By Stephanie Choate
The Williston Seniors group is moving to a new location that organizers hope will allow the group to grow.
Beginning in October, the Williston Seniors will hold twice-monthly meetings at the Green Mountain Masonic Center.
“So many seniors need fellowship,” said group member Vickie Walker. “They’re looking for fellowship and ways to draw together and activities that are focused on the seniors.”
The new meeting space is larger and has a more expansive kitchen, allowing for the group to expand its activities. Walker said Williston Seniors, which has existed since 1973, has outgrown its current meeting space.
Currently, it has approximately 30 members and meets in the Whitney Hill Homestead the first and third Tuesday of each month. The group is not affiliated with the senior housing community, however and most of it members live elsewhere.
“A lot of people think the Williston Seniors are just the Whitney Hill Seniors and they’re not, they’re seniors from all over,” Walker said. “Everyone is welcome at the meetings.”
The first Tuesday meeting is typically a potluck lunch and business meeting, where seniors can socialize and plan for future activities. The second monthly meeting is focused on games, crafts and activities.
The town will pitch in the $2,400 required to prepare the new location and rent the space for a year of meetings. The money will come from the Recreation Department programming budget, Town Manager Rick McGuire said. The town does not currently support Williston Seniors, but does provide a weekly exercise program for seniors, which costs approximately $3,500 a year. McGuire presented the group’s plan to the Selectboard on Aug. 18 and the board expressed support for the senior group.
Walker said the seniors are still interested in reviving talks of a community center in town that would serve the needs of seniors. First, however, they want to further examine what the senior community needs and wants.
Any seniors interested in joining Williston Seniors can meet Tuesday, Sept. 2 at noon at Whitney Hill Homestead for a potluck lunch.