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Harmony Senior Citizens Meet In Panama

Thirty-nine members and one guest attended the June 2 meeting of the Harmony Senior Citizens at the Panama United Methodist Church.

President Roberta Karlson welcomed all friends, neighbors, members and guests. Lois King, Chaplain read “Summer Days”, led the flag salute and offered the dinner prayer. A tureen dinner was enjoyed. The food committee consisted of Cindy McIntyre, Carol Parnell and Wendie Raynor. Flag Day was the theme for table decorations with Mum plants wrapped in patriotic paper and American Flags inside.

Special Guest Speaker was Carey Skelton from the Office for the Aging. Carey is the Director of Nutrition and Wellness Services. Carey discussed programs offered by the Office for the Aging: The Dining Program for individuals over 60 years of age and can no longer do many of the things you previously did before, such as preparing meals and driving to the store. One of their knowledgeable staff members will help individuals determine if you are eligible. Also discussed the Dining Out Program which brings local older adults together around a table at participating locallly owned restaurants. Carey encouraged members to apply for SNAP benefits, gave the income eligibility limits and stated if an individual qualifies for SNAP benefits, they also qualify for HEAP. Farmers Markets coupons are also available getting five $4.00 coupons. Encouraged the use of a local NY Connects program. NY Connects is your trusted place to go for free, unbiased information about long term services and supports in NY State for people of all ages or with any type of disability. Carey also runs educational programs on healthy eating. Carey distributed pamphlets on the programs.

The following fathers were recognized and each were awarded one of the plants decorating the tables: Ray Wood, Marian Coffaro, Keith Miller and Fred Russell.

Laurie Russell, vice president, gave a birthday hat and gift to Dottie Enlow who celebrated her birthday during June. Other members celebrating a birthday in June who were not at the meeting will each receive a birthday card.

Wendie Raynor gave the secretary’s report. As there were no corrections or additions, the minutes stand aproved as read. Mary Lou Garfield gave the Treasurer’s report.

Cindy Miller, Cheer Person was given names of the following members who are in need of a thinking of you and a get well card: Tom Smith, Shirley Earls, Ellen Coffaro, Chick Morrison, Steve Raynor, Peachie James, Bill Sweeney, Cora Delahoy.

Under old business, Roberta asked for suggestions for activities during the Senior Citizens Day in the Town of Harmony on Aug. 21. She is looking for seniors to participate in the Parade “Senior Live” at 1 p.m. in Panama. A prize will be given to the most decorated car/truck/tractor. Some other activities scheduled are bingo, a movie with popcorn and much more. A special meal at the Panama Diner, Ice Cream, Pictures, Office for the Aging Booth, classic cars. All seniors and their families are encouraged to attend.

Susie Davis explained the procedure needing to be followed for members to sign up to participate in the Harmony Senior Citizen’s Facebook page.

A reminder, we will be playing Bingo at the August meeting. Please bring in wrapped items for prizes.

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