May 21, 2006

The Manor Church Senior Citizens Club met Wednesday, May 3, in Fellowship Hall at Manor Church of the Brethren, Boonsboro. The president welcomed members and guests, and the day started with food, fellowship and fun.

Judy Breuer introduced Kathy Fisher, the new senior club liaison, who brought greetings from the Commission on Aging. Following lunch the business meeting opened with the Pledge of Allegiance, conducted by president Ruth South.

The highlight of the meeting was a memorial service for deceased members, presented by club members Mildred Easterday, Freda Dayton, Patsy Boward, Ruth Shand, Katherine Burtner, Pat Moser, Harold Ridenour, Betty Lou Stoup, Charlotte Dixon, Angie Peterson, Jolene Cass, Becky Quinn and Pastor Jay Zepp. Those honored were Betty Jane Garish, Evelyn Bowers, Roger Ford, Ernest Stine and Caroline Brown. Flowers were placed on the memorial table, candles were lit, and memorials were read.

During the business meeting an invitation was accepted to join Boonsboro Senior Citizens Club for a June picnic. The July picnic will be July 5 at Manor Church.


Door prizes and birthday gifts were awarded. Those having birthdays were Pat Moser, Gladys Pacyna, Lillian Ward, Mary Hamilton and Earl Hamilton. The day came to a close with the Friendship Circle around the room, with everyone singing "Blest Be the Tie that Binds."

More than 180 delegates from all over Maryland attended the 50th Anniversary Celebration and Mini-Convention of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE) May 1-2 in Bowie, Md.

Prominent speakers includded U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer, D-Md., and Barbara Kennelly, president of the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Mediare.

Members attending from Hagerstown Chapter 306, Washington County, were Shirley Aurand, Jeanne Renner, Jo Ann Rider, Larry Hoeck and Ed Wurmb.

On April 8, the general membership meeting of the Franklin County Chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of School Retirees was held at the Savoy Restaurant.

After a short business meeting and lunch, a program was presented, entitled "Biblical Echoes from Broadway"; Broadway songs that reflect Judeo/Christian values and beliefs, introduced with biblical readings from Genesis to Revelations. This presentation was written and presented by Gerald W. Kowallis, who sang the songs, with some participation from the audience. Gerald Reichard was the narrator and Sarah Zimmerman was his accompanist.

The meeting concluded with the awarding of the Library Award and door prizes. The Library Award was won by Gaylord Peters, who awarded it to the new Grove Library. Door prizes were won by Paul Crouch, Patricia Heckman and Joanne Bowman.

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