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Retirees’ spaghetti luncheon attracts big turnout

by Sylene Argent

The Essex Retirees’ Social Club offered the community and its membership an opportunity to escape the winter blues by socializing and enjoying a warm, home-cooked spaghetti lunch last Thursday afternoon.  

  Judy Lane, who is head of the Fundraising Committee and Vice President of the Essex Retirees’ Social Club, was pleased her crew of around five, hard working volunteers were able to serve around 50 diners during the event.

  “Lots of people seem to be enjoying it,” Lane said.

  Participants were able to enjoy a spaghetti lunch as part of the event, complete with garlic bread, Caesar salad, a gelatin fruit salad for dessert, and coffee and tea.    

  Lane noted last Thursday’s spaghetti luncheon is part of the Retirees’ mission of trying to host some kind of fundraising event every month. Proceeds help keep the clubhouse maintained and open for its membership. She said a similar luncheon was held last November, but last week’s event had a much better turnout, something she attributed to word getting around town about the luncheons.

  Such events are not possible without the Club’s volunteers, who dedicate their time and effort to ensuring the luncheons turnout to be the best they can be. Typically, each event requires five to eight volunteers, depending on what is being prepared.

  Coming up, the Retirees’ will host its annual Soup Contest on Tuesday, February 25. Those wishing to enter a dish into the competition are urged to call (519) 776-6689 to register. In addition, Lane said on Sunday, February 16, a free, walk-in spa day, hosted by graduating students, will take place at the Essex Retirees’ Social Club from 11a.m. - 5p.m.  

  Hosting events that are open to the public allows the Retirees’ an opportunity to reach out to potential new members. Lane noted that members can enjoy a wide-range of activities at the centre, including cards, shuffleboard, and carpet bowling.


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