The officers and chairpersons of the Standing Stone Senior Citizens met April 11. President Jim Park called the meeting to order and then reviewed the treasurer’s report and the financial reports of the committees.
The Standing Stone Senior Citizens will sponsor a table at the Senior Expo from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, at the Smithfield Fire Hall. Membership forms will be available at the table as well as information on upcoming travel opportunities.
Park reported that participation in the noon congregate meal is down. He encourages the seniors who eat at the center’s meal site regularly to invite neighbors and friends to join them as frequently as possible. The meal site provides meals Monday through Friday and a meal can be reserved simply by calling the center at 643-0166 at least one day ahead of time. The food is nutritious and tasty, a perfect complement to the friendly conversation and laughter.
Committee chairpersons reported on various activities. Bingo takes place from 3-6 p.m. Tuesdays. The kitchen is open throughout the afternoon. Chairperson Vickie Merritts is looking forward to more bingo players with the arrival of warmer weather. Nancy Rinehart reported the hoagie sale was a huge success and is planning other activities in the coming months. Park commended Nancy Salter and Darla Fouse for making favors for the Easter lunch Wednesday, April 17. The center is always appreciative of individuals stepping up to work for the center and is looking for additional volunteers to sponsor more projects for the betterment of everyone who visits the center.
In travel news, Park reviewed the upcoming trips that are planned. The annual Wildwood, New Jersey, trip is full, departing on Labor Day, Sept. 2, and returning Friday, Sept. 6. If interested, call to be put on the waiting list as there are always cancelations. A new trip this year is Lake George and Lake Placid, leaving Oct. 7 and returning Oct. 10. Highlights include a cruise on Lake George, guided tours of Saratoga Springs, Lake Placid and Lake George, a visit to Prospect Mountain, three dinners, including a dinner show and so much more. There are seats available for this tour. A bus will depart for Lancaster Tuesday, Dec. 3, to see the show “Miracle of Christmas” at the Sight and Sound Theater. The first stop will be Park City Mall for lunch “on your own” and shopping, then off to the show. Following the show, travelers will enjoy a dinner buffet at Hershey Farms restaurant before departing for home. Flyers for all trips are available in the center office at 915 Washington St. For more information on any of these planned trips or to sign up, call the Standing Stone Senior Center office at 643-4155.
Prior to adjourning the meeting, Park thanked Jack Schoedler and Bonnie Bruner for their enthusiasm and talents in helping to make the senior center pleasant and attractive. The Easter theme will soon be replaced by a patriotic theme and flowers will be planted around the center property.