National Guard Member Speaks To Mayville Seniors

Forty-seven members of the Mayville Senior Citizens recently in the Mayville VFW for lunch and a speaker.

President Joyce Ayres greeted the group, and Chaplain Dianne Goodrich asked a blessing for the group and the food. Louise Richer, Bonnie Johnson and Mary Carlson set the tables and made the coffee. The seniors enjoyed a large variety of casseroles and desserts.

Goodrich read “Follow the Plow,” “Decide on Happiness Ahead of Time” and led the group in prayer. Ayers led the flag salute and conducted the short business meeting. Izetta Ayling and Edna Brown gave their reports, and all were reminded that 2013 dues are due.

Trip co-chairs Sandy Anderson and Jean Kelsey gave all those present copies of the 2013 scheduled trips and advised them that there were a few new rules from the tour companies. All new trips must be paid for a month ahead, but there is trip insurance available in case of an emergency.

Goodwill Chair Mary Carlson announced the birthday and anniversary celebrants for January. Life members Barbara McManus, Gerald Thompson, James Stacy and Naomie Wiler will be 90. Others are Jeanne Rhinehart, Maxine Francis, Alma Shepard, Sharon Crandall, Barb Witherow, Priscella Farver and Sandra Chandler. James and Carol Jackson and Dick and JoAnne Westpfahl are celebrating their wedding Anniversaries.

No one won the lottery. Sandy Wagner won the door prize donated by Dolly Gilbert.

Program Chair Bill Tornstrom introduced Mitchell Cummings, a member of the National Guard Unit in Jamestown. Cummings and his unit were deployed to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy. He showed pictures and described the devastation. Snow plows had to be used to remove the sand from streets. They distributed food and water and carried cases of bottled water up 20 flights of stairs for those living there without electricity and water. The unit thought they were to be gone for 48 hours, but were there helping for 19 days, some of which were spent in tents. The seniors had many questions for Cummings, who is a student at Fredonia State.

The next meeting of the Mayville Seniors will be on Thursday, Feb. 7, in the Mayville VFW. It will be the annual soup and sandwich meal. People have signed up to furnish the meal; bowls and table service will be provided. The cost for those not providing will be $3.