Gerry Senior Citizens
GERRY — The Gerry Senior Citizens, known as the Rodeo Senior Citizens, gathered recently for a luncheon and a guest speaker from the UCAN City Mission of Jamestown.
Jeff Rotunda, executive director of the mission, gave a history and the activities of the mission. The mission, which began in 1942, works with 31 organizations to help men move forward. The purpose is to help men who have been incarcerated, or have mental health problems, or have substance abuse, or are homeless, or have lost their employment.
The mission provides a 30-day shelter of food, clothing and toiletries. UCAN stands for United Christian Advocate Network.
The luncheon and program were held at the Gerry United Methodist Church. Edward Yager, vice president, and Cecil and Jan Miller set up the tables and had things ready for the luncheon. All members attending brought a dish of food to pass. There were ample amounts and with a wide variety of food.
Pastor Phil Shay gave the blessing prior to the meal, and John Sipos led all in the pledge of allegiance. Secretary Peg Harrison read the minutes of the previous meeting, and treasurer Gayle McKinney presented the financial report.
The group meets on the second Friday of the month at noon and welcomes new members. The next gathering will be on Friday, Sept. 10, at noon in the Gerry United Methodist Church. All those attending are asked to bring a dish of food to pass and their own table service.
Edith Goon planned the program for September. The day is the eve of the Sept. 11, 2001, tragedy, which happened 20 years ago. The program will be entitled, “Where you then?” Everyone has a story and many have saved articles about the tragedy. Everyone is welcome to participate in the program.
Silver Creek Seniors Citizens
SILVER CREEK — The Silver Creek Seniors met on Aug. 17 with 30 members present. President Newman welcomed back Bob Sutehall, and then opened the meeting with the Pledge to the Flag and all singing “My Country Tis of Thee.” Pauline Flitt read “Beauty Here to See” and offered a blessing of the food. Everyone enjoyed an Italian luncheon with three delicious pasta dishes prepared by our members and several side dishes and dessert.
The 50-50 winners were Janice Snyder, Ron Conover and Kim Adams. Wheel of Fortune winners had their choice of money or beautiful black eyed susan flowers, brought in by Bob Sutehall. Winners were: Janice (3 times), Ruth Sheeler, Marge Church, Kim (3 times), Harry Suski (2 times), Bob, Sue Borowski, Eleanor Lemiszko (2 times), Judy Hahn, Phyllis Burghardt, Jim Spano, Ruth Sheeler, Joan Suski (2 times) and Carm Tampio.
Lucky winners of the prizes were Phyllis Burghardt, Ruth and Dixie Carlson. Bingo was called by President Newman, and winners were: Sally Conover (2 times), Eleanor, Janice, Ruth, Joan Suski, Dixie, Joan Militello, Max Church, and MaryAnn Seibert.
Next week luncheon will include sandwiches prepared by our members and desserts. The meeting closed with singing “Fairy Tales Can Come True”. Some members stayed to play Dominoes.
The Senior group meets every Tuesday at 1 p.m. Visitors are always welcome to join in the food and fun. Call President Newman at 934-2170 for more information.
Sinclairville Senior Citizens
SINCLAIRVILLE — The Sinclairville Senior Citizens meet once a month on the second Tuesdayat noon in the Sinclairville Firehall dining room for a luncheon and meeting.
This recent meeting was the first one in the last 18 months since the pandemic began. President LouAnn Smith welcomed all to the gathering which was a summer picnic provided by the Sinclairville Village Board. A special thanks to the Village board members for the luncheon. Festive table decorations were provided by President Smith. Pastor Phil Shay led all in the blessing prior to the meal, and John Sipos led all in the Pledge of Allegiance. Since there have been no meetings for a while, everyone had celebrated a birthday and an anniversary in the last year and a half, and President Smith wished all a happy day.
All enjoyed several kinds of pizza with different toppings, vegetables, and three different kinds of streusels all provided by the Sinclairville Shur-Fine grocery store. Individual wrapped desserts were also available for all to enjoy. There were ample amounts of food.
The minutes of the last meeting held in March 2020 were read by secretary June Whipple. Treasurer Charles Sylvester gave the financial report of the group. Prizes were awarded by President Smith. Recipients included Susan Sipos, Pete Skillman, President Smith, Diman Smith, secretary Whipple, Raymond Wood, Fran Odell, Bonnie Larkin, Jim Hendrickson, Carolyn Hendrickson, Lori Polizzi, Laura Boedecker and John Sipos.
The next gathering of the group will be on Tuesday, Sept. 14, at noon in the Sinclairville Firehall dining room. This will be the annual fun auction of the group, and Diman Smith will serve as the auctioneer. Table decorations will be provided by Raymond Wood. All those attending are asked to bring a dish of food to add to the meal. New members are always welcome.