Travis Bishop entertains La Porte AARP

Don Johnson gave the Texas Legislation report. He reminded the members that AARP is the largest advocate for senior citizens. Don gave members the telephone number, 1 888 839-9889, to call about adding a drug benefit to Medicare.

Evelyn Kennedy reported on community affairs in the area. The La Porte Senior Citizens Center program has a lot of activities available including water aerobics.

By Peggy and Teal

A bus is available on Friday to pick seniors up at their home to take them to and from the center. Trips are also available, and seniors living outside of La Porte can sign up on a stand-by list.

Program Chairman John McCauley introduced talented 13-year-old Travis Bishop as the entertainer for the meeting. Travis is a very talented young man. He played the keyboard and sang some familiar songs. His fingers became a blur as he moved them across the keyboard, never missing a note. Travis' father, Gary, accompanied his son on the guitar.

Before the members enjoyed the covered dish lunch, Bob Capen gave the devotion. Among those attending were Jessie Foster, Donella and Tom Wooldridge, Jerri and R.T. Hanks, Robby Wilson, Betty Schultz, Walter Tillotson, Frances Moore, Ruby and Louis Heintschel, Tina Cooling, Martha and Steve Stehling, Lois Blakeway, Cliff and Chloe Walker, and Anita Seyer.

The next meeting will be Aug. 11, and you can call (281) 479-3252 for more information.

* * *

Hot dogs and all the trimmings made up the menu for the Sunshiners' July meeting held at East Harris County Activity Center. One hundred ninety-nine seniors attended, including 12 new members. This is one of the most popular meetings the club has during the year. Not only because it is always a lot of fun, but also because you don't have to bring a covered dish. Everything is furnished by the club, including delicious ice cold watermelon for dessert.

Dawn and Vincent Bivona are in charge of the kitchen, and they called on for many volunteers for this big event. It looked like a lot of fun was going on in that kitchen.

President Bob Mattern introduced new members Raymond and Billie Kearney, Ed and Helen Cornor, Clayton Graves, Dodie Kelley, Dora Brandt, Al and Audie Hale, Cordy Gustafson, Susie Peterson, Pat Quarles, Dorothy Bridge and Tena Cooling.

Members celebrating birthdays were recognized. Seniors turning a year older in July were Berniece Grasse, Ramona Trauer, Fred Smith, John McCauley, Royce K. Jones, Billy Wilson, Don Karr, Matilde Cooley, Vita Bryant, Vivian Hotcaveg, Mary Mattern, George Elsenbrock, Saundra Robinson and Eugene Tichavsky.

Also celebrating birthdays were Marilyn Coycault, Beverly Rich, Theresa Lanctot, John Wright, Leonard Bacon, and Mary Cowart, Gerald Trahan, Joe O'Brien, Janet Sliter, Amy Harrison, J. W. Scale, James Moore, Betty Watkins, Jimmie Bacon and Carlyle Dorcey.

Among those celebrating anniversaries were Sue and Roy Berry, 58 years; Sam and Emma Wright, 47 years; Tommie and Eugene Lee, 51 years; and Barbara and Warren Foster, 36 years.

Kara Klavinka entertained the members with her beautiful voice while some of the members showed they still had not lost their touch on the dance floor. The entertainment for the Aug. 17 meeting will be the Silver Star Dancers. All seniors are welcome to join the Sunshiners. Come visit at the August meeting, and see how much you enjoy this fun group. Call Bob at (713) 473-5757 for more information.

* * *

Because seniors enjoy eating at Golden Corral, the monthly Friends' breakfast a real treat. This is where you will find the buffet line filled with delicious eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, biscuits, pancakes, fruit and anything you can think of eating for breakfast.

The Bayshore Senior Friends held their monthly breakfast on July 18, and 60 seniors attended. Johnnie Fruge told the members about upcoming trips and meetings. Tomorrow, July 28, at 10 a.m., Silver Haired Legislator Steve Coycault will speak and update us on what is going on is Austin. This is a very important meeting that you won't want to miss. Call (713) 359-1213 for more information.

Some of the trips planned by this active group include a 10-day trip to Canada's Atlantic Coast on Aug. 10; a 12-day trip to Italy Nov. 3; a trip to the California csoast on Sept. 16; and a trip to New York City on Oct. 7. You can enjoy these trips, and everything is planned for you. You can just sit back and enjoy.