Mattapoisett Friends of the Elderly News

Our mission is to support the seniors of Mattapoisett and the Council on Aging. We do this most directly by hosting three luncheons at the Knights of Columbus Hall for Mattapoisett seniors. Introduced this past year, we sponsored a live band and Ballroom Dancing Party held at the KoC Hall. We had a Fall Luncheon to welcome the end of summer; for the Holiday Party, Santa and his elf assisted with the drawings; and a Leprechaun helped at the St. Patrick’s Day Party. As usual, our FoE Directors planned, set up and served the food. It is really a group effort to serve the 100 folks who attend. Thanks to all.

Another way the FoE supports the seniors is by our sponsorship of the Seasonings monthly newsletter. The FoE pays for the mailing permit and the cost of each monthly mailing. FoE Directors and members, along with CoA volunteers, assist in the folding and sealing of the approximately 1,200 individual pieces. Less obvious contributions are the continuous replenishment of coffee, tea, coffee cups and office supplies that are used daily. The Friends also respond to requests for items that are used in Senior Center activities, such as weights, large format scrabble tiles and bingo cards. In past years, we contributed to the cost of the new CoA sign outside of the entrance; to the replacement of computer and software for the CoA Director; and paid for compatible defibrillators for the newer CoA vans.

Thanks to the efforts of our Fundraising Committee and the Directors, we have had a successful Easter Pie and Goodies Sale, and a Harbor Days table. We supplemented our sales with attractive raffle items and had 50/50 luncheon raffles. This year, we sold a newly designed apron suitable for outdoor cooking. In addition, we had incidental sales of scrimshaw print sets, note cards, and adorable wire-frame wool poodles. Another source of funds is donations and membership dues. Every bit counts!

It is clear: Our success is due to the energy and dedication of our Directors. Good job, everyone!

The Mattapoisett FoE Annual Meeting takes place at 3:00 pm at Mattapoisett Senior Center on September 9. Action items: Bylaw amendment to change fiscal year to calendar year; Transition Motion to deal with exceptions caused by fiscal year change; Nominating Committee: Open nominations for Director (nominees must be present and FoE members); Election of (up to 21) Directors.

Not an FoE member? Go to download the PDF form by clicking on the Membership form link. Please check off as many volunteer boxes as you can. Submit your paid membership form before the meeting.

The FoE Fall Luncheon takes place at 12:00 pm on Thursday, September 19 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, Mattapoisett.

The luncheon is available to all Mattapoisett seniors and FoE members. Entertainment is provided by Rick Leblanc. A reservation charge of $2 per person is required. In exchange, each guest will receive two tickets for the 50/50 drawing held at the luncheon. Stop by the Senior Center or mail your paid reservation (FoE, PO Box 1116, Mattapoisett, MA 02739) received by 3:00 pm on Monday, September 16 so we know how many meals to order. Please call the Center (508-758-4110) if you need transportation.

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