COLUMN: Move from Italy for job leads to a new home in Pictou County
Elsa Rastelli left Italy in the late 1950s in search of freedom and adventure. She found both as well as lifelong love and lasting friendships.
The New Glasgow 55+ Club’s monthly meeting open with the usual form.
President Lola Patterson welcomed everyone and with Janet Fraser at the keyboard, the members stood to repeat the senior’s prayer and the 55ers song. Minutes read by secretary Carol Ann Johnson and the financial report read by vice president Terry Peeters were approved as read. All activities are busy and have space for new players. Bridge instructor Gerald Patterson announced he will be teaching beginners bridge as well as intermediate. Bingo will be March 14 at 1:30 p.m.
Patterson expressed best wishes for a speedy recovery to the sick and shut-ins.
Club volunteers to the town this year are Lorraine Taylor and Betty Jennex.
Membership in the 55+ Club will be closed from March 28 until Sept. 3, 2014.
The spring dinner and dance will occur on June 14.
Congratulations were extended to the club Royal Couple for 2014, this year King Arnold Chisholm and Queen Lillian Gredzen. The executive thanked Terry Peeters for arranging the February 55ers Olympics. Club congratulations to the athletes who won the ‘gold medals.’
The Club members have been collecting food for the Salvation Army food bank throughout the last month and Reeta Owens accepted the donations. Patterson also presented Reeta with a cheque from the 55+ Club as well.
Elizabeth and Al McGrath were chosen as Volunteers of the month, and given the 55+ Club’s Certificate of Appreciation.
Betty Jennex accepted the award on their behalf. Lola thanked Jessie Munro and Zeana Hollis for providing food to the afternoon buffet; and thanked all the volunteers who assisted with arrangements for the meeting. Winners of the afternoon draws were Rose Webber and Jessie Munro.
Following the business meeting, members were privileged to have as afternoon speakers from the Prostrate Cancer Support Group, Bruce Tobin and Rick Muise. They gave a very informative demonstration; their information about this serious disease is well worth listening to. These two survivors of this sometimes fatal disease noted that early detection is the key to a longer and cancer free life. Patterson presented Bruce and Rick with appreciation gifts on behalf of the members. They spent the social hour mingling with the members. Birthday cake and best wishes were expressed to all members celebrating birthdays this month; the names of the birthday kids were duly noted by birthday lad, Murray Johnson much to everyone’s enjoyment; as was Terry Peeters being the recipient of the age old tradition of greasing the nose for a smooth year ahead.
The next meeting will occur on April 2 at 1:30 p.m. Guest speaker will be Sue MacIntosh speaking on dental health for seniors.
Submitted by Lola Patterson, 55+ Club.