55 + Friendship Club

of Meaford and Area

Always Open to New Members!!!

Meaford and area’s successful 55+Friendship Club, which began its 17th season in September 2011, is always open to new members, and welcomes anyone who wishes to attend meetings at 2 pm on Tuesdays at the Royal Canadian Legion. This warm, friendly group is made up of newcomers to the Meaford area and local people, many of whom have lived here all their lives. People who decide to give the club a try are made to feel part of this large family from day one. There is always someone with similar interests with whom to talk and lots of variety at each get-together. Coffee, tea, and cookies are available after each get-together, and members take turns preparing refreshments. Guest speakers, card and board games, social mixers, day trips, theatre, dinners, special occasion parties and more are featured at the meetings says 2011-2012 chairperson David Hobson. Club members take a summer break in July and August and are eager to get into the swing of things after Labour Day. Current membership is approximately 65 men and women; members can attend as few or as many meetings as they want. Membership is open to all persons, retired or not, who are 55 years of age and over. We have members in their late forties and all ages up to ninety-plus. A year’s membership costs only $12.00: the membership cost increased after the friendly confines of the Royal Canadian Legion became unavailable to us and new rents monies had to be sought. The 55+ Club received an original grant from Meaford’s Branch 32 as part of a national programme to assist seniors. The grant was repaid but the Legion continued to provide space to the club first for an annual donation and latterly at very reasonable rent. The final meeting of the year usually involves a special outing: a picnic, a luncheon trip, or a pot-luck dinner. During the year weekly meetings are held in the Meaford-St. Vincent Community Centre on Tuesdays at 2 pm. Meetings are varied. We entertain speakers on topics of current or special interest; we have games days, getting to know you sessions, special luncheons, parties acknowledging annual events, Hallowe’en, St. Patrick’s Day, Valentine’s Day, and every year have held our Christmas Party where members enjoy a turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Show and tell days and craft days with member displays are always popular. The 55+ Club gives back to the community through helping with tag days and promotions for the Grey-Bruce Alzheimer Society; tagging for cancer research; and planting, watering and caring for various town gardens. Executive includes David Hobson, Chair, Walter Svajda and Leo Girard, Vice-chairs, Doris McNally, Treasurer, Sheila Carmichael, Secretary. Rosemary Tiffin arranges trips and special excursions; Joe Walsh is kitchen convenor; Judith Barr continues as historian and publicity and photography person.Barbara Russell chairs special events; Leo Girard is membership chair. Members actively involve themselves in suggesting and arranging weekly activities to assist this committee For more information, please contact Judith Barr or Leo Girard: 519-538-3035.