Rodeo Senior Citizens To Hold Christmas Dinner Friday

GERRY — The Rodeo City Senior Citizens gathered recently for their Thanksgiving dinner at the United Methodist Church in Gerry.

Allen Swanson, president, welcomed all to the luncheon and Cecil Miller gave the blessing prior to the meal.

There was a moment of silence to remember the group’s past president who recently died. For the dinner, Barb Swanson prepared turkeys, stuffing and gravy, and those attending brought dishes of food to add to the turkey dinner. Judy Daly brought festive table decorations.

John Sipos, Cassadaga historian, assisted by Phil Shay, South Stockton Wayside Chapel pastor, gave the history of Veterans Day. Shay then offered prayer to remember the veterans. The veterans present at the luncheon were recognized and thanked by all for serving for the country.

Sipos then presented the history of Thanksgiving Day in the United States from the time that the pilgrims landed in the Cape Cod area of Massachusetts and spent a harsh winter without the many conveniences left in England. With the help of the Native Americans, the pilgrims learned planting crops and hunting and to show thanks for the bountiful harvest, a three-day festival was held. About half of the pilgrims died in the first year, and those remaining showed their thankfulness with the first Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving became a national holiday during President Roosevelt’s presidency.

Wagon Master O. Winston Bartholomew gave the report of bus tours. Bartholomew also distributed copies of the group’s by-laws revisions which were approved by the membership. Margie McIntyre, secretary, read the minutes of the previous meeting, and Valerie Bartholomew, treasurer, read the financial report. Sunshine chairman Ruth Newton reported on the four birthdays and two anniversaries this month.

The next gathering of the group will be Friday at noon. It is the annual Christmas dinner and a ham will be provided. Those attending are asked to bring a dish of food to pass and their own table service. McIntyre will provide the table decorations.