Age is relative, get out and about
Spring came today, March 20th, just because the calendar says so. Those who drive a convertible will have the top down just to prove it. As you read this article, you will know what Mother Nature says about it.
It has been a long winter and the furnaces have been chewing up the dollar bills. People stayed in more because of the cold, and frequent the snow storms (like nearly every day.) People that do not walk well keep off the ice and “elderly” is a much used term. Just plain “old” is bad enough. But, there are many “senior citizens” -- those are people who have bonuses of getting small discounts at businesses.
However, age is relative and a “senior citizen” is young at heart and mind. More parts of their body have been worn over the years, but “seniors” give thanks for all the ailments they do not have. They go on enjoying life.
One activity is the Camden Senior Citizen organization that is beginning another new year next Thursday, March 27. You may be looking to be with people, meet new friends, enjoy an entertaining program and have a wonderful lunch cooked for you and served to you. The gathering happens once a month, except in January and February, when one would rather stay home.
If you are 55 or older, live in Camden or any surrounding areas, you will be welcomed. The dues are but $6 per year and the lunches are only $4, including desert and beverage. When you reach 90 years of age, it is all free; you have earned it, and are a “Life Member.” Most of the meetings begin at 10 a.m. at the Masonic Hall at Simonton’s Corner. There are presently about 50 members and 11 of them are “Life Members.”
In November, officers were elected for this year, and they are listed so you know you will be in good company: President Dorothy Rossbach; Vice-president Gerry Simonton; Secretary Genevieve Stinson; Assistant-secretary Connie Milliken; Treasurer Sylvia Lundevall; Assistant-treasurer Beverly Cummings; Chaplin Gianina Ames; Publicity Barbara Dyer; Greeting Cards Barbara Ludwig; Scrapbook Barbara Dyer.
The program for the year looks very interesting. Three times the group eats out. Once they eat at the Lobster Pound, then at another nice restaurant and a picnic in the summer at Camden Hills State Park. The first two are subsidized and the picnic is catered with hotdogs, hamburgers, drinks, potato salad, etc., for free. They have a Thanksgiving Dinner, and a Christmas dinner and party. For some of the entertainment this year, they were fortunate to get Bernie Holmes Goat Show, the “Finnish Strings,” Rosie Gerry and his lively musical group. By request Bingo is played for the first meeting, and the prizes are usually very useful. I understand that when you win, you go to a table and choose what prize you would like. It might be a package of fancy paper napkins, paper plates, cookies and many other things.
It seems that no one really has a record of when the organization was started, but we do know that it was many years ago. Some of the present members had mothers who belonged to the group. I believe it was about 60 years ago that the President was Barbara Dorr and the Vice-president was Florence MacDonald. They were both always full of fun and people enjoyed being around them. Mrs. MacDonald would dress as Santa Claus and give out the presents at their Christmas meeting. Also just a few years ago, Francina Pearse was president and they met in the John Street Methodist Church and later moved their meeting to the Masonic Hall at Simonton’s Corner, where the Masons and Eastern Star cook and serve delicious meals.
You will be welcomed by all, should you decide to come to the Senior Citizens’ meeting on Thursday, March 27, beginning at 10 a.m. You may come as a guest, if you do not want to join until you have attended a meeting. I believe the meal is more, because the organization pays the additional cost to the members’ payment of $4.
Come one, come all and bring a friend.
Barbara Dyer is Camden's official town historian; in occasional columns, she writes about other goings on.