GERRY - The Rodeo City Senior Citizens met recently for their first meeting of 2013 at the Gerry United Methodist Church.
President Leona Peterson welcomed all, and the Rev. Raymond McGinnis gave the blessing for the luncheon, and asked that all remember those who are standing in need with recent illnesses. The meal was a tureen luncheon with a variety of food selections. The committee for table decorations and kitchen tasks included Valerie Bartholomew, Shirley Thomas, Madelaine Risley and Edith Goon. Appreciation was expressed to all for their efforts.
Following the luncheon, retired music teacher Tim Stockman provided popular song and big band music. Stockman is very versed at playing many instruments and writing songs. Stockman said that the accordion was the first musical instrument that he played from the age of 5. Others at this gathering included the saxophone, the trombone and the trumpet. He said that he has played music with others at many dances, and included some polka music. Two of his favorite songs included "Pony Boy" with horse sound effects created by one of his former students. Another favorite song included "Sonny the Cat" with actual cat meow sounds while playing the music. Many other songs were played and a fine time of entertainment was enjoyed by all.
President Peterson led the group in the pledge of allegiance prior to the business meeting. Signup sheets were passed around for monthly table decorations and possible programs. Membership dues were collected by Secretary Margie McIntyre. Mrs. McIntyre also read the minutes of the previous meeting and included a message of a name change from 60 years ago. Valerie Bartholomew gave the treasurer's report and added a humorous story of a name as well. Wagonmaster O. Winston Bartholomew reported that bus tours are being planned for the new year, and information will be available at the next meeting.
Ruth Newton announced that there were four birthdays to be recognized this month and one anniversary. McGinnis led the group in the birthday song and the anniversary song. John Sipos told a humorous story of a couple celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary, and the special gifts on the 25th year and the 50th year.
The next luncheon meeting will be held on Friday, Feb. 8, promptly at noon, at the Gerry United Methodist Church. Those attending are asked to bring a dish of food to pass and their own table settings. The table decorations will be provided by Helen Larson and Leona Peterson. New members are always welcome.