GERRY - With many members wearing clothing of green color, the Rodeo City Senior Citizens of Gerry held their St. Patrick's Day luncheon recently in the Gerry United Methodist Church.
A variety of food was available, including a corned beef and cabbage dinner. Allen Swanson, vice president, welcomed all to the meeting, and Art Hodges gave the blessing prior to the meal. All those attending remarked about the many different green colors being worn, and the Rev. Raymond McGinnis, said he wore his tie which had the green color in it for the occasion. Brightly colored table decorations for St. Patrick's Day were provided by Velma Jones and Irene Maring. Member John Sipos read some phrases which identified people as being Irish on St. Patrick's Day.
The minutes of the previous meeting were read by secretary Margie McIntyre, and the financial report was presented by treasurer Valerie Bartholomew. Wagon master Winston Bartholomew gave up an update on the upcoming bus tour. Those celebrating a birthday in the month of March were recognized at the meeting. A moment of prayer was held for those who are ill and recovering from surgeries.
The pledge of allegiance was led by Swanson, and McGinnis added more information on the importance of keeping the commas in the pledge in the correct location to emphasize the phrase "one nation under God."
Sipos then gave a summary of the history of St. Patrick's Day, and the parades held each year in various cities, the traditional meal and those cities who add green coloring to their local rivers. An array of humorous stories was added to the talk. The meeting closed with the group singing "blest Be The Tie That Binds" led by Bob Seastedt.
The next meeting of the group will be on Friday, April 11, at the United Methodist Church promptly 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 Helen Fritz and Ginny Confer. New members are always welcome.