MAYVILLE - The Thursday, Nov. 1 meeting of the Mayville Senior Citizens was its annual harvest dinner.
The complete turkey dinner enjoyed by 61 members was prepared and served by the Christian Missionary Alliance Church of Dewittville members. Chaplain Dianne Goodrich asked a blessing for the group and the meal before the "family style" full turkey dinner was served.
After the wonderful meal, President Joyce Ayers called the meeting to order. She thanked the CMA group for the great meal. Goodrich read "A Health Message," "A Little Mixed UP" and "Thanks" and led the group in prayer. Ayers led the seniors in the flag salute. Secretary Izetta Ayling gave her report and Treasurer Edna Brown gave the financial report. Senior Council representative Jeff Wagner reported the council is recommending all get a flu shot. Also, the Office For the Aging is advising all to check their eligibility for food stamps. There will be a luncheon at the Robert Jackson Center with a special price for seniors.
Goodwill chair Mary Carlson stated she had sent several well wishes and cards to life members. She listed those with November birthdays as: life member Eleanor Cornelius; Marilyn Anderson; Marie Blesy; Helen Steinbach; Peter Smith; Jean Kelsey; Pat Faust; Gwen Schrier; Dick Westpfahl; Mike Stewart; Hank Ulrich; and Carol Brewer. Those celebrating wedding anniversaries are: Fred and Sandy Anderson; and Bill and Nancy Tornstrom.
Trip co-chairs Sandy Anderson and Jean Kelsey announced reservations were closed for the trip to Cambridge Springs. The bus would leave from the Mayville VFW at 10 a.m., sharp on Tuesday, Nov. 27 for the lunch and show at the beautiful Riverside Theater. They also asked for suggestions of places the group would like to see in 2013.
Wanda Gustafson, nominating committee member, announced the same slate of officers were nominated. Ayers asked for nominations from the floor. There were none.
There was a collection for the food pantry taken.
The person called for the lottery was not present, so it grows. Door prizes were won by Jeanne Rhinehart, Chuck Tanner and Jeanne Sampson.
Program Chair Bill Tornstrom introduced Chautauqua County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Beichner and his K-9 partner, Drago. Drago, a 32-month-old black German Shepard from the Czech Republic. He is trained to use his scent. He has located humans, explosives including bullet casings and guns. The pair works the 5 to 1 shift. Drago was purchased through Homeland Security funding, and he has located 11 people or suspects in the short time he has been in the county. Deputy Beichner reported Nestle Purina provides food for all the K-9 dogs and the Russell Veterinary provides free services for Drago. Deputy Beichner answered many questions asked by the seniors.
The next meeting of the Mayville Senior Citizens will be on Thursday, Dec. 6 at noon in the Mayville VFW. Ham will be furnished. Bring a casserole, salad or dessert to compliment the ham. A favorite, Skip Roberts, will entertain with songs of the Christmas season.