge to the flag and all singing "God Bless America." Chaplain Irene Conny offered a prayer "God Bless you Everywhere." Minutes were read by Clara Griffin and passed by Harry Suski. It was good to see Iva McClenathan back; she was welcomed by all. Lorrie Newman was present also after her absence.
The nominating committee for 2012 are Dorothy Miniri, Fran Smith and Evelyn Martin. The election of officers will be held at 1 p.m. on Sept. 27. Newman offered a few jokes in place of John Krestic.
Bingo was called by Ernie Hilliker. Drawings were won by Conny and Suski. The 50/50 drawing was won by Thelma Conrad and Rose. In charge of refreshments for Sept. 27 are Rose Falcone and Mary Ann Seibert and Oct. 4 Irene Conny and Dorothy Miniri.