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Wellsboro Gazette, October 26, 1977, p.22
From Mansfield Area 55-Plus Group meeting article -
President Francis appointed Jim Caracciolo and Welch Cleveland to act as greeters at future meetings.
Wellsboro Gazette, January 23, 1980, p.4
New 55 Plus Group - President Presides at First Meeting
President Welch Cleveland presided as the new president of the Mansfield Area 55-Plus Group at its first meeting of the new year on January 15 in the basement of the Holy Child Church with 71 reported present. Marie Wilcox gave the opening prayer for the occasion.
 
Other officers for the year are Norma Doud, 1st Vice President; Carrie Olson, 2nd Vice President; George Heil, 3rd Vice President; Elizabeth Duffin, secretary; and Marcella Soporowski, treasurer.
 
Committee chairmen are as follows: Program, Helen Lutes; Hospitality, Marcella Soporowski; Tour, Iva Ziefie; Visitation, Marian Barnes; Scrapbook, Lila Bell; and Publicity, Bill Allinger.
 
After the members and guests did full justice to delicacies provided by the ladies of the group, the business meeting was called to order by President Cleveland. He read a letter from Frank Prugh, a member who is ill, thanking the group for cards and messages. Elizabeth Duffin, secretary, since the inception of the group in 1976 read her carefully kept minutes of the last meeting. Marcella Soporowski, treasurer, who also has served since the start in 1976 presented her meticulously recorded financial report.
 
Marian Barnes, Visitation Chairman, announced that she had sent out four get well cards and one remembrance card. Lila Bell, Scrapbook Chairman, reported on the Scrapbook being up to date but she suggested that more colored photos would enliven the looks of the Scrapbook. Margery Chilson then said that if someone would take pictures the group would probably pay the costs. George Heil agreed to take pictures.
 
Iva Ziefle, Tour Chairman, asked for assistants on her committee and a number of the members agreed to help. Iva stated that winter trips were pretty well ruled out but she would appreciate suggestions on what future trips and tours should be scheduled.
 
Helen Lutes, Program Chairman, asked for others who would serve on her committee and got a number of responses. Helen also asked for suggestions from the members on the kinds of programs they preferred.
 
New members added at the meeting were Stella Bailey, Adeline Cunningham and Welch Harvey. A guest at the meeting was Dorothy Whitney.
 
Members with January birthdays were Jim Caracciolo, Carolyn Hayes, Margaret Justin, Helen Lutes, Lester Moyer, Marguerite Munson and LaVera Sterling, Carolyn Haynes was presented with a birthday cake baked by her daughter, Karen Cooper. The other members of the group sang Happy Birthday in honor of the January Birthdayers.
 
In last month's report of the December meeting the names of two valued recent members were inadvertently misspelled. The names should have been Helen and George Heil.
 
For the program part of the meeting Bingo was enjoyed with Helen Cleveland calling the numbers and Welch Cleveland repeating them. Later a number of others helped out on repeating the numbers. A great many prizes had been brought and the Bingo was continued until all the prizes were won. And so ended another enjoyable meeting of the Mansfield Area 55-Plus Group.
 
 
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Published On Tri-Counties Site On 19 December 2010
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