SPRINGFIELD, NJ - In the second of two monthly meetings, the Springfield Seniors Club was treated to a full buffet luncheon yesterday afternoon at the Chisholm Community Center.
The senior club meets bi-monthly in the Chisholm building. the first meeting each month is to take care of organizational business and to hear from presenters, while the second meeting is for food, drink and companionship. At the second meeting, the members with birthdays during that month are celebrated.
Along with the food, the group also had a musical performer in the building for yesterday's lunch. Cellist Randy Calistri-Yeh was on hand to play a variety of musical pieces, both old and newer, for the group.
This time around, the group was served by members of Abundant Life Church, a local religious organization in town. Mary Lou McNamara, a member of the church is involved with the Children's and Feeding Ministry and was on hand to help distribute food.
"This is a way of giving back to the community," McNamara said. She also said it made her happy to see the seniors being fed and having the opportunity to come together.
For Springfield Recreation Department Program Coordinator and Senior Club Coordinator Amefika gray, events like the senior lunch are great for him to see, because it shows him that there are people who care enough to volunteer their time.
"It's definitely a positive thing," Gray said. "We have a lot of seniors who have family members, but they either don't live in town or they do, but they have very busy lives. So this creates an outlet for company, and allows [the seniors] to spend time with people from their generation."
Gray added that seeing the seniors taken care of shows that they are not just being shoved away, but rather they are being taken care of.
And for Beverly Weltchek, the Vice-President of the Springfield Senior Club, the monthly food meetings are always welcome.
"When you get older, you can't depend upon family, because a lot of us don't have much family to occupy your time," Weltcheck said. "So you must have other things to do. Having the senior club is a wonderful thing."
"As I say when you're older, you're on your own, it can be very lonesome," Weltchek added. "And here, you find...company, with comrades and people of your own age."
"It's a wonderful place to come, and I hope we can continue to do it," she said.