START celebrates Valentine Day
by Martha Sparks
MAN — START (Seniors Taking Active Roles Today) celebrated Valentine’s Day at their January 24, 2013 meeting. Although the weather was brisk, the warmth in their hearts endured as 38 people attended.
Of course, decorators used a Valentine theme. The tables were covered with pink tablecloths, red placemats, and red and white polka dot napkins. Centerpieces for each table was a red colored vase with colorful muffin cups inserted in the top representing flowers and sticking above the “flowers” was a heart shaped sucker. On each placemat was a small white paper doily with a Russell Stover heart shaped candy. Strings of hearts were hanging from the ceiling.
START president Frank Thompson called the meeting to order. He introduced guest speaker Marlene Crawford from PRIDE and asked Brother Robert Perry to give the opening prayer.
After everyone enjoyed a delicious buffet, especially all the decadent desserts, the January birthday celebrants were acknowledged. Those included Grace Elliott, Winsel Elliott, Lenora Moss, Alice Ramiscal, Mavis Toler, and Homer Williamson. Due to various reasons, the only celebrant present was Alice Ramiscal. While Shirley Brown took her picture, the group sang the “Happy Birthday” song accompanied by Alice Harrison at the piano. Incidentally, this was Harrison’s first START meeting since her knee operation.
While everyone was eating, a survey form developed by PRIDE was distributed for each person to complete during the meeting. One of the primary purposes of the survey was to obtain a bucket list of the needs or wants by the people living in the Triadelphia District. During Crawford’s talk, she referenced the survey form and took questions from the audience. Many of the questions concerned the availability of “Meals on Wheels” and what the criteria is for an older person to obtain a caregiver in the home for a few hours per day. Everyone in the audience agreed that the biggest need in Triadelphia District is a condo building for senior citizens comparable to the one in Chapmanville.
During the business session, treasurer Harrison gave her report; Thompson reviewed some of START’s by-laws concerning the annual dues of $24 which have not been increased since 2003. The group voted to change the meeting dates for February and March to the third Thursday, February 21 and March 21, due to upcoming events at Bruce McDonald Church.
Prior to closing of the meeting, a drawing for door prizes was conducted. The winners were Lounice Jeffrey, Robert Perry and Jane Grimmette.
The 38 members and guests signing the attendance record were Lessie Bailey, JoAnne Hensley, Jane Grimmette, Barbara Spears, Lou Arnold, Jean Wintz, Elmer and Lounice Jeffrey, Merlin and Delores Spears, Alice Ramiscal, Angeline Bassham, Alice Harrison, Peggy Mosley, Paul and Donna Thibault, George Doczi, Robert Perry, Mayor Jim Blevins, Tommy Crosby, Marlene Crawford, Helen Nelson, Betty Gentry, Norma Jean Nelson, Frank Combs, Dr. Rallos, Elizabeth Tackett, Maxine Justice, Shirley and Zettie Brown, Rev. Randy and Judy Sites, Patricia Doczi, Arthur and Barbara Brunty, Sherry Frye, Gretchen Donahue, and Frank and Elaine Thompson.
START’s next meeting will be at noon Thursday, February 21, in the Fellowship Hall of Bruce McDonald Memorial United Methodist Church. The meeting is opened to all who would like to attend.
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