Silver and Gold
Golden Age Club offers social outlet for seniors
This Memorial Day weekend, a Eudora club's members have a little more to remember than most. And when the members get together, they do a lot more than talk about the way things used to be.
Residents over the age of 50 looking for friendship-building fellowship need look no further than Eudora's Golden Age Club.
The Golden Age Club began in April 1967 through the Eudora Ministerial Alliance.
Fern Long, secretary of the Eudora Area Historical Society, said the group offered a social outlet for seniors in the area and has grown over time.
"It really started because there was so many older people in Eudora that wanted to get together and benefit both educationally and socially," she said.
Tillie Bichelmeyer, Golden Ager and former president, said the group meets each month with a potluck dinner. Participants are also encouraged to stick around for other activities after the food is gone.
"Sometimes we have entertainment; we have people that will come and speak," Bichelmeyer said. "If we don't have that, we always have Bingo."
President Betty Ryan said the Golden Agers currently have approximately 35 members. Recent attendance has declined but she hopes more people will attend and experience the group fun. Ryan said she believed the club helps build relationships. She began attending the monthly meetings in July 1994 and said the club has created lasting relationships with others her age in Eudora.
"I've built some really good friendships through the Golden Agers," Ryan said.
"We really just get together for the friendship of it," she said.
The Golden Agers have also impacted the community. The club has sponsored Eudora Little League teams and worked to get markers for the Eudora cemetery. In the fall, club members furnish pies to the Eudora Nursing Center for its birthday party.
The Golden Agers meet at noon on the first Thursday of every month at Eudora City Hall.