The Senior Citizens group of Tuscarawas held its first meeting since the advent of the pandemic Jan. 26 at the Tuscarawas VFW. Members enjoyed luncheon, social time and activities.
Secretary, Bobbi Shriver presented her books and reports to current organizer, Gloria Guspyt to be used in case of her absence. Guspyt, who arranged the luncheon, procured the use of the VFW for this and future meetings. She worked with Tents of Grace restaurant in Gnadenhutten to provide chicken noodle soup and chili, and with Tusky Deli to provide salads and chips. Dessert was donated by the Newcomerstown IGA bakery.
The group welcomed Kathy Baker from Gnadenhutten Seniors, as well as members of the VFW who joined them for lunch. Dues payments from 2019 and 20 will be held, and this year’s dues paying will be discussed at a future meeting.
Bingo activity was suspended so that members could socialize after their long break, and it was decided that each person present would take advantage of whatever gift items they could personally use or gift.
It was decided that the group would continue its luncheon meetings. VFW commander, Jim Sensbach, encouraged them to use the back room monthly for their meetings. He said the fourth Tuesday of February and March are both open. Guspyt said she would inform President, Wally Anderson of the group’s decision to continue to meet, using masks and distancing. Members who were not in attendance, and are in residence in local nursing homes, will be sent cards, and business who provided food and meeting space will be sent thank you notes.
Since the Gnadenhutten Seniors are not currently meeting, and Port Washington Village does not have an organized group, it was suggested that the Tuscarawas meetings be open to their senior citizens. Guspyt said meetings will be announced in advance in the Times Reporter’s senior meeting schedule and monthly publicity.