Early in December, the Community Senior Fellowship conducted its last annual lunch meeting in the First Lutheran Church parlors. As in the past, 3C's Catering, of Kennedy, provided the meal. Coralyn Boehler supplied table adornments and seating gifts. Also from Kennedy was the Scroggins Band, consisting of Kenneth Mezel, vocals and string instrumentals, and Robert Swanson on bass and backup. The Rev. H. Wayne Eppehimer provided the devotional and closing prayer.
Roland A. Swanson, president, made introductions and conducted the business meeting following lunch and program of varied music. He recalled being asked, by Harry Berglund, to take over the helm upon the retirement of Irene Nystrom in 1994. Swanson became president the following spring. Assisting Swanson and carrying on the duties of the previous organization, known as First Lutheran Senior Fellowship, were Helen Larson, treasurer, and June V. Carlson, secretary. These two ladies performed exemplary duties for a number of years until death or infirmities necessitated their replacements.
The original intent of the organization was for friendships and learning continued throughout the years. The Rev. Richard Hoglund filled the office of vice president since 2008 following the footsteps of Phyllis J. Johnson. Joan Sellers was followed by Gladys Peterson as the organization's treasurer in recent years. Florence Hinson served as the final secretary. Mary Peterson served as diligent friendship committee for the last three years.
Community Senior Fellowship officers gathered for their final meeting. In front, from left, are Joan Sellers, past treasurer; Mary Peterson, friendship chairwoman; Florence Hinson, secretary; and Gladys Peterson, treasurer. Behind them are Richard Hoglund, vice president, left; and Roland A. Swanson, president, right.
Swanson recalled some of the past events, individuals and the death of his friend and wife, Doris, her support and the many friendships formed and maintained through this organization. The efforts of attendees, speakers, entertainers and various committees was acknowledged and given sincere thanks. The uncompromising cooperation of former church custodian James Walrod was also acknowledged by all in attendance.
Following the playing of ''Amazing Grace'' by the Scroggins Band, Swanson read ''A Prayer for Christmas'' and the Rev. Eppehimer closed with a timely benediction.