By Elaine Mumme
The 127 Senior Center members gathered together Nov. 1 to socialize with coffee, goodies and chit chat. They played billiards, dominos and bingo, with Arlene Simmons calling the numbers and the prizes furnished by Quality Health Care.
Emil Neitzke, president, opened the general meeting at 10:30 a.m., with Margaret Boatwright saying the opening prayer and Bob Jones leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Emil advised the members that there will be a Safety Driving Course come February 2014. More details to follow at a later date.
Jan Neitzke reported that the Health Department gave the senior center a 100 percent on the inspection of the center's kitchen. She also reminded the members about the Christmas dinner, which will be Dec. 13. The cost will be $5 a person. This will be a catered meal.
Jan reported on the following trips for 2014: March 12 will be a day trip to the Corvette Museum and Assembly Plant. The plant tour is a one-mile walking tour at a slow pace. Lunch will be included. Cost is $42. The bus will leave at 8:30 a.m. Monies are due Jan. 10.
April 6-12 will be a New Orleans trip — includes Louisiana Plantation, Mississippi River Cruise, National WWll Museum, Guided City Tour and Harrah's Casino. Also features five breakfasts and four dinners. Cost is $599 per person, double occupancy. Deposit is due Nov. 17.
On May 7, the trip will be to Pigeon Forge to see the Lumberjack Feud Show and Dinner. Cost is $65 and includes the dinner. The bus will leave at noon and will return approximately at 8:30 p.m. Monies are due March 7.
The June 8-14 trip to the Wisconsin Dells and the House on the Rock is in the planning stage. More information will be forthcoming. The July 9 trip will be a private tour on a yacht (The Blue Moon) from Chattanooga for a 2 1/2-hour nature and history tour up the Tennessee River. Buffet lunch will be included at $60. The bus will leave at 7:30 a.m. and return at approximately 5:30 p.m. Monies are due May 9.
On Aug. 16 they will take a train ride from Chattanooga to Chickamauga, GA. There will be a Civil War re-enactor on the train giving history details. Cost is $65 (lunch on your own). Monies are due April 18, and the bus will leave at 5:30 a.m. and return approximately at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20-28 will be the trip to New Hampshire and Maine, which is sold out. See Jan about the waiting list.
The Oct. 8 trip will be to Dandridge, TN, at the Bush Beans Museum and Visitor Center and also the Knox Mast General Store in Knoxville. Cost is $40 (lunch on your own). The bus will leave at 7 a.m. and return at approximately 5 p.m. Monies are due Aug. 1. Also a trip to Pigeon Forge to see the Country Tonite Show will be Nov. 9, and there will be a trip Dec.10 to Renfro Valley, KY.
Last week was Birthday and Anniversary Day, and all members sang "Happy, Happy" with Tom Fincher on the piano. "Gabby" Gambaccini announced that there is a day of appreciation for all veterans at the fairgrounds on Nov. 11 from 3:30 to 8 p.m. There will be free food (e.g. barbecue sandwiches) with all the trimmings to desserts and drinks.
Sunshine Lady Nancy Fincher gave her report on all the sick members and requested prayers for them as well as all the military men and women. She also announced that the USO Show at the Palace on Nov. 10.
All members want to thank Carol Kirkland for a wonderful job in taking care of the entertainment for the past several years. Her loyalty is to be commended. Kirkland is stepping down as entertainment chairman at the end of 2013, and Tom Fincher will take over the position in January.
After the dinner prayer, the members enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by Sharon Hilton and her helpers, with side dishes and desserts furnished by the members. Have a wonderful and blessed week.