GERRY - The Rodeo City Senior Citizens met recently for their spring season meeting and program in the Gerry United Methodist Church.
President Leona Peterson welcomed all, and gave the blessing of thanks prior to the lunch. The meal was a tureen luncheon with a variety of food selections. The table committee members in charge of festive decorations were Velma Jones and Helen Fritz.
Following the luncheon, the business meeting was held with the minutes of the previous meeting being read by secretary Margie McIntyre. The financial report of the group was presented by treasurer Valerie Bartholomew, and approved.
O. Winston Bartholomew, who serves as the "wagonmaster" of bus tours, shared with the group a chart of good, better and best things to say to your spouse. The chart provided much humor for the group. Bartholomew told of the planned bus tours for the group and had information sheets available for all to study. A sign-up sheet was distributed for those who wish to be included in the first tour.
New members Pastor Philip and Sherry Shay were introduced to the group. Ruth Newton said that in the group there were five people celebrating a birthday during the month ,and the birthday song was sung to all.
The special program for the day was presented by two speakers. Jones talked about names of flowers which have certain descriptions, such as what flower is in May and brought the people to this continent, which brought the name Mayflower, or which flower describes something that all have, and this brought the name Tulips. The humor of the names was enjoyed by all. John Sipos, Cassadaga village historian, then spoke about two special events in March. One being the St. Patrick's Day parades, and the history of the parades, and the other was the meaning of the Equinox day in March to indicate the first day of spring. Sipos concluded with a story about age, when a person's age increases by whole years, until a person reaches 100 and a half.
Plans were discussed for programs and table hostesses for the entire year, as set by the executive committee. Changes can be made, and names may be added, said Peterson. At the close of the gathering, the first verse of the song "Blest Be The Tie That Binds" was sung and led by Bob Seastedt.
The next luncheon meeting of the senior group will be held at the Gerry United Methodist Church on Friday, April 12, at noon. Those attending are asked to bring a dish of food to pass and their own table settings. Table decorations will be provided by Jan Miller and "her assistant," said Mrs. Miller. The program will be the Back Woods Duet. New members are always welcome.