The Panhandle Senior Citizens, better known as the 55+ Club, began in 1987. Membership was close to 165. When it was started, the members agreed to meet every Wednesday. Officers are elected once a year and a Board is in place with members serving various terms.
The members of 55+ are active in serving others. They serve special meals to recognize various community organizations, collect items for a “Warm Things Project” each fall for the homeless, host Accolade Home Health Care every second Tuesday of the month and give a $500 Scholarship to a graduating Panhandle senior.
The 55+ meets every Wednesday at the War Memorial Building from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. They enjoy fellowship, a covered dish luncheon and various games, such as: Canasta, Bridge, 88, 42, Rummy and occasionally, Bingo. A jigsaw puzzle is always an option.
The club currently has 75-80 active members and is open for anyone 55 years old and up. Dues are $5 a year per person. Guests are always welcome for only $5 a visit. Members bring a favorite covered dish.
Community members are invited to come every second Tuesday, when the club hosts Accolade to take blood pressure and other vitals.
Clara Jane Kelly, Reporter of 55+ says, “Age is a wonderful thing! It brings all of us, from various walks of life, to the same level….OLDER! And the Club is a great place to come, feel comfortable and enjoy sharing memories of years gone by.”