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Gathering Includes Custom Made Baskets

GERRY — The Rodeo City senior citizens met for a lunch and program at the Gerry United Methodist Church.

President Ann Hellman welcomed all to the gathering, and Pastor Phil Shay gave the blessing prior to the lunch. Table decorations for the meeting were provided by Ed Yager, which included custom made baskets. Yager, who serves as the vice president of the group, said that he had an injury which required limited movement during healing, and he began to make baskets.

He said it is his hobby, and that he got an instruction book, and took some classes, which helped him with his creations. He had different kinds of baskets including a picnic basket, and egg or potato basket, and basket for carrying bottles. Yager had a small basket for everyone present, and that he teaches the young people in classes how to make the small baskets.

Birthdays were celebrated by several people and the birthday song was sung to all. The pledge of allegiance was led by John Sipos. Secretary Peg Harrison read the minutes of the previous meeting, and treasurer Gayle McKinney gave the financial report. Sipos also read a list of what each state in the union is famous for, such as the emergency number 911 was first used in Alabama in 1968.

Hellman reviewed the plans for the upcoming year telling about planned programs including a fun auction in May.

The next gathering of the group will be on Friday, Feb. 14, at the United Methodist Church promptly at noon. All those attending are asked to bring a dish of food to add to the meal, and their own table service. This gathering concluded with all standing and singing together “Blest Be The Tie That Binds,” written by Dr. John Fawcett in 1772, and led by Cecil Miller.

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