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May 19, 2016
Westfield Republican


Senior Citizens

After approximately 45 senior citizens enjoyed lunch, Bonnie Johnson introduced Deputy Jason Beichner of the Chautauqua County Sheriff Department, who then introduced Drago, his K-9. Deputy Beichner explained the importance, training and capabilities of K-9 dogs. Deputy Beichner also explained some of the interesting situations that he and Drago have experienced.

Bonnie Johnson then began the meeting. Dianne Goodrich read a lovely poem named Ode to Motherhood followed by all repeating the Lord's Prayer. The Secretary and Treasurer Reports were read and approved. Goodwill Chairperson, Mary Carlson, named the May birthdays and anniversaries. She also sent out four lifetime member birthday cards, one get well card and one thinking of you card. A big thank you was given to the kitchen committee composed of Louise Richir, Joyce Ayers and Nancy Cole.

Jeff Wagner stated there were 40 people signed up to go on the trip to Sprague's Maple Farm. There are a few more openings for the Buffalo Waterfront Cruise and Carousel Museum scheduled July 15. Contact Jeff Wagner at 716 753-7676 or Janet Loomis at 716 761-6687 for more information.

New member, Helen Davis, was welcomed. Door prizes were won by Christine Krull and Richard Curtis.

Please join the next gathering on May 19 at noon at the VFW in Mayville, New York. Bring a dish to pass and your own table service. Bill Ward, locally known guitar player and singer, will entertain us at this meeting!

About 40 Senior Citizens enjoyed gathering for a lunch and meeting at the VFW in Mayville on April 21. Bonnie Johnson, President opened the meeting and Dianne Goodrich followed with a funny joke, a story about two horses and then all joined together saying the Lord's Prayer. Johnson led the Pledge of Allegiance and the Secretary and Treasurer Reports were read and accepted. A thank you card to the group from the Mayville 4th of July Committee was noted. Goodwill Chairperson, Mary Carlson, stated she sent out 4 lifetime members birthday cards. The kitchen committee consisting of Louise Richir, Joyce Ayers, Dolly Gilbert, Bill Tornstrom and Jeff Wagner were all thanked. Door prizes were won by Dianne Goodrich and Sandy Wagner.

After the meeting Bingo, led by Jeff Wagner was enjoyed by all. And many left with a few extra dollars!

Joyce Ayers, Vice President, greeted about 50 senior citizens on April 7. All enjoyed a delicious lunch! Dianne Goodrich had everyone going down memory lane by reading a "Poem that was us" and a card, then followed with all saying the Lord's Prayer. Ayers led the Pledge of Allegiance. The Secretary and Treasurer reports were read and accepted. Mary Carlson, Goodwill Chairperson, sent out three get well cards, one thinking of you, one thank you and 4 lifetime birthday cards. The kitchen committee consisting of several members was thanked.

It was moved and seconded that $100 be given to the July 4th Celebration Committee.

Joyce Ayers welcomed Marilyn Casler, a new member. Alice O'Grady, Eleanor Cornelius and Rose Marie Maulding won prizes. Rev. Mark Parsons of Mayville United Methodist Church shared photos from his recent group trip.


Recently, Doug Arters gave a presentation for the SAR about "The Toll of Disease in the American Revolution," noting that pneumonia, typhus and smallpox were most likely the deadliest pathologies during the war. Smallpox innoculations helped greatly as the war persisted, but not before many soldiers suffered from the disease, especially during the Canadian Campaign. Typhus remains an ongoing problem in some countries. He noted that as many as 10,000 American soldiers and militiamen died as prisoners-of-war, and possibly another 10,000 died while prisoners aboard British prison ships, such as the Jersey based in Wallabout Bay off New York City.

In other business, chapter president Steve Boothe shared information about a local SAR plan to honor boy scouts who achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, troops connected with the Allegheny Highlands Council. He also provided an update about the SAR pin project.

Harry Lent, SAR member and registrar, shared information about his work to build a website for the Chautauqua County Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

Arters noted that the first parade for the SAR Color Guard is set for Sunday, May 29, 1:15 p.m. for the Memorial Day Parade at Gerry. Next, the group will participate in the Memorial Day Parade at Panama, May 30, Monday, meeting at about 10:15 a.m. at the school parking lot.

Boothe led in closing the meeting with the pledge of the SAR.

Monday Night Club

Westfield's Monday Night Club has a slogan that might be a bit deceiving. That slogan is "friends having fun with friends on Monday Nights." Although the ladies feel that fun is a vital component to any activity, they also have a very serious aspect to their organization.

The Monday Night Club formed when the former members of Eta Beta, broke ties with the international sorority Beta Sigma Phi and launched an independent group. The group supports worthy causes primarily in the Westfield vicinity.

For many decades they have provided a Westfield Academy and Central School Senior Girl Scholarship Award. At Christmas they donate to the Union Relief program for the underprivileged. Donations are given to the Methodist Church Food Pantry, the Westfield Stray Cat Rescue, the WACS Post Prom Party, Reading Is Fundamental, American Cancer Society and the Westfield YWCA as well as other worthwhile causes.

Funds come from club dues, member donations and the biennial fundraising event which is a huge 20 family plus yard sale held at the residence of long-time club member Marilyn Easton. This year's sale will be June 3-4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days at 6962 Rt. 20, two miles west of Portland.



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