AARP Chapter 299
The regular meeting of AARP Chapter 299 was called to order by President Milly Jankowski. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited. Minutes and treasurer's reports were given and approved.
Plans were discussed for the annual catered Christmas dinner on Dec. 17 at noon at the senior center. Elaine Raczka will make arrangements and advise the members.
Refreshments followed, with homemade pies and ice cream.
The next meeting is Nov. 19 at 1 p.m. at the senior center.
Grape Belt Seniors
On Wednesday, David Wendt from Wendt Touring Company, showed a Power Point presentation to a large crowd of interested Grape Belt Seniors and community members about two trips planned for 2013. The Pennsylvania Rail Adventure is scheduled for May 14-17 and Treasures of Quebec by Rail is scheduled for Sept.16-20. For more information, call 672-5274.
A decorated Halloween table was filled with treats for all the participants.
Reader's Theatre will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 10:15 a.m. Anyone interested in acting, theatre or poetry might enjoy participating with this friendly group. For more information, call 672-5287. Book club is another very interesting group that is always welcoming new participants. They will be meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 10:15 a.m. For more information, call 679-0001. Exercise class continues every Monday/Wednesday/Friday morning from 9 to 10 a.m., followed by a friendly coffee klatch.
The Grape Belt Seniors are excited about their first dinner dance at 321 E. Main St. The Kokomo Band will provide the entertainment and a wonderful buffet supper will be provided. The cost is only $10 per person and the evening will be fun for singles as well as couples. Everyone will be welcomed. Reservations need to be made soon. Call 679-1943 to make a reservation or to get more information.
Two insurance companies will be paying a visit to the senior center at the end of November. Blue Cross/Blue Shield will be at the center on Nov. 28 at 10:30 a.m. and Independent Health will be there on Nov. 30 at 10:30 a.m.
Sheridan Happy Seniors
SHERIDAN - Sheridan Happy Seniors met Friday, Oct. 26 at St. Bosco Hall with 27 members present. President Ellyn Sutehall called the meeting to order with all reciting the pledge to the flag and singing "God Bless America" and the Happy Senior Song. Bob Wray presented a prayer. Roll call was given by Sue Townsend in place of Mabel Warner, who is home recuperating.
The secretary's report was given by Clara Griffin and accepted as read. The treasurer's report was given by Angie Logan and passed as given.
Drawings for 50/50 were won by Sutehall and Bob Fancher. Sutehall won the Riles and Woolley drawing.
Jo Wehust will send necessary cards, and would appreciate any extra cards that people may have. There will be no meeting Nov. 23 as it is close to Thanksgiving. There is also no meeting Dec. 7 as Dec. 6 members will have a noon dinner at the Dunkirk Kosciuszko Club. For reservations at $5 a person, call Sutehall at 549-2291 or Townsend at 868-1688. Installation of 2013 officers will be held at this meeting.
Food committee for Nov. 9 at 1 p.m. will be Griffin, Chairman, Arlene Lawrence and Joan Guzik.
A huge birthday cake with 80 candles lit was given in honor of Sutehall's 80th birthday by her daughter Janet Arnold. All of the members sang "Happy Birthday" to their faithful president.
Westfield Senior Citizens
WESTFIELD - The Westfield Senior Citizens met recently at the YWCA. Twenty-eight members and one guest enjoyed a pot-luck meal.
The guest speaker was John Wolfe, who spoke about the McClurg Museum and the Chautauqua County Historical Society. The museum houses 400,000 to 500,000 items dating form the American Revolution until now. It is manned by 12 to 15 volunteers and is constantly being updated. Among the numerous exhibits is a fiber room demonstrating spinning and weaving, a Native American room, and right now a military room is being planned. Most exhibits are available at all times, plus there are many special short-term exhibits. At present, an 1812 exhibit is on display in the parlor. Wolfe encourages everyone to visit the museum, especially children, who are admitted free.
The meeting was called to order by President Shirley Kolpien. New member Lucille Inwood was welcomed, also guest Mariana Lewis.
Joyce Wainwright read, as devotions, "Autumn Signature" by Beverly J. Anderson and "Autumntime" by Bernice Laux.
The 50/50 drawing was won by Dolores Kaufman.
October birthdays were celebrated by Mary Ellen Ross and Dorothy Hall, and Al and Joyce Wainwright had an anniversary.
Gloria Hayes of the Union Relief sent a letter asking for hats, mittens, socks and scarves to be brought to the next meeting.
Shirley Kolpien announced the nominating committee will be Trudy Stafford, Geri Harper and Jean Stebell.
The Nov. 8 meeting will be a pot-luck at noon at the YWCA. The kitchen committee is Trudy Stafford, Gladys Hess, Irma Lloyd, Ann Cochran and Darla Augur. The kitchen committee will bring the desserts. The speaker will be Tom Schmidt, who will discuss the proposed school merger.
A reminder, $2 membership dues should be paid in January.
COLLINS - Children are not the only ones that love dressing up for Halloween, as the 50-Plus Seniors proved at their recent Halloween party at the L. K. Painter Community Center in Collins. Costume winners were: Sue Devlin, prettiest; Shirley Dash, scariest; and JoAnn Heary, most unusual. Game winners were: Heary, Devlin, Eleanor Arendt, Colleen Fowler and Candy Wittmeyer. Good food and a good time were had by all.
Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday and Election Day is Tuesday - all are reminded to vote.
Senior activities for the week are: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Indoor Walking and Exercises with Pat Tucker, 9 a.m., gym; Informal Euchre Game, 1 p.m. Monday, Senior Room. Wednesday - Quilting with Florence, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Community Room, Collins Public Library; Senior Bowling, 1 p.m., K & L Lanes, Gowanda, $1.75 per game or three games for $5; Open Crafts with Pat Tucker, 1 p.m., Senior Room. Thursday - Gentle Arthritis Exercises, 10 a.m., gym. Friday - Pot-Luck Lunch, noon, Senior Room. Bring a dish to pass, table service and beverages furnished.
Gentle Arthritis Exercises are canceled for Tuesday.
The Painter Center will be closed Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of Veterans Day; all senior activities are canceled. The AAR Driving Course honoring veterans will be held Nov. 13 at 9 a.m. in the Community Room. Participants should park in the back parking lot. Any veteran who has registered for the course and is now unable to attend is asked to call 532-2507 no later than Nov. 9 to cancel.
Final payment for the Big Band Christmas Spectacular Dec. 6 at SUNY Fredonia was due Nov. 2. Patrons who have not paid are asked to contact Joan Byrne, senior program coordinator, 532-2507.