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Toronto Sunrise Seniors greet veterans, present certificates,

Planning travel and Christmas dinner

TORONTO – The Nov. 11 Toronto Sunrise Seniors meeting was called to order by President Barbara Pritts.

Member Tim Gribben was remembered with a minute’s silence. Vice President Sandi Radvansky asked the veterans in attendance to stand up and be recognized and presented them with a gift certificate in honor of their service.

Gloria Boley, pastor, said the blessing before the turkey dinner was served. After dinner, members recited the Pledge of Allegiance and Secretary Laura Sheets conducted the Officers’ Roll Call and read the minutes of the previous meeting.

Treasurer Judy Sabol presented the financial report that was submitted for review. Social Affairs Minister Marlene Garret confirmed the birthdays in November.

Members were reminded of the planned trip to Oglebay’s Festival of Lights on December 7th. The bus departs from the stadium car park at 12pm and returns at 9pm. Pritts announced that the bus was filled with help from the other Toronto seniors group.

Copies of the revised bylaws have been circulated to members for review and will be voted on at the January meeting. Pritts thanked the officers and honorary member Dorothy Pavelka for their work in revising the group’s charter.

Ruth White reported that the December 9 meeting would be a catered Christmas dinner and would be held in the Roosevelt Commons area.

Mary Edwards was honored as Member of the Month. Her favorite memories, she said, included a cruise down the Viking River and a trip to Disney World.

Members completed a Thanksgiving poll in which they ranked things to be grateful for, including the gift of life, a home, a family, wisdom, education, faith, adequate food and clothing, and basic necessities like hot water and electricity and the gift from friends.

Darlene Naukam and Frank Marino won the 50-50 draw. The members played bingo after the meeting.

The next meeting is on December 9th. “If you or a guest have not already registered for catering and would like to participate, call Ruth White at (740) 544-6328.” it was announced.

The International Senior Club receives updates on travel and hears plans for Christmas dinner on December 13th

WEIRTON – The International Senior Club met at Undo’s in Weirton on November 8th.

Tony LaRosa reminded members of Veterans Day “on the 11th month, 11th day and 11th hour” and thanked those who served. He read the poem “Flanders Field” to honor them.

He also wished everyone a Happy Thanksgiving Day.

Gabriel Arlia led the Pledge of Allegiance and the members sang along “God bless America.” A Thanksgiving dinner followed.

President Regina Truax introduced guest Alexis Marzzarella. The business meeting was canceled but Truax reminded members that dues for 2023 are due and the Christmas dinner will be on December 13. Members were encouraged to bring a toy to distribute to needy children in the area.

Birthdays and anniversaries in November were celebrated.

Get well cards have been sent to several members.

Several bus tours have been announced including, on December 2nd, the Oglebay Festival of Lights, Wheeling; December 5, Rivers Casino, Pittsburgh; March 31 to April 8, Royal Caribbean Cruise; 15 April, Rock and Roll Doo Wop, Capitol Theatre, Wheeling; April 19-21, Bally’s Casino, Atlantic City, NJ; April 30, The Ultimate Doors Tribute Concert, Columbiana, Ohio; May 7th, Lincoln Park Performing Art Center, “Americans in Paris”, Midland, Pennsylvania; 17-19 May, Sight and Sound Theater, “Moses,” Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and June 18, Lincoln Park Performing Art Center, “The Game That Goes Wrong” Midland, Pa.

For more information, contact Truax at (304) 723-0419. All guided tours are public.

Gene Viola won the 50-50 draw. The Undo gift certificates were won by Larry Purks and Josie Elliott.

Bingo winners were Debbie Ligias, Josie Elliott, Tony LaRosa, Terry Mamula, Dolores Ginier, Laura Mamula, Dean Ligias, Cindy Richards, JoAnn Magnone, Carol Irvin and Angie Mazur.

The next meeting will be at Undo’s in Weirton on December 13th. Anyone wishing to join or would like information can contact Truax or any member.

College Savings Program Scholarship Drawing Set

CHARLESTON – In celebration of the 20th anniversary of West Virginia’s SMART529 college savings program, State Treasurer Riley Moore, the West Virginia College Board of Trustees and Jumpstart Savings Programs raffled off $20,000 in SMART529 scholarships.

The next drawing will take place in December and the registration period closes on December 3rd, which can be done at www.wvtreasury.com/20 years.

Parents and legal guardians of children 14 years of age and younger on August 10 are eligible to enter, and multiple children from the same household may enter. Children born after August 10th are not eligible.

Both parent or legal guardian and child must be residents of West Virginia and only one entry per child will be accepted.

SMART529 is a college savings program that provides tax-deferred savings on a variety of educational expenses at thousands of colleges, universities and trade schools, as well as many overseas institutions.

Visit www.smart529.com for more information.

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