SMART 55: Seniors Activity Centre elections coming up

Please note that on Feb. 16 the board of directors for the centre is having their annual general meeting at 1:30 p.m.

Pat Cassidy

Smart 55

If any member of the Williams Lake Senior Activity Centre is reading this article, please note that on Feb. 16 the board of directors for the centre is having their annual general meeting at 1:30 p.m.

Positions coming up are the following: vice- president, secretary and three directors.

Head of the nominating committee is yours truly, Pat Cassidy, 250-392-4236.

If you are interested in any of these positions or know of anyone who might let their name stand, please contact me.

The board meets once a month except in July, August and December.

Meetings are to the point and last approximately one hour.

These are the members involved in the actual running and maintenance of the centre.

For the sake of new members, I will clarify the positions of the Old Age Pensioners Organization (OAPO) and the society board.

When you pay your membership fee of $20 you belong to both the OAPO and the Seniors Activity Centre.

When the OAPO Branch 93 got their charter in June of 1964, their constitution did not allow any of the branches to own properties.

So to have their own clubhouse, they formed a society and raised the money for the Seniors Activity Centre.

The board of directors for the society manages the finances of the centre independently of the OAPO.

The OAPO looks after the social aspect and fundraising for the centre.

The aims of the boards are to establish and maintain a meeting place and activity centre for senior citizens of Williams Lake and district.

Activities will be educational, recreational, intercultural and directed to the needs and wishes of senior citizens.

Due to lack of interest the annual general meeting usually draws a small percentage of members.

Please take the time to come out to vote for the person you think is best suited for the job, or just come and meet the board of directors.

On Sunday, Feb. 12, the OAPO Valentine’s Tea will be held from 2 to 3 p.m.

Anyone 80 years and older enjoys the tea for free. Others pay $2.

There will be door prizes.

The local branch of the Canadian Cancer Society office is located in the Seniors Activity Centre and they still have Christmas cakes for sale.

They are very yummy and cost only $10.

If interested, please phone 250-392-3442.

The next monthly meeting of the OAPO is Thursday, Feb. 9 at 1 p.m.

Coming to the meeting doesn’t mean you will be given a job.

Just come and learn what they are planning and meet some new friends.

Friday, Feb. 3, is potluck Friday.

Bring your favourite dish and come and meet new members, and stay to play cribbage or other cards games.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and we eat at 5:30 p.m.

The secret to a happy and healthy retirement is to get involved.