ELBURN – Wearing her glittering white cowboy hat and perched on the seat of her walker – named Harley – president of the Elburn Seniors Nadine Anderson calls the meeting to order.
This is serious business: Getting volunteers to bring the food for the next month’s meeting.
The total for April was 29 paid members – dues are $15 a year – and three more who came. Not bad, but Anderson said she hopes to get more members.
“I would love to have some new members,” said Anderson, 79. “We used to have almost 100, but they died off or they can’t drive anymore. You do not even have to be 50 to join. I’ll take them in their 20s, if they will put up with us. It’s just a social club.”
Anderson said she grew up in Elburn, but now lives in St. Charles. She’s been president for eight years. Their club does not have a senior center, but the Elburn Lions organization allows the group to use the building for free, she said.
“They even set up coffee and hot water for tea,” Anderson said.
Meetings are a potluck lunch at noon the first Thursday of every month, and group members take a gambling trip once a month, Anderson said. Attendees are asked to bring a dish to pass and their own table service and beverage.
And sometimes there’s after-meeting socializing among the seniors, such as a friendly card game, members said.
Jim Read of North Aurora said he likes the Elburn Seniors group because it’s a great way to socialize for an afternoon.
“I was born right close to here, so I know a lot of the people,” Read said. “And they are kind of friendly and nice. And it’s a nice place to come once a month and enjoy the fellowship and the good food.”
Gert Zack of North Aurora added she likes to come and see her friends.
“I like the sociability of it,” said Doreen Scott of Sugar Grove. “I love meeting the gals, and it’s always a good lunch.”
Dally Johnson of St. Charles said she likes the camaraderie.
“Everybody’s nice and friendly – and the food is good,” Johnson said.
“I love to come and have lunch with a bunch of nice people,” Alyce Konen of Sugar Grove said. “It makes me do something today – special – something to look forward to.”
For information on the group, call Anderson at 630-513-5939.